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My thumbs are SOOOOO much better today! They are still bothering me just a little bit but I can do all the things I was having trouble doing while they were hurting, my goodness, I never realized how much I use my thumbs! It hurt to wash dishes, trying to grip a wet soapy glass, or even washing a spoon. And my goodness the pain if I happened to brush my thumb joint against the glass while washing it.
I am just amazed and thrilled that my thumbs are so much better.
I am also so curious why the pain localized in my thumb joints?
A suggestions from an email correspondent, “Nuts… may exacerbate osteoarthritis because excessive histamine “attacks” joints, and this causes joint pain related to inflammation.”
So maybe I have osteoarthritis in my thumb joints due to all the work I do with my hands?
I am just pleased that I have been able to figure out what was wrong.
I found my bowel tolerance level to Vitamin C on Monday. I have been putting the Vitamin C powder into capsules and during the days I work I stay at the level I am at. For example, last week I had six capsules morning and night. Each capsule holds 833mg. So that was ~5000mg. On Friday I bumped that up to seven, morning and night, and was at 5800mg (11,600mg total). I stayed there on Saturday and Sunday, then on Monday I bumped the morning capsules up to 8, so 6600mg. The rumbling started and I had a bit of loose, ahem, you know.
So I'm going to stay with 7 capsules morning and night. I'm also taking 3 glucosomine and MSM morning and night. A “B” Complex 100 morning and night, and two capules of calcium morning and night.
GAPS does not advise taking supplements in the beginning part of the diet, but I think I have done enough healing that I can start to take some vitamins to help. Vitamin C is supposedly required to heal the adrenal gland, so that is why I am taking so much of it.
I understand I cannot just stop taking the Vitamin C in the large amounts, or I could end up with scurvy. !! So I would have to go off it slowly if I had to stop taking it for whatever reason.
I am not sure what is supposed to happen next. For example, will I just take 7 capsules morning and night for the remainder of my life? Will I ever need less? Will I know because of stomach rumblings? I also understand I might need more if I get a cold.
Interesting. I really miss the support of the list because I know the ladies (and gentleman) there could answer my questions. Just kidding on the “gentleman” part, I know there is more than one guy there. 🙂
So I am staying off nuts for this entire month, at least that is my plan. I was looking forward to having some kind of baked delight for Thanksgiving. Or at least pumpkin pie made with almond flour crust. I have NEVER had any issue with nuts in my entire life that I can recall. I had fallen into the habit of having nuts every single day, using them for a quick snack while at work or on the way home from work.
I think I will be able to get by with eating nuts again without such inflammation but I want to give my body a chance to settle down before I torture myself with a test.
So that's what is going on around here.
Oh. The other thing. Before I went on GAPS, the idea of self-sufficiency and survival preparedness was so simple. Just buy a big bag of beans and rice. Haha. Now how do I go about being “prepared” if I'm on GAPS? I guess the first reaction is “go off GAPS”. But, if some bad thing is going on, I want to be in optimum health. If eating rice and beans makes me exhausted and fat, and depressed, that won't be good.
What are your thoughts on being “prepared” in the case of something bad happening?