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    While I was at PT on Friday, the lady sitting next to me showed me her hands. She had very bad rheumatoid arthritis with the fingers deviating towards the little finger and it looked to me like the hand would be almost non-functional for gripping
    or grasping anything. She then told me that it was really badly lately because even though it is better on a gluten free diet, she was now eating bread again.

    I was then called away so I could not talk with her about using GF bread instead of eating something with gluten in it. When I was finished with my session she was not there.

    I just could not believe that she would eat gluten if it made her RA so much worse. I do not know if the hand was functional when she maintained a GF diet, but it looked so bad to me.

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    It is sad that it is so difficult for so many people to stay away from gluten. Before I went GF my knuckles were turning knobby and my little fingers were becoming crooked. All straightened out once I got off that poison. I think a big problem is is that most doctors poo-poo the idea that diet could change health other than "eat less and exercise more" which is advice that really doesn't work well (but that is another subject)

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    I agree. Both my sisters have gluten problems, and I just tend to make things GF from here on out, rather than "This is GF, this isn't". Unfortunately, I can't advertise, since one sister lives in Australia, and the other lives here (Seattle), but won't follow the GF diet. :/

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    Saw the lady again today at PT,and told her that their are gluten free breads, etc. and she said that she knew that.

    What can I say. Guess that she has chosen the pain and disfigurement rather than change the eating habits.

    Marilyn

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    Saw the lady again today at PT,and told her that their are gluten free breads, etc. and she said that she knew that.

    What can I say. Guess that she has chosen the pain and disfigurement rather than change the eating habits.

    Marilyn
    People are like that, unfortunately. You did your good deed for the day, and that is the best you can do.

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    I am another one who had joints very swollen with arthritis before GF. I had removed all rings before they could get stuck on. I had problems with other joints too that made even walking problematic. Since GF I was able to do a mini marathon, I mow the lawn with a reel to reel mower, and I've got my rings back on my fingers. I can't understand why people get so addicted to their food. My husband is like that. He has taken to eating when I am not watching, but I notice wrappers from junk foods in the garbage and recycle. He goes on about all his dieting and exercise strategies, yet his stomach grows larger. You can only make suggestions and then you just have to watch.

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    Your husband, Stephanie, sounds very like someone I know. Sometimes he cannot help himself and will eat a Snickers out of his stash in front of me.

    Yes, my joint pain and swelling are gone too.

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    Hi all,
    I'm usually at Chronic pain but I started GF four months ago as my daughter is severely allergic to gluten and corn. She said most close relatives would have some degree of sensitivity and we just found out my son has it and fibromyalgia. I find my muscles and joints are somewhat better and I don't have headaches anymore. I have some great recipes especially for pie!
    If no pain, no gain is true, where is everything I should have gained?
    DDD, Fibro, CFS, pain for 20 years. ADR c 5/6 Feb. 2018 doing well.
    Back to pain management, fibromyalgia getting worse.

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