Feeling Better Than Ever but Terrible Crepitus?

Answered on August 24, 2013
Created April 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Hi all, 6 months of paleo has cured my depression, fatigue, anxiety, IBS-D and polyuria!

My stools have normalised and been 100% perfect for the last 3 weeks, first time in many years.

But, starting around 5 months ago I've been having crepitus (joint cracking) in my knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Now it's really bad, I can't move without my joints cracking. The better I feel, the worse my joints get. Interestingly, if I move the joint with my hand, there is no cracking or noise, only when I move the join under it's own muscle power does it crack.

My knees are the worst and have lots of little red dots over them which turned up when the crepitus started. I also started going to the gym 6 months ago, but haven't been for the last 2 weeks to see if it makes any changes to my joints, which it does not.

Does anyone have any idea what this is and how I can get rid of it?

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:04 AM

No answer for you, just wow about your health improvements! I've had tiny cracking noises in my joints since forever and the paleo diet hasn't changed it. Are they painful? Loud?

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on August 24, 2013
at 01:09 AM

This may be off the beaten path, but ginger has helped improve my Crepitus and overall joint pain. I got 'runner's knee' a year ago and as I result, I could not run. Years and years of packing miles and being a cardio-rat caught up to me. I started the Paleo diet mainly as a means to strengthen my muscles and maintain my weight. I got some acid reflux from the Paleo diet initially, and I remembered that ginger was my 'cure' from 10 years ago (when I was enjoying myself a little too much). I came across many different studies how ginger works for arthritis as well as many other things. I now put ginger in just about everything. I love the taste of it so, I'm fortunate that it works as a dual purpose: acid reflux and joint therapy.


on July 03, 2013
at 11:51 AM

Do you drink? I've discovered that my crepitus is worse if I drink alcohol (the type doesn't seem to matter--cider, wine, tequila). This was probably the case pre-paleo as well, especially since when I talk to my non-paleo mom about her knees, she has the same issue. However, I think that "clearing" my body of all the chronic BS by eating paleo has made me more aware of the issue.



on May 22, 2013
at 06:49 AM

Bone broth! It's worth a try. I've been busy lately and haven't had my bone broth in over a month, and I've noticed my knees are aching more already.

On the other hand my shoulders, wrists, knees and ribs(?) usually crack when I'm working out, so maybe broth is good for joint mobility but not cracking.

Here's a similar question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/64357/suggestions-for-crepitus#axzz2U08hrTb0


on May 22, 2013
at 01:10 AM

I have the same crepitus. I'm going back to SAD diet for 2 months to see if its a deficiency in anything. Have you any improvements?

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