Diary of an AStronaut

Autoimmune issues, the power of the social network and air moisture

Autoimmune issues, the power of the social network and air moisture

SI Pain: 1/100 | Rib or Shoulder Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 7/100 The ankylosing spondylitis has largely been great, with no SI joint pain and just a few fringe symptoms in the rib and shoulder. Nothing severe, more just an 'awareness' of those body parts than...

FAST: Heightened senses on day 3 of the fast

FAST: Heightened senses on day 3 of the fast

SI Pain: 1/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Knee Pain: 3/100 Concrete Back: 7/100 Today was the last day of my fast. I felt pretty good but definitely the mood takes a hit on day two... and today is day 3. I'm kind of fine but also not. I'll unpack that a little... Physically...

FAST: I’m starting a 48-hour fast today

FAST: I’m starting a 48-hour fast today

SI Pain: 0/100 | Rib Pain: 3/100 | Knee Pain: 4/100 Concrete Back: 8/100 I'm starting a 48-hour fast today. I just felt a bit rubbish yesterday evening and I decided to do something to knock myself back into feeling good again. Fasting is something I want to try to do...

Autoimmune disease isn’t always a pretty picture

Autoimmune disease isn’t always a pretty picture

SI Pain: 3/100 | Rib or Shoulder Pain: 0/100 | Knee Pain: 4/100 | Concrete Back: 9/100 Last night was tough. I think it's important to be honest in this diary. My focus with Gut Heroes is to talk about and celebrate what works. At the same time, I don't want to fall...

Why binary views from ‘wellness experts’ are baffling

Why binary views from ‘wellness experts’ are baffling

SI Pain: 6/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 16/100 I felt stiff and achy today. I want to say that it's from doing a different form of yoga last night, but I don't think it was. Most of the moves were quite similar. I suspect I'm feeling it from the enormous...

Alcohol Free Test Update: Day 6

Alcohol Free Test Update: Day 6

SI Pain: 1/100 | Rib Pain: 4/100 | Concrete Back: 4/100 It's just shy of a week since I cut out alcohol, and I thought it would be interesting to do a diary note entry. I've gone much longer without alcohol in the past, but this is the first time I'm recording it in...

New experiment: No alcohol for 21 days (starting yesterday)

New experiment: No alcohol for 21 days (starting yesterday)

SI Pain: 0/100 | Rib Pain: 4/100 | Concrete Back: 9/100 Okay, some good news on the AS experiment front. A new test! I'm cutting out alcohol from my diet for the next 3 weeks, starting yesterday. My partner is running a half marathon soon so we decided to go booze...

Chocolate and Gluten – Mini Findings

Chocolate and Gluten – Mini Findings

SI Pain: 0/100 | Rib Pain: 7/100 | Concrete Back: 7/100 Thought I would do a quick diary entry today because I think I've had a couple of mini findings. The first is around chocolate. I've been eating a lot of chocolate courverture drops recently. They are to replace...

Brain walks and yoga aches

Brain walks and yoga aches

SI Pain: 1/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 11/100 Today was a pretty average day, AS-wise. There was no 'spiky' pain, but I also didn't feel particularly limber either. It was stunning weather outside, and so I went for two long walks, which really helped the...

Second fasting experiment to beat AS flare

Second fasting experiment to beat AS flare

SI Pain: 6/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 14/100 I was nervous waking up today. I slept fairly well last night in spite of everything. Woke 7 or 8 times but did get some sleep and got up about 7:30am. While I was lying in bed dozing, I was in pain with my left...

A difficult day today, might try fasting tomorrow

A difficult day today, might try fasting tomorrow

SI Pain: 25/100 | Rib Pain: 7/100 | Concrete Back: 11/100 It was a difficult day today. I've been on edge all week with my back, and things just really came to a head this evening when I was sitting down for dinner. I could feel the ankylosing spondylitis creeping...

Results in! Massive success from the fasting. Today I feel amazing

Results in! Massive success from the fasting. Today I feel amazing

SI Pain: 0/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 3/100 Today I feel great. Literally amazing! It is such an incredible transformation from yesterday where I had some nagging niggles from the AS. All of it was getting me down and my head was in the wrong place. If I...

Success with the fasting but AS fear creeping in

Success with the fasting but AS fear creeping in

SI Pain: 3/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 11/100 Last night I woke up a few times with that random, nudging AS awareness. I'm not sleeping as well as I did when I first got back from holiday, so it's an annoying shift backwards. When I properly woke up I was...

Fasting: Starting to come out of flare…

Fasting: Starting to come out of flare…

SI Pain: 22/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 9/100 Today is the first day I'm potentially coming out of flare! I had an awareness of my left SI joint this morning, but it was less than 9 out of 100 first thing. There's no other pain anywhere else and I slept...

My very first attempt at fasting to take on an AS flare

My very first attempt at fasting to take on an AS flare

SI Pain: 34/100 | Rib Pain: 0/100 | Concrete Back: 15/100 This is quite an important post. Yesterday, I felt pretty terrible from the AS. I knew that today I would feel bad as well and so I made a decision to try fasting. This is the first time I have ever tried this....

In flare right now, nearly 50 out of 100.

In flare right now, nearly 50 out of 100.

SI Pain: 46/100 | Rib Pain: 5/100 | Concrete Back: 22/100 I think I need to do another diary entry today because I am in the midst of an AS flare. I don't know yet how bad it will be, but it started properly yesterday and was probably a 30 out of 100. Now, as I write...