UPDATE: In my last post I talked about Vitamin C to bowel tolerance. As it turns out, the pain in my thumb which progressed into my entire hand, my carpal tunnel, and inner elbow ended up being caused by taking Vitamin C. Read about that here. Day 405: Vitamin C and Inflammation.
So my thumb has been hurting. Well, actually the left was hurting, then both were hurting, then the right stopped bothering me and now the left one is bothering me.
I started looking on the Internet and found this page: Thumb Carpo-Metacarpal Arthritis. I read on one site of some foods to avoid, and I'm already avoiding most of them, but the one I'm not avoiding is tomatoes.
I understand GAPS can heal rheumatoid arthritis, but what about plain ol' arthritis? The aforementioned site says women are prone to it beginning in the fifth decade of their life. I'm 47, so not quite at my fifth decade, and doggone it, I'm supposed to be getting healthier with eating GAPS. GAPS took all my aches and pains away, well, pretty much too everything away.
This possibly is another symptom of going off my asthma medication which was a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids help to cut down on inflammation. Seems to corrolate. But back to my thumb, I feel kind of disappointed that I might have arthritis while doing GAPS! That is how strongly I feel that it is a healing diet.
OH, and I did read on another site, “It is easy to diagnose if during the examination you press on the thumb carpo-metacarpal joint, which causes pain. Also, holding the thumb and pushing the joint together produces pain in the base of the thumb and is called the grind test.”
I don't know if either of those actually cause pain. I am mostly bothered by the pain when I need to grip something, and I am having trouble say for example, using a can opener, or a wide mouthed jar, like the ones we keep our milk in.
Good news. One of my sisters is reading the GAPS book. She said she totally loves that Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride explains everything so thoroughly. I hope she will embark on GAPS. It would be awesome to have another family member doing it with me. My mom is getting closer, but she's still unwilling to give up her buckwheat pancakes.
I have not been able to get my “what I ate while on vacation” post ready for publication, I may not get a chance until next weekend. It has been a crazy weekend so far. My husband went to visit a family member who is very ill with mental problems, which you can imagine I am convinced the person should be doing GAPS. But the problem is how do you persuade a mentally ill person who lives alone to fully embrace GAPS? I can't even persuade people who are in their right mind to do GAPS. I don't mean you, my dear readers, but I mean people in real life who are looking at me and watching me and seeing the real life results.
I have been more hungry than normal this weekend. It has been a stresser to have my husband gone. For one thing, he did not anticipate that he would want to stay overnight for a couple of nights. We both expected him to be home the same day. Then he didn't have cell phone reception, so I didn't hear from him for hours – like 24 hours.
Pre-GAPS, I would have been popping Kava Kava like candy and crying my eyes out with worry over what might be or could have happened. He might be lying on the side of the road in a ditch somewhere. Maybe the family member grew agitated and shot him and he's dead and stuffed in a box somewhere. You know, our imagination can run wild with us at times, and I have a rather vivid imagination as you can tell. 🙂 And it doesn't help that in our early years together my husband did get himself into a few troublesome situations. But we are living in the present, not twenty years ago.
Anyway, I am going to take a detox bath tonight. It will be nice to just relax in the warm water. The weather has cooled down just a bit here in Arizona, maybe summer is finally easing up. We'll continue to have hot days into October, and I need to figure out what I'm going to do about my garden.
Well, I better run. Have a good one!