Palindromic arthritis is a rare, unique form of the disease that's usually seen among the 20 to 50 age group. It's characterized by a sudden attack of swelling, inflammation, and pain in one or more joints (though just one at a time is common). There may or may not be a fever associated with the condition. The disease usually lasts a few days or weeks, then goes away just as suddenly as it came. It's kind of like rheumatoid arthritis, except it's temporary, and not many joints are affected.
As temporary as palindromic arthritis is, it's still a nuisance, especially when you don't know when the next attack will be. While modern medicine doesn't have any answers as to what causes the condition, and can only treat it with pain relievers and steroids, natural medicine has more to offer. Many people in the natural medicine field believe these symptoms are caused by food allergies, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who have tried eliminating food allergies and experienced profound relief.
If you've been dealing with this condition, here's a diet that may help. Eliminate the following foods from your diet for two weeks:
Take note of how you feel. If you have no improvement in symptoms, try eliminating other foods you think you may be sensitive to, such as meat, chocolate, and caffeine. Keep eliminating the foods you usually eat until you feel a difference. If you feel no difference, then diet probably isn't the culprit with you.
If you DO feel better, then after two weeks, gradually re-introduce these foods, one at a time. Take note of how you feel after re-introducing each food. If you feel a return of symptoms after re-introducing a certain food, eliminate it from your diet entirely. Through this type of elimination diet, you may just find the key to controlling the symptoms of palindromic arthritis.