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    My father, currently age 73, has a strange shoulder condition that was loosely diagnosed as tendonitis by one doctor. Basically he has some chronic pain that prevents him from doing things like playing golf, tennis and swimming for longer periods of time (all things he would like to do). He is fit in some other ways, though, as he very frequently walks for 5-7 miles. He is lean but doesn't have a lot of muscle mass. In terms of diet, he a lot of fruit, grains and sweets, with lower protein (i know).

    I have been paleo since January 2010. He is raising a perhaps interested eyebrow at the Primal Blueprint but not yet enough to read the book. I think he may be at an age (and maybe generation) that just accepts what his doctor says. If a doctor told him to get off the sugar and wheat to see if that would improve his condition, he'd probably do it that very day. But since I am the only one to get him thinking about this, plus he just loves those desserts, I need a little back-up.

    So my question for the forum is - does anyone have success with reductions of symptoms with tendonitis or other inflammatory condition? The reason I mentioned the arteritis (not arthritis) is that he suffered from that some years ago (this is inflammation of arteries near the temples). Again doctors said nothing about reducing his sugar intake although did get him on a high dose of Vit D. It seems to me that high grain, fruit and sugar diet = inflammation, in this case not resulting in obesity or diabetes because of his regular exercise, but something that easily could have caused damage in the form of the tendonitis and arteritis. However, I don't really have any studies or news articles to use as evidence to prove this.

    Any success stories or other info would be appreciated.

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    bumping up - anyone?

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      My experience with healing tendinitis came before primal. I had awful tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). It hurt to lift a drinking glass or brush my hair or teeth. It was chronic for years.

      I took up yoga. I think it allowed me to strengthen the muscles and tendons without repetitive motion (long holds in downward-facing dog, for example). I hardly ever have pain anymore and that really surprises me, as it was so chronic.

      Nutrition may still have played some role. I took up yoga at the same time that I went on a CW healthy diet and lost 65 pounds. It wasn't primal but it was certainly loads healthier than I had been eating before.

      I eventually started being more liberal with my fats (not that I was ever terribly low, as I was pursuing a wholefoods approach) and supplementing omega 3 and vitamin D (and this was still before I found primal). And they did me lots of good with my hair loss. But I had already resolved most of the tendinitis by the time I was really supplementing.

      I also think the yoga helped with chronic pain I had in my hip and knee, and did a lot to make my ankles and feet stronger and more resilient. But it was the tennis elbow recovery that was kinda miraculous to me.

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      • #4
        Tendonitis around my elbows. Only thing that has helped has been going to a guy that practices Active Release Therapy. Do a search and check it out. It's done wonders for me.

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        • #5
          Thanks for both of your replies.

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          • #6
            Acupuncture worked well for tendonitis in my wrist. Years later, so did bee stings; an alternative-minded MD I know actually kept a hive of bees for stinging patients! He stung my wrist several times and it worked very well. The shoulder is a lot deeper, though, so it may not work as well.
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            • #7
              I believe ditching ALL grains,no matter how deeply entrenched your chosen lifestyle,can go some way to alleviating symptoms such as tendonitis and any other immflamatory problems.
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                Excuse bad spelling (immfla. etc) just had a Saturday evening on my 20% allowable dark beer ration.
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                • #9
                  I would highly recommend checking out Barry Sears' book, The Anti-Inflammation Zone:
                  http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Inflammat...2443671&sr=8-1

                  He discusses high-dose fish oil as a necessary component in eliminating inflammatory conditions. The anti-inflammatory Zone diet that he recommends is quite similar to PB in many ways, differing in only a few aspects. Both The Zone and PB would recommend that your father eliminate grains & sugar, and go easy on the fruit.
                  Last edited by healthseekerKate; 08-21-2010, 07:21 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I broke my ankle in '97 and suffered with pain and inflammation until this year. To give you an ideal, I OFTEN thought of having it amputated to relieve the pain. I completely eliminated gluten grains at the end of December and before the end of January the pain was completely gone. I lived for 13 years with chronic pain and simply eliminating gluten relieved the pain. I was already doing message therapy which had helped a little and I started doing barefoot exercises, but if I accidentally eat something containing gluten the pain comes back.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the replies people. This is exactly what I wanted, some real stories. If this doesn't inspire him, then nothing will.

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                      • #12
                        I love the advice this guy has on his site: http://www.tendonitisexpert.com/ (I'm not connected with him in any way). A lot of what he says contradicts traditional medicine, but makes way more sense. (He also recommends bone broth, so that's good too!). Overall, his advice boils done to avoiding repetitive motion with your body (even if it's ergonomic friendly--if you are doing it again and again (and all our of modern life consists of motion like that), you need to stop!), reducing inflammation through diet and ice water, and using trigger point massage therapy (he doesn't say this explicitly, but he's a massage therapist and that's what it boils down to) to get your muscles and tendon tissues in better health.

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                        • #13
                          Cut out dairy and grains/sugar and take cod liver oil or some other O3 supplement. This combination has helped my knee and shoulder pain considerably.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by megalodon View Post
                            I believe ditching ALL grains,no matter how deeply entrenched your chosen lifestyle,can go some way to alleviating symptoms such as tendonitis and any other immflamatory problems.
                            I 2nd this. I had some shoulder burning and knee bursitis symptoms up until I stopped eating grains. I couldn't believe the change it made. Possibly adding fish oil or some other Omega-3 might help too since they have anti-inflammatory properties.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mikebike View Post
                              Tendonitis around my elbows. Only thing that has helped has been going to a guy that practices Active Release Therapy. Do a search and check it out. It's done wonders for me.
                              Being a Chiropractor I was going to say this exact thing. Active Release Therapy or ART is a great help for tendonitis as is a treatment called Graston Technique. Almost all chiropractors have some knowledge of ART but Graston is a little more rare so check the ones in your area. If you have trouble let me know maybe I can help you find one.

                              And definitely dropping all the grains/dairy and increasing the omega-3 (Krill oil) intake will greatly reduce any inflammation in the body.
                              Last edited by Primal Chiro; 08-23-2010, 10:59 AM.
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