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2/20/14 2:25 P

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Update: The Rheumatologist says I don't have RA, which was a relief. He described my pain as an overall tenderness. Very frankly, he said that the link between joint pain and Celiac disease is not understood. He does not think RA drugs will work because I don't have RA.

The MRI report on my knee came back clear of anything major. Over Valentine's Day I broke my anti inflammatory diet and ejoyed chocolate dinner followed by chocolate breakfast. After that I had severe stomach pain followed by more intense joint pain than I was having before I started the diet.

The end result is that I'm left with diet modification as my only option for sore joints. To be fair, I do have the option of taking $14 per pill Celebrex but I don't hurt that much yet.


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I am still hanging in there with my anti-inflammation diet but I have gotten more permissive and cheated a bit. I'm worn out emotionally and losing hope that anytthing is going to help my aches. The worst thing I've done is eat flax cereal (Life is Good brand) with cow's milk. I always take lactaid but I know this is bad because I eat this too often for breakfast.

My son made his first batch of gluten-free cupcakes and I had to try one of those! We had his genes tested and he has the celiac genes with no symptoms but he eats gluten free due to his potential to develop the disease. I have 2 sons with the genes and both of them are gluten free. I have a 3rd son with out the genes but he is gluten free in solidarity though I wish he would feel free to eat gluten.

My left knee is getting progressively worse and walking for an extended period is painful. I am scheduled for an MRI. The Orthapedist said I look like a good candidate for surgery and the success rate is 80% but I don't think I'll do that unless things are much worse. I dont' take NSAIDs because they make my stomach burn. I either have to feel the knee pain or take drugs and have stomach pain so I pick knee pain. At least it keeps me from overdoing it on the knee if the pain is dulled on drugs.

I see the Rheumatologist today. I last saw him in 2009. At that time he couldn't do anything if I didn't have redness or swelling in the joints and I have both in the knee now. I am afraid becasue I have developed redness in all the joints of my hands. The dry heat in the house during the winter and frequent hand washing when cooking makes them dry but I've never seen the redness in the knuckles that I have today.

I have lost about 5 lbs since Jan 1 on my new diet. I've also kept lifting weights for the upper body despite the fact I can't do much lower body exercise that invovles my knee. My physical therapist says I should keep doing leg strengthening as much as possible with out causing increased pain but that is increasingly difficut to to.

I had significant gut pain 2 days last week after eating lunch. My lunches were like a bit of wild alaskan sockeye salmon (frozen), green beans (frozen) and quinoua. I cooked it all so I known it's ok.

One day I thought I may have to leave work as a result of the pain. My gastrointerologist is sending me to have an ultra sound of the stomach which looks at the gall bladder. I don't think this is the problem but i've never had that checked so I will try it despite the fact it will be rather expensive. My celiac testing blood work all came back negative which I was no surprise to me. That felt like a waste of time and money but I know it's the prudent approach.

Will see what happens next....

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2/9/14 2:15 P

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Well said Harryc2202, I agree on many points.
I avoid processed milks of hemp-almond-rice; they hold fermentation processed sugar troubles for me. The rice version is processed with low amount of barley assumed to be removed at the end. Quinoa is my friend and so is amaranth. I got my first tub of mono-laurin (coconut extract constituent) from my naturopathic doctor which now corrects my yeast question in a strong clean way. This hero will assist in my digestive and fungal issues since the whole foods that did help were also high in citric acid and or sulfur content.

My inflammation diet guidelines are enhanced with my new understanding of nutrition and digestive struggle theories. The high levels of citric acid in whole foods and the natural food balance of sulfur are also questionable in my gradually worsening gut headache joint inflammation ouch days. As I measure what I ate recently 2-4 days past, I can see a pattern of the building toward liver blockage and as a result increased inflammation signs.

Doing away with the nightshades alone is not seen or deeply felt in me either but eating nightshades and any additional gut stress will surely result in ouch and loss of energy for me. The heart is affected by them and heart patients are to restrict their uses. Also the night shades tend to be nicely high in vitamin C, we have found a better source for my needs.

But in many foods like most whole fresh fruits and vegetables and processed stuffs like medicines and carbonated beverages canned and dehydrated foods, they often have citric acid as the preservative. They are guaranteed to make citric acid elevations in me a nightmare. I felt deep anxiety after just one can of pop. I stopped eating all of questionable sources and my naturopathic doctor provides pure clean vitamin C crystals for my use thus cutting out a large percentage of citric acid in whole foods. My newly acquired citric acid limiting skills have done wonders to reduce my anxiety and inflammation throughout my day.

My happy liver is worth working for. Sulfur content in whole foods often confused me until I had taken the elimination diet steps and journal notations to see the winning results I achieved by avoiding them. By avoiding whole foods known to have higher levels of sulfur sulfites sulfates, etc, this natural constituent, my digestive tract including my liver are much more content and inflammation is seriously reduced. It is amazing that well known whole foods even organic ones hurt my inflammation reduction cause. Sulfur is used in the farming processes of many plants like grapes/raisons plums/prunes. There are FDA approved uses of the many compounds of sulfur, in the plant and on the plant, at various stages of development. Then I used nutritional food chart sulfur levels and common practical math, I then add in the amounts of sulfur in my whole organic protein sources I find those higher levels of sulfur in all food groups exceeding my 6 parts per million daily limits. Cheese has sulfur so too many low good servings over a weeks time can affect my liver and all the signs appear again.

I have control when I aggressively address the other liver struggles I can last longer before a bout of inflammation and pain may steal my energy and sleep. Citric acid and sulfur remain in all food but in my diet I keep it down in tiny controlled amounts. Anxiety always rides high when my liver is discontent which leads to less sleep. They say the liver is where the anger emotion rides and control is now mine. This is where I feel better knowing and feel better for actually seeing a huge difference as less pain, virtually no inflammation, and I see longer deeper sleep. They have become my rewards. Learning the whys of it all helps me keep inflammation under control. Once again the digestive issues are in my past and so are the foods processed and the well known organic whole ones that put me there. Thanks to my doctor of nutrition and in part due to the nature of avoidance dieting all the missing nutrients are re-addressed through the facts and lessons learned from my nutritionist replaced by supplementation sources. I get full nutrition enough daily calories handsome amounts of antioxidants fats and fiber in a different way these days.


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2/5/14 1:41 P

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KJ,

How long have you been doing Whole Body Cryotherapy? Is it expensive? My pain level is low but constant. What type of relief have you gotten?

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I have been trying a new (to me) treatment for inflammation:
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is the body's exposure to extreme cold, triggering a systemic anti-inflammatory response. This modality was first utilized in Japan to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Studies conducted in Europe over the last two decades have established WBC as a powerful treatment for inflammatory disorders and injuries. The treatments have been used to accelerate the production of collagen, to improve skin elasticity and texture, to reverse skin aging, and to reduce the appearance of cellulite. WBC boosts the bodys metabolic rate, which accelerates weight loss outcomes. Professional athletes have discovered WBC as a powerful treatment to decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance.

www.polarcryotherapy.com/

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I got a steroid shot from an orthopedist in my sore left knee yesterday. I have what is called Patellofemoral pain. It is highly likely that I will not run again. I just need to rest it now. The good knee huts a little and it looked to have the same problem on the x-ray at least. A friend reccomended pain management as an option for my aching joints which I am reluctant to do. Has anyone gone that route?

My plan was to stick with my curren level of diet restrictions and seek some medical opinions before I purse further dietary restricitons. I guess I'll keep doing that but I'm tired and depressed about this. I'm going to take a break from exercise for a bit. I'm also considering going back to physical therapy but I have to pay 100% out of pocket for that.



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I have been slipping up on eating good foods for the past few weeks, and also have been noticing more back pain. My naturopathic doctor mentioned that the two are probably connected and inflammation has probably built up again in my body. Wow...sometimes I just need to be hit over the head with the information I guess. Time to get serious again cuz this pain has got to go away again!

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One things for sure, each of us have unique bodies and each of us has to figure out what combination of food, drugs, herbs, treatment works for us and our lifestyle. There is no ONE answer. I'm so glad we can share information here on Sparkpeople.

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I had the same thing when I went to see a gastro. I didn't take the pills. You need acid to digest your food. I don't know about your problem specifically, but I wasn't digesting mine, so acid blockers wouldn't be of any help whatsoever. I was on them for a time when I was on antibiotics, and they made me feel awful.

The person that helped me the most was an acupuncturist. I never got acupuncture, but she did this food test (which most people will say is bogus) with acupuncture points on a computer. I cut out the foods that the test said I was reacting to and I started doing much better! Then I bought a test online for h.pylori, because the docs weren't doing a darn thing for me, and it came back positive. Took my test in to a doc and demanded meds. After that things are much better.

Not saying you have to do all of this, but there are other options out there. And sometimes you have to do it by yourself, like I did. It's really sad, but the doc is not going to get rid of your problem, because they take care of their family with your money. If we started properly diagnosing everyone, there would be no money to make. That's my personal opinion anyway.


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1/17/14 11:20 A

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Thanks Nomand.

I had an appointment this morning with a Gastro who specializes in reflux thanks to my scheduler screening. I considered cancelling but my wife said why not try it. It should have been no surprise when I left the office with a hand full of acid reducing pill samples and an appointment to come back in 30 days. The over the counter acid pills seldom help me but I'll take these for a while as long as there are no obvious side effects.

I will be seeing other gastrointerologists as well. He suggested I go back to my Rheumatologist and try and get a medicine that is not as hard on the stomach as ibuprofen. From my recent tracking, I have realized that I take ibuproften much more that I expected, nearly every day this past week.

Of course this doesn't address the source of my joint pain or fatigue but the Gastro said to take one symptom at a time. That wasn't very satisfying but I don't have much else. I'm still on a limited diet and the tracking of my foods doesn't point to any that trigger my problems yet.

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It's so interesting to hear people's stories. Harry, I think you need to tell them what they want to hear, in other words, along the lines of what they do. Let the Celiac come up later. After all, it is a clerk that is doing the screening.
good luck, Barb

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Dr. Alejandro Junger - 'Healing the gut' (from Dr. Oz) www.doctoroz.com/videos/3-day-jumpst
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1/16/14 1:56 P

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Thanks for the responses.

I emailed the nutritionist affiliated with my old Celiac Disease Doctor who quit seeing patients. She reccomended I continue to pursue finding source of my problems before doing further diet restrictions. She also said it could be C Diff or bacteria overgrowth and not to jump to the conclusion it is Celiac D or diet.

Off on the find a new doctor quest (again). I called 2 doctors choosen based on their backgrounds with IBS, Crones, etc.

Both conversations went like this:
Me: I want to see Dr. X
Scheduler: What is your diagnosis? (Why would I need a new doctor if I knew what was wrong?)
Me: Uh... I'm diagnosed with Celiac but I don't think that is the current problem.
Scheduler: Oh, Dr. X doesn't do Celiac Disease he does something else.

In both cases I took appointments with doctors I didn't target based on my research. Now I remember what a frustrating waste of time doctors often are.


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I'm with a previous poster on an allergist once told me I needed psychiatric help. Apparently my breathing problems at night were "all in my head". Thanks doc, I could've died with your help.

I was gluten free for 6 years (excluding thanksgiving and easter, which I couldn't help myself). I went back on the gluten for a blood test to finally rule in or out CD. Luckily it came back negative. But in that time I had all sorts of pain and inflammation. My knees were the worst. I was off it for 2 days and it was all gone, and continues to get better. I do have a diagnosed intolerance, but it's good to know I don't have a disease :) I find that the Low FODMAP diet helps my leftover bloating tremendously! Things like onion and garlic that are always talked about as being great for the gut are the worst culprits for me, ugh. Plus all the sugar alcohols blow me up like a balloon within a matter of seconds. Literally.

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I started logging last week. I'm hoping to learn from it.

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Logging my food and symptoms has helped me uncover certain foods that trigger pain and inflammation. I figure out that white potatoes are not good for me. Unfortunately, many of the gluten free baked goods contain potatoes flour so those are a no-no for me.

Sugar also sets off pain and inflammation. So now I get my sweets from a shop that specializes in raw vegan sweets. They use coconut nectar, dates and other natural sweeteners in their goods and I don't have a reaction.

The bottom line is for each of use to figure out what triggers our body reaction.

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By the way, for years I took 2 Aleve daily, and now I take none and have less inflammation and pain than I used to have. I went gluten-free because someone told me that gluten made his inflammation worse. I figured I had nothing to lose by trying it. The other benefits have been amazing - digestive problems are gone. Nose is no longer chronically stuffy. Head is not as foggy (although my daughters will say I am still blond). I do not have crazy food cravings, and am satisfied with less food, so have lost weight. Bad cholesterol and triglycerides are lower. Good chol. is higher. It is easier to keep my hematocrit high enough that I can donate platelets. I have more energy. And the only thing that I have changed is that I no longer eat gluten, although I guess along with that is I eat fewer processed foods, less trans fat, less fast food. I rarely eat gluten-free foods that are made to replace gluten foods - mostly I eat things that are just naturally free of gluten - and that gives me thousands of things to choose from.

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Hi - it took me about 6 months of gluten-free before the inflammation was gone, but it finally worked! However, in December, I ate a larger than normal amount of sweets, and noticed that I was stiff again. I am suspecting sugar is a problem for me, and after a week of avoiding it, indeed I am much better. Here are a couple links, and hopefully I am not repeating what someone else already posted: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/in
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Thanks for the links. I did not know that about rice milk. Mine is not that brand but it does say it uses Rice Syrup. I'm done with it for now.

I like the sparkling water idea. I'll pick some up. :)

I'm overwhelmed by any more diets now. ughhhhh

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I have a couple of things for consideration. I do know aspartame is very bad. I have never like the taste. It's really the sparkling I want, so I buy sparkling unflavoured water, essentially water and carbon dioxide. You can add your own flavourings if you need them, such as some lemon, lime or other unsweetened juice, thus controlling the ingredients.

Is the Rice milk labeled gluten free? Here is one article with some comments on a popular brand celiacdisease.about.com/od/Gluten-Fr
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And lastly, consider a rotation diet. That is when a food family is not repeated for 4 days. a food take 4 days to clear the system. It is a great tool to identify the foods that are causing problems. I regained my health and life by following for a time that I felt I needed.
This site gives a brief explanations www.food-allergy.org/rotation.html (don't need to order the book)
and this is a link to a free pamphlet on how to do it that looks very good. www.metametrix.com/files/test-menu/i
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erpretive-guides/allergix-ig.pdf

one more that explains the addictive nature of foods you are allergic to and the cyclical nature of food allergies is here www.ehcd.com/pdf/rotationaldietinfo.
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From my experience Doctors who say they can't help me are better than those that say stuipd things or far fetched diagnosises. The worst one before I went GF recommended I get psychological help for my delusions.

I'm not so much of a junk food person as I am a choc-o-holic. I have been keeping a large bag of chocolate chips from the Wholesale store in my freezer but I havn't had any in 5 days. I drink a case of caffine free diet coke a week and drink decaf coffe and chew nicotine gum constantly. Aspartame and gum may have a negative impact on me but I can only give up so much at once.

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I am in a very similar position. After years of trying to treat symptoms with medicine, I decided there can't be any downside in trying out this diet. Worst case, my symptoms don't get better but I'm eating all good foods. Best case, my symptoms go away.

I have my good days and my bad days. If someone follows the diet really strict (no illegal foods) some have had major improvement within 3 months, others are on the diet for longer. I have seen great improvement, have less pain and have lost weight, but I know it's not perfect yet.

I just had to decide that I was going to give this a chance. Period. Now I have to get back on track, I struggle with binge eating junk food and went back to that habit since Thanksgiving so I am working to get back on track.

It helped me to read the success stories from the book and online. There is an SCD group here on SparkPeople and a few on facebook if you are on that. It was encouraging to know that I wasn't doing this alone, and I have had great family support.

Let me know if you have questions or anything. Hopefully the science behind SCD will help your symptoms. It amazes me that in 10+ years of working with doctors, not one mentioned that changing my diet might help. One called me fat, which did not help, but no one explained how food choices make a difference.

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Thanks a lot, it's nice to hear someone else's point of view. I was diagnosed 4 years ago. I went GF and all my symptoms (except those brough on by age :)) went away. Last winter my symptoms returned. Tests and my endoscopy showed that I had no damage internally and I wasn't getting gluten. They also tested my inflammation markers and those were ok also.

My gastrointerologist had no suggestions for my joint pain and fatigue. Fortunately, I quit dairy and my problems went away. I wasn't sure if this was a coincidence and eventually I got back on dairy. I've also seen Rheumatologists who say they can't help me either. I had a very good Dr. who specialized in CD but he quit seeing patients and only does research now.

This winter I has not been as bad as last year but i'm still not well. I hurt my foot in June and the doctor said it looks great but it will not stop hurting. My knee also has nothing structurally wrong but hurts all the time as well. I've been in physical therapy for both and neither of these problems get better. I was running 3-4 times a week in June and now I can't ride the seated exercise bike for 15 minutes without pain.

I'm coming to terms with the fact that gluten free is not enough for me. I'm mad that I have to give more foods up and scared at the same time that more dietary restrictions may not fix my symptoms.

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Glad that you found the book, and the website is really helpful as well.

SCD isn't meant to be a forever plan, but by getting rid of the foods that are more complicated for your body to digest, it always your gut to heal. Then you can start to add foods into your diet again and really know what foods cause problems. I know it is restrictive, but I have seen a ton of great results. Although I've been eating junk food for the past few weeks, and can also tell that I need to get back on track again.

The cheeses allowed by SCD are ones that are easy to digest, lack a high dose of lactose and have the simpler molecular structures (or something like that). I have been lactose intolerant for about a decade, so I do not use any cheese with SCD even though it's allowed. Some people have found that after using the SCD diet, they can eat dairy again when their gut has had time to heal.

I do make my own yogurt, it takes 24 hours to do according to the SCD diet plan. Be sure to follow that guideline. I have yet to find a store with dry curd in stock so I have not tried that yet. I eat the yogurt every day in a fruit smoothie, but otherwise try to stick to cooked veggies instead of raw ones, just seems to be better for my stomach.

The hardest thing for me is that I have done so much damage to my gut/digestive system that it is taking while for it to heal. That has been trying my patience, but I'm sticking with it. I'm doing this all with the guidance of a naturopathic doctor. My food is pretty simple, mostly one ingredient item like fish and steamed broccoli, but I've also gotten into the habit of making my own soup which is super tasty!

The SCD book also gives you a lot of the science behind the diet, although I skipped most of the molecular/deep science talk...:)

Does that help?

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Uwpalum - I got the Breaking the Vicious Cycle book. This diet is much more restrictive than the one described in Anti-Inflamation for Dummys book. I don't care for the Dummys book but I got Anti-inflamation for Idiots which I do like. Idiots is written by a doctor and cites studies that back up the diet reccomendations.

Regarding SCD, do you make the yogurt? I ordered a yogurt maker on Amazon. Are you eating the dry curd? I bought some over the weekend but I haven't tried it yet. The only refined sugar I've eaten for the last week comes from my favorite salad dressing which I can't let go yet because it is an integral part of my vegatable eating. I've been eating raw veggies with no condiments as well. I am lactose intolerant now (that changes from time to time) so giving up dairy is no big deal. SCD allows some cheese which I find hard to understand.

I notice that Quinoa and Agave Nectar are not allowed on the SCD diet but I did see a blog of one person on SCD that said they can tolerate Quinoa. I don't like taking vitamins because I've never been able to tell that they help but I ordered some SCD approved ones. I'm unsure about not eating any grains like SCD reccomends.

I can say this for shure. Last night I had 2 bowls of Flax cereal with organic rice milk and my stomach hurt this morning worse that it has in a while. So I can take those food items out of my diet. The flax cereal has a lot of Omega-3s that are hard to get without eating flax. Maybe the problem is rice milk and I can eat the cereal dry or with water.

Any experience you have could be helpful.

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Here is the website for the original SCD book

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And it has been by far the best resource for me ever! The website is great as well.

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What is a good resource for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? I have the "Anti-Inflammation Diet for Dummies" and I've ordered another book. I would like to have a resource that tells me exactly what to eat for a week or 2 to get started. The 'Dummys' book has recepies but I don't really want to make choices, just get a list of things to eat every day.

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I cut out sugar and processed high glycemic carbs awhile ago, including eliminating all foods with high fructose corn syrups. I mostly use honey instead of sugar now. Sugar is a huge cause of inflammation besides weight. gain From the Arthritis Foundation "sugary, high fat and processed foods are known to promote inflammation and can cause painful flares, whereas many whole foods and whole grains, especially those high in fiber, have been shown to lower inflammation. www.arthritistoday.org/what-you-can-
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I have been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for almost 6 months, and the joint pain for me is less, but not completely gone. Still working with my naturopathic doctor to figure out my stomach issues. I wish there was an easy answer!! And if you find one, please let the rest of us know...:)

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Thanks for the replies!

I will give some of these a try. Since Thanksgiving my stomach has been hurting. I'm not sure what I'm doing differently but something is wrong.

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That is an interesting question, Harry.
We have yeast that naturally shares the human body. It should stay in the gut and in moist skin places. But sometimes it changes character and escapes to isolated joints and body regions or all over places often through the gut into the blood stream and beyond. The popular gluten-free foods seem to be higher in simple sugars and carbs. The yeast is Candida Albicans. See if you are doing the actions that promote this invasive and away from the norm actions that mimic lots of other signs and symptoms which generate pain. www.yeastconnection.com or www.candidasupport.org

Most doctor do not test for it believing it will eventually die down under normal immune actions.

I have been told that a light vitamin D supplement taken with breakfast can reduce morning stiffness. Like a shortage of omega-3 fatty acids of with vitamin E carrier the body and modern diet need more vitamin D and sunshine.

Repetitive motion can stir up nerve swelling and bone spurs. Maybe one of these has a hold of your foot. Am I pulling your leg?

Maybe it is not dairy food directly but the ultra cook the ultra pasteurizing methods, antibiotic, and growth hormones going on in the dairy production line instead. As an allergen cows milk is known to have 14 different irritants. Then additives and other stuff go in before any packaging label tells us about some of them.


Be sure to discuss with your doctor alternates for any nutrients you once took in those dairy products if you decide to avoid them.

I hope you feel better soon.
Nice work on that gluten-free big change, Harry. Well done


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Go to this website. It could be a lot of help. It has a lot of info on inflammation.
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Try coconut oil and see how that helps. You can either take it by the teaspoon or in some tea. I have found that helps with my inflammation and when I miss it then I hurt so I keep taking at least a teaspoon full every day. I also have arthritis and it helps with it too.

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To keep my joint pain in check I have to avoid dairy, gluten, peanuts and corn as well as keeping sugar (and even gluten free pasta) out of my diet until things calm down. Low carb meals with plenty of vegetables seems to help. (I haven't noticed any difference when I avoid nightshade foods.)

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Hi all!

Before I was diagnosed I had joint pain all over my body which was largely 'cured' by my new gluten free diet. Now I have peiods when the joint pain comes back. I'll wake up with both hands/knees/elbows hurting. I also have an injured joint in my foot since May and my Dr. says I need to wait it out because everything looks great structurally about my foot.

Quitting dairy has helped with these symptoms. Over time I started dairy again so I'm quitting it again. My wife said "Dairy makes your joints hurt!?" All I can say is that quitting and having less pain happened at the same time last winter.

At times I've stopped eating nightshades (Bell peppers and Tomotoes) and taken fish oil, but I never feel a direct correlation between those activities and a reduciton in pain.

Last winter I had a recurrance of many of my original symptoms including fatigue. I had blood tests and another endoscopy and then a pill endoscopy. All the test results said I was gluten free and my Dr had nothing else for me.

Do any of you have tips for reducing inflammation that have produced results?

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