no gluten or dairy diet seems to be helping my arthritis

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

breezybrenda
New Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 11/30/2006 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had rheumatoid arthritis since 1989. For years I got by on just Placquenel  Since I went through menopause it started getting worse and I started taking Humira also.   It helped a lot for a while but by 9 months it wasn't working well.  I had to take a shot once a week and it wasn't lasting for more than 4 days. One doctor was going to increase my drugs to include methotrexate, and predisone also and another on methotrexate and asulfazine along with the humira and placquenel. I was just going to start the methotrexate because I couldn't take the pain anymore.  I decided though before I added anymore new drugs, I would give diet and supplements a chance. I started researching
 
  Previously I had found being on a no gluten diet helped a little.    After having done some research into allergies and arthritis I decided to try a non dairy diet too. My son convinced me to try the no dairy because he claims the casein in milk affects a lot of people badly including him. It gives him migraines. I also was having some hoarseness problems last winter and a top throat specialist said it was due to acid reflux and put me on a low acid diet. I also read about supplements in the magazine from the Arthritis Foundation and decided to take some fish oil, eveing primrose oil, ginger as well as the glucosamine chointroiten that I have taken for years.  These all act as antiinflamatories.
 
 After being on the no gluten, no dairy and low acid diet for a month, I started feeling much better.   The humira started lasting 2 weeks again and I am able to work out at the gym 5 to 6 days a week.  I don't take any pain killers and never had to go on the methotrexate.  When I cheat and eat some bread or a little dairy, I start feeling pain within a couple of days. I also lost the 15 pounds I haven't been able to lose for years.   This diet sounds hard to do but it isn't so bad once you figure out what you can replace the missing foods with.
 
 
I just want to tell people that this diet seems to have helped me greatly.   I feel so much better, I can hardly believe it.  No one I know with rheumatoid arthritis would even consider trying this diet for a month because they say they can't live without bread and dairy.   No one likes bread and dairy more than I do but I am now having no trouble doing it.   You can supplement the calcium with other foods and pills.   Not eating gluten and dairy makes it so much easier to lose weight I just wish someone else with try it for about 6 weeks and see if they feel better.  Even if they don't feel better, at least they'll be a little thinner. 
 
So if anyone is getting desperate to feel better without taking even more drugs and wants to try the diet, let me know and I'll help you anyway I can.  Maybe my remission after being on the diet for about a month is a coincidence.  But maybe not.  I'm not suggesting anyone stop taking any medicines for their arthritis.The medicines definitely help.  I'm not saying diet is a cure.  Most doctors though, just throw more and more medicine at us, no matter how tough it is on bodies since that is what the read about in materials written by the drug companies.  There is no money for research into treating arthritis in other ways such as diet.  Just look up what research has been done, and it is incredibly scarce.  I think a combination of drugs, diet, supplements and exercise is healthiest compared to just piling up more and more toxicity. 
 
Brenda
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

yalinda
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 1179
   Posted 12/1/2006 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
wow thats great brenda thanks for sharing. i dont think i could do it? you mentioned your son- do you have kids still at home? i do and the stuff would be in my house and i frankly would eat it. i know myself ~ i'd cheat.

congrats to you though, i am certain this will help and encourage others to try. take care yalinda

CaMama
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1884
   Posted 12/4/2006 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I find also if I stay away from dairy, my arthritis does better. I have considered cutting gluton out of my diet....when tried it, I changed the whole family to it and got nothing but complaints from everyone including my husband.
Did you go cold turky or ease yourself and your family in to it?
***
 


breezybrenda
New Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 12/5/2006 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I went cold turkey just myself.   I would never put my family on this diet.   I still give them all the dairy and gluten that they like.   What has happened is that I have realized that if I cheat, the pain comes back.   After it keeps happening, I just hardly cheat anymore.   I don't go crazy though.  There is a little bit of gluten in many things.   I still eat rice krispies even though it has some barley malt.   There is wheat in most soy sauce, and I still eat some.   I might eat some milk chocolate.   We're not going to die from a little bit.   Just not eating items that are totally gluten or dairy. 

yalinda
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 1179
   Posted 12/5/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
you make it sound easy? i'll so some resaerch on foods that i can and cannot eat and then see if i have what it takes to do, seems like all the meds are crazy so who knows ? :) yalinda

rock528
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 12/5/2006 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Brenda,

Great post. Way to go! You are really to be admired. I'm impressed and think you're smart.

I'd like to think I could do it, but I know caffeine aggravates things for me and can I give that up? Uh, apparently not. I drink my Starbucks, I feel the ache, and I think, "Not Tomorrow, No sir." nono And then there I am at some coffee drive thru the next day like a junkie.

What do you think it is? Do I need to hit super rock bottom before I give up coffee and diet coke and cheese and bread? It's horrible to admit, but I know I'll take MTX before I give up these simple "pleasures" that could be doing me in. Does that make me weak? I'm feeling a little weak. :-)
Rocky
 
Actually happy to be sick and not just crazy . . .


Vespagal
New Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 2/9/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Did the Dr. test you for celiac disease? when they tested my daughter for everything in regards to her joint pain they also tested her for celiac disease and although it did not come up positive one doc suggested cutting out dairy and gluten just to see. There has got to be something to it Good work Vespagal

Harley Diva
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 160
   Posted 2/11/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there......I was on the diet for about three months and I never cheated once. I was very strict about it. I found that it helped a little bit. But never enough to reduce any meds. I also went to the doctor and was tested for celiacs disease and it was negative. I also had allergy testing done and I have no allergies. I was not able to pinpoint the small amount of relief to the diet. I do think it may of helped a little but not enough to justify the inconvienience.
Harley Diva
 
....RA, HPT,  drugs: Sulfasalazine, MTX, prednisone, bp meds

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, December 08, 2016 9:20 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,734,680 posts in 301,234 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151348 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, fenway17.
301 Guest(s), 11 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Bololidat, TOOTY, iho, fenway17, Suffering34, joavila92, quincy, YiyiBoo, bdavis, trumpet123, Myself 09


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer