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. 🙂