Thanks for the responses! I will check into the links you recommended.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU.
- How tall are you? 6' 0
- How much do you weigh? 220 lbs
- How active are you? low active but not sedentary
- How would you rank your posture for sitting, standing, and walking: 1 for awful, 10 for perfect, or somewhere in between? 7
I had both knees replaced this past 6 months so really watching how I walk.
- Where is your RA pain? Is it constant?
Elbows right now. Right one is consistent sometimes late in the day is about a 8 on the pain scale. Normal every day (for the last 4 week when it started is about 3 )
I have a few points to offer.
1. CAUTION. Keep in mind that I am not a physician, only a layman with experience in one set of problems, which I have described in detail in this weblog: http://anti-itisdiet.blogspot.com/2007/ ... ation.html
2. ONE MORE QUESTION. What kind of work do you do? A lot of sitting, kneeling, or holding heavy objects? Could it be related to your knees and elbows?
3. WEIGHT. You and I are the same height. I weigh about 90 pounds less than you do. (I walk about six miles a day and do light exercises.) Technically I am underweight but no doctor who has seen me has suggested I worry about it, because I am fully functional.
You could probably lose about 50-70 pounds and reduce the stress on your knees and (for the future) your ankles and hips. I would still recommend starting with the regular McDougall diet, minus all traces of wheat. If you see any improvement, you know diet is a likely suspect. http://www.drmcdougall.com/free.html
4. INTERPLAY OF DIET AND POSTURE. My experience is that poor diet set me up with a tendency to inflammation and poor posture while sitting, walking, and standing determined where I felt the most pain. Pete Egoscue's book, Pain Free
, was a big help to me, but I had serious posture problems. I also discussed that on my weblog.
That is a lot of information to absorb. I would suggest for now:
1. Invest time into learning the McDougall program.
2. Aim for 100% compliance (but accept the fact that learning takes time). You have nothing to lose (except a lot of weight).
3. If in the next month you see a reduction in your arthritis, even by a small though consistent amount, then consider trying the elimination diet (which helps determine the kinds of foods that are causing a problem). In case you need the information later, here is a link to my experiences with the elim diet: http://anti-itisdiet.blogspot.com/2007/ ... foods.html