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Give it more time?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 06, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I'm on day 27 of the Whole30 (with additional restrictions from DR and for Autoimmune). I've been specifically hoping that the Paleo lifestyle will help me address some muscle pain and weakness issues I've had for the last year. I have been anxious to get to the end of the 30 days and be able to add things in... With the hope of seeing how they impact me. The problem is, I don't feel like the symptoms I've been wanting to address have gone away/ changed.

The questions is-- Should I keep going until I see change? Knowing that just may not happen, how long is a decent go? I've been VLC Paleo since late May. The 27 days is with the addition of eliminating nuts, eggs, dairy (I had been doing butter and cream) and nightshade veggies. No cheats during the 27 days. I don't want to jump the gun on adding things back in, but I'm also growing very weary of the additional restrictions.

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

(1317)

on June 16, 2012
at 02:37 PM

I have the same problem with holding my arms up to dry my hair, as well as the muscle pain going up stairs. The arm issue for me is a mild case of thoracic outlet syndrome, which is exacerbated by GI issues because it can be related to the vagal nerve. The soreness going up stairs is hip flexor tightness. I'd advise you to see a chiropractor as I don't think it's likely to be food related.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 07, 2011
at 09:15 PM

That's an interesting thought. Actually, when I was tested months ago, my Vitamin B levels were high, so at least I'm absorbing it-- Though my Gut may not enjoy the process.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 07, 2011
at 07:57 PM

I noticed below you mentioned some GI issues. Sometimes it is hard for our bodies to absorb B12 in the gut. It might be worth getting a B12 shot or trying some sublingual B-12.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 07, 2011
at 10:28 AM

I do drink a lot of water in general. I'll have to pay closer attention. The VLC is at my DR's behest, so I guess I'll talk to him and experiment to see if it helps. Thanks guys!

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

(746)

on August 07, 2011
at 08:03 AM

Glad someone else said it :)

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 07, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Thanks. While I hate the idea of it taking years for things to properly heal, I by no means plan to give up Paleo... just wondering about experimenting with some foods that I have eliminated for a time.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 11:53 PM

No, I don't eat liver (I can't get over the awful memories from childhood). I take a multi supplement that contains b vitamin, and yest it's methyl cobalamine)

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 06, 2011
at 11:09 PM

Well...you have had this issue for more than a decade. I know patience is easy to preach, but tough to endure. Healing does take time and glad to hear your working with someone that is attentive. Stick with it! I can't say much more than that. Sincerely wishing you the best!

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 10:28 PM

No event in highschool. The symptoms back them were more GI related, some of which I still struggle with. My Naturopath has been very attentive and more helpful than most DRs I've seen, but the process is slow going.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I do take supplements... Both that you mentioned. I've been taking them for a while and the tingling is a recent development, so I didn't consider a connection.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 06, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Since high school...I would then ask if there was an event in high school, before which you were symptom free? Can you specify when and how your symptoms came to pass? This maybe something diet can help but these are questions that your Health Professional should have asked.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

(2640)

on August 06, 2011
at 08:47 PM

themommybug, do you take any supplements? I found that supplementing magnesium and B vitamins cured me of tingling in my extremities. Also, do you exercise? Perhaps building muscle would assist with some of the muscle weakness feeling.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 07:59 PM

My condition is undiagnosed. I have been tested for lots of things.I experience muscle pain & weakness (burning muscles from walking up a flight of stairs, trouble hold my arms up to do things like blow dry my hair, etc). Tingling in arms & legs is a recent symptom. Since high school (i'm 30) I've had a a bunch of odd issues that didn't seem related... now I wonder if they actually are. I've stayed away from pain meds thus far with the exception of occasional ibuprofen. We've been playing around with my diet for a while now to see if we can find something that's helpful.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on August 06, 2011
at 10:24 PM

I would say give it more time, it takes months and years for us to mess up our bodies and as such it can take months or even years to heal properly, nothing happens overnight. My GI issues took around 3 years to heal, although I did drop weight and increase energy early on. Paleo is a life long Lifestyle not a short term diet of any kind.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 07, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Thanks. While I hate the idea of it taking years for things to properly heal, I by no means plan to give up Paleo... just wondering about experimenting with some foods that I have eliminated for a time.

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1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on August 07, 2011
at 01:04 AM

I too had this problem. For me, it went away with an increase in carbs.

I would add that when I was VLC my hydration needs increased. Are you getting adequate amounts of water?

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 07, 2011
at 10:28 AM

I do drink a lot of water in general. I'll have to pay closer attention. The VLC is at my DR's behest, so I guess I'll talk to him and experiment to see if it helps. Thanks guys!

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

(746)

on August 07, 2011
at 08:03 AM

Glad someone else said it :)

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6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on August 06, 2011
at 10:40 PM

hey, just out of curiosity - do you consume liver? or vitamin b12 supplements? (specifically methyl cobalamine - the cyano derivative is pretty much useless)

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 11:53 PM

No, I don't eat liver (I can't get over the awful memories from childhood). I take a multi supplement that contains b vitamin, and yest it's methyl cobalamine)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 07, 2011
at 07:57 PM

I noticed below you mentioned some GI issues. Sometimes it is hard for our bodies to absorb B12 in the gut. It might be worth getting a B12 shot or trying some sublingual B-12.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 07, 2011
at 09:15 PM

That's an interesting thought. Actually, when I was tested months ago, my Vitamin B levels were high, so at least I'm absorbing it-- Though my Gut may not enjoy the process.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 06, 2011
at 07:29 PM

I dont know what your condition is or if your on any medications, but A LOT of meds cause muscle pain and weakness as side effects.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 06, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Since high school...I would then ask if there was an event in high school, before which you were symptom free? Can you specify when and how your symptoms came to pass? This maybe something diet can help but these are questions that your Health Professional should have asked.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I do take supplements... Both that you mentioned. I've been taking them for a while and the tingling is a recent development, so I didn't consider a connection.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 10:28 PM

No event in highschool. The symptoms back them were more GI related, some of which I still struggle with. My Naturopath has been very attentive and more helpful than most DRs I've seen, but the process is slow going.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 06, 2011
at 07:59 PM

My condition is undiagnosed. I have been tested for lots of things.I experience muscle pain & weakness (burning muscles from walking up a flight of stairs, trouble hold my arms up to do things like blow dry my hair, etc). Tingling in arms & legs is a recent symptom. Since high school (i'm 30) I've had a a bunch of odd issues that didn't seem related... now I wonder if they actually are. I've stayed away from pain meds thus far with the exception of occasional ibuprofen. We've been playing around with my diet for a while now to see if we can find something that's helpful.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

(2640)

on August 06, 2011
at 08:47 PM

themommybug, do you take any supplements? I found that supplementing magnesium and B vitamins cured me of tingling in my extremities. Also, do you exercise? Perhaps building muscle would assist with some of the muscle weakness feeling.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 06, 2011
at 11:09 PM

Well...you have had this issue for more than a decade. I know patience is easy to preach, but tough to endure. Healing does take time and glad to hear your working with someone that is attentive. Stick with it! I can't say much more than that. Sincerely wishing you the best!

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

(1317)

on June 16, 2012
at 02:37 PM

I have the same problem with holding my arms up to dry my hair, as well as the muscle pain going up stairs. The arm issue for me is a mild case of thoracic outlet syndrome, which is exacerbated by GI issues because it can be related to the vagal nerve. The soreness going up stairs is hip flexor tightness. I'd advise you to see a chiropractor as I don't think it's likely to be food related.

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