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Paleo approaches to polymyalgia rheumatica

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

My 68-year old mother was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica recently, and it doesn't seem to be terribly well-understood. For her it consists of chronic pain in her shoulders/upper arms, and to a lesser extent her hips/upper legs. Consequently she binds her arms up in the mornings to reduce the pain. She's been on the maintenance version of Atkins for a few years now, before which she was overweight for most of my life at least. Does anyone have any experience with this condition or paleo insights into solutions? The auto-immunity aspect of PMR seems to hint at auto-immune paleo, but it would probably be quite an effort to successfully eliminate the standard problem foods here. She was doing a respectable amount of light exercise at the gym and walking prior to a cataract operation over a month ago, a few weeks after which the PMR set in.

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I hear you, dav! My mom hasn't dropped the wheat, even though I know it would help her arthritis. She hired a cleaning lady instead.

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She's been completely on board with vitamin D for a while. On the other hand, she likes her foods a lot. I talked with her about it and she's actually not on Atkins any more after all, because she doesn't have the willpower :/

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Reducing her overall inflammation load is the key, since the allo-pathic treatment is steroids. It may be that the stress of the surgery, plus the exercise just raised her inflammation level too high. No need to get bogged down in the details of the diagnosis.

If she is already on Atkins, then going gluten-free should not be impossible.

Have her eliminate all vegetable oils from her diet to reduce PUFAs and take an Omega 3 supplement.

Get her Vitamin D level checked and have her supplement oil-based D3 to get her blood level on the high end of 50-80 ng/ml.

Those 3 steps would go a long way to helping improve her quality of life.

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on January 01, 2012
at 02:51 PM

She's been completely on board with vitamin D for a while. On the other hand, she likes her foods a lot. I talked with her about it and she's actually not on Atkins any more after all, because she doesn't have the willpower :/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 01, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I hear you, dav! My mom hasn't dropped the wheat, even though I know it would help her arthritis. She hired a cleaning lady instead.

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on December 25, 2011
at 06:08 PM

I don't know the condition. Any chance she's taking a statin? That's the kind of pain it caused in a relative of mine. Did she have to take an antibiotic with the cataract surgery? If so, get her gut back in shape with lots of fermented foods.

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