Then I had to make another painful decision, I had to apply for early retirement.
In those days I had to get up earlier and earlier so that I had time to warm up my joints before work.
It was taking longer as my flare ups got worse. Because I’d wake up with red joints that were swollen, painful and stiff. Bending and straightening in these mornings felt like I was crushing glass between my cartilages.
To make matters worse, I was being woken up at night from the pain in my joints. And then had to wake up early just to make sure they were flexible by the time I needed to get to work.
I was fatigued, in pain and moody. My work performance suffered and my heart wasn’t in it anymore. So I quit my job.
It felt like my joint pain was taking over my life.
But my spirit wasn’t completely crushed. Now that I had more time for myself, I had more time to explore other solutions.
I tried all the alternative solutions that I could find. Acupuncture, massages, homeopathy and traditional healing methods. Nothing proved to be working for more than a few hours.
I even went travelling with great effort all over the world, and was given endless herbs and concoction by alternative medical practitioners, but nothing ever really gave me real lasting relief.
I’d come back home, tired, aching and crushed. For months and months I poured so much effort and money to find and try all of these treatments. I thought I might as well had burned the cash for all the good it did me.
It was during this frantic search that I discovered Keto diet. I was blown away by the promises.
A diet that is not only supposed to help you reduce inflammation and chronic pain, but also lose weight? I thought, “Sign me up!”
I got on board with the diet, and at first it did seem to work. I took no sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy or anything sweet at all for a month. Instead I took meat, eggs, fruits and natural fats like nuts and avocado every day.