non specific joint pain
My Hubby (52) has been suffering joint pain for some years, slowly having to increase the amount of painkillers he has to take just to function. Finally he got the Doc to refer him to a specialist. In the last year he's had a full body radiation x ray, ultrasound, blood tests all of which have come back as clear - no arthritis or inflammation. He's been referred back to the Doc with the advice to continue with the painkillers. So we are back to square one.
Hoping it would help, I turned him on to PB after Xmas, (after seeing my success - 28 lbs since Nov) so he's had no grains, potatoes, legumes since then. He does still have cheese, milk in tea, nuts and some fruit. He has lost nearly 12 lbs since then but the pain has not abated. The pain mainly affects his ankles, knees and wrists.
I keep mentioning to him that perhaps we should to ditch the dairy but have meet resistance so far, it's almost like he's resigned to ending up in a wheelchair.
Has any one had any experience with anything similar, or has any suggestions for what to try next.
Unreal. I'm 50 with the same symptoms and the same results. The docs have no idea what the problem is and are treating the symptoms with Hydrocortisone and Pain Meds. Like your hubby, I've lost weight and energy levels are often much better than before, but I'm still in pain. I'd never heard of any other guy with similar symptoms so this is really a surprise.
I would make sure your vitamin D levels are normal and do a trial eliminating nightshades (no peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, etc). Several people on this forum (myself included) have had significant joint pain subside with a nightshade eliminations. It's annoying, but literally changed my life. I was legally disabled before and am not now.
There is a good thread about it: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Support-Thread
Has he had a full thyroid panel-- TSH, free T4, free T3, thyroid antibodies? Do you have copies of all test results? If you do, it would be helpful to see those results. Please includes lab ranges for each test. If you do not have copies, request them ASAP.
I"ve had the Thryroid panels done and they were all right in the normal range. Vit. D was low, but is now fairly high after two months of 5,000 IU a day. Still have the pain. As for food allergies, I thought about the nightshades but the testing showed no reaction.
What type of testing? Nightshade intolerance in not an allergy....you can't really test for it. The only thing to do, is a very strict elimination to see if it helps.
Originally Posted by loneviking
Thank you for the vitamin D and nightshade suggestions, I'll look at the thread Hubby is having tomatoes and peppers still, in his salad so we'll stop those and I'll slip him some Vit D gels.
I can suggest to him about the thyroid tests but he hates going to the doctors for anything, it took me at least two years to make him ask the Doc for a referral. It is frustrating (venting here...) He doesn't want to know the details about anything, not just PB. He's started PB but won't read the book, look at the website or want to know what carbohydrates etc. do to the body whereas i like to be informed and have read the Primal Blueprint cover to cover twice, Gary Taubes, Barry Groves, researched websites etc. so I can see why I want to eat like I do now, but he says he doesn't want to know how it works, he'll just eat what I cook for him, although he still applies the 80-20% rule liberally. He does go for a daily walk which helps but I shudder to think what all those painkillers are doing to him.