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Lower back/pelvic pain with Paleo Diet?

Commented on September 14, 2013
Created September 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I am 5 days into eating Paleo. I have been sticking to it about 90%. I have been eating lots of chicken, eggs, salad with lots of veggies, fruit, nuts, beef, even bacon! This is a major switch for me as I used to be a cereal, sandwich, pizza type of girl (all low-cal/low fat). I am trying Paleo not because I have a lot of weight to lose but because I have been very tired lately and have menstrual irregularity. I also want to eat more cleanly in general.

The first 2 days were very rough for me - I was VERY tired and had a major headache, despite eating enough calories and working in enough fruit. On day 3 the headache went away (I added more salt and fat) but I started to have a dull ache in my lower back/pelvic region. Felt like an internal kidney thing or something. It got even more sore as the day went on and last night I woke up from pain. (note: I didn't do anything this week that would strain low back.) I took two Advil and fell back asleep. I feel better today but still feel slightly sore in the bladder area. I am not peeing yellow and it doesn't hurt to pee. I just want to know if my new diet could be causing this. On top of this, I seem to be breaking out MORE!

Ultimately I might not be able to stick with Paleo if it's causing more fatigue and body pain. I just want to know if anyone has had a similar experience. Should I call a doctor about the low back/pelvic pain?

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I would take 2 tsp 2 times a day in a 8-12oz class of water--that will get you moving either by the next day or the day after. If a pill, 2 capsules a day. Yes, you will lose weight--as long as you don't overdo it on things like nuts and carbs or "paleo treats". I strongly advise eating carbs, but one sweet potato per meal vs. 1 lb--common sense stuff. You will find you will drop body fat a bit faster if you move more--try to lift some weights and walk a lot. But, please don't get obsessed with the scale and counting calories b/c it will lead you down the road of an eating disorder.

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Mg also helps me make weight for powerlifting meets b/c it's laxative powers are that good. Yes, tmi

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or a very mild UTI

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on September 14, 2013
at 05:27 AM

Thank you @Allison 14 I will have to also listen to that podcast. I just got a magnesium supplement at Whole Foods. Do you know how much to take? P.S. Will I lose weight on this way of eating even if I'm not trying to? I am really sick of counting calories!

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on September 14, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I would take 2 tsp 2 times a day in a 8-12oz class of water--that will get you moving either by the next day or the day after. If a pill, 2 capsules a day. Yes, you will lose weight--as long as you don't overdo it on things like nuts and carbs or "paleo treats". I strongly advise eating carbs, but one sweet potato per meal vs. 1 lb--common sense stuff. You will find you will drop body fat a bit faster if you move more--try to lift some weights and walk a lot. But, please don't get obsessed with the scale and counting calories b/c it will lead you down the road of an eating disorder.

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on September 14, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Chris Kresser actually discussed the issue of the Paleo diet and constipation on Robb Wolf's podcast. He suggests that people add in some safe carbs like yams and sweet potatoes. The natural sugars in carbs are good for feeding the bacteria in your gut. I would also do fermented products to help increase good bacteria growth. You want a good bacterial growth b/c this will help you regulate. But if you want a QUICK fix--take a magnesium supplement. Mg is a muscle relaxant and a laxative. I suggest purchasing the product 'Natural Calm"--double the dose and when you get un-constipated, kick it down to the normal dose. Believe me, Mg works--every time I travel, I get constipated and Natural calm or some Mg pills gets me regular quick.

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on September 14, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Mg also helps me make weight for powerlifting meets b/c it's laxative powers are that good. Yes, tmi

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on September 14, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Thanks for your replies @Allison 14 and @samc I think either of you may be right. I am definitely constipated and the feeling does kind of feel like a yeast infection or mild UTI. Any other tips for curing constipation on this diet?

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on September 13, 2013
at 08:04 PM

I consider Advil as an evil anti body anti Paleo experience. I can't convince my wife of that, but she has cut way down. I guess if you need the relief then you are going to take it but consider skipping it. Is the new diet causing constipation issues ? That could be a source of low back pain. I found that a probiotic help ease that for me, along with avoiding dairy as much as possible.

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on September 13, 2013
at 07:55 PM

Sounds like a very mild yeast infection--change in diet can cause yeast infection. If your doctor says this is the case, try adding some fermented foods into your diet (sauerkraut, kimchi, whole milk organic yoghurt & kefit [if you tolerate dairy]).

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on September 13, 2013
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or a very mild UTI

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