Last Updated on September 10, 2020
When you have an autoimmune condition like ankylosing spondylitis, it is hard for your gut to function properly because of inflammation and dysbiosis. I believe that it is a matter of time before experts confirm that autoimmune diseases originate in the gut and then spread to elsewhere in the body.
I have helped many people overcome their so-called “incurable” autoimmune disease.
If you’re struggling with an autoimmune condition, make sure you’re working with a practitioner who understands gut health. Next, make sure that you have a comprehensive stool analysis and use this to direct your treatment. Continue to have stool tests regularly so you know how you are responding to treatment and whether anything needs to be tweaked.
If your gut is improving, great. If it isn’t, adjust your supplement regime, your diet, and your lifestyle.
There will be a lot of ups and downs when treating an autoimmune condition. There’s no easy path with this type of health problem.
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I strongly recommend that you find a doctor who is willing to work with Doctor’s Data out of Chicago. Doctor’s Data provides comprehensive stool analysis. You need to take the three sample option that includes parasitology. Make sure you have stopped taking probiotics for 14 days before the tests. Also, withhold all your other medications, including supplements, unless they are absolutely necessary.
Before your stool test, make sure you are following your normal diet. Don’t suddenly start adding or eliminating foods from your diet, or your stool test won’t accurately reflect your microbial baseline.
The results of your stool testing will help steer your gut back on track. The test results will include sensitivity panels which identity which natural and pharmaceutical agents are effective against the harmful bugs in your gut.
As a dosing protocol, I usually take the 242 approach. Start with two weeks of a low dose, build up to a full dose for four weeks, and then titrate the dose down again over two weeks. However, some people need a 1-8-6 or 9-4-1 approach. Your healthcare provider must customize the dosing regime to your needs and your tolerance.
When you first start taking antimicrobials, you’re going to experience some side effects. This is particularly true if your harmful bacteria levels or your SIBO counts are high. You may experience gut upset, diarrhea, brain fog, or some pain. It’s usually a good sign that side effects are emerging. It means the treatments are having an impact.
I suggest you focus on reducing the level of the most disruptive microbe in your gut. In other words, take the “big guy” down. When the highest count pathogen gets knocked back, it creates a significant shift in the microbiome and opens up the opportunity to do more gut cleansing.
Ankylosing spondylitis is not insurmountable. Klebsiella pneumoniaa has a known association with this autoimmune condition. Addressing this pathogen with your care provider is a logical part of your treatment plan.
You can improve, but it takes time and patience.