Joint inflammation and gluten?!?!

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   Posted 1/26/2015 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am hoping to get some input from you all! I have read several posts and have found them helpful. Here is my story...
I am 25 years old. I have had joint pains for about 9 months now and the originally thought it was sure to systemic strep so I had my tonsils removed, that did not help! Now I have gone to see a rheumatologist and all of my blood work came back great with the only thing being a slightly elevated CRP. So he tells me I have some inflammation in my joints. Don't know the cause or anything. I was put on 5 mg prednisone for 3 weeks and since that was helping ( mostly, I have some days where it does not seem to help). Now I am being put on Plaquenil. I understand this medicine is relatively safe, and I need an eye exam. I am just wondering of anyone has been on Plaquenil for a really really long time. I'm just thinking ahead for my future since I am only 25 and having these issues early.

I am also wondering after reading about gluten if it may have an effect on joint inflammation as many things I read say that it does. Have any of you seen a difference with cutting out gluten? I just hate to go on meds so early and eagerly if I am going to have this issue for ever.

I also feel like I do not have as much energy, I'm shedding like a dog, joint pain, occasional stomach pains, but they are usually just an annoyance so I have never really though me of it being a gluten thing.

I feel I have something going on with my joints but as of yet have nothing to call it other than inflammation.

Sorry for all of my rambling!! Help!! :)

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   Posted 2/1/2015 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Doesnt appear you have gluten intolerance, celiacs, or sensitivity. You should get checked for celiacs. Some hallmark signs of gluten are fatty stools, that are pale white or yellow and very foul older. skin condition called dermatitis herpetiformis can occur in sensitivty and celiacs disease, this condition happens in specific places on ur body.

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   Posted 5/27/2015 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have RA and Sjogrens and at first before I got on meds, I noticed that gluten would worsen my arthritis, so I cut it out. I am now able to add it back without as many problems. I still don't eat as much wheat as I once did. Don't give up and if your Dr. thinks you have inflammatory arthritis, stay on the plaquenil so you don't get more damage. I went off for 3 years and now I have damage. My x rays were positive for RA in the past few months. However, I'd been suffering from symptoms for a long time along with a negative rheumatoid factor. I had a high sed rate, crp and ANA. So, be cautious, you are young, you want to postpone any damage. Also, it takes 3 months for the plaquenil to get to peak concentration. The eye problems with plaq. are rare but get your eyes examined every year.
Sjogrens syndrome 2/15 via lip biopsy: RA 3/15 seronegative, positive x rays
colitis-resection 11/10, hashimoto's thyroiditis, type 2 diabetes, morphea, GERD
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   Posted 6/3/2015 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Might try following an alkaline diet. An alkaline diet consist of eating lots of fruits and vegetables and not much meat and sugar which create acid in the body. Try a diet of fruits and vegetables for a month and see if it makes a difference in your pain.
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