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Inflammation, Diet, and Pain: a Personal Experience

Inflammation Diet Pain

Inflammation, it seems the rumors are true.

In February I went to the doctor complaining of pain and the blahs.  Her advice?  I’ll bet you can guess. Lose weight, exercise more and consider seeing a therapist.

I thought my diet was healthy, until I figured out it was killing me.

Inflammation, I began to suspect, was the problem.  Gluten was the first thing I decided to experiment with.  I’ve been a vegetarian for many many years, and stopped eating white flour long ago.  My diet included little junk food and virtually no fast food.  Thus I thought I had a pretty healthy diet, but had nothing to lose by experimenting. To my surprise going gluten-free began to reduce my pain.

I started to pay close attention to what I was eating and how I was feeling.

Frozen strawberries were part of my breakfast routine, until I noticed a bad reaction.  Dairy bit the dust, then soy, then oats.  Gluten, soy, dairy, the big three, I couldn’t believe I had the most common allergies. Me, basically healthy me!

Each elimination easing my pain bit by bit.  A thousand thanks to my sister for pointing out that oats have a similar protein to gluten.  Many people who have problems with gluten also have problems with oats.  The recommendation is to eliminate oats for at least the first year of being gluten free.

What also went away:

  • Lethargy
  • Knuckle pain
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • “Tennis” elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spur pain
  • Stiffness and inflexibility

Now when my foot or hip flares up I can almost always link it to something I ate.  I don’t think there is any one dietary answer or that it’s a cure all for every single person.  Simply paying close attention helped me figure out that some foods were killing me slowly and I didn’t even know it.

If you have pain, are dealing with chronic illness, pay attention to how your body reacts to different foods.  Seek help, read all you can about diet and inflammation. But most importantly listen to your body, it is unique and the best guide to finding a diet that works for you.

For me the improvement in wellbeing has been well worth passing up some of the foods I once loved, but did not love me back.

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