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Gluten Causes Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)

Gluten Causes Neuropathy (Nerve Damage).

I came across this snip-it in the article about the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet in the RSDSA newsletter. It’s been about a year since I switched to a gluten-free & dairy-free diet. I had been recently diagnosed with Gastroparesis, and one of the ways to treat it is to cutting out gluten and dairy in your diet. This new diet has definitely lessened the symptoms of GP. I knew it would probably help my Inflammatory Arthritis as well but didn’t think it would have any affect on my Fibro or RSD. You know how awesome an “Aha” moment can be. Well, I had several of them when I read this article. I remember wondering in college whether I had a gluten intolerance because after each time I ate a baked good (bread, cookies, cake, etc.), I had a headache and upset stomach. I just decided to stop eating baked goods; it would also help me lose a few pounds any way lol! Then, several family members went off gluten; I started questioning whether there could be a hereditary issue. Now I’m not saying my gluten intolerance is the sole trigger for my RSD. However, I’m sure it didn’t help and probably weakened my nervous system. While I haven’t seen any drastic changes in my pain levels, I do think this new diet has slowed down the inflammatory process going on and helped my pain become more stable. Plus my immune system is much stronger and healthier these days. I’ve heard it takes several years (like 6-10) for gluten to fully exit your system. So, I’m hoping I will see more good changes in the years to come.

So, have you made dietary changes to help your chronic pain? What has worked for you? What hasn’t? If you haven’t already, start listening to your body while you eat and afterwards. Do certain foods increase your pain? How do you feel after eating? Satisfied? Sluggish? Rejuvenated? Tired? Blah? Do your body a favor and listen to it. 🙂



Hello friends,

Welcome to the blog “Continuing with Life!” Let me introduce myself: I’m Amy. I’m a young adult who loves the simple and beautiful in life. I enjoy life by the water. My favorite room in the house is the kitchen. I have a wonderful family and awesome friends. I’m usually singing along to music as I go about my day. And, yes, I deal with chronic pain.

So, for a quick medical overview of myself: it all began with a bad fall resulting in a severe sprain approximately 7 years ago. I was finally diagnosed of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS – I)/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) in the spring of ’09. So, I guess one could say that I’m a classical case of CRPS/RSD but more on that later. I learned very quickly that pain conditions come in package deals. In the fall ’11, doctors told me I was also dealing with Fibromyalgia (FM). Then, in the spring ’12, I found out that I have Gastroparesis. And, finally, in the summer ’12, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Arthritis (IA); they sub-type is unknown for now. Okay, I think we’re up to date.

What is this blog about? Yes, it is about living life with chronic pain. No, it will not be a chronicle of my personal experience. I think we all should respect each other’s personal boundaries. So I will not be relating every detail of my health care and don’t expect you to do so either. So, needless to say, this will NOT a “TMI” (i.e. a “too much information”) blog. However, I would like to share with you life lessons & helpful tips, discuss available treatments, books, and research out there, and maybe have a laugh or two along the way! I also encourage you to comment and ask questions. I certainly don’t know everything about chronic pain, and each of us has had a different experience with it. Also, I will not sugar-coat the reality of chronic pain but I will not dwell on its negatives either. With a life filled with pain, one needs hope, joy, and laughter to make it through each day.

I should be upfront about a couple things. I’m NOT a medical professional and will not pretend to be one. I encourage you to talk with your doctor and ask him/her questions about your condition(s), available treatments, etc. I’m also not a writer so bear with me 😉 I’m one of those people that would prefer a test over a paper any day haha! I can’t promise that I will post every day but hopefully a couple times a week.  Finally, I ask for your patience as I continue to construct this blog. Hopefully, it will come together over the next common months…

So, my goal and hope is that the “Continuing With Hope” blog will be an encouraging and positive read for those who are involved in the chronic pain community. We come from different backgrounds and lead different lives; our pain affects us in different ways; we each have a different experience as we work through recovery & rehabilitation. I look forward to learning from and with you in the future!