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For the past 20+ years I have suffered from degenerative disc disease in my neck. I spent a lot of years in pain, but over the past year +, I have miraculously felt better, but I attributed that to lower stress in my life and elimination of wheat from my diet. That is until recently. When I was following a low carb diet, my neck rarely bothered me, but since starting the Whole 30 almost 2 weeks ago, my neck is stiff and painful every day.   Could it be something I am eating? I used to use full fat cream in my coffee, but switched to canned coconut milk, mostly the fat from it.  Other than coconut, which I know some people can be sensitive to, why would my neck pain have come back suddenly after several years of quiet?  Prior to whole 30, I did have some coconut products, but mainly coconut oil and not every day. 

The only other things that I have been eating in any quantity is an apple, sweet potatoes and almond butter. I cannot think of anything else that I was not already eating pretty regularly. Any ideas? I have searched all over the internet for information on foods that cause inflammation, but other than foods that cause inflammation, but nothing stands out. For example, I was already eating nightshades, so I don't think those are the culprit. Obviously, I have increased my carb intake from really low lot to moderate. I eat maybe one fruit serving a day. 

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Gee, I"m really sorry to hear that :(  If it was me personally, I would take a look at the things that you listed that you're eating more of and remove them to see if that helps... While the foods that are allowed on the Whole30 are in general okay for most people, each person's context is different and there may be something in there like the almond butter for instance that you don't tolerte well...The other thing is that it's very possible that this is coincidental and that your pain has been triggered by something other than the food you're eating... I don't know much about degenerative diseases except that I think they continue to degenerate?  Maybe off to your pain/back specialist for a checkup is in order?  

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I think you might be right  about the almond butter. I stopped eating the almond butter and I started feeling better within a couple of days.  I have never had an issue with eating almonds, at least I don't think, but maybe I just never realized how they affected me when I was eating them because I was still eating dairy, wheat, etc.

Thank you.

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