Sugar and joint pain

By lowcarbies Latest Reply 2011-01-18 23:09:08 -0600
Started 2011-01-10 14:45:27 -0600

I've been on a low carb diet since Nov. 13th and lost 26 lbs so far…but this last week, I've been horrible…eating sugar, starches etc…not bad, I don't think, but enough to know I need to stop. Today, my joints are killin me…allll over my body. Is this from the sugar?

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GabbyPA 2011-01-11 11:09:44 -0600 Report

Congratulations on your weight loss. That is great to make it though the Holidays that way!

Sugar is an inflammatory food, so are things like wheat and the gluten that go with it. If you have been reducing these and feeling better, a new surge in them could be a part of the pain in your joints. There could be many other reasons as well, such as the cold, maybe a new exercise and even some meds such as statins can cause that as well. It could even be that you are craving them before your period as well and the aches are coming from a form of PMS. This is when I crave carbs the worst, though I have not noticed a link to joint pain...just a pain in my butt with numbers I don't like to see. LOL

jayabee52 2011-01-10 20:29:50 -0600 Report

Jowdy Julie

I myself can't say for sure because Diabetes ("DM") is a very individual disease (or should I say "Medical challenge") But if you haven't had a problem like that before you "fell off the wagon" I'd say it was quite likely that it was due to the high sugars.

I pray it is nothing more than that because the other medical challenges which would cause that are really nasty. If you get your BG#s (aka sugars) under control for 2 wks to a month and the symptoms do not subside, you might want to ask your Dr about Rhumetoid Arthritis, or Lupis(SLE). My bride had both and she had intense joint pain from time to time. Her regular Dr wasn't able to diagnose her Lupis. She had to see a Dr specializing in Rhumetology before her SLE (Systemic Lupis Erithmatosis) was confirmed. Her RA was disgnosed a few years later. She had just had a painful RA flare in the weeks before she died. RA can make your life very painful. SLE can kill you. It might be good if you could rule out either of these medical challenges. It could also be osteo arthritis (which I have), but it is not as nasty as RA or SLE.

If it doesn't resolve after you've gotten your BG#s under control for 2 weeks, you probably should see your Dr.

Blessings to you and yours.


lowcarbies 2011-01-10 23:03:21 -0600 Report

I haven't been diagnosed as a diabetic. I'm just following a low carb diet and am on Adipex, a prescription pill for weight loss. I have done reallllllly good on it. Been on it since November 13th and have lost 26lbs. This past week, though, I cheated. I've been under alot of stress lately, and that combined with my "cycle" didn't help me. I'm not tryin to make excuses. It's just hard, ya know. I took some Alieve and that helped so…thanks for messagin me back :)

jayabee52 2011-01-11 11:22:10 -0600 Report

Congrats on the weight loss. I need to lose weight too, and increase my activity. I feel sorry for you gals when you get your monthly "visitor"

My ex (when she was still my future ex) had it bad. Sometimes it turned her into a mamabear. And close to the end of our marriage she started "the change" and there was NO pleasing her at all.

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