Six weeks after my first swollen finger, achy hands and general pain in my feet - I am trying an elimination diet and various supplements. Am also making a massive effort on Dental health - as well as toothpaste swilling with Xylitol and using an electric water flosser.
Just had a deep filling replaced.
I regard this as an opportunity to try possibly less damaging forms of treatment before going on mainstream meds. Using Voltarol Gel on affected finger and on occasion ibuprofen/aspirin.
At the moment I am trying to exclude:
A) Gluten + Sugar - seems to be a trigger
B) Potatoes, Peppers and tomatoes ( nightshade family) - tomatoes might be ok deseeded and de-skinned
C) Lectins - Peanuts seem especially bad, but also beans, peas etc.
D) A1 Milk. Getting A2 Milk and eating Goats cheese or aged European Cheeses (which likely are A2 milk). Next step avoid milk altogether in case of lactose problem. A1 milk rumoured to contain lectins
Apple Cider Vinegar with meals
A) Fish/Salad/Chicken/Avocadoes/ Egg Yolks (well whole duck eggs, but they are mostly all yolk).
B) Some amounts of alcohol (though trying to stop Sunday - Thursday -its Friday)
. Can't say that not drinking helps me that much. However alcohol does diminish my ability to resist late night snacks which is a bad thing.
C) Fish - salmon, sardines
D) Sweet Potatoes
E) Lots of Salad
F) White rice - seems ok at the moment
G) Fruit - Apples
Vitamin D + K - except at weekends when I am outside a fair bit.
Cod Liver Oil
Turmeric (with Pepper) + Boswellia (not sure of best dose) - take with a fatty meal + Black seed oil ( 500 mg =1/4 of a teaspoon twice a day)
Large amounts of Vitamin B1 - 2 grams!
Probiotic after meals
Black seed oil ( 500 mg =1/4 of a teaspoon twice a day) - think this will work better for women though.
Limit salt and sweat it out on a stationary bike
Goal No food after 7pm
Exercise - Gym Tuesday Thursday running, Stationary bike in evening otherwise. Try and get as much sun as possible
. The days I exercise are generally followed by much better nights.
Magnesium supplement and trying Epsom salt finger bath.
Early bedtime - dim the lights.
Generally 2 meals a day - for me no breakfast during the week
Main finger still swollen after a month. Waiting for the other finger to join in. Pain comes and goes - some nights are ok. Hands are not stiff for long in the morning.