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Degenerative Disc Disease - give paleo a try?

Answered on February 13, 2014
Created February 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Hi everyone!

I'm a 25 yo woman, diagnosed with lumbar degenerative disc disease 4 years ago (L3-S1 bulging discs). The last year, the pain became unbearable despite a lot of different therapies (medication, PT, spine injections, etc).

I have always eaten a lot of vegetables and fruit with limited fish/meat/eggs, but also a great amount of grains and dairy... I'm thinking if switching to paleo could help somehow managing the pain level. Has anyone ever dealt with similar issues?

Thank you!

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on February 13, 2014
at 02:27 AM

Paleo really helped me eliminate MOST of my skeletal pain, but I have DJD in my lumbar spine and I still have SOME pain and occasional flare ups. The pain is not bad compared to before eliminating grains, and the flare ups might be related to dietary indiscretions because sometimes I cheat. I know that on Friday nights I sometimes eat more than just a token bite of challah (egg braid bread), and I feel it all weekend if I do, especially in my lumbar spine.

I think Paleo will definitely help you--whether or not it's a cure is questionable. Don't neglect bone broth--lots of good stuff for you in a nice, gelatinous broth.

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on February 13, 2014
at 01:37 AM

I was diagnosed with Scheuermann's disease 8 years ago, which is a condition where the vertebrae grow unevenly, causing intense pain. I've been in and out of physical therapy for most of my life, and I have taken prescription painkillers on a daily, or biweekly basis to deal with the debilitating pain. I have scars on my back from sleeping on too-hot heating pads in an effort to be more comfortable.

Now? I've been Paleo for a year and a half. My pain is G-O-N-E, and the only time I experience discomfort is if I'm standing for long periods of time without adequate arch support.

Paleo has worked for me... I can't tell you for sure that it will work for you, but isn't it worth a try?

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on February 13, 2014
at 12:30 AM

a friend who had to go through two operations and many years of trouble got immediate relief from first starting regular CLO, then giving up wheat one year later. Now 58, she is in great shape and free of problems since two years. She is so serious about it she is planning on planting 300 feet of winter squash this year, besides her regular garden.

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on February 12, 2014
at 11:34 PM

You can definitely reduce inflammation in your body and that should help. I have some lower disk problems that are better since Paleo, but I attribute it mostly to weight loss and exercise. Probably some level of reduced inflammation, but who knows? Going Paleo is a good idea for you !!

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