I have just drastically changed my diet after my last SVT episode 7 weeks ago. My last 2 SVT’s (which were exactly 1 year apart) I have not been able to convert on my own so I had to go to the ER and get a shot of adenosine. Thankfully they were able to interrupt it on the first try. Anyone who suffers from these episodes knows just how scary they can be. I’m 40 years old and decided that it’s time for me to really do everything within my control to try to avoid these episodes. I have long wondered if a vegan diet would help me. I never felt the courage to really give it a try because I thought it would be hard with a meat loving hubby and a 4 year old son. BUT, the morning of my SVT I woke up with what seemed to be a very obvious food allergy reaction. I felt heavy, swollen, and hung over, like my head was in a fog….We all had meat, dairy and gluten the night before and later that day I bent down and sure enough an SVT…
I have not had any Meat, dairy or gluten since that day which was 7 weeks ago. I have committed to this change to see if I can really control my SVT’s with what I eat. I also decided to finally get tested for food allergies. My holistic nutritionist who I went to see about 2 years ago had reccommended to me that I should eliminate wheat from my diet to see if that helped with my other symptoms. After the birth of my son 4.5 years ago I was exhausted. I couldn’t get through the day without lying down. I was not sleeping well and had anxiety and panic attacks. She suspected that cutting out wheat might help me and she was right!
I slowly learned how to incorporate quinoa, and millet bread and other helpful tips into my diet and over time I did feel much better. BUT I didn’t go on a strict gluten-free diet. I would still occasionally eat pizza or other gluten food but I would try to eat it at night so it wouldn’t affect my energy levels throughout the day. I did have other Gluten sensitive symptoms like occasional stomach cramping, constipation and loose stools. I also suffered from occasional blood pressure issues like when I would go from sitting to standing too quickly I would get dizzy and I would sometimes feel like my blood flow wasnt catching up with my movements. I thought maybe I had POTS (Postural Orthostatic Incompetence) and even went to a special electrophysiologist for that (more on that visit in another post)
Anyway, the point is, I was feeling pretty crappy all the time and to top things off, an SVT. I clearly had plenty of reasons to finally commit to a new diet. I heard of a lab from 2 different extremely knowledgeable people in the health field called www.enterolab.com. I decided to send my stool and DNA in for a sample and waited the 3 weeks for my results.
My results show that I am allergic to:
- Cows Milk
- Chicken Eggs
- and a few more things
SO….is it s coincidence that my last SVT was the morning after I consumed meat, dairy and gluten, all of which I am allergic to????
My number one first step is to recommend to anyone suffering from SVT or POTS is to get tested for food allergies. Now that I have, it seems like such a simple practical first step. BUT since it took me a lifetime so far to realize this, maybe someone out there can start earlier and learn about their food allergies sooner. It’s great to have solid answers and direction and now that I do and I can really be my own test study to see if the changes I make to my diet affect my health and SVT. I will let you know!