I wrote a post a few months ago about My Decision To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally With the Paleo Diet. Things went great for the first month or so; I saw a decrease in pain and inflammation and the swelling in my feet and hands went away…then I started cheating. And once my husband was out of work on medical leave for over six weeks, I just stopped doing it completely. Mostly because of financial reasons (he was only getting half of his pay at the time on short term disability) and partially because of the holiday season and my weakness.
During the past few months, my RA has gotten worse. I seem to be in a continual flare that never goes away. Every day, I have pain that lasts all day (though it does ease up a little by the afternoon). My jaw has also become affected and I think my neck has as well (hard to tell with that since I also have a herniated disc there). I was praying it would never go into my jaw. I’ve read the stories. So far, it’s only my left side and it’s not “bad” yet.
My husband has returned to work and I have made some lifestyle changes for the better (basically going to bed at night whereas before I would stay up until 3 or 4am). And today is day one of restarting the Autoimmune Paleo diet (AIP). I’m hoping that I am much more successful at staying on it. I started tapering off the prednisone I have been on since last summer. I should be off it entirely within a month.
Meanwhile I am also going to look for another Rheumatologist. The one I have does not have a good bedside manner and I need a doctor I feel at ease with. I’ve went and bought all the foods I need and I even find myself unfollowing recipe boards on Pinterest unless they are AIP or regular Paleo. I don’t want to see the yummy, but bad for me food I usually eat. I’m really going to miss potatoes. I’m just saying. That is the worst.
I’m not sure if this diet will work for me, but I am going to give it my all, unlike last year. And I have hope.