This post is written by Marissa. Thanks for contributing! Hope everything keeps up!
“I am a 33 year old female recently diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder. I deal with joint pain, hand swelling along with numbness, extreme fatigue, muscle pain, muscle twitches and spine pain.
After reading up on functional medicine along with hearing about Mikhaila’s journey from my fiancée, I decided to go grain, sugar, and dairy free. My diet has consisted of entirely organic foods. Lots of red meat (grass fed) and fish, green vegetables, sweet potatoes (since it’s not a nightshade), olives, sauerkraut, and avocados. I also added in a probiotic and collagen by Vital Proteins. Within 4 days my back pain went away. Within a week my muscle twitching subsided. My hands have slowly gotten better but I believe that will take more time for them to heal completely as this has been my worst ailment. Although it was a little soon, today I tried dairy and within 20 minutes my throat itched and I was coughing for an hour. I have days I am still fatigued, and days I have more energy, but overall I feel human again. I’m going to try to keep this up for another 5 weeks before I introduce any more foods back into my diet. I have been so encouraged by this blog, thank you Mikhaila for inspiring us and letting us know we’re not alone.”