I've chatted with a lot of vitiligo sufferers over the past couple of years since telling my story on vitiligoprotocol.co.uk and so many of them have digestive problems that I'm more convinced than ever that malabsorbtion of nutrients is a key cause - if not THE root cause - of vitiligo.
I have suffered with Irritable Bowel symptoms (and vitiigo) since early childhood and although the nutritional products I have been taking the last couple of years have resulted in my almost complete re-pigmentation, my IBS also improved but didn't go altogether. The final missing link seems to have been probiotics. I must have had a bad case of candida or some other sort of imbalance of intestinal flora because two courses of high strength probiotics later, nearly all the IBS symptoms have cleared up and I'm feelinng better than I have for years.
If you suspect you might have the same problem, I would recommend Probiotic 55 billion capsules. Most of us don't get enough of these good bacteria in our diets and we get far too many antibiotics one way or another, so whether you think you have candida or not, it's unlikely to do any harm to take a course of probiotics. I must stress I'm not a doctor. This advice is just a matter of common sense and gut instinct!
It's been about 2 years now since my vitiligo started to disappear (or my pigment started to re-appear, which is how I tend to think of it). I'm not quite 100% there yet, but very nearly (and I'm still seeing a gradual improvement in the couple of white patches I still have left so I think it's only a matter of time).
The novelty of looking like my old self again still hasn't worn off. I'm grateful every single day. But I have to keep pinching myself to realise that my face and large expanses of my body are no longer as white as a sheet but are back to my old colour again. It just goes to show how powerful a long-held self image can be. I suppose I have thought of myself as "pasty faced" for so long that now it comes as a surprise to hear someone say to me - as a friend did just yesterday - "You must have had lovely weather on your holiday - you look really tanned!" For a moment I thought she must have been talking to someone else. Then I realised she was right!
My hope and prayer is that everyone with vitiligo should be able to feel good in their own skin - whatever colour (or colours) it is :)
My name is Caroline.