November 16, 2012

If only pictures could...

tell the whole story of how life has been the last few months.. 
I have a few pictures thrown in for proof I did do some things.
 I have been very spasmodic on my blog due to some health issues.
 When I would sit down I have not wanted to get up again 
and then blog, to hard... So SORRY!
 Finished my SKOW 15/11/12

I am finally on the mend.
 I have changed my lifestyle some what drastically and feel fabulous.
 I can walk now without pain....no more painful legs.
What have I changed?
 I no longer eat grains of any kind...do I miss it?...no way!
 Being pain free is worth not eating cakes or breads.

 Miss J and Miss K at Hamilton Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Victoria

 Why Grains, you may ask?
 Well I have for 27  or so years suffered with painful odema in my legs.
 Swelling, ulcers, sores, bruises and extreme pain.
 Fluid retention that was so painful, trying to explain the pain I felt
 when there were no words...
I was in agony most the time, at night especiall.
Only my hubby would see me in tears with the pain.
 Pain relief and fluid tablets did nothing, 
 Blood pressure tablets with a fluid component did not help.
 Raising my legs did not help.
 After being on my feet all day they used to swell so much
 I could not even get my slippers on.

 Girls with their Granny while on holidays.

 Then a holiday to Granny's and everthing changed for the better.
 I was already looking at my health and what to do about it, when by default
 I ate no grains while we were away, no bread, pasta, cereal.
 We ate chicken and salad, meat and salad, fruit and cheeses.
 We ate well, just no junk food... and when I returned I found my leg swelling
 had gone down...I wondered what I had done different.
 I went for a check up to my Dr and she was perplexed too, as we had tried
 everything we could.... and nothing had helped. 
  We never thought of diet being a trigger.
 Then another chance meeting with a personal trainer and she told me
 that had I thought of Phytic acid being the problem...I had never heard of it...
 I looked up a few things as you may do too, on Google and found a symptom
 of  phytic acid intolerence was Oedema.
 I no longer eat any grains at all,
 I only eat a few nuts (yes they have Phytic acid in them too) each week and
 I feel fantastic....I eat meat, eggs, dairy, fruit and vegetables...
 I have no fluid/swelling in my legs and no bruises, ulcers or pain.
 I can walk and not feel anything but normal legs...Hooray!

 Sorry for the long post...

 Back soon with week eight of my quilt along! 

 Hugs Dawn x x x

39 comments:

Christine M said...

That's wonderful to hear you are no longer in pain Dawn. What a lucky discovery for you. You won't know yourself now!

Terry said...

How wonderful that you've found relief for your pain and swelling! I'm so happy for you! :0)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm thrilled that you've found a cause and a cure. It's certainly a wonderful answer to prayer. blessings, marlene

Jessica said...

What a journey you have had, it is awesome that you have found out what was causing you so much pain.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Hooray for you. Glad you found out the source of the pain.

Marilyn said...

YAY !!!!!!!!!So pleased to hear you have an answer and it is making such a difference. Grains do seem to cause so many problems to so many people.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs xx

Allie said...

Dawn, I am so so happy for you - diet makes all the difference, it's hard to believe until you DO it! I am thanking God that you feel so much better, hon. Love the pic of the girls with grandma!

Jacqueline said...

So glad that you found the answer to your problem.. good for you

Larissa said...

Oh Woohoo sweetie!!! I am *so* glad you are feeling better - you sounded much better the other night ... though I don't know how you do it, making bread for hubby when you know you can't eat it yourself!! SO *very* good of you!! I'd probably do good to cut many of the grains I consume out of my diet too ... but I don't know that I have the will power for that quite yet, lol! They seem to be the foods I automatically go to when my depression & apathy kick in ...

Hugs to you all ... Will talk soon! xoxo

Seams Sew Together said...

So good to hear you have sorted the problem xx

Sheila said...

I am so happy for you that you have found the solution to years of problems , an easy fix to give these things up if you can walk without pain :-)

B J Elder said...

How wonderful to finally know what the cause of all the swelling and pain you have suffered, and for it to be a relatively easy "fix". I'm so happy for you. That's reason to celebrate!

Cyn said...

What a lucky discovery. It is great that you feel wonderful again. It's so amazing that a simple change in diet can reap such fabulous results! Thanks for sharing.

Fiona said...

Love your quilt and so chuffed you have found a remedy... such a simple solution really... all the best for staggeringly good health!
Hugz

Sue SA said...

Amazing how so many of us have fixable health issues that are caused by diet (and not necessarily a bad diet) yet our GP's dont have alot of knowledge of this area. So glad you found the cause and can fix it, I am sure you will be up and running now!

Amanda said...

Its amazing how a simple thing as changing your diet can change everything. If you only new all that so long ago. I'm currently trying this on my puppy she has bad allergies so far so good no more commercial dog food and raw everything, she is lot bouncier now and I think we have averted another ear infection. Hope you continue to improve, is it just wheat/gluten or the full range of grains.

Linda said...

HI! VERY LOVELY QUILT!
SO HAPPY FOR YOU REGAINING GOOD HEALTH! SO MANY TIMES IT IS A TROUBLE-SHOOTING THING TO SOLVE.
BLESSINGS,LINDA

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Kayly said...

What wonderful news for you!!!! It proves again, no matter how nice and caring our Gps are, they don't know everything. Solutions can come from some unexpected sources.
This intolerance, though, sounds like it is something that should be more widely publicised. I know of ladies who have leg conditions similar to yours. I hope this information maybe of help to them.
Thank you for sharing. Best wishes for a more healthy you.

Val Laird said...

So happy that you have found some answers to your health problems, Dawn.

Diann said...

The same thing happened with my daughter. She has suffered really debilitating heel pain for some time and has recently cut out all gluten. The heel pain went almost immediately after a couple of years of suffering. I am so pleased this has also happened for you.

Love that SKOW quilt too. Soo beautiful!

luv2quilt2 said...

I've never heard of the type of problem that you have, but I'm so happy to hear the wonderful results you're having. So glad you're feeling well again! Good health is such a blessing.

Jude said...

Good piccie of the girls with their Granny

Noela said...

How wonderful to find an answer to your problem. It's amazing how some foods effect our bodies. Glad you are feeling much better. Hugs.....

Debby said...

How totally exciting to find out what has caused you so much pain! While I love bread, to give up all grains to be rid of pain would be so worth it. You need to totally be doing a happy dance. Best of luck to you for the future!

Maree: said...

I have seen Patients at work with your Leg problem and it's not Nice..Sorry to hear you have been in so much pain with your legs and am Thrilled for you Dawn that you have found something simple that is working for you...
Keep up the Good Work..
Cheers

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hon, I am sooooo happy for you!
{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}
Jen
xxx

John'aLee said...

Oh I am so happy for you! Living with chronic pain is no fun, and if one hasn't experienced it they in no way can relate. I went to the Optimum Health Institute a few years ago and it was life changing for me as well. I learned what is done to our food, how cancer happens, what we should and shouldn't eat. Keep up the good work! I've missed you!

Annette said...

Hello Dawn.....so it was a long post!!! do we care...NO, it's wonderful that you have found a cure to your pain AND you've enlightened us all. Maybe you could now explore ways of having some breads/cake occassionally using flour processed more naturally, I am sure there will be something out there for you, in the mean time enjoy extra walks etc with your family. Take care...Annette :)

Susan said...

Dawn, that is very interesting and we don't mind long posts at all - particularly when they have a happy ending. I think this is something I might have to try - I have had swollen ankles for so long and the tablets are not helping much at all these days so a BIG thank you. and I am glad its working for you - though I must admit - its going to be very hard giving up bread and pasta and rice and ...the list goes on....

astitch said...

Brilliant. I am so pleased for you as being in constant pain is so very debilitating. Congratulations and long may your new lifestyle situation last

Josie McRazie said...

Wow! Isn't it amazing that something as simple as that can make such a huge difference! Now...live life and enjoy!

Chriss said...

So pleased for you, I too have an intolerance to grains with different side effects from yours thou. Back to the foods we ate as a child, nothing out of a packet or tin, and nothing you haven't prepared yourself. Limiting, but what the heck, there is only one go at this life.Best be as healthy as you can.

KAYLEE said...

After all these years and it turned out to be something so easy as to change your diet habbits. Life will be so different for you now, take care.

Chris H said...

Wow... I must look into that!
I have trouble with fluid retention too... all over my body, but worst in my legs.

Jodi said...

Amazing. It is sometimes hard to find the cause that upsets our complex bodies. I am so glad you have been able to find your answer and I am sure you will find it gives you a whole new lease on life - living without pain must be delightful after such a long time in constant pain.

Anita said...

That's fantastic - I'm so happy for you! I bet you wish you knew that something so simple could help years ago!!xx

Deb R said...

What fabulous news!!!! Tis such a shame nowadays that you had to suffer so long....

Little Green Doll said...

I'm really glad to know that you are well now!! And the solution was so easy, I'm very sorry that you suffered so much pain for so long, but you won't anymore, so this is faboulous!!! :)

Joy said...

Wow Dawnie, that's great news!! I'm so pleased you're finally getting some relief. So so pleased you're finding some answers :o).
Love and hugs,
Joy xxxx