Crying over lunch because of pain


Helen_

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I folks,

First of, I'm Dutch so please excuse any simple or faulty language.

I am in tears right now with a messed up not so delicious lunch in front of me because of pain in my left hand thumb. So I need to rant a little to get over the worst hump and keep eating on, cause the pain is seriously messing up my appetite.

One of the reasons for me to get back on the Whole30 track is because I keep having these unexplainable pains and episodes of flue-like body aches throughout my body. It's been in my left foot for the longest time, nobody could find anything wrong. It was in my knee last summer, nobody could find anything wrong. My neck has been acting up past fall and as of a couple of weeks ago my left hand thumb keeps acting up. It was the weirdest thing. I went to wash my hair and it just started to hurt so much that tears just came flowing without any control. I've had blood tests, twice (amongst other things for RA), but they can't see anything wrong with me, the physical therapist that was working on my knee didn't understand it either. I chalk it up to my body reacting to stress, from mind but especially stress on the body due to several food intolerances. (Stone fruits, nuts, black pepper, all the hay-fever)
When after the Whole30 (maybe I will make it a 60 or 90) I want to re-evaluate and see if my body is still acting up if so, I will again go see my doctor, if not I will experiment during my reintroduction period to see if indeed it is due to some food of another. 

Anyway, just needed to distract myself and thanks ya'll it worked! Tears have dried up, got trough the worst of the pain and am eating my chicken now, just a good thing you can't see me, cause I am cutting it like a little kid 'cause I can't hold the knife in the normal way and cut. :')

Anyone got similar unexplainable problems and tips how to deal with it to make it through this Whole30?

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Not a Dr, but I'm an acupuncturist and I see a lot of people with strange symptoms that aren't getting much relief elsewhere - I can't help but wonder, is it possible you've been exposed to Lyme disease? Spent much time in the Northeast of the US?  Not exactly what you're looking for, so my apologies. Sending you best wishes and improved health!

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I'm not sure how far along you are in your Whole30, but just know that sometimes issues get worse before they get better. Are you making sure you are getting enough electrolytes? It could very much be stress but I would also make sure you are drinking plenty of water with electrolytes.

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Thanks all! Feeling a lot better this morning. :)
 

I'm on day 9, it's early morning now and I'm just about to pop some breakfast in the oven after doing some morning reading.  Don't know how to track if I'm getting enough electrolytes. I drink mostly green and herbal tea, take in different types of salt during the day depending on meal and drink at least one cup of homemade bone broth (also added dead sea salt or pink hymalaya salt) and just about every meal keeps true to the Whole30 meal template, though I sometimes struggle getting more veggies on my plate and my meat/protein portion can be the main ingredient in my meal (this mostly at breakfast)
 

9 hours ago, RandiW said:

Not a Dr, but I'm an acupuncturist and I see a lot of people with strange symptoms that aren't getting much relief elsewhere - I can't help but wonder, is it possible you've been exposed to Lyme disease? Spent much time in the Northeast of the US?  Not exactly what you're looking for, so my apologies. Sending you best wishes and improved health!

@RandiW I'm from the Netherlands. ;) As far as I know I've never had a tick bite and haven't been tested for lime disease. Also whenever I feel overwhelmed by the symptoms and am desperate to find an answer I Google  the symptoms and rarely come to Lime. Fibromyalgia or reumathism mostly. Maybe I should ask about lime disease if the pains stay after my Whole30. 

I have done the whole30 before, years ago and was following a paleo lifestyle for some time and felt better than ever no pains as far as I can remember and less allergies acting up. Unfortunately losing my job and struggling with my self-esteem due to that whole experience let me of that path and it has taken me years, numerous failed whole30 and clean eating attempts to get back on the whole30 and feeling as confident as I do now. That's why I first want to get my diet and lifestyle back in order before seeing another doctor. Hopefully the latter won't be
necessary and the experience will once and for all give me enough reasons to stick with it, even through the hard times. ^_^

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Just a little update...


the pain has been too much at some points the past couple of days, so I am going to see my doctor today. 

I hope to find the courage to open up the conversation about all these weird things going on with my body and what I am doing now (Whole30, finding food connections) and see what my doctor thinks and has to say...

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Helen, just a thought: a lot of people with arthritis find that it improves greatly when they remove nightshades. If you have been eating more potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc. it may be worth investigating. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

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2 hours ago, Brewer5 said:

Helen, just a thought: a lot of people with arthritis find that it improves greatly when they remove nightshades. If you have been eating more potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc. it may be worth investigating. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

@Brewer5 Thank you, I didn't know that specifically. I haven't been eating more nightshades, no potatoes, only tomatoes and peppers and lots of chipotle.:D  I am not ready to try to eliminate them though, first of just the whole30, if that isn't enough I thought of working up to doing a period of AIP.

By the by, I just came from my doctor and though blood tests have been negative, I got a referral to go see a RA specialist.  So we'll see what that will bring. :) 
 

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