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   Posted 10/18/2013 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
My lupus has been fairly quiet for several months, I'm not even taking any lupus meds anymore. My main issue (besides brain fatgiue and some physical fatgiue) has been bursitis pain in my right hip.

Today I woke up with pain in both hips, both knees, and both ankles. Had to hobble stiffly just to get to the bathroom. Vicodin and Ibuprofen haven't done anything to loosen things up or mitigate the pain. (Some of the joints feel better than early this morning, right hip is still not good.)

I have been without soft drinks for 18 days now! No sugar drinks, no caffeine, ...

I know there is a recommended diet to avoid inflammation, I think it is usually suggested for arthritis patients. According to my tests, I don't have arthritis...

Anyway, I was wondering if any of you had tried an anti-inflammation diet and if so, what kind of results did you get?


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   Posted 10/18/2013 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Yikes,
I'm sorry to hear your joints are such a pain. I have a book entitled The Lupus Recovery Diet (2007) which I read and never followed. It's basically a vegan whole foods diet that starts with fasting. I'm going to be over your way next week, so I'll give it to you. I'm certainly not going to use it. Love Ya!
SLE '05, Sjogrens, fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, CNS problems, diastolic heart failure, GERD, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry

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   Posted 10/18/2013 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, it's also true that I was away for a long weekend with college friends who cooked LOTS of carb and sugar breakfasts & snacks & wine! And not much sleep.

You know, I may have that book ---- need to check my shelves, I guess.
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   Posted 10/18/2013 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Ouch, it's nasty when it flares up with a vengence like that.
The change in the weather has got my joints grumbling too.

Feel better soon.
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   Posted 10/18/2013 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynnwood,
     I have found through experimentation that too much wheat can kick me into a flare.  I try to be good, but it's really difficult to resist bread.  And I am a bread baker!  So not fair.  Everyone once in a while I will also react to too many legumes, which is hard for me to avoid since I eat an almost vegetarian diet.  I do eat fish and chicken, but in small amounts.  I cook a lot of meals with anti-inflammatory spices, like ginger and turmeric.  It seems to help some.  My arthritis came roaring back a few weeks ago when the weather changed.  I did much better when we had warm, less humid days.  It's getting cold again, and that seems to make everything ramp up. 

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 10/18/2013 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lynnwood:

Sorry that you woke hurting so bad. I'm thinking maybe it was a combination of things that you have had on your plate. You were away and it sounds like a good well balanced diet wasn't on the menu. Also, I know when I never get enough sleep my joints feel really stiff in the morning, usually by noon I've loosened up.

I tried the anti-inflammation diet for my fibro actually. A doctor that treated me in ER last fall encouraged me to try it. I did the diet faithfully for 30 days and I didn't feel one iota better at all. He wanted me to contact him after I tried it. Once I responded, he emailed and gave me his results of his findings. He told me that not all of the patients responded well to this diet and because they didn't like avoiding a lot of the food, it was a difficult diet to stick to.

Not sure if I would try it again or not. If you want the list of foods that he told me I had to avoid, I'm sure I still have them, somewhere. shocked Let me know if you want me to look for them.

I hope tomorrow when you wake up, you are feeling a whole lot better and are feeling like your old self. I hope you had a great time away and will have a good weekend to get caught up here on your rest. Take care and let us know how your doing.

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