Ok, I don't know what I was thinking (or wasn't thinking), but I ate something the other day that had MSG in it. It was spelled out in the ing list (sausage). I was in a bind and had to eat something. Anyway, it didn't register in my mind as MSG until later in the day when my arms and legs started aching and I was reviewing what I had eaten. I've been committed Paleo for over 2 months and on day 24 of the 30 day challenge (with autoimmune). I'm fairly sure that it was the MSG, as I can't think of a THING that I ate differently beside the sausage. I doubt that there were any hidden things in that... though I guess it can always happen. I haven't seen a lot of info on the web about MSG and Muscle pain. Does anyone have muscle and joint pain as a symptom of MSG intolerance? These are two of the main symptoms I've been hoping the Paleo lifestyle will help to address. The last couple of weeks have been relatively pain free, so that makes me feel even worse :-)
Also, any ideas on how long I could expect it to take before food induced pain dissipates?
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I recommend this book: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, by Dr. Russell Blaylock, for answers to questions you may have about how and why MSG makes you sick.
Ex-ci'-to-tox-in: a substance added to foods and beverages that literally stimulates neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Can be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate, aspartame (NutraSweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid. Citing over five hundred scientific studies, Excitotoxins explores the dangers of aspartame, MSG, and other substances added to our food. This is an electrifying and important book that should be available to every American consumer.
I have grown increasingly sensitive to MSG this past year. It once only caused headaches, but now, I suffer through the night when I eat foods with MSG. Pain travels from joint and muscle groups, starting at my scalp, then jumps to my shoulders and hands and then to my knees and feet. My knees, thigh muscles and feet hurt all day long the day after I eat MSG. I have no arthritis and never have joint or muscle pain -- except when I mistakingly eat foods with MSG. Although I vigilantly read labels to ensure I don't consume foods with hidden MSG, I am tricked at least twice a year. Good luck! For more Paleo Diet hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/68240/msg-causing-muscle-pain.html#ixzz2inG1OZR5 Follow us: @PaleoHacks on Twitter | PaleoHacks on Facebook
Did your muscle tension go away after stopping msg??
I have recently started watching my intake about 8 or 9 months ago. I had suffered from general body aches and joint pain for years. I am not effected severely by MSG, but I do know now that it has caused me this pain. It takes me about 3 weeks for the pain to wear off if I slip and eat breads or wheat products for several days. Small amounts once in a while and I am ok. This last time I binged, I ate pizza, noodles and others all week. I am at my second week mark of being clean and I feel better, yet I do not feel as good as I did when I was on a solid no MSG diet. My muscles feel like they want to tear rather than bend when I walk or move about. Bending down is tough. Sitting in chair for 5 minutes makes me stiff and my ankles do not want to bend.
MSG is a real killer. I found out about 3 yrs ago how allergic or sensitive I am to MSG. My migraines I had my entire life until 3 yrs ago were an extreme allergy to MSG. So yes it can cause pain, weakness, migraines, fatigue...the list goes on.
The hidden names of MSG: Modified food starch Autolyzed yeast Calcium caseinate Sodium caseinate Hydrolyzed protein Hydrolyzed vegetable protein Carrageenan Glutamic acid Yeast extract
It's also present in most protein isolates (soy, whey...)