We recently released our results from the 9th In America survey (https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/?p=38362). What surprised you most about the results shared?
I've never thought that nightshades exacerbated RA - and have never read any credible studies that prove they do. I was surprised that it was even mentioned in the survey. Guess it demonstrates the power of opinions posted over time.
An article appeared in The Rheumatoliogst, the magazine published by ACR in 2013, which addresses this issue a little more. I do not think it sheds much light on the matter, but it was the best I could find on a quick search.
Perhaps this will be interesting............................ rick.
Thanks so much, Rick. The article states: "Although there is no evidence to support most of the dietary claims out there, such as avoiding nightshade vegetables or following elimination diets........."
Having visited nearly all the RA forums over the last 20+ years, I recall one poster claiming that nightshades was the answer. I researched it years ago because I found it hard to be true.....but would have welcomed it if it was. I found nothing then. And through the years, nothing more than anecdotal claims have appeared. No controlled studies.
My problem with anecdotal claims with no scientific basis is that people, especially those newly diagnosed, often look for a quick and easy treatment. And in doing so, delay the appropriate treatment that, had it been started earlier, might well have arrested the damage.
MD Jeffrey Dach wrote a number of books - one of them about nightshades.....but again, nothing was ever proved.
Dach claims that a couple patients claim they were "cured" by using nightshades and were able to go off their drugs. I notice there were never any followups with these patients. My own experience is that discontinuing DMARDS produces a honeymoon period.......and then the pain comes back.
I never realized the high percentage of people (90+%) who use steroids during a flare.
Appreciated confirmation of many symptoms. Really struggling since mid October with multi flares which ruin me for days. Had to accept this New Normal and acknowledge pain recovery demands extra rest. Good meditation/breathing practices help but still are time consuming too. Choosing to be positive and move forward everyday.
I'm surprised no one mentioned breathing issues. My lungs struggle when I flare. I took a break from Methotrexate at one time and within 10 days from last injection, I was having breathing issues. Lung issues were one of my medical symptoms prior to diagnosis, which were not associated with the possibility of RA. I was diagnosed with pleurisy twice prior to being diagnosed with seropositive RA.