Obviously this was not going to be a long term solution though, and as soon as I started eating again the pain came back in a matter of hours. That was when the penny dropped and I realised something in my diet was causing me pain. I hopped on an internet forum (kickas.org) and mentioned this experience to others also suffering from my condition. To this "DragonSlayer" responded and pointed out that my experience illustrated the purpose behind the No Starch Diet (NSD) that he follows. He pointed me towards the appropriate sub-forum where the diet is discussed. Well, up until that time I had carefully avoided the "loonies" on that part of kickas.org. If only I had listened when I was younger instead of being so arrogant and closed minded.
So to sum all that up, I realised that something in my diet was causing my inflammation and returning to my usual eating patterns brought back the pain. Hope returned, now it didn't matter how much pain I was in, I had something to fight for.
Where to from here?
If you are interested in learning more about this diet, I can suggest the following places to start:
- No Starch Diet forum on KickAS - Folks are very helpful here so don't be afraid to ask a question - http://www.kickas.org/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=7&page=1
- This is my food list showing what foods I can eat, and which I cannot eat - https://sites.google.com/site/cureankylosingspondylitis/no-starch-diet---food-list
- The starch content of foods: http://www.kickas.org/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=143543
- And some more resources here