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Six weeks ago, I went gluten-free. I only eat veggies (except nightshades), fruits (except bananas), and meat. Most of my symptoms have resolved on this eating plan. I'm fairly regular now. My stools look normal compared to the Bristol Stool Chart. My intestinal gas is now mild and rare. My mild and intermittent abdominal pain is gone. I'm sleeping eight hours a night. I no longer have any shortness of breath or breathing problems. My memory problems are no longer so awful, and I can concentrate just fine again. My period seems to be getting back to normal, too. It was still light this month, but it lasted 5-6 days rather than 3-4 and my cramps were back in full force. I'm almost off the bipolar meds too, which is good, since I'm pretty sure I never had bipolar in the first place and they are the major cause of my low sodium levels.
I still have a couple of problems though, and I'm not sure what to do about them. I'm still having some mild, intermittent numbness and/or tingling in my left quad, both hands/fingers, and both feet/toes. Don't get me wrong, it's a LOT better than when I was ingesting gluten. But at times, my hands/feet will feel kind of warm and tingly...or cold...like they *might* fall asleep, even though they rarely do these days. On the other hand, my left quad still falls asleep nearly every day. However, the muscle isn't so horribly dead like it used to be when it happens and I get sensation back quite soon. I was trying to connect it all to food I've ingested, but I'm starting to wonder if it's not just background radiation (so to speak) until my body heals up.
A second troubling symptom has appeared recently too. I seem to have developed some joint aches and pains in my fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles. They're SORE and weak, especially when I wake up. My muscles are a bit sore too. Is it even gluten-related? Is it something else?
I guess my questions are these:
1. Is continued mild neuropathy and/or the joint pain a sign of ongoing damage?
2. I've believed that being glutened is much worse than what's going on with me right now. This seems rather mild, so I'm not being glutened somehow, am I? I ask because I live with three roommates, and though we do not share ANY food or cooking pans/utensils, they don't clean up after themselves in the kitchen. I've been careful.
3. Could this just be background noise as my body heals, and should I stop trying to associate it with the foods I'm eating (unless it's a incredibly obvious bad reaction)?
4. Is it normal for joint pain to just appear after gluten-free? I thought gluten-free diets relieved joint pain!
5. If it's not normal, what other sorts of things could it be? I really don't think I have MS, lupus, or Lyme disease.
I would definitely get Vitamin D and thyroid checked as both can cause this issue. I've experienced a lot of joint pain when my thyroid was out of whack. Make sure you get a full thyroid panel, many Dr's will only order TSH which isn't going to tell the whole picture of your thyroid. This would include Free T3, Free T4, TPOAb, and TgAb. I hope you do start to feel better. Joint pain.is so hard to deal with.
I could certainly give the raisins a try. Nothing to lose there.
It's kind of like when I got diagnosed. It took 3 months gluten-free to feel better. Still remaining gluten-free, the same symptoms have returned and are there all the time now but to a lesser degree.
Have you had your thyroid checked? Hypothyroid can cause joint pain.
Also, some folks get joint pain from eating nightshade vegetables. Those are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.
And now - this is going to sound crazy to you but gin soaked raisins put an end to my really bad joint pain.
Be sure to give it a good eight week trial. Some folks get relief sooner but some take the full eight weeks. For me it took six weeks but when it happened it happened overnight. One day I couldn't even pick up my coffee cup. The next morning I had zero pain.