Testimonial written by: Michelle
One morning in January 2011 I woke with a nasty elbow pain. After a day or so with little range of motion the other elbow began to have the exact same pain. I went to my doctor and explained this bizarre symptom. She ordered blood work and a bone scan. Since I had not been doing anything different physically this pain did not make a whole lot of sense.
A few days after this appointment, my wrists began to stiffen, ache and hurt. Next came my hands and fingers. The pain was so bad that I could not open doors, jars or lift anything without using both hands. Having had a friend with Rheumatoid arthritis I had an unsettling feeling that this was what was going on.
My blood work results showed that my inflammation markers were through the roof. However I did not test positive for Rheumatoid factor. I was prescribed Naproxen for the pain. In the following days and weeks, pain seemed to engulf my body. I had joint pain EVERYWHERE. If I tried to go for a walk, it would literally take 3 days to feel normal again because my knees would ache so badly. It seemed to travel all over my body…knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, hands, jaw. Daily activities were a nightmare. I even had to get my students to erase the whiteboard in my classroom. I could not lift a pan out of the oven or cut my own meat.
I was referred to a specialist who ran several tests and more bloodwork. My inflammation markers were higher than before but still no positive Rheumatoid factor. I was prescribed Celebrex for the pain and inflammation. By May, 2011 I was prescribed Methotrexate. In August, 2011 I was officially diagnosed with RA and also prescribed Plaquenil. At this point I was on 3 medications.
I dealt with my new disease as best I could. I researched ways to cope, however, I could barely exercise, and I quit the gym where I loved to run and lift weights.
In December of 2011 I became terribly ill. I ended up with Pneumonia and was immediately taken off Methotrexate and put on steroids. My hemoglobin was dangerously low. I felt horrible.
Fast-forward to Spring of 2012. I decided that I might try to loose a little weight. Having tried low-carb diets before and having experienced some success I thought this might be a good plan. I still wanted my treats so I would do low-carb during the week days and have a nice sugary treat or maybe pizza or something on Saturday. I did this for a few weeks and what I noticed was truly phenomenal… and maddening all at the same time. I would feel pretty good during the week with little joint pain. Then on Sunday, Monday, and sometimes Tuesday I would be in agony. I started to make connections between food and how my joints felt. THEN…I started reading and researching. The first book I came across was ”The Wheat Belly Diet”…. I read it quickly and realized that it was likely the wheat that was causing so many joint problems and making my RA flare like crazy. Next I found ”The Paleo Solution” and all the blogs and everything that go along with it. I researched and I read until I knew enough to commit to the lifestyle.
In July of 2012 I committed to the Paleo lifestyle. I started to walk more. My husband got on board with me as well. We both started losing weight immediately. After consulting with my doctor I came off of Methotrexate and Celebrex. I lost 17lbs in just 2 months!
In December 2012 I came off of my last RA medication: Plaquenil and I joined the gym and hired a personal trainer. I walk A LOT!!!!! And I’ve started lifting weights again. I have officially lost 30lbs. For my height I would like to lose another 15-20. The best part of this journey is that I am no longer in pain. My inflammation markers are way down within normal ranges.
I feel like shouting from the rooftops: ”CHANGE YOUR FOOD, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!”
I hope my story helps to inspire others. It makes so much sense that our bodies were not designed to eat 70% of the so-called food in the supermarkets. Just eat REAL food…it makes sense and your body will thank you for it!
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