LEAP/MRT helps Joint Pain
I am in my 70’s and have suffered from stiff muscles and joint pain for as long as I can remember – even as a child. It has affected my ability in most active endeavors including big things like sports and small things like typing and opening jars and bottles. Before LEAP, I could not walk when first getting out of bed without resembling a lurching robot, or make a tight fist, or even hold the semblance of the fist I did make. I have seen rheumatologists who told me “just live with it” as the treatments probably wouldn’t help since it didn’t test out as RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Their only advice has been to use aspirin or the newer NSAID drugs.
I met Tracy at a meeting for dietitians when she gave a presentation about the LEAP Program. (I am a retired dietitian but LEAP is new to me. I figured out a lot of it by myself, but I don’t have the LEAP knowledge, skills and experience Tracy brings to this. Her help has been wonderful, specifically tailored to my needs, preferences and lifestyle.) I did not have the gastrointestinal complaints that many other clients had, so this was a trial to see if the chronic pain and stiffness I have would respond.
When I got my test results, I was surprised that many of the foods usually recommended for helping joint and muscle pain – that were a good portion of my diet – were the very ones that I reacted to in a strongly negative way. Since beginning the LEAP Program I have experienced a huge decrease in general pain; an increase in motion, especially in my ability to walk first thing in the morning and to make a fist and hold it. This relief was almost immediate. About 3 weeks into the program, I gave the diet a good negative test when I went on a road trip and ignored it all. I was glad to get my stiff, aching body home and back on LEAP. Again, relief came quickly. Next road trip, the diet goes with me. It will be fairly easy as the longer I’ve been on the diet, the more adept I am at making decisions and choices when eating away from home. Eating out is important to me as part of my social life in retirement is having lunch with friends.
One surprise for me about my diet is that some generalized swelling (edema) in my hands and feet and the bags under my eyes – that I hadn’t even thought much about – are disappearing. (Without the bags, I even look better, maybe even younger?) Needless to say, my disposition is better, too.
I used to have good days and bad days. Now I have good days and better days.
I highly recommend anyone suffering from “vague” chronic stiffness and pain with no definite diagnosis take a leap and give LEAP a try. I’m glad I did. Working with Tracy has been life changing for me.
Joyce in Billings, MT