Nightshades and Arthritis Pain?
Has anyone here successfully "cured" their arthritis/joint pain by eliminating nightshades from their diet? While I've eliminated most grain from my diet, with the exception of white rice, I still eat plenty of potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers (Frank's Red Hot). I haven't been officially diagnosed with arthritis, but the right side of my body - foot, knee, hip, and more recently my hand (pain, swelling, and numbness from the elbow down to the hand) - have been showing signs of osteoarthritis and tendinitis for a few years now and switching to a gluten-free, primal-type diet hasn't really helped. This is very disconcerting because a.) I'm only 30 years old, b.) I work a physical job and being in pain makes the job almost intolerable, and c.) it's affecting my sleep each night.
I consume artificial sweeteners and dairy regularly, both of which have some link to joint pain. I understand elimination diets but which would you recommend I eliminate first...nightshades, dairy, or artificial sweeteners?
I refuse to be in pain the rest of my life. Suggestions/experiences?
I began this Primal journey on December 30th, 2009 and in that time I've lost over 125 LBS.