Gluten Free: During a visit to my orthopedist I made a confession: “I stopped eating gluten and—this might sound a little crazy, but—a lot of my joint pain disappeared.
She smiled broadly and said, “You’re not the first person to say that.”
I stopped eating gluten because couple of friends suggested it might relieve some unexplained symptoms I was experiencing, like fatigue and mild joint pain. I had strong doubts, but my primary care doctor and I had run out of ideas (I was waiting to see a specialist), so I figured I had nothing to lose.
Within a week of going on a gluten-free diet, my fatigue, joint pain, and many other symptoms disappeared.
It turns out, researchers have long known that people with autoimmune forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid
More recently, medical experts have begun to acknowledge the connection between gluten and joint pain described as non-pathologic (unrelated to disease).
Both my orthopedist and primary care provider agree that my gluten-free diet is probably keeping my joint pain and other
symptoms of inflammation in check.
Before you throw away your pasta and cereal in search of joint pain relief, consider these factors:
No single treatment or lifestyle habit can eliminate the symptoms of arthritis, but going gluten-free may be an option worth trying as part of your overall treatment plan.
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