Hi all, iv'e been eating paleo/primal for 2 years now, im not very strict (70/30) but have had excellent results. My question is, although all is good mood/energy/clarity etc, i developed a ganglion cyst in my wrist shortly after starting my paleo/primal journey, i am also on my second bout of bursitis in 8 months, first was my right elbow, now my left. ive not done anything different lately training or diet wise & i definitely haven't knocked it (i knocked my elbow the first time i got it) So i am wondering if there's anything diet wise that could be causing this, or is it just all a big coincidence? I've never had anything like this at all & have always been in good health despite my poor eating habits pre-paleo/primal. If any of you guys have any input on this matter i would appreciate it a lot. regards, chris.
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on October 05, 2012
at 08:12 PM
Dr. Bernstein's theory is that bursitis may be an insulin issue. Diabetics and pre-diabetics have a high incidence of bursitis, especially in the shoulders (frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis).
Yet another common condition that is probably associated with glycosylation of tendonous or even muscular tissue, diabetic capsulitus is mentioned with some frequency in the scientific literature.
Article by Richard K. Bernstein "SOME LONG-TERM SEQUELAE OF POORLY CONTROLLED DIABETES THAT ARE FREQUENTLY UNDIAGNOSED, MISDIAGNOSED OR MISTREATED"
So how's your carb intake? Do you have insulin resistance, pre-diabetes?
on October 06, 2012
at 04:47 PM
Hey guys, thank you for the speedy responsees, it is much appreciated. I did change my exercise, but i changed to a more moderate form. Train smart not hard, i used to do martial arts which involved a Lot of repetitive punches & kicks, endurance drills, tabata etc. I also used to lift a few weights, nothing major though. I never had any joint issues, although my ganglion cyst started shortly after i stopped matrial arts. (approx 3 months)...These days i will typically do 20-30 varied push-ups, hindu, regular, one arm assisted (im shooting for full one armed perfect form push ups) 20-30 squats including assisted one leg (aiming for pistols) 20 pull ups, 2 minutes of handstands, 20-30 dips, 20-30 hanging leg raises, 10 minutes of either sprints or skipping intervals. i do this twice a week. I'm 5'10 (177cm) I dropped from 83kg to 70kg without any real effort, for this i went low carb (15g-40g daily) for the first 4 months until i was my desired weight, now i have around 100g of carbs a day, sometimes a lot more on a saturday (pig out night) sometimes a bit less. I've maintained my weight without any issues. I recently went on holiday (8 weeks ago) & let it all hang out, my eating was shameful for 5 days, my body seemed to deal with it very well (aside form the digestive stress of course). I have never bothered being checked for diabetes as ive never displayed any symptoms. It is in my family though. Sorry for the long winded reply, i just just thought the more info i give the better. thank you, Chris.
on October 05, 2012
at 05:28 PM
There are basically three causes of bursitis: Injury, Overuse, Gout.
Ganglion cysts are theorised to be caused by Injury or Genetics
The odd thing is that you have ruled out Injury which is the one joint causal factor.
Also, eating a healthy diet would reduce the issue of gout -- Lack of exercise, and lack of vitamin C are the primary causes of gout.
So that leaves you with overuse.
My wild-ass-guess -- You changed your training after starting paleo/primal, and you are overtraining.