I get occasional dry eye, the dry mouth seems to be ok for the moment. Dental hygiene and lots of water and Biotene seem to be helping. But there are times I wake up with a totally dried out mouth.
I get horrific stabbing pains in both my thighs. Feels like someone is ticking hot pins into my thighs and my thighs are numb at the same time. I have woken up yelling from this pain more than once. It comes on every now and then. But has lessened with the Tramadol/Acetamedophine (Ultracet) the doctor has put me on for the joint pain.
I do not have ANY RA indicators. But I do get swelling knees, despite the bilateral knee replacements. I get horrid hip pain. In both hips, but mainly the left. I do have arthritis in my left hip, but it is minimal. I also have arthritis in my lower back.
Without the Ultracet, I wouldn't be able to get around much. I walk when I can, but there is always a flare up later on in the day or the next day, when I do exercise. But I know I have to keep moving, so I take my extra Tylenol and keep moving.
I don't eat Gluten, white flour, pasta, rice (although I am gonna ask about brown rice) peas, potatoes (though sometimes I can't resist fries). Because they spike my insulin and I crash with hypoglycemia.
So low low carbs for me. Sure I cheat and I suffer sometimes. Usually just with gas etc. But since I stopped my morning oatmeal or Gluten free toast, the crashes have stopped. I've added more fruit and veggies and protein.
I can do dairy, but I'm lactose intolerant. So I drink almond milk. I can do cheese, and yogurt and cottage cheese and sour cream.
So there are some recipes I can still play around with, except no soy, which bothers me also.
Fatigue is a biggie. I can be ok for a long time. Ready to exercise or visit my mom and then I bottom out and am exhausted and have to go lay down. Naps are essential nowadays.
That's about it.