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  1. Hi everyone, I am 31 and have been experiencing worsening joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in both hands, knees, feet, and TMJs for about 2 years. I was diagnosed with celiac in November and have been gluten-free ever since. Since my symptoms have persisted, I gave up dairy in April with no improvement. I then gave up nightshades, corn, egg, caffeine, and chocolate in May and still have noticed no improvement. Desperate to feel better, I started an elimination diet on July 1. I'm now on Day 8 and my symptoms - if anything - have gotten a little worse. Does anyone else have experience with arthritis and/or elimination diets? I know it's common to feel worse before you feel better on the elimination diet, but when should I start to feel better? Also, the diet wants me to start adding back potentially reactive foods (starting with lemons and limes) around Day 10. Should I do that even if I feel no better? I would be so grateful if anyone can offer any help as this has truly been crippling my life and I am very desperate to feel better.
  2. Thank you everyone for sharing your stories. I truly appreciate all of your insight. Happy and healthy New Year to all of you!
  3. Hi everyone, I am 31 and have been experiencing worsening joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in both hands, knees, and TMJs, and my right ankle for over a year. I was recently diagnosed with celiac and have now been gluten-free for a month and a half. My rheumatologist says that my tendons are inflamed and thinks it's all related to the celiac. She started me on prednisone, but as soon as I decrease the dose, it flares up again. Does anyone else have problems with joint pain/swelling/stiffness and/or tendonitis? If so, how long did it take to feel better after going gluten-free? I'm really hoping that this is all due to the celiac and not something else. I love to work out and lift weights and I really want to get back to the gym as soon as possible.
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