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Follow up to rheumatologist visit

After having a second bout of muscle aching joints I finally got into rheumatologist and she put me back on prednisone and methotrexate. I also am taking Folic acid and my regular vitamins that I take every day. I feel pretty good I got the steroid down to 10 mg a day which I take five in the morning five at night. I’m able to work drive two hours to my location and I feel all right. I have made a plan that if I’m in the car longer than an hour I get out walk around get gas get water whatever . This allows me to number one have a break from driving and standing and walking around helps my muscles . I truly want to understand how I can be better without the medication but by reading the post that I have I realize that I need to relax and let the medicine do it’s work. I think everybody on this health process and getting me to admit that I need help. I’m in ask athlete athlet I truly want to understand how I can be better without the medication but by reading the post that I have I realize that I need to relax and let the medicine do it’s work. I think everybody on this health process and getting me to admit that I need help. I need to know if there are foods that I should avoid is there things that I need to do to help this process. So my next visit to the doctor won’t be till July so we’ll see if the medicine is doing its thing as far as my blood and we in an auto immune disease we will see. About the only symptom I have is when I get up in the morning and I’m a little achy but also in my 50s so that could just be life .

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The morning aches are far more likely to be today's PMR boost rather than your age.

Probably the most important foods to eliminate are sugars and simple carbs (basically, white ones!). That includes flour products, rice and potatoes. Then it depends on you - there are many so-called pro-inflammatory foods which you can find by googling. Avoiding the carbs also helps avoid weight gain and developing Type 2 diabetes.

There are loads of threads on the forum about cutting carbs.

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I’m trying the white diet but so hard to let go of the staples of my youth and most of my adult life. What to eat instead of carbs, veggies? Fruit?

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Veggies are fine provided they are grown above ground (mostly, peas need to be treated with care). Not fruit - it is full of sugar, that is why it is sweet, and while it is healthier sugar for the puposes of a lower carb diet it contributes a lot of carbohydrate.

Yes, I do realise it is hard changing the habits of a lifetime and I suppose it may have been easier for me since I had already cut out all wheat products as I have an allergic reaction and itch like mad! It is probably part of the autoimmune bit that causes my PMR and it is a big incentive not to eat most carb products! It isn't gluten - but to eat wheat-free in the UK usually means gluten-free and the options were dire 14 years ago.

But after just a few weeks of being disciplined and exploring sites like this

dietdoctor.com/low-carb (there are lots of others)

you come up with all sorts of alternatives. And once you lose weight or start to feel better it gets easier. If you don't need to lose weight you don't have to be as strict - but the secret is to learn to keep carbs for very occasional treats rather than every day.

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