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Hi everyone,<br><br><br>
It’s been a while since I last posted here. I hope you’re all doing well. I have a joint problem spondylarthropathy (a joint problem) and I was hoping this forum could be a source of support, advice on a few issues, and maybe a form of reassurance too. I had this issue when I was a child but it went away with treatment. Up until about a year ago (when I was 31), I was doing great (playing basketball twice a week) but over the past year my knees have gotten progressively worse. I’ve reached a point where any jogging irritates my knees. I’ve seen doctors who diagnosed me with arthritis. It wasn’t until this past weekend when I went through my old medical records at my parents’ house that I remembered that I had spondylarthropathy (which is often misdiagnosed as arthritis) as a child. I’m seeing a rheumatologist next week but I’m stressed out about the condition.<br><br>
I’ve also gained about 10 pounds (although I’m still lean) in the past year – probably due to stress over job loss and then moving and starting a new job. (I am very happy with the new job though.) I always had a fast metabolism but I eat about 3000 calories a day, don’t get much exercise (because my knees have limited me), and weigh only about 130 at 5’5”. I’m wondering if eating as much as I do has caused me to weigh more than my joints are prepared to support even though I still look relatively lean to others. I’ve done physical therapy exercises but they didn’t help. I’ve tried orthotics and now I’m using foot arches from Good Feet but I haven’t found anything that does the trick. I also can’t take most anti-inflammatory medications because I had Crohn’s disease as a child and the anti-inflammatory meds are contraindicated in people with a history of Crohn’s. I guess I’m just stressed out and hoping this forum can be a source of support.
 

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And I think it could just as easily be related to a nutrient excess as to a nutrient deficiency, as I eat a high number of calories (from nutrient rich food) and also take a daily multivitamin. I'm wondering if I should stop the multivitamin. I had my annual blood work done about a month ago, which turned out normal, but I know that testing doesn't check every possible nutrient.
 

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people on a fitness group I'm in would tell you to go low fat raw vegan, and that many of them have fixed their ailments by eliminating cooked, inflamation causing foods. I can't attest to this personally, just relaying the information.<br><br>
Do you eat any raw foods or would yo be willing to try adding more raw foods into your diet? Oh, and to add juicing into your eating regimine.
 

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Interesting. I would say I eat a very high amount of microwavable foods. I always buy lower sodium ones but they still have sodium. I do eat a lot of frozen vegetables although I always put salt on them. I may be having too much sodium. A raw food diet sounds less fun and more time-consuming. Still, I hate having achy knees and it's starting in my left wrist now too. I'll give the raw food stuff a try.
 

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Bonn, Vitamin D deficiency is known to cause joint pain. It might be worth getting tested just to rule it out.
 

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Bonn, Vitamin D deficiency is known to cause joint pain. It might be worth getting tested just to rule it out.</div>
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I will look into it. I'm not sure if the regular blood test I had specifically included vitamin D. That said, I do take a daily multivitamin and eat a lot of fruit and veggies. Also, I spend about 45 min per day walking my dogs and probably get a good amount of sunlight (which I think provides vitamin D).
 

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I don't know a lot about the practicalities but is it possible to do blood-testing for every nutrient that could possibly be involved in joint inflammation or would that be exorbitantly expensive?
 
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