I used to live on motrin and advil. Between the knee pain and just general aches and pain I was consuming alot of ibuprofen. After initially going gluten free a few years back much of the joint pain subsided, but I am noticing recently, after being grain free for a couple years, that my overall sensitivity to pain has waned considerably. I rarely use any pain killers now, and usually they are for the headaches that precede a rare cold or flu. I thought that this was anecdotal, but my wife recently gave birth to out 4th and first 100% grain free child. As usual she went through the child birth with no pain killers, but this time she didn't take anything for the afterpain or recovery pains. Normally she uses some pain killers sparingly, but this time she went without completely and seemed to be much more active and unaffected by the whole thing. (Baby girl, 9lb12oz.).
Having suffered various bumps and bruises and the past few months I have found that the initial pain that I suffered is usually about the same, but the lingering pain from an injury is quite a bit less and it seems that the length of time that I feel pain overall is less. On top of that I used to suffer from vasovagal syncope. I have been in multiple situations that used to be a trigger and have not had a single episode. Being free from passing out and going into convulsions from stress or injury is truly an awesome thing, though I sort of morbidly miss "not being there" for a little bit when I really hurt myself.
Sometimes it seems to be a miracle that the ills that have plagued me my entire life are disappearing and I am continuously shocked into a near disbelief of it. I'd like to know that what I am experiencing is not in my head or unheard of.
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on April 19, 2011
at 09:43 PM
Why yes, diet and pain are strongly linked! I'll be delving into these issues in a soon-to-be opened blog on pain issues, diet, and movement. From what I understand, the pain stimulus in humans is really a paleo issue. Meaning this: our nervous systems are wired in a way that is not conducive to modern living.
It is not merely an issue of excess inflammation. If that was the case, no one with low omega 6/3 ratios should have much pain, and COX inhibitors would work for more people. Pain management and pain sensitivity have more factors at play than most any medical issue. The reason is that pain is a generalized response to a multitude of factors. Those factors can include, but not be limited to, inflammation/sleep/posture/tension/injury/hormones/etc.
on April 04, 2011
at 12:33 AM
This is awesome!
I have noticed that as well. I have fibromyalgia, so by definition I am over sensitive to pain. I used to have random, untriggered muscle and joint pains. Whenever I hit myself it hurt much more and longer than it should. I used to have three-days long spells, that the whole body just hurt, similar like with very high fever when even your hair seems to hurt.
I haven't had any of this in almost a year. I still have painful "trigger points" and I don't let anyone touch my shoulders... But the joint pain and random, chronic muscle pains simply disappear. I can workout (as a matter of fact I just finished a pretty heavy one) without constant pain.
When I went to my rheumatologist some year and a half ago complaining on knee pain during and after workouts or even randomly in between, he basically said: "suck it up, you have FM, deal with that". He was SHOCKED when I came back to him 6mo later and told him I felt great after dropping grains and eating a lot of meat!
on April 19, 2011
at 08:02 PM
This begs the question for me, how does a higher fat diet affect nerve activity?
I mean, I've always eaten a high fat diet (european) and always had a pretty good pain tolerance but I'm curious here.
on April 19, 2011
at 07:50 PM
I think the biggest culprit in terms of general body pain is the inflammation that is ever-present in the standard American diet. Once you remove these chronic stressors, your body's response to painful stimuli is normalized. We aren't meant to live in constant pain. Think of what that would mean from an evolutionary perspective. It doesn't make sense.
on April 03, 2011
at 09:54 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of paleo. What you you were experiencing is known as the DOC Diseases of Civilization.
Elimination of most of the "foods" that our ancestors did not have access to...ie modern day processed foods...would cure many of the maladys that the US population experiences.
And you and your wife and kids will live long and healthy lives free of DOCs with excellent quality.
Be sure your new baby girl is a paleo girl. Which she will be provided your wife breastfeeds and eats 100% paleo...lots of meat and fat.
I can't image how difficult it is this day in age to try to raise kids paleo and to eschew all the sugary cokes, birthday cakes, pies, cookies, crackers that all the other kids are wolfing down.
Congrats on your new one and congrats on being a paleo family.
Edit: You can make your entire family cold and flu proof by supplementing with Vit D3....even for the new one...liquid drops.