At the age of 20 or so, I noticed a pain deep inside my knee joint. I had no idea what it was, but it radiated from inside and made it uncomfortable for me to bend the joint, sit or walk without issue. It took years before I realized it was arthritic symptoms that I was experiencing. After all, who gets arthritis so young?
Some 10 years later, I was introduced to the dangers of wheat and dairy consumption, with the understanding that, if someone is intolerant of either, symptoms such as inflammation, swelling and water retention could occur. Since I had severe issues with fluid retention, I immediately got off of all wheat and dairy. To my amazement, the swelling (and an added bonus of nasal congestion) subsided, but more importantly, the arthritic pain went away!
I have been gluten free for many years now and experience no arthritic pain to date, some 30 years later. In 2009 however, my daughter, who was turning 18, started to complain about her leg and knee hurting. She was concerned enough to ask to see a doctor, and while on that visit, her internist suggested it may be arthritis. She offered a cat scan, an anti-inflammatory and physical therapy as treatment. I don’t know what took me so long to realize it, but at the moment I heard a drug being suggested, my mind snapped back to the age of 20 and my own issues with knee pain. “Doctor”, I said, “Could this be dietary? What if we went gluten free as our first course of action?” The doctor agreed it may be due to an inflammatory response, so I took her off all gluten. Within a week, her complaining stopped. She is 21 now and still no arthritic pain.
Unfortunately, most doctors do not suggest diet change as the first course of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be yours. Please search out the endless links on line to help convince you of the importance of trying an elimination diet. I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed with the results. D.