Joint pain

by LoCinda
(D/FW, TX)

We are just starting our gluten-free journey. Will it help reduce the back pain that my husband suffers, and the ankle and knee pain my daughter suffers? Does anyone have any personal testimonies??

Thank you!!

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Surprise result, knees pain free!
by: Anonymous

Just like Lolo, who has posted on this site, both my knee joints would seize up if I stooped down, and it was absolute agony to get up again.

Needles to say, I avoided stooping as much as possible.

I have Hashimoto's and have more recently been diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia, and had just began treatment when I read on a Thyroid website that it was a good idea to give up gluten.

I believe this was more to do with absorption problems. I wasn't feeling well at the time so I thought I would give it a try. Yes, I began to feel generally better, but the surprise result was that within two weeks of going gluten free, my knees were completely pain free, and continue to be.

I gave up all gluten, barley, wheat and rye, not only in baked goods, but everything. It entails a lot of label reading but it is well worth it to be pain free.

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Terrible joint pain
by: NanAnonymous

I had terrible Jonit pain from head to toe for 6 months before I was told that I had celiac disease. My medical doctor did not find it, my holistic doctor was the one to get me on the road to feeling better. With 2 1/2 weeks my hands were pain free. And so far I've been gluten free for 3 months but my knees still hurt a little bit but my feet have a ways to go yet. My skin is not as dry and my hair is not dry and brittle and it is growing again. My lips have color, fatigue is not gone but 80 percent better. My moods are better. I sleep great now too. My constipation is better too. I an so delighted in feeling so good. I've got my life back. I blamed everything on menopause. I believe I became celiac in my forties so that would make me that way for at least 10-12 years. So I figured that it did not happen over night so it's not going to go away over night. But at least I am headed in the right direction. I have accidentally consumed wheat and boy my body lets me know when I do. It's a easy diet to follow because feeling good keeps me on the right track. It forces me to eat better. It's all good!..

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Worked for me!
by: mkoch

I started with joint pain in my hands and feet about two years ago. I was not about to go on medicine, so I cut out gluten and within about three weeks I was about 85% pain free. If I even get a small amount of gluten, I know it! It's hard at first, but it's SO worth it not to have to be on possibly harmful medicine for the rest of my life.

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Pain free
by: Anonymous

It took just one month of a grain free, low sugar diet to rid me of horrible knee pain and I will never go back. My diet is now full of vegetables, fish, spices, good fruits and absolutely NO grains. I lost 15 pounds, I am fit again! Hurray!

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It has taken me 3 years to see that gluten wreaks havoc on my system.
by: Karen

About 3 years ago, in the course of only three months, my health declined so badly that I felt as if I had aged by 15 years. I had gained over 20 pounds and was struggling to walk. I became weak in my legs and my body would ache, often from head to toe. I walked as if I had neuropathy, not being able to feel my feet like normal or they were tender to walk on. I was beyond exhausted and could sleep14 hours and still wake up tired.

A doctor quickly said I had hypothyroidism and put me on the forever drug of levothyroxine. I took it for a year however, my symptoms remained and progressively got worse.

Frustrated with my doctor, I changed my diet and began eating whole foods. Instantly, I felt relief and all my symptoms went away. I concluded at that time that it was due to vitamin and nutrient deficiency. Whenever I didn't eat well, the symptoms returned.

It is only recently that I am suspecting that I am possibly celiac or at the very least gluten sensitive, having consumed lots of grains my whole life and processed foods. Inadvertently, when I began eating whole foods and eliminated processed foods and almost all bread, I had been pretty much eliminating wheat also without meaning to do so.

Recently, as I have gone back and forth experimenting with my diet to see what is causing all my my body pain and fatigue, I am concluding that wheat wreaks havoc on my system. Each time I go off wheat, I very soon see my symptoms begin to subside. My itchiness goes away. I can hop out of bed on my feet. My joints don't hurt and my muscles don't ache. The fog in my head is lifted. And the best part is I don't feel the need to lie in bed all day and night just trying to recover from a physicaly demanding day.

I do believe that now I am Celiac, though I have not been tested, because if I eat any wheat, my body screams at me in one form or another and I suffer sometimes for days and weeks.

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Knee pain and gluten sensitivity
by: Lesley

My knees and my hip have been hurting so badly that I have been almost to the point of tears lately.

I was diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroid disease but was told I was not wheat sensitive.

I have a family member who has the same ailment but she has been off of gluten for at least a year and a half. She said try it for a week and just see how your knees feel.

Well I did and lo and behold my knees felt better on day two. I realize it takes much longer to eliminate gluten from your diet but the effects are wonderful.

It will be well worth the effort to cut out gluten to have my knees feel better. Oh and my hip feels much better. I am forty eight with a physical job as a delivery driver.

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Stopped eating wheat, pain in knees went away
by: Lolo

I stopped eating wheat because I thought that it would help me to think more clearly. I think that that has happened - my memory seems to be better, not perfect - but better.

Then I also noted that my knees stopped hurting when I walked. This had been in the literature that I read, but I really did not believe that it would happen for me.

I am overweight and have lost maybe 3 pounds - but my knees don't pain me when I walk. When they hurt at night, I can change positions and they feel better. The pain at night has lessened - because my knees seldom wake me up at night. This used to be a constant, every night problem.

I have been off wheat for only 5 weeks. It is a challenge for me, not only due to my liking wheat products, but friends, family, and acquaintances don't seem to understand when I say no thank you to wheat products. Explaining is useless - so I just say no with a smile.

I plan to stay off wheat products because that seems to work for me!

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Gluten Intolerance
by: Anonymous

I recently discovered, purely by accident, that I am gluten intolerant.

I have suffered from moderate to severe joint pain for 7 years, beginning with my first pregnancy. I assumed this was due to getting older, as well as carrying 50 extra pounds, and figured I would either have to lose weight or else just learn to live with it.

On the advice of my dietician, I began a strict elimination diet to see if there are any foods that were causing my joint pain. I was shocked to discover that within 3 days of eliminating wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts and eggs, my joint pain had disappeared completely. I truly felt 10 to 15 years younger within a matter of days. Also gone were the lower abdominal pain and brain fog I'd suffered with for years.

I am fortunate to be able to eat small amounts of gluten and still feel okay. However, the less gluten I eat, the better I feel. Even one piece of bread two days in a row will mean the join pain, abdominal cramps and brain fog return.

It's not been easy eliminating gluten, but my quality of life is so much better without it. I never imagined that gluten was a problem for me, but feel lucky to have finally figured this out! I am not entirely gluten-free, although feel I really should be. It's certainly a process learning to live without all those carbs...

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Gluten free has really helped
by: Anonymous

After several weeks on a gluten free diet, I no longer wake up with stiff knees and ankles. That would make it worth it to me. My cycles of constipation, diarrhea have also stopped.

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I must be unlucky
by: Brian

I am thrilled that it is working for all of you - I have so much faith in going gluten free however, I am now on week 19 and I am still in agony every day with all my joints (I am diagnosed with RA). is there anybody else that had to wait so long before feeling relief?

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Gluten and joints
by: Michael

I'm on day 17 of being gluten free. My knees stopped aching on day 15. I'm very excited about it and encourage others with
Arthritis to do it. Supposedly it takes a full 3 months to get it out of your system.

When doctors say diet isn't important for arthritis it's BULL!

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fish oil for joint pain
by: Anonymous

i have been told i am probably celiac and the advise was to cut out the gluten. My joints are very sore and i'm starting to look like my grandmother in my hands! My back too is very achey.

My New Year's resolution is to cut out the gluten, but i've also found fish oil helps a lot. I've been taking in twice a day.

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joint pain
by: Anonymous

Joint pain was a MAJOR issue for me before going gluten free.

I spent a huge amount of time on my couch feeling like I was 80! It took a couple of months for the full relief to be felt, but the difference for me was amazing.

There is no way to predict whether it will make a difference for your family. The only way to know is to try!

Good luck, and I hope it has a positive effect for you.

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Joint Pain
by: Jacqui

Hi, I have had joint pain, constipaton, and bloating for over a year now and it is driving me mad. Some days I feel several months pregnant. I initially believed it may be cyclical but am now not convinced. Can anyone advise me of the best way forward. I have just taken the first step to eliminate gluten. Meanwhile Is there a specific test that can determine that I am in fact gluten intolerant? Your help is very much appreciated. x

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Joint pain
by: Anonymous

I had been treated by several rhumatologists for 12 years for arthritis and bursitis in my hips and knees before diagnosis with celiac.

Some days I could barely walk and I was never without pain.

No more!

Within weeks of going gluten free my joints stopped hurting. I now have occasional twinges (hey, I'm 65, so that's normal) but nothing like I suffered with for so many years.

I hope GF will do as much for your husband's back.

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My experience on joint pain
by: Chris

I suffer with a wheat intolerance. I am lucky that I can eat small amounts of wheat products. If I have too much my elbows and fingers start to ache. This seems to have got worse over the years. It used to take a day or so to notice, now it is the same day, sometimes within hours. I have started my own blog at www.bakingglutenfree.org to try and help other people

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Joints
by: Anonymous

Hi! I had bad leg pain before becoming gf. That went away after I got rid of gluten

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I was amazed
by: SonicMagnolia

I had such pain in my knee - I was told I had arthritis in it and I thought I just had to live with it. I went on the South Beach diet cause I thought losing some weight would put less pressure on my joints and would help. For the first two weeks on the SB diet you can't have any bread, pasta, sugar etc.

After about 10 days I realized that not only was my knee pain free but I hadn't had a canker sore (I had been plagued with cankers for years - big time).

I can only attribute this to the gluten free diet I embarked on

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