As some of you know I made a change several months back. This change included avoiding gluten, added sugars and processed foods ( especially preservatives ).
I can't say enough good things about the positive results. As I told a friend, Enbrel helped me a lot...about 80% but the food changes filled in the rest and got me close to 100%. The fatigue is still there sometimes. If i cheat and eat something i'm not supposed to I will still get some pain and once I stay away from those foods again I get back to no pain...no redness, no aching in my hands, no swelling and very, very little stiffness. Stiffness will come if I lift or carry something that is too strenuous on my hands.
My regular rheumy even noticed the difference during my follow up appointment and when I told him of the changes I had made to get these results he was writing it down. A breakthrough that they are finally going to start paying attention to what ever you expose you body to and what you put in your body does make a difference.
There's no guarantee this will work for everyone. I do know from what I've read it works for a lot of people. The fact is it's worth a try....but as far as gluten goes it's in soooo many products. Research is necessary to understand where gluten can be found and how to avoid it. Also to supplement some foods I have to avoid with others. It took time to adjust but was totally worth it.
In addition....My mind is less hazy, my memory is almost back to normal. My energy level is higher than it's been since my diagnoses of PsA, most of my P is gone.
The results keep me motivated to keep going. :)
My hope and wish is that all can find whatever method works, or changes in life that will help everyone find their method of reducing pain with minimal medication.