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    I was vegetarian for 10 years before going Primal. I exercised pretty hard core and kept calories to around 1200 a day and never lost weight. I went Primal in February and I've dropped 33 pounds so far and feel better in many ways.
    The one lingering problem I have is muscle/joint pain. When I wake up or if I've been sitting for a while, I am really stiff and have to ease into motion and it makes me feel like I'm 80 years old. My legs are really weak despite years of walking/hiking and working out.
    Anyone have experience with this or know what could cause it or how to help?
    I supplement with magnesium, potassium and liquid vitamin D.

  • #2
    This is going to be an "out there" question, but are you or have you been on a statin drug? This has nothing to do with primal, but those disclaimers in the commercials for these drugs is there for a reason. I know of two people who took statins and it triggered a "rare but serious" autoimmune disease called polymiositis that basically destroyed (over time) the muscle mass in their legs and arms.

    One of them is my father. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Hope I'm way off base with you!
    6f4i, 40 years old, 85" wingspan, "big build"

    Feb 28 2011: 326 lbs (start date)
    Mar 28 2011: 299 lbs
    Apr 30 2011: 285 lbs
    May 31 2011: 274 lbs
    Jun 30 2011: 262 lbs
    Jul 31 2011: 252 lbs
    Sep 30 2011: 241 lbs
    Nov 30 2011: 238 lbs

    Goal: 220 lbs


    • #3
      Are you drinking enough water? Also, maybe you should check if its not osteoarthritis, check your bone mass?


      • #4
        I have the same problem. (I'm 51). Been to dcotrs and nobody knows why. My back is particularly weak and stiff. Excersize helps a bit but canmake me feel pretty beat up. I'mgoing to try TFX at my Crossfit box next week to see if tht helps.


        • #5
          Age is a factor, as is getting enough fats, but if you are under forty I would be looking in to it more seriously. In my sixties I expect a bit of stiffness after sitting too long at the computer, etc. Do you stretch after exercise?
          This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

          Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
          Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism


          • #6
            It sounds like the stiffness and pain after sitting go away once you get moving again. Is that right?

            If that's true, is it possible you're adding new muscle tone?

            When I started my job, which is very physical, I would get really stiff and have to walk around a bit to make the stiffness go away, If I remember correctly, that lasted for months. I think most of that was because I was building up muscle, which would be a good thing. Maybe being vegetarian before didn't allow for the amount of protein you have in your diet now, and so the muscles are doing even more rebuilding than before.


            • #7
              Thanks for the feedback all. I'm not on any statins or any drugs at all and I drink a lot of water. It went away for a few days when the weather was warm and then came back right when the weather changed. I'm going to see if that was just a fluke or if weather does play a part. I'm not 40 yet.


              • #8
                its possible youre body is still affected from all the crap conventional foods..i know before i switched to primal my biggest training issues were that no matter what i did i had extreme shoulder wrist hand and knee pain quite constantly and i was sore and stiff all over...almost a year after eliminating everything(mostly) has caused it all to go but anytime i cheat the pain comes RIGHT BACK! so check what ur eating just because its primal even doesnt mean its good for u ur body might be badly reacting to something and then ur protein/calcium etcc.. nutrients u need for proper healing might not be getting where you need them..besides that your body just needs time good luck!