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Joint Pain Five Months After Diagnosis

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Hi, I'm new to this forum. My husband was diagnosed with Celiac in January of this year. He has felt so much better up until recently, but has started having terrible joint pain. He's also gained fifty pounds back (he was emaciated before).

Anybody had something like this happen? I wonder if his was just so skinny before that he didn't feel his joints, and we've also had cold, wet weather here...but it does seem odd that he would have that much pain now and didn't have joint pain before. He was up all night with it.

He's also much more active now, had just about given up on playing golf before because he was so weak from anemia.

Rose

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Welcome to the board!

Various symptoms after going gluten-free are common. One cause seems to be increased sensitivity to certain foods, such as dairy, soy, corn, etc. Another is nutrient deficiencies. In the case of sensitivities, try eliminating a suspect food for a week or two, and see how it goes. The top allergens are a good place to start.

Also, if new things have been added to the diet, or are now substantially increased, that might be a factor. For instance, relying heavily on potatoes may be going above the body's tolerance level of nightshades. I can personally attest to this fact. It got to the point, that one serving of potatoes was enough to disable me for two weeks. There was pain all over, in various joints and muscles. Quite a lot of fatigue and weakness too.

Deficiencies of B vitamins, vitamin D, and certain minerals including magnesium and calcium can also lead to such pains. All of these are common in celiac disease, especially during the healing stage. A good co-enzyme B-complex, along with vitamin D3, magnesium, and calcium would be a good place to start. I also found a sublingual methylcobalamin (active form of B12) to be very helpful. Not just for body pain, but for fatigue, sleep cycles, mood, cognitive functioning, and more. Fortunately, not only are vitamin/mineral supplements inexpensive, but you don't need a doctor to prescribe them, and they're usually very safe in normal dosages. Just be sure to check the label for gluten and other no-nos. Both NOW Foods and Source Naturals are generally good about labeling which are gluten-free.

HTH

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Sorry, responded to your post with another post of your response...still learning how to use this forum. My response is below.

Thank you so much for responding!

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Thank you so much for your response. We have been looking at everything he's eaten and all supplements since we read your post.

The only thing we can identify is that he has been eating TONS of red meat. He says he wanted to get his weight and iron up. I read online that it's possible that too much red meat could cause arthritis. We're going to try cooking more fish and chicken and see if that helps.

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Thank you so much for your response. We have been looking at everything he's eaten and all supplements since we read your post.

The only thing we can identify is that he has been eating TONS of red meat. He says he wanted to get his weight and iron up. I read online that it's possible that too much red meat could cause arthritis. We're going to try cooking more fish and chicken and see if that helps.

The weight gain alone could be causing it. Adjusting to carrying around more weight can put stress on joints, back, etc.

Vit. D deficiency -- he might want to ask to have this checked. I was seriously depleted of D and my joint pain was HORRIBLE. I also became very weak and tired. Note: Do not self-diagnose this one -- it is important to not take excessive D unless under the care of a health care provider.

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