It's been a while since I posted and a difficult few months so apologies in advance for the rant.
I have recently had an arthroscopy on my knee to trim some cartilage and perform a synovectomy. I have since discovered in the surgeons report that I have grade 4 degeneration in my knee and part of my meniscus is completely gone. I am also awaiting elbow surgery (likely replacements). The pain in my elbows has been ferocious for years and I have also had intense shoulder pain for around 6 months. Desperate to improve/control my condition, I began following the AIP diet in January.
It may have helped a little but in relation to the stress of cutting so much out of my diet and feeling completely isolated by it (missing out on dinner with friends, not eating out with my partner etc) I have recently stopped following the plan. I found I was loosing weight on it ( not so good when you are borderline underweight) and if I hadn't managed to prepare a meal for my lunch the night before I would skip meals instead of eating something that was 'forbidden' on the plan.
I have extreme muscle wastage especially in my arms which has put more strain on my joints. I have been to see a private physiotherapist and have a regime to follow. It's painful and exhausting but I have to do something. I'm not sure I can afford physio sessions for much longer and feel I will be stuck again.
I have a really unhealthy work/life balance always prioritising work over my health mainly because I feel stuck with my health but I have some control and I am good at my job.
I'm in a real rutt! Apologies for this lengthy post. Just needed it out of the system.