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I'm back, and desperate for healing...

Hello everyone...

I'm back after a long absence and am hoping to get some help.  I've been dealing with (what I thought) was "just" fibromyalgia for the last several years.  However, over the last couple of years, and even more so in the past few months, I have develop a marked increase in painful lipomas (benign fatty tumors) all over my body. 

When searching for this "painful fat" syndrome, I was very saddened to discover that my symptoms fit the diagnosis of Dercum's Disease and Lipedema, auto-immune disorders which are often mistaken for fibromyalgia, at least in the early stages.  I won't have a firm diagnosis until I go to see a specialist at Stanford this summer, but in the mean time, I'm in severe pain and am looking for help.

I am returning to raw foods, because I did remember that the last time I was 100% raw for over 3 months (during the "Go Fresh" initiative in 2011), I noticed that my lipomas shrank, so I am hoping that starting a high-raw diet will help me, at least with my pain, if not losing weight.

Does anyone here have any experience with a high-raw or 100% raw diet for pain and inflammation?  I've fought the idea of going back to 100% raw because of the challenges I had sticking to it previously, but pain is a great motivator.  At this point, I'll do anything to be out of pain and have my life back.

Thanks in advance for any help or advice you guys can give me.  :)

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Comment by nathalie carles on November 29, 2017 at 1:28am

In winter it is hard to start eating raw (I live in Canada so I know, but if you live in CA for example it will be easier) so start by eating salads at lunch and cooked dinner, may be smoothies for breakfast at least you have some raw food 2/3 of your day....and eliminate the stuff that promotes inflammation like sugar, too much diary, too much bread....start small and as soon as you see results you'll go a little further....hope you live South somewhere!!!!

Comment by Penni on March 18, 2017 at 3:29pm

Mary.... how are things going? I know it's been awhile since you posted here - so sorry I somehow missed it. Feeling any relief?

Comment by Susan : ) on March 7, 2017 at 1:39pm

Start off with Green Smoothies....course you would know I would say that!! :)

Comment by Silmiriel on February 18, 2017 at 2:18pm

Thanks, HippyDaisyChick!  So happy to see a familiar face!  I appreciate your encouragement a lot.  I'm leaning toward trying 100% raw again to see if it makes a difference in my pain.  It's just difficult in the cold weather, but I think it's what I need to do.  Thanks again!  :)

Comment by HippyDaisyChick on February 17, 2017 at 10:37pm
I can tell you that when I was 100% raw and vegan, my pain and inflammation improved dramatically!

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