Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus ForumSLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, SAD, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Cellcept, Prednisone, Xanax, Trazodone, Fosamax, Wellbrutrin SR, ValtrexOTC Daily: Multivitamin, Calcium, B-12, C, D; As Needed: Ibuprofen, Tylenol Sinus
Allergies: All Sulfa-based medications; Levofloxacin, Levaquin
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Yes, I've definately heard AND experience this.
For me the following foods/food additives will cause my joints to flare-up (no matter how much of it I consume):
- MSG. This one is the worst.- Peppers (during my first major flare-up I found that all peppers caused my joints to swell. This time around I'm not sure if they will cause my joints to swell because I haven't "tested" it, but I'm staying away from them just in case).
I generally try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet, just to be safe:
- No MSG whatsoever- Limited sugar and caffeine- Limited red meat- Increased Omega 3s (flaxseed, salmon) as well as olive oil- Limited bad fats- No nightshade veggies (tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, potatoes). They contain solanine which can cause pain/inflammation in some people.- Increased wholegrains (higher fibre and nutrients than "white" stuff).- Lots of colourful fruits and veggies (the brighter the colour, the better. This is because phytomchemicals in the pigment have anti-inflammatory charateristics).- Water! Water! Water!
Of course you don't have to follow an anti-inflammatory diet, but personally I feel better knowing I'm doing all I can to prevent further pain and discomfort. It's not always fun, but to be honest, I've really grown to CRAVE these healthy foods now. I used to always want chocolate or pizza or whatever else, but now (especially because I'm in the midst of a major flareup) I only want to consume foods/beverages that I know are helping my body to repair.
Oh! one more thing. I've also read that Lupus patients should avoid Echinacea because it boosts the Immune System.
Post Edited (Mogaly) : 5/1/2007 12:15:00 AM (GMT-6)
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
Dx Lupus since '00, new Dr wants to Dx Fibro instead....SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, SAD, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Prednisone, Xanax, Trazodone, Boniva(3mth shot), Wellbrutrin SR, ValtrexLinks: DIAGNOSING LUPUS (4 of 11), LUPUS INFORMATION, LUPUS RESOURCES, Donate to HealingWell, Drug Interactions
I found the following book interesting, although I don't adhere to the diet: "The Lupus Recovery Diet, A Natural Approach to Autoimmune Disease That Really Works" by Jill Harrington.