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Can Your Arthritis Pain Be Caused By The Food You're Eating?

Health & Medical Blog

Arthritis is a leading cause of immobility and has been studied for years to find its cause without results. While the direct cause of arthritis is unknown, some researchers have been taking a closer look at how your diet may increase episodes of inflammation in the body that lead to painful, stiff joint pain associated with most forms of arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Studies have shown that in some patients, food allergies can be a contributor to the inflammation that causes arthritis pain. Learn more about allergies and the foods most commonly found to aggravate arthritis inflammation.

How Does An Allergy Cause Greater Arthritis Pain?

The inflammation that causes arthritic pain comes from your body's immune response to substances it thinks are foreign. In an effort to remove foreign substances, your immune system produces higher levels of a protein antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE circulates in the bloodstream and attaches to special mast cells that are frequently found in areas that are most prone to allergic reactions. Most people experience common allergy symptoms like sneezing, hives and runny nose. However, any immune response in your body creates inflammation, no matter what kind of allergen caused it.

In the case of food allergies, some of the inflammation created seems to center in the joints, thus the reason for increased painful arthritic pain after eating a food you may be allergic to. Some foods have been found to have greater influence on joint pain. Bear in mind that some people may not exhibit visible allergy symptoms after consuming these kinds of foods, even though their bodies are experiencing immune responses that lead to inflammation in the joints:

  • Grains, especially wheat gluten. Some patients suffering with RA have also been found to suffer with gluten intolerance and in some, gluten allergies. Bear in mind that a food allergy is different than an intolerance, but both can create the inflammation arthritis needs to become more painful.

  • Dairy products and eggs have been found to increase arthritic episodes.

  • In some people suffering with arthritis, eliminating citrus foods helped to ease their pain from stiff, inflamed joints.

  • Some arthritis sufferers find relief by excluding foods found in the nightshade family, like tomatoes and peppers. If you smoke or chew tobacco, you should know that tobacco is also in the nightshade group and can cause immune responses in your body that lead to arthritic inflammation.

  • Coffee, because of its caffeine content, can also cause immune responses that cause arthritic inflammation.

Not everyone with arthritis experiences the same symptoms from certain foods. Your best bet to learn which foods you might need to avoid is by visiting your physician for allergy testing. To learn more, speak with someone like Hinsdale Asthma & Allergy Center


24 January 2016