I hope this isn't too late. I've been back in town about week or so and on the boards a bit but am just now digging back into my own journal. Thank you for the expression for my grandfather. I appreciate it. I am lucky to have had so many wonderful grandparents that I have been close to.
Regarding my RSD/CRPS (same thing you know the docs use different acronyms to describe the same disease differently depending on which doc and when you were diagnosed/when the doc graduated med school)... yes, I believe that being Primal/Paleo has helped dramatically!
I was initially diagnosed 15 years ago. Back then the only thing any doc could tell you was that "something just went wrong in your brain". A lot of doctors who are not up on the most current research will still say that. However, in the past 2-3 years there has been a significant amount of research that has indicated that RSD is actually an autoimmune connected disease. In a set of trials it responded the most favorably out of several recognized autoimmune diseases to a series of gamma globulin injections.
Anyway. I actually only came by this research information very recently as a byproduct of going 'Primal' for other health reasons (i.e. my neurological conditions) which have also seen major improvement. While I was focused on the immediate crisis on the neurological problems I completely ignored the fact that a sort of minor miracle was occurring with my RSD. I no longer have daily pain and discomfort like before.The fact that I was suddenly pain free prompted me to look into the latest research finding concerning RSD. I hadn't bothered looking at RSD research in years because it was just something I had come to live with as a given. I'm almost 100% certain that this change is from the fact that I removed grains (gluten... i prefer grain free to "gluten free") from my diet and thereby removed the brunt of cause of the autoimmune issue.
Now, the area of my body that has RSD (the entire right side head to toes, like a line has been drawn down the middle) still does not feel 'normal'. But as a person who fought pain for all those years, had 10 surgeries, spent years on serious narcotic pain killers, and currently has a spinal cord stimulator implant system that up until a several months ago I was in pain before the generator battery even ran down... I now use ZERO pain reducing therapy. The stim is turned off, and has been for a couple of months. And I'm not taking any pain meds at all.
That is crazy. Crazy!
Even to me it's a little nuts. There is no way that it should be possible that I should be able to function without some major drugs with my Stim turned OFF... yet I feel less aches and pain than even when it was newly installed and functioning at it's best ever.
As far as exercise I walk about 30-45 minutes per day... I would certainly do more but my head/brain issues are keeping me slowed down a bit in this respect at this point as I'm working on reducing that medication again, not the RSD by any means.
In short... YES! I would, and DO, recommend Primal/Paleo to everyone with an autoimmune issue who I think will listen to me.
Unfortunately I know some people who don't listen. I have a good friend who has watched me get better, and better, and she remains so sick... And every problem she has is a DEFINITE autoimmune problem.
I hope that helps.
I'm rather passionate on this subject. I can't say that it's a magical solution for every person. And it will probably take TIME. Its not going to happen in a week or a month. I was probably Primal/Paleo a good 6 months before my body healed sufficiently that I finally really sat up and noticed "Hey, wait... where's the pain?" But I do think it is worth the time investment to try it.
After all... what can it hurt? It's really just eating healthy foods.
Off my soap box now.