diet to help pain/inflammation

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pix
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I have intermittent joint pain, but I also have crohn's disease and autoimmune hepatitis.  All may be autoimmune.  My question for you guys is this--have you had any luck with diet?  Gluten free?  No dairy?  ???
Pix

sjkly
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have RA which is autoimmune and though I may be in the minority I find that the only food that bothers me is tomatos and only if I am already having inflamation. If my knee is swollen and I eat tomatoes it makes me fatigued, feverish, and often my other knee will swell up. If I am not having inflamation and eat tomatoes nothing happens. (tomatos are the only nightshades I eat in any quantity so the others may do the same if I ate a bunch of them).
The thing with this diet/disease connection thing is how individual it is. There are people who swear by gluten free but I tried it and it did not help at all.
Oh, the omega 3's do help with inflamation but I would not take them instead of my meds just in addition to my meds.
Sj

Morgoth
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   Posted 6/17/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
You can ask for a Gluten-Test and see what the result is. All the rest is merely a process of trial and error I'm affraid. Alcohol is usually bad for both Crohn and joint pain, so, unless you already haev, I'd suggest skipping the alcool for a couple of onths and see what happens. But our diet definately effects our pain, regardless of what is wrong, it always has some effect.

Try it out and keep us posted please.

I also suggest keeping a detailed log of what you eat and drink.
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nvrthesame98
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   Posted 6/18/2008 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Certainly with the Crohns your diet is going to effect the degree but as for the others I have to say it is individulaiized greatly as what helps some doesnt help others at all.

There is always some everchanging advice for us nutritionally it becomes difficult to keep track of.

I do after years of trials and research add B12 to the mix of meds I take as well as try to eat foods high in B12 as it has shown a very high incident of aiding in releiving pain and supporting energy levels bogged down by the meds we are forced to take and the great amounts of time we spend inactive due to the pain and our bodies constant battle with pain levels way beyond the norm on a daily basis. I am on methadone and it has a very high ability to cause me to want to lie around and doze often and it has become alot better in the years since I have added B12 to my diet and medicine cabinet.

I thought I saw someone here that had some background in nutrition once in awhile and maybe they will chime in here and if not there is a board of nutrition that can aid you as well as a nutritionist on staff at most all county health departments that could probably help you.
NVR
 
Bilateral knee replacements,spondylosis of L-3,4,5 and S-1, osteoarthritis,premenopausal migraines.
 
Meds: Methadone,xanax,zanaflex,maxide,prempro,K+,indocin,lexapro,neurontin(coming off) lyrica(going onto)
 
 


pix
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   Posted 6/18/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, guys.  Please keep posting your advice, because I sure need it.  Food is so complicated, and I do understand that the results are frequently different for different people.

BigLucy
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   Posted 6/21/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thought I'd chime in. I have ulcerative colitis, IBS-D and GERD (severe)--my GI jokes that I'm going for the world's record for the person with the most GI diagnoses. When I was DX with UC (over 10 yrs) I was the healthiest I'd ever been, had been a vegetarian for seven years, working out regularly, etc. then boom, sick. Over the years I've tried EVERYTHING food related (elimination, combining), herbs, teas, vitamins, health shakes, organic only, yoga, biofeedback, on and on. Anyway, I have come to the conclusion--for me--that no matter what I eat, it is what it is. For the most part, I have a lot of problems no matter what I eat, but I do tend to stay on the healthier side of the spectrum. Honestly, I have found not eating the only thing that works the best; I still haven't figured out the lack of energy side effect you get from not eating, but........(joking, but not really). So, what I do is eat as little as possible, very small meals/snacks. It's not easy, I'm hungry a lot, but I have stomach pain almost every time I eat something so that helps with not wanting to eat too much. I keep hydrated, take lots of supplements, on bad days stay in the bland food group--bananas, rice, boiled chicken, apple juice (yes, I had to start eating meat b/c I needed the protein) oh, I guess beans are something I really can't eat, very hard on the stomach. I gave up everything alcoholic several years ago, too hard on the gut, but I wouldn't drink now anyway b/c of the pain meds I take.

Just read back my paragraph and it seems a little depressing but like I said, it is what it is. I've learned to deal with it and hoping that someday I will discover the meaning behind this journey. Good luck.

pix
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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks big lucy.  Sometimes I think that if I could find the magic food to eat or stop eating the "bad" food then I would not have autoimmune issues....there is so little out there to go on, and it is sort of frustrating to think that I could cure myself if only I could discover how.  I hope you can find something that helps you. And good luck with the gi disease record!  I will call the Guiness Book for you..... yeah   ha,  ha,

Pix


BigLucy
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   Posted 6/21/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I would venture to say that thinking you're going to "cure" yourself by eating the right things is some stinkin thinkin, in otherwords, you're going to drive yourself nuts--trust me, I know from personal experience. I work in health care and do you know how many people I am exposed to that have smoked for years, are grossly obese, have used heroin or meth for decades and nothing, nada, zip, health pretty good--I'm not saying these people may not suffer some consequences down the line, but you think if you could trigger your illness/disease then it woulda in most people who chronically abuse their bodies. Take care of yourself as best as you can and remember, for now, it is what it is.

pix
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   Posted 6/22/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, big Lucy for those words of wisdom.  I am also the sort that can drive myself crazy with my blame/guilt/  thoughts.  I appreciate your perspective about cause and effect!!!  It reminds me of a friend who took "perfect" care of herself, and developed very high cholesterol.  Of course it was her liver, but she felt so betrayed when her good self care didn't shield her from disease.

have a good day...

Pix

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