21 years old and joint pain

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM

I have recently started to have joint pain, in various parts of my body. This is somewhat random, but has noticeable increased over the last few weeks, to sometimes intense pain. The doc gave me NSAIDs, which I am taking in low doses, going to go back to hopefully get diagnosed.

I am starting an elimination diet which will consist of: fish, sweet potato, root veg, leafy greens, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil (herbs, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, sea salt)

I am supplementing with mag. and vit. D. Also I am considering adding white rice to make the plan more cost effective.

Any help or advice, links etc. would be much appreciated, this problem is worrying me since I am so young.

Note - There is a history of autoimmune disease in my family, my grandmother has Rheumatoid Arthritis and my father has hypothyroidism (both on the same side of the family).



on February 24, 2013
at 04:05 AM

Something to be aware of; oxalates, found in leafy greens and sweet potatoes, seem to aggravate some joint problems in some people.

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on February 24, 2013
at 12:55 AM

My advice would be to do a whole 30. I too started experiencing joint pain in my very early 20s (also had a gma with RA and several relatives with autoimmune diseases). I wish I had known about paleo back then. I am almost certain that my joint pain is either caused by, or exacerbated by gluten and sugar. I also notice that my joints hurt the most prior to my period (probably due to higher progesterone levels).

I had 10 or so years of going to various doctors, getting xrays, etc. It was so frustrating. I was also told not to do any exercise that was high-impact. That was devastating. Since starting Paleo a year ago, I have started weight training, kickboxing, running, and I feel great. It is so good to know that I am not permanently damaging my joints by doing these activities.

Good luck to you. I hope you find some answers.



on February 24, 2013
at 02:46 AM

Try to also avoid all nightshades, which can cause inflammation and joint pain in some people who are sensitive to the alkaloids in them: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62



on February 24, 2013
at 02:55 AM

Could you have fibromyalgia?

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