Thursday, 25 June 2009

Little by little...

I am continuing to feel less morning and late evening stiffness. I certainly think this has a lot to do with removing coffee and wheat (even though gluten-free wheat for me) products from my diet. I strongly suspect that corn is also a problem and will have to see about that during the next stage.

Sometimes I am uncertain as to how much this disease is progressing. If don't feel particular stiffness i suppose it's fair to say that it's quiet but I'm never quite sure as my fingers are not in good shape anyway and even if the disease is quiet they won't function properly anyway, due to damage. Last evening I forgot to take my anti-inflamatory which has to be a good sign.

Now I must wait for my real life to calm down so I can begin the next phase which is fasting and the elimination diet.


  1. I was really surprised how much coffee affects me. I stopped drinking it 4-5 years ago and now if I have a cup, I can feel it and know I have to stop. For my body, it is a toxin.

    I am glad you are feeling less stiffness. That is a great sign. I am sure more of this good stuff is around the corner.

  2. Hi! I just read all your posts and I really want to read the book now! I have been reading so much about food intolerances and elimination diets for months, but I'm just now getting around to doing a serious elimination diet. I can't imagine doing this as a mother, it's hard enough having enough will power without the temptations of kid food and snacks! It sounds like we'll be doing this together-let's stay in touch! robin

  3. Just discovered this, you 'other' blog, and as someone just about to embark on the horror that is methotrexate, I'm going to do a lot of reading.

  4. Thanks so much for the visit and for following. I have a good friend with RA, and I'm going to pass your blog to her. Good luck on your struggle with arthritis.

  5. How did the fasting and elimination diet go? I am trying to treat my RA using diet and lifestyle. I did a long (three week) fast when I began treatment, and now I do short fasting and elimination diets every few months. Sometimes they feel great, sometimes they are brutal. I thought you and your readers might be interested in the latest best thing I've used to help with stiffness from my RA - the ChiliPad. It's a mattress pad that lets you cool down (or heat up) your bed, any temperature between 46 and 118 degrees. At first I only used it days when the weather and my joints didn't agree, but then I began using it every night after I realized how much better I sleep - and that my symptoms are reduced the next day.

  6. Hi Reasons

    Thanks for your message on my blog. I too have a lot of reading to do regarding my various ailments.

    Have you tried swimming to ease the pain? I go as often as I can and it is helping me.

    Best wishes.


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  8. YES, eliminating Wheat definatly helped! - however it wasn't long until I personally flared up again. - Thanks for blogging about your journey. You are welcome to check out mine as well.

  9. Hi Reasons, thanks for the visit! I'm on this blog of yours because I too now have to understand what to do with certain health issues that have popped up. Certainly, this voyage is not lonely.

  10. Hi,

    I just discovered your blog. It has been almost three years since your last blog post. Have you been successful in healing through identifying and eliminating your trigger foods?

    Barbara Allan, author Conquering Arthritis