I’m on Week 2 of the Paleo Restart program. As of Saturday, I have lost 5lbs within the first week of returning to grain/legume-free. I cannot express how wonderful I feel…
…until I try to do more than my body will allow and the fatigue grips at my soul like a crushing wave of the Pacific pounding at the shores.
I still have an issue. I still have an issue. And I don’t know what that issue is, though I suspect it is seronegative RA (dear gods, please, not Lupus). The problem with my hands started back in 2012, when I was powerlifting. I would grip my bar to do squats and then go to release the bar and find my hands wouldn’t move. I had to mentally focus on the fingers to uncurl them from the bar. Even then, it was only enough to slide them off the bar; I spent my recovery time working on opening my hands so I could do the next set. My sister (10 years my senior) is a nurse; I talked to her about it and she suggested I see a specialist since RA runs in our family.
Car accident in April 2013…had bigger issues to contend with, like the ligament tears in my ankle that went undiagnosed (SURPRISE!) for 4-5 months (depends on if you count the Canadian chiropractor who said the words “exploded ligaments” to me when doing an adjustment and taping whilst I was visiting my [now ex-]boyfriend). After I collapsed under a 190# squat, I started using the Smith Machines because I had no idea why I collapsed (and that’s a lot of weight to collapse under…fortunately, there were some folks around who watched it happen and one of them suggested I had an ankle instability…boy, did I!). Anyway.. surgery in January 2014, off my gluten-free diet (that I’d been on for 3 years), walked about the UK for 6 weeks, then back to the states, visited family in PA, back to CA; house guests, looking at gym costs to return, BAM! Fatigue out of nowhere. I just assumed it was due to lack of sleep (this was October 2014) and carried on. Two days later, BAM! My body lit on fire and my muscles forgot how to muscle (time off GF diet: 9 months).
So, now… 1.5-ish weeks on the grains/legumes free diet and I’m back to only worrying about my hands and feet (was diagnosed with bilateral DJD in my feet…which made me sorta say, “isn’t that…y’know, indicative of RA??”), but “just osteo” in my hands (at the time, I was 36 with no history of trauma to my hands…unlike my 44-year-old-at-the-time brother who does not have osteoarthritis in his hands, despite literally crushing one of them in a sheet metal press). Currently, my right index DIP and thumb PIP have mild deformaties and a loss of range of motion, as compared to my left hand. My left index DIP and thumb PIP, however, are tender in the same spots as the deformities on my right hand. Things that make you go hmmmm….
Anyway. TL;DR: Diet fixed the things it should have fixed, but not the things it shouldn’t have and I need to remember that I’m only 60% of where I was when I was able-bodied, despite the fact I feel 110% better.