Lupus is like having a giant sign on your head welcoming all sorts of pain and ailments to come in and reside in your body. A sign you did not put there, nor want there! Lupus creates and environment of inflammation in our bodies. This inflammation causes many problems, including muscle and joint pain. The obvious response to this, would be to find ways to eliminate or at least reduce the inflammation, right? Well, yes, but how? We’ll get to that in a moment…
First, let me just say that I refuse to take the medications that are prescribed for lupus and my other conditions. I feel that they are too dangerous, and I just don’t want to add anything more for my body to deal with.
Also, let me be clear, nothing completely takes lupus pain away. I still live every single day of my life in pain. And, when a lupus flare decides to invade my body, I am bed bound, and wishing a horrid and bloody death upon lupus!
However, avoiding these 6 things, help make the “day to day” pain much more manageable.
Top 6 Things to Avoid to Help Prevent Lupus Muscle and Joint Pain
Avoid gluten. It can increase inflammation and possible lupus flare ups.
Completely eliminate processed foods. This should be a no-brainer in health in general. However for the sole purpose of lupus, the chemicals in processed foods also increase inflammation, and can vie difficult for people with lupus to metabolize.
Run from Soy. Soy creates inflammation. A few other legumes to avoid are alfalfa seeds & sprouts, green beans, snow peas, and peanuts, all of which, along with soy, can trigger lupus flares, and increase inflammation.
Refined, unnatural sugars. They are the worst thing to put in your body. No question. It creates pain and inflammation, as well as a plethora of other health issues.
Alcohol. It turns into sugar, which increases inflammation and adds stress to the liver, which may already be compromised from lupus. It also causes anxiety and dehydration.
Caffeine. Causes sleep issues, inflammation, and can also cause liver damage.
Most of the things listed are already pretty unhealthy. However, for those with lupus and other autoimmune diseases that are laden with inflammation, they are, in my opinion, the top 6 things to avoid. I am speaking from my own experiences. When I made these changes, and removed them from my regular diet, I noticed changes. I can tell when I have had soy, my joints get stiff. I can tell when I have had too much sugar and gluten, my muscles get intensely sore and achy.
As I mentioned earlier, nothing takes it all away. Life with lupus means there WILL BE PAIN. However, if I can lessen the pain even 5%, I am winning!