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My feet! 
25th-Mar-2008 11:52 am
Me in new glasses
So, I've had this problem before. It was way back before I was GF and I was eating a rather high carb diet. When I woke up in the morning my feet were in horrible pain... down to the bone kind of pain. I'd have to crawl to the bathroom in the morning until the circulation in my feet got moving.
My doctor at the time told me it was arthritis and gave me some pain management pamphlets. Not long after that (and completely unrelated) I started on Atkins, 20g of carbs a day... did the whole program based on all the recommendations for 3 months. Dropped 20lbs in the first month and then nothing. Nada. No weight loss. HOWEVER, my pain went away.
Not long after that I was diagnosed with insulin resistance.

Now, I know I haven't been eating a lot of carbs... I have had a bit of refined sugar lately, but not much, a small scoop of ice cream last night... two or three easter candies last week, and I'm not heavy on potatoes, rice or pastas. I don't go out and buy GF bread because the one I liked the most makes me sick (Tapioca) and if I wanted crumbly rice flour pound cake I'd make pound cake from scratch.

Does anyone else have problems with their feet?
It's been going on for about 4 days now and I'm trying to figure out what I'm eating to boost my sugar levels. I've been eating a lot of salad and beans. Could the beans be doing it?
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25th-Mar-2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
i had
food
foot (brainfog, sorry) pain for many years. i finally figured out that so long as i stay 100% away from tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant (the nightshade family) it's gone and my feet are fine. if i have a tiny bit of one of those foods every so often, it's not a problem. if i have 2 things at once, i'm hurt the next day. if i have any nightshades 2 days in a row, pain.

from what i've read some people are sensitive to the solanine, adn i'm one of them, and i've gotten more sensitive over time. i used to be fine with tomatoes, but now i'm not. :(

i don't know if yours could be the saem thing or not.

Edited at 2008-03-25 07:59 pm (UTC)
25th-Mar-2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Nightshade allergies run in my family, but I never tracked them with my foot pain.
Hmm...
25th-Mar-2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
People with diabetes habitually have issues in their feet, so you are not alone at all.

While it could be carb content, it is not likely that beans would do it to you unless you are eating way more than a regular serving of them.

I would suggest you try a mix of hydration and light exercise/stretching. Basically, just make sure you're getting about .5 liters of water every two to three hours, and do some basic leg stretching at first. If it improves, keep up the water content and add a walk tomorrow.

Also, remember to check your feet everyday. It might end up feeling pointless, but if you catch a cut that you missed, it will be worth it to avoid any possible infection. You also want to use a gentle lotion and make sure your shoes and socks are not too tight.

If it doesn't improve with three days of treatment, contact your doctor. You could be having hypertension or blood pressure issues that shouldn't be ignored.

Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon. I'm currently 37 weeks pregnant and I am omgsofat and my feet are swollen as hell, so I feel ya.

Edited at 2008-03-25 10:22 pm (UTC)
25th-Mar-2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
I do have hypertension... on meds for it (they're making my hair fall out wah!).
Thanks for the input. I see my doc on Thursday anyway, so I'll bring it up to her so she's aware.
25th-Mar-2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
If you have hypertension, definitely let your doctor know about the swelling. Hydration should help with hypertension symptoms as well (make sure you're avoiding caramel coloring, too!).


Good luck!
25th-Mar-2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
what does caramel coloring do?
25th-Mar-2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Well, it is generally made from wheat, but it tends to make me swell, so I thought I'd add it as something to avoid.

I am fairly sure that the caramel coloring in coke, pepsi and dr pepper is made from wheat. At least, according to celiac.org it does.
25th-Mar-2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's the exact opposite of everything I read. American Caramel Coloring was safe but anything foreign was not guaranteed.

"Caramel coloring made in the United States, and most syrups and jellies may be included in a gluten-free diet. " from HealthTouch,

I know for a fact Pepsi is gluten free because I emailed them a few years ago. Unless they've changed their recipe, their caramel coloring is GF. I hate Coke so I have no idea about that. I was always under the impression that, like Maltodextrin, if it has been manufactured in the US, it's safe. It is likely to contain milk products though, so those with casein issues might have more problems than not.

I dunno, I just did a google search and came up with about 50/50 on yes or no. I couldn't find it on Celiac.org at all (they don't have an easy search feature).

Not saying your wrong... I guess its just indicative of how much more label looking and contact with manufacturers is needed.

25th-Mar-2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for the update. It has been a while since I've read an allergy list, and last I checked, caramel color was on it.

It *is* hard to find info on celiac.org, especially since they're always changing their format.

That makes me feel better, because I've been avoiding root beer specifically because of caramel color, and now I don't have to. I might have to go and buy everything for root beer floats tonight. :P
26th-Mar-2008 12:30 am (UTC)
I know how you feel. I've been avoiding everything with Mono and Diglycerides when I read it can have a gluten based "carrier" with it... come to find out, that it has to be labeled with "wheat" if it does. Not that I'll stop eating the all natural ice creams and stuff, but it does make me feel a little better at friend's houses and such.
26th-Mar-2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Coke and Pepsi (and most/all of the other sodas they make) are gluten-free. Caramel coloring is rarely made of wheat in the US because then they'd have to label it as having wheat on the label due to allergen labelling laws. plus wheat is expensive these days, so increasingly companies avoid using it when they don't have to
25th-Mar-2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh just found this!
Coke is GF too!
14th-Apr-2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
You might want to get B vitamin levels checked. Foot pain is often a first sign.of things going neurologically awry, and it's my nonprofessional and brain-fogged understanding that can cause/be caused by low levels of B6 and 12.
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