2

votes

Hack my stiffness

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 20, 2011 at 11:39 PM

I've been really stiff lately. I've also been cheating a lot. Almost daily. Anyhow, I've been unusually stiff, especially in my lower body. Anytime I get up from sitting or lying I'm really stiff, and it takes quite a bit of time to go away, if it even does. Before going Paleo I had no known food allergies or sensitivities. Could this be from the gluten I've been snacking on? All the fruit I've been eating? A pinched nerve that has nothing to do with my eating?

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on July 28, 2011
at 10:47 PM

Someone said it finally. I'm so relieved.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on July 21, 2011
at 09:49 PM

I have had horrible luck with the traditional medical system for most of my life. Every issue I've ever gone to a doctor for ended up being endless tests to find out they can't figure out what the problem is. This was the first time I've gone to the doctor with an issue that they were able to do a series of blood tests and tell me definitively that there was a name for what my problem is. So while I agree with you in general, if it is something that is getting in the way of living your life and preventing you from doing the things you want to do then you've got to try to find answers.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 21, 2011
at 08:16 PM

I wish I could be as optimistic about getting solid advice from the traditional medical system these days. Can't hurt to see a doc, but if their diagnosis sounds weird, trust your gut.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 21, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Is it a flavor thing? I take this stuff -- Stronger.Faster.Healthier. brand -- and it's great. Actually look forward to taking it, it tastes so good. Here's a review: http://running.competitor.com/2011/03/nutrition/burning-runner-lets-talk-fish-oil_23193

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 21, 2011
at 04:29 PM

Let's just say my "will power" has a low battery. I've tried before, and if I make a whole week I'm pretty impressed with myself. It really didn't seem to be the gluten. Omega 6 sounds more likely.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:28 PM

I have the same response as PKN. I have this issue now, but didn't before I went Paleo. I could eat all the gluten I wanted with no 'noticeable' effects. But now if I eat it, joint pain and gi issues follow.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:10 AM

May I ask why you don't cut out all of the gluten and "cheats" so you can further evaluate your situation?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:08 AM

I have it but don't like to take it. I'll try this, as well.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:08 AM

I have some Epsom salts, so I'll try this.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Annie, it gets a little better, but I'm still stiff and sore. Thomas, I cheat so much I highly doubt it. Milk might be a culprit. My baby spits up when I drink it. Something else that occurred to me is that I've been taking Sam E irregularly for mood. Perhaps my body stopped making it? I took one a hit ago to see if it helped. Hasn't yet.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 21, 2011
at 01:37 AM

I do love the epsom salts.... totally underrated.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Obviously, cutting out the gluten would be a good step, but if that doesn't clear it up right away, it would be wise to have this checked out by a doc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:40 AM

At least consider that it might be something that you've cut out of your diet since going Paleo.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:40 AM

I'm with Heather on this one.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Does it get better with movement?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 20, 2011
at 11:55 PM

This didn't used to happen when sleep deprived, even during pregnancy. Last night I got a really good night, and it seems worse today.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 20, 2011
at 11:53 PM

Oh, I've also started drinking coffee, if that makes any difference.

  • 1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

    asked by

    (2435)
  • Views
    1.9K
  • Last Activity
    1406D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

9 Answers

3
Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

(1334)

on July 21, 2011
at 01:20 AM

gluten causes inflamation, looks like the obvious answer to me. Bread makes my joints hurt too, so even as I eat the once in a while burger, I know I am going to hurt a little for a couple of days from it.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:28 PM

I have the same response as PKN. I have this issue now, but didn't before I went Paleo. I could eat all the gluten I wanted with no 'noticeable' effects. But now if I eat it, joint pain and gi issues follow.

3
34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Sara, if I was you, I would go to your doctor and have a blood panel done. I have no idea why you're having stiffness but I know with myself I tend to put off things with my health that I should not. I started getting pain and stiffness mostly in my upper body last fall and it really derailed my diet and fitness goals. I finally went to the doctor 8 months later and find out I have an autoimmune disease which is causing my pain and stiffness. You never know what can be the cause of things but if it is bothering you and you think it may be getting worse, go see your doctor.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:40 AM

I'm with Heather on this one.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on July 21, 2011
at 09:49 PM

I have had horrible luck with the traditional medical system for most of my life. Every issue I've ever gone to a doctor for ended up being endless tests to find out they can't figure out what the problem is. This was the first time I've gone to the doctor with an issue that they were able to do a series of blood tests and tell me definitively that there was a name for what my problem is. So while I agree with you in general, if it is something that is getting in the way of living your life and preventing you from doing the things you want to do then you've got to try to find answers.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 21, 2011
at 08:16 PM

I wish I could be as optimistic about getting solid advice from the traditional medical system these days. Can't hurt to see a doc, but if their diagnosis sounds weird, trust your gut.

3
C33e8c236e72d67c4b6c028401d23cce

(1884)

on July 20, 2011
at 11:49 PM

Yes, gluten can do a number on your joints, or more specifically the soft tissues around them.

Omega-6 is another big contributor. If I indulge in too much of that I'm guaranteed to be aching the next day.

But first and foremost, at least in my experience, is sleep. Where mobility is concerned, getting enough sleep is the difference between existence and excellence.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Obviously, cutting out the gluten would be a good step, but if that doesn't clear it up right away, it would be wise to have this checked out by a doc.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 20, 2011
at 11:55 PM

This didn't used to happen when sleep deprived, even during pregnancy. Last night I got a really good night, and it seems worse today.

2
559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 21, 2011
at 01:35 AM

Yup. pretty much the whole paleo thang is about avoiding inflammatory foods.. all the "no-nos' can cause problems for at least some people. Omega-6 oils and wheat are highly inflammatory especially. And it def becomes more obvious as you progressively clean up your diet - you'll find these kind of things pop up when you 'cheat'. Your body has something to say about it, and it knows you're finally ready to listen! ;)

Sure it could be the weather or a nerve or some weird allergy.. but you know where to start.. again. :)

2
0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Are you taking fish oil? If not, it might help.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:08 AM

I have it but don't like to take it. I'll try this, as well.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 21, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Is it a flavor thing? I take this stuff -- Stronger.Faster.Healthier. brand -- and it's great. Actually look forward to taking it, it tastes so good. Here's a review: http://running.competitor.com/2011/03/nutrition/burning-runner-lets-talk-fish-oil_23193

2
6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 21, 2011
at 12:29 AM

You could check and see if magnesium is the issue. You could try some calmag citrate or take an Epsom Salt bath every day for a week and see if you notice an improvement.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 21, 2011
at 01:37 AM

I do love the epsom salts.... totally underrated.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:08 AM

I have some Epsom salts, so I'll try this.

1
04e16b035e4ab5945e23e7ed579bea67

on September 14, 2012
at 12:52 AM

I'm getting ready to go Paleo I have had symptoms for years, literally ,I have been to lots of Dr.'s most laugh when I tell them my symptoms & about 15 yrs ago Had a DR in Fl. actually giggle & say You have the 3 F's Female Fat & Forty what do you expect? needless to say I have been on a quest to find out what is the cause of the pain, gas & bloating. I felt the best when I was on the Adkins Diet but it was impossible to live on it in a very small town with limited grocery options I have narrowed it to bread it makes my stomach hurt then I have leg cramps then the following day I have joint pain it took a lot of trial & error I am in hopes paleo is the way to go

1
531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on July 28, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Wow this thread is nothing like what I thought it was going to be about....

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on July 28, 2011
at 10:47 PM

Someone said it finally. I'm so relieved.

1
3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I'd say get strict with your diet again for a time. If the stiffness persists see a chiropractor. Preferably one that is familiar with nutrition and wellness lifestyle science. Good luck.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!