I’m new here. I’m 32 and was just diagnosed with RA 2 weeks ago! So far I haven’t tried any medications because my rheumatologist is having me try an elimination diet to see if some of the symptoms can be controlled by certain food sensitivities. (She is a functional medicine doctor and tries to combine traditional with alternative therapies as much as possible.) I did the food sensitivity blood test and it came back positive for wheat, yeast and dairy, so I am trying to cut them out for at least a month. I’ve also started taking probiotics and liquid fish oil (nasty!). To add to my confusion, I also have a nutritionist who I trust and love, and is unable to find any scientific basis for eliminating gluten/dairy/yeast to control RA symptoms, and is skeptical about the blood test for food sensitivities. She basically said to try it for a month but she’s doubtful that it will make a difference. Her opinion is that having a healthy ‘gut’ is the best way that her other patients have controlled their symptoms with diet. (Of course they take medications as well.)
Which leads me to my question – has anyone else tried to alter your diet to help with RA symptoms? It has only been about a week and I actually am feeling worse! I have read it gets worse before it gets better, but I’ve seriously been feeling the need to rest at all times when I’m not at work, and everything is swollen and achy! I’m new to all this and was not at all expecting to receive this diagnosis. Any info/tips/advice would be much appreciated.