I am an active male exercising about five days a week, three of which are heavy weight lifting sessions that include a lot of compound exercises and the other two are my rock climbing (bouldering) days. I was diagnosed with a type of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis about five years ago, and soon after I started taking meds for my excessive inflammation and pain in my sacroiliac joints, wrists, hands, ankles and stiffness in my neck/upper back. About four months ago I started eating a Paleo lifestyle, when I first started I did the 30 day squeaky clean challenge essentially removing everything grains, dairy, wheat, legumes and anything processed keeping it very strict. During this time all my inflammation gradually vanished and I didn't feel any pain in the areas mentioned above, I felt so great I stopped my harsh meds and haven't looked back since. The past couple weeks though I have become a little more flexible with my food choices eating some sweets such as chocolate and ice cream. I have also reintroduced whey protein on my workout days for the past couple of months and definitely noticed it helping me build more muscle during this time. Unfortunately though these past couple weeks I have noticed inflammation in my SI joints coming back and I am not sure if it has to do with my whey protein, or my excessive indulgence of sweets, or what?
Does anyone have experience with AS or joint inflammation and staying away from specific foods? I feel I really need my protein shakes for my workout days since it can be hard to get all your protein intake from food, so hopefully that is not the underlying cause. To clarify though I absolutely stay away from any type of grain and wheat because I am pretty sure those are the main causes my pain.
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on March 25, 2013
at 01:10 AM
I don't have a diagnosed joint problem, just the beginnings of middle age, lol. I can tell you that dairy especially makes my joints flare. I know that people with "dairy intolerance" are recommended to take protein shakes made with whey isolate rather than whey concentrate. I am not sure if this also applies to THIS kind of dairy intolerance, but it would be my first step. After eliminating the ice cream. If you need something cold and icy, try frozen blueberries with coconut milk drizzled over the top.
on March 25, 2013
at 01:18 AM
I've done a lot of tweaking to my diet over the past year on Paleo. I was certain my joint pain was due to gluten, but now I'm wondering if sugar has more to do with it. I don't have problems with fruit, but I have trouble with my joints after indulging in refined sugars, and unfortunately, wine. I haven't been diagnosed with arthritis, but I've had severe and intermittent pain over the last 12 years. I was diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome at one point, but I'm not convinced I have that. Since starting Paleo, I have had a significant reduction in my joint pain, specifically in my knees. I used to have episodes where one of my knees would flare up and I'd basically be immobile for a couple of weeks at a time. That has only happened one time this past year. I still have shoulder pain, but it is more manageable.