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KristaO wrote:I've heard that weather can affect arthritis. Has there been a change in your weather - the temperature, barometer, humidity, etc.? There's a lady down the street who says she can tell when it's going to rain.
sweetfruitlover wrote:I second the suggestion to eliminated gluten for a few weeks and see if that helps. You have to be really careful though and eliminate every last bit of it or it probably won't make a difference.
sweetfruitlover wrote:Tomatoes and potatoes both cause lots of inflammation in my body, including bursitis of my hip which was causing this grinding pain with every step. It was just awful. Needless to say I was thrilled to figure out that it was just a couple specific foods, and even though I was very sad to give them both up, but nothing tastes as good as good health feels. I hope you won't have to give up your favorites, but even if you do, there is life after tomatoes.
jamietwo wrote:Tomatoes are definitely a trigger for me, and the more I eat the worse it gets. You might try eliminating them for a few weeks (at least 4) to see if that helps. Good luck!
sweetfruitlover wrote:Each food must be tested separately to really figure it out, but most people do just fine with sweet potatoes, whereas tomatoes and gluten are common trigger foods.
The trick is to find a small group of foods that you can eat and be symptom-free. Then test one food at a time. If you react, go back to your safe foods until you feel you have recovered, then start again. Each time you find another safe food, you have a larger group of foods to return to, which is nice. It's hard to be disciplined and not add to many foods, but in the long term it's faster if you are good about this.
Here's a link to Burgess' blog to give you an idea of someone who did this successfully:
blue wrote:Hi Brandon
One thing to keep in mind is that it may take up to 2 or 3 days to react to a trigger food. So like Burgess said, a careful elimination diet is key. I used such a diet and determined sensitivities to dairy, msg, and soy pretty quickly, because those give me reactions in as little as 10 minutes. It took me longer to determine that gluten was a pain trigger, too, because my reactions to it often take as long as 48 hours.
I've had good luck in drastically reducing my pain levels and length of pain flares since beginning this way of eating back in September. Now whenever I feel a pain flare coming on, I go back to my restricted list of foods, and find that quickly resolves things.
Good luck to you. Keep us posted!
I don't know what's wrong, I don't think I'm eating anything different than I have been. I'm just so confused, it seems like this WOE isn't working anymore, or it just didn't work to begin with.. :/
blue wrote: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.
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