I agree, 7 days is not long enough.
I have a herniated L5S1 and my only relief was found with acupuncture. It took about 10 visits, but we got there in the end My practitioner trained in China so knew his stuff.
Well, at the very least, I would start with the primal blueprint and do it diligently with no 80/20 for at least 30 days. Read the book, follow the basics.
For movement, I'd just have her keep doing what she does.
Also, don't expect a 30 day miracle. If she feels the tiniest better over the next 30 days, then that's progress.
If you want to do anything fancier than the basics over the next 30 days, I recommend making home-made bone broth and then drinking it once a day.
With the health issues your wife has, I would suggest a naturopath.
And how do you find one? You ask...?
Well, check out this handy search page: Paleo Physicians Network
At least the physician is going to be current on the effects of diet on overall health. When I search my area a Naturopathic physician is 2 miles away.
EDIT; here's the result for Phoenix (you'll have to do more research, but it's a start):
Doctors and health care providers near "phoenix, AZ, United States"
Dr. John Thoma, DC, MEd, BA
Tempe, AZ | 11 miles from you
Michael Losito, PT, MS
Scottsdale, AZ | 13 miles from you
Ryann P Roberts, DPT - Arizona Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Goodyear, AZ | 17 miles from you
Rakesh C. Patel, MD
Gilbert, AZ | 19 miles from you
Dr. Yolanda M. Loafer
Phoenix, AZ | 19 miles from you
Last edited by jojohaligo; 08-31-2012 at 04:57 PM.
Female, age 51, 5' 9"
SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.
Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
2013 goals are to get fit and strong!
Tell you wife what I told myself after the answers I got from the doctors got me nowhere.
*The only thing I have control over is what I put in my mouth.*
I used fasting to clear my system~ probably not the best path considering your wife's degree of illness. However, if she doesn't try eating clean, she will never know if food allergies/intolerance are the problem. Ask her where she wants to go from here~ take control and try something different, or continue to deteriorate and never know if she could have healed herself.
Yes, I know, kind of harsh~ but she's already living in hell. Maybe a big time wake-up call is in order. And NO, she will never get proper nutritional advice from a CW doctor.
I feel so bad for your wife.
I will chime in to tell you what primal/paleo/whole30 living has done for me:
Eliminated life long chronic headache and migraine
Vastly reduced adult acne on face and body
Eliminated indigestion/nausea after eating
If there is anything I have learned from spending several months here on MDA and on whole9life.com it's that FOOD MATTERS. You can throw all the doctors and medicines and needles and so forth at yourself indefinitely, but modern medicine is unfortunately geared toward treating symptoms without addressing the core cause, as someone else said here.
Changing up your diet is simple change to make for your wife, without any more doctor poking and prodding, without any more chemicals or pills or needles.
I know skipping a lot of different foods is daunting - but so must be living each day like she does. Eat vegetables, meats, and some fruits. It does not HAVE to be organic and top shelf and grass fed at first. Just focus your grocery shopping on those three simple things. Vegetables, meats, fruits. (Eggs and nuts too, I adore eggs and they were my primary transition food.)
Best of luck.