FWIW: I didn't qualify for the Viome trial, and may look at it again in the future. It is either incredibly fascinating science or an ingenious con to sell supplements -- I haven't decided which way I lean yet. :-) I'd love to see the results, but it looks like the study is still open.
I came onto the forum just now because I got some bloodwork back and I really wanted to tell someone about it, but don't wan't to be preachy and figured the thread about diet was the only place to share this.
About a year ago I was in excruciating pain and could barely walk in the evenings. I got so fed up with it that I started researching possible things to try - which is how I found this forum (THANK YOU ALL). I spent quarantine reading up on and experimenting with diet and supplements. I started with a scorched earth plan and cut out all starches, started taking fish oil, probiotics, turmeric with curcumerin, beet powder. Stopped taking all medications - with Dr support of course (had been on Gilenya for MS). After about 6 months of that I started feeling amazing. I've slowly been adding starches back in and it has been promising.
My C-reactive Protein levels had been at least 30 (should be <8) and my Sed rate at least 24 (should be <20) for several years. In October my CRP was 48.9 . Sed rate was 31. Before diet changes, I could barely touch my shins.
I had an appt with Rheumy last week and I could touch the floor(!). I barely remember the last time I felt pain. CRP is down to 12 (almost normal!) and Sed rate is down to 9 (well within range!).
Like I said - don't want to be preachy or braggy, just wanted to share with *someone* and no one else understands my joy (and pride) in finding something that works for me and helps me be pain free.
Sometimes it's nice to vent good news too :-)
dx Multiple Sclerosis in 2005 - tried Rebif, Copaxone, Gilenya; dx Crohn's in 2012
... question both dx above - think it may have been AS symptoms
dx AS 2019 - HLA B27+; radiographic evidence of bilateral sclerosis of SI joints
Currently using diet, +pre/probiotics, +fish oil, +tumeric. Medication and Pain free (at least for now)