Report: Six-Weeks on AIP–Part 1

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Things that are worse:

  • Right hand thumb pain and swelling, with some days better than others. Currently I am improving from a peak thumb pain setback a couple of weeks ago, but overall the right thumb swelling and range of motion limitation is worse than when I started the Paleo Approach (AIP). Sometimes I wonder if I might have “texting thumb,” tendonosis issues unrelated to RA. Not that I use my phone that much, but I wonder if it could also correlate with trackpad use–repetitive stress injury.
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Right thumb a week ago (10/6), some swelling and reduced capacity to flex (bend) at the knuckle nearest the tip of my thumb.

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Right thumb today. More swelling, more limited range of motion.

Things that are about the same:

  • Sleep quality and duration, usually great

Things that are somewhat improved:

  • Foot pain and swelling diminished. Pain/swelling is still mildly bothersome, but I can bear weight on both feet, even barefoot for short periods, without wincing
  • Dry skin diminished
  • Morning red, dry & glassy eyes diminished (possible Sjögren’s?)

Things that are much better:

  • Fatigue gone
  • Morning headaches gone
  • Periodic episodes of muscular weakness gone
  • Periodic shortness of breath gone
  • Energy level more consistently good
  • Parched mouth, excessive thirst cleared up (possible Sjögren’s?)
  • Cracked lip corners & sores gone (possible Sjögren’s?)
  • Dry lips diminished. (For years I have applied lip balm multiple times a day, now I only occasionally apply a touch of pure shea butter, maybe once every three days)
  • Successful reduction of thyroid medication from 90mg/day to 60mg/day