DIET? Does anyone know of a particular diet or book (nutrition-wise) that can explain to me what I should be eating or avoiding? I asked my rheumatologist if I could see a dietician/nutritionist about an "anti-inflammatory" diet and he basically told me that there wasn't any medical basis to those. I felt like I had wandered into some weird or inappropriate territory, somehow?! I have already cut out gluten, dairy, msg, preservatives, fake sugar, and most caffeine. But I recently read that I should not eat… read more
Hello! I had to giggle about your dr saying there was no medical basis. That goes to show Dr's are only working for $ and want us patients to pay for all the big pharm drugs. I turned to Pinterest and found so much information on Rheumatoid Arthritis and recipes and veggies and fruits that help with flare ups. Since my first Rheumatoid appt in Jan, I've been working on slowly eliminating sugars, gluten, carbs by using raw honey, gluten free pasta, minimal breads and pastries (which hurts my heart because I love sweets like donuts!). I've added lots of fruits and veggies and drinking more water. No beer, wine is minimal, and i'm finding that hard liquor consumed straight on ice hasn't caused flare ups. I will only have 1 to 2 drinks (4 to 6oz each) and maybe once or twice a month. I try to stay active but its hard when I'm working 8 hrs a day at a desk. Then I go home and have to take care of my disabled son who is 18 years old and in a wheelchair. Sometimes I want to cry, sometimes I want to scream and other days, I feel great! Good luck to you, I hope you find what you are looking for!
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What about medication?? Are you having inflammatory reactions to meds?
I am in no way saying you should do this, but it is my OWN experience, my medication had induced gastroparesis , and other meds they threw at me when they didn't know what they were dealing with just complicated it and caused further problems. I have been weening myself off these drugs and feel better and my gut is getting back to tolerating food again without severe consequences.
And it even taste's good again.
So I'm down 3 drug's now.
I've had RA for over 20 years & have always kept a diary of activities,food, weather conditions, stress,etc. I've tried different diets to see if it helped with pain & inflammation. I never noticed diet making any difference good or bad. Keep a diary. Whenever you have a flare up of pain & swelling, look at your diary and you'll probably be able to figure out what caused your flare up.The cause might be stress from an argument, sudden drop in outside temperature, lifted something too heavy. There are several different things that can trigger a flare up of symptoms.
I was reading up on diets and basically it would be the Mediterranean diet
Clint Paddison and Doc Johnson McDougal both good. I haven't signed up but receive regular emails and podcasts from both, free. My Specialist said exactly same to me. I am on dairy and sugar free but have now found that perhaps I need to go vegetarian. Pain subsided for 8 months , now back with avengeance. Definitely connection with what we inflame our gut with tho. I can eat peppers but not tomatoes. Clint advises to go on elimination diet first but looking after three grandsons, I need energy. Good luck