2 Week Wheat Free Update
|July 11, 2013||Filled under General Health|
After a visit to my doctor regarding some issues with hand pain and decreasing grip strength I decide to go wheat free to see if it might help. I do not have Celiac’s disease but wheat has been suspected to cause inflammation and joint pain in some people. While I was waiting for the results of the blood work and xrays I figured it would be worth a try. What did I have to lose?
The results of the blood work and xrays showed nothing remarkable. No labs out of whack enough to give me a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. No xrays showing osteoarthritis. Nothing. The next possibility to look at was fibromyalgia. While I do have many of the sensitive trigger/pressure points I’m not really interested in pursuing more visits to the doctor for a diagnosis of a disease that really isn’t all too treatable. Except for the possibility of needing to take more medication. I’ll pass for now.
It’s now been two weeks (15 days actually) of being wheat free. Well, except for the burger on a bun at a 4th of July cookout. It’s been rather interesting to say the least. Here’s what’s happened so far:
– My hand pain, mostly around the thumb and palm area is gone. Yes, it’s gone. The weakness in gripping things hasn’t changed. I still have a hard time opening jars and such but it hasn’t declined any further. Besides the pain I really had noticed how fast the lack of hand strength came on.
– Over the winter I had returned to my pre-WLS ability of being able to tell the weather by the way my back, hips and knees hurt. Again, while not completely gone the aches and pains have been greatly reduced. Like 75% reduced. I have gone several days with only one sore joint or achy spot rather than all of them screaming at me at the same time.
– Along with the reduced joint pain I’ve noticed that my RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) has been greatly reduced too. The more my joints ached the worse my legs felt at night. I had even begun taking some Tylenol before going to bed in the hopes of easing some of the pain and possibly reducing the leg twitching.
– Fewer mid afternoon episodes of extreme and sudden tiredness. You know the ones. They hit quickly an hour or so after lunch. Coffee sometimes helps but sometimes it does nothing.
I’d say that going wheat free has been agreeing with me. I’m going to keep it up and see if the rest of the joint pain will go away over time.
Have you gone wheat free for some other reason besides being allergic to the stuff? What made you give up wheat? How did things work out for you?