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Dairy and Tendonitis / Muscle issues? Any connection possible?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I don't want to blame new beloved and newly adopted eating style, and I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but:

has anyone ever heard of dairy causing Tendonitis (of foot/ankle), muscle stiffness, muscle aches, muscle cramps, joint pain, etc.?

(I do realize that perhaps a more likely cause might be electrolytes (mag, cal, potassium, etc.).

I had eliminated milk completely, and periodically eliminated yogurt/kefir, but never eliminated my kerrygold butter (which I love, and doesn't contain much milk protein).

I know, the obvious answer here is to COMPLETELY ELIMINATED ALL DAIRY and see!

However, I figured I'd just see if there could possibly be a dairy connection.

Thanks for sharing, Mike

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on February 28, 2014
at 12:49 AM

Well, dairy is certainly a problem for me. However, so are many foods on this high sulfur/thiol list. I've had the identical type reaction to quinoa & egg yolk. I'm also exploring the possibility that I was eating too much protein as well, and perhaps the sulfur/ammonia resulting might be the culprit. Here's the sulfur/thiol list I'm working from: http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/high-sulfur-sulphur-food-list/

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on January 20, 2014
at 04:52 AM

it could, but proteins is far more likely. let us know how it goes. I started being dairy-free myself yesterday too, to see if some little things clear up.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on January 19, 2014
at 06:08 AM

I can't believe it's been nearly 2 years since I posted this question. Today, I decided to eliminate ALL dairy and see how I do. Some recent food challenges are making me re-question dairy being on my safe-food list.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Let me know how it goes for you. I'm truly interested. Good lucky!

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on April 27, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Thanks Cheryl. I'm convinced. Robb Wolf over & over & over keeps hammering home the point to do it strictly for 30 days. It's good advice.

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4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

on April 27, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Hi, Mike. Yes, I have a really bad issues with tendonitis/muscle pain/joint if I consume dairy (among other issues with dairy - allergies, etc.). Once I went strict Paleo (vs. Primal). It tends to affect my hands, wrists, knees, forearms, etc. Interestingly (and thankfully) I have not had any muscle pain other than the self-inflicted kind from lifting heavy things since I eliminated dairy 100% from my diet. Well, except for the use of pastured ghee which is divine melted over hard cooked eggs (fried or boiled). If you tolerate coconut or almond milk well, it's not a big deal to get rid of dairy, really. Try it for 30 days - what do you have to lose except the pain? :)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 27, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Thanks Cheryl. I'm convinced. Robb Wolf over & over & over keeps hammering home the point to do it strictly for 30 days. It's good advice.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on May 01, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Let me know how it goes for you. I'm truly interested. Good lucky!

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on January 19, 2014
at 06:08 AM

I can't believe it's been nearly 2 years since I posted this question. Today, I decided to eliminate ALL dairy and see how I do. Some recent food challenges are making me re-question dairy being on my safe-food list.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on February 28, 2014
at 12:49 AM

Well, dairy is certainly a problem for me. However, so are many foods on this high sulfur/thiol list. I've had the identical type reaction to quinoa & egg yolk. I'm also exploring the possibility that I was eating too much protein as well, and perhaps the sulfur/ammonia resulting might be the culprit. Here's the sulfur/thiol list I'm working from: http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/high-sulfur-sulphur-food-list/

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on January 19, 2014
at 02:37 PM

Could it be some aspect of dairy (like sulfur or thiols)? (and not milk protein)

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on January 20, 2014
at 04:52 AM

it could, but proteins is far more likely. let us know how it goes. I started being dairy-free myself yesterday too, to see if some little things clear up.

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on January 19, 2014
at 02:06 PM

For some reason, it's not letting my a comment, so I'm trying this as an 'answer':

Thanks for the reply. I agree about butter having very little protein. That's one reason why I didn't think my problem was dairy. I can have a bowl or two of ice cream and not have an acute immediate bad result. However, my food diary keeps pointing back to dairy (or some other attribute: like histamine or tyramine in cheese.).

The most acute and obvious reactions is from cheese: if I eat it several days in a row, I will get a classic migraine.

Less obviously, eating 5oz of grass fed heavy cream/day causes a tension headache, neck pain, eyeballs hurting, scalp contracting.

I've been totally off nightshades for the last month and it doesn't seem to be that.

I've been entertaining more unusual causes (like salicylates, amines, histamine) but maybe it's as obvious as dairy.

Heretofore, I thought that if you didn't get GI distress, or an acute immediate reaction, it can't be an allergy to dairy. However, I found this page which inspired me to try complete dairy elimination (even butter, even in baked goods):

http://www.godairyfree.org/personal-stories/dairy-free-pain-free-for-me

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on January 19, 2014
at 01:35 PM

Generally, it's nightshades (white potatoes, tomato, peppers, eggplant, tobacco, etc.) that cause joint issue. It could be dairy as well, though it's unlikely to be from butter unless you're very sensitive.

The proteins are the issue and butter has very little. You could switch to, or make ghee (clarified butter) and see if it really is the dairy, but I'd also eliminate nightshades for a few weeks to see if that has any effect.

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on January 19, 2014
at 06:08 AM

I can't believe it's been nearly 2 years since I posted this question. Today, I decided to eliminate ALL dairy and see how I do. Some recent food challenges are making me re-question dairy being on my safe-food list.

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on June 11, 2012
at 07:05 PM

I get muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders whenever I have more than a tiny amount of dairy.

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