Sometimes I get discouraged, too, when the pain flares up, especially after the initial drastic improvement I had (80% reduction in pain after 3 weeks on the diet). But I'm finding that what sweetlover posted above is true, things that in small amounts wouldn't have bothered me so much earlier on in this WOE, I find bother me more now, such as gluten--now that my diet has been "cleaner" for longer, I'm more likely to react to it strongly, if that makes sense. Kind of like my tolerance to it is lower the longer I eat this way.
The nightshade family that you mention (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers) are known to be inflammatory. Thru the elimination diet I did, I have not noticed any reactions to these things, thank goodness, because I love to make Mexican hot sauces! I more easily gave up meat and cheese than I could salsa lol. But I'm not eating near as much of these things as I used to, just to be on the safe side.
The former paragraph makes a lot of sense actually, but I never would've expected that to happen. It seems like I do eat a lot of supposed inflammatory foods (tomatoes, sweet potatoes, oranges [if these even are?] and nuts fairly often).
I think this is just an overly daunting task because most of the food I eat, according to Burgess' list of no-no foods, is on the list! It would mean coming up with an almost completely new meal plan.
Baby steps I guess, tomatoes and gluten first.
Thanks for your personal story, like you said, all I want is to get confirmation from somebody who has been through this.