Thursday, December 11, 2008

The RSI-Gluten Connection--Is Your Diet Causing Your Pain?

Gluten and RSI ...

"Long time readers of Ergoblog (or those who have mastered the art of browsing the archives) will know that I started out having all sorts of trouble with repetitive stress injuries in my hands, as well as some other health problems (acne, acid reflux, migrains, insomnia, and back pain for starters--I sure was a wreck!). After paying way too much for mediocre medical advice, drugs, and physical therapy (read: big time debt for someone who couldn't work because she couldn't use her hands without pain), I found a natural doctor who thought to have me tested for food allergies.

My results were almost off the charts for sensitivies to gluten, dairy, and eggs. When I eliminated these foods from my diet, my symptoms improved vastly, as in 100% if I was very good about avoiding these foods.

And when I'm not good? As you can imagine, it's hard to avoid all those foods all the time. Gluten and whey (a milk product) show up in a lot of foods. I recently went on a cruise to Mexico, and I decided I'd let myself break some of the rules, instead of just eating fruit, fish, and vegetables (they try to accommodate food allergies on cruises, but don't expect them to have a lot of specialty gluten-free foods). I let myself be particularly bad for some of the extra yummy treats (hello, chocolate buffet cannot be avoided!).

Needless to say, my hands were pretty achy by the time I got back, and some of my acid reflux symptoms were showing up at night. Sometimes I almost envy those folks who go into anylphylactic shock when they eat a food they're allergic to, because they have to avoid it (no, I don't really envy them, but it can be hard to be good all the time when there aren't any immediate dire results).

All this just emphasizes the food intolerances-RSI connection for me. When I've done research, I've found that gluten intolerance in particular is very common for folks (something like 1 in 8 people are suspected of having a sensitivity, enough though they may not know it)."    (Continued via Ergoblog)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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