Objectively tracking RA symptoms on a carnivore diet

This post was written by Johnny Repass. His graph is really cool, check it out. Interesting for anyone dealing with arthritis. It’s a great way to track symptoms. Johnny’s eating just beef, salt, and water.

“In 2005, I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 18. I was unable to hold a pencil, could barely walk, and was in constant pain. Other notable symptoms included extreme fatigue, depression & anxiety, brain fog, and sleep problems.

The next four years were pretty ugly; I was maxed out on Methotrexate while concurrently taking high doses of Prednisone, Leflunomide, and Humira. Despite being on multiple heavy-hitting meds, I was still struggling with basic day-to-day tasks. Due to my poor response to treatment, the inclusion of an IV treatment such as Remicade was also under discussion.

Thankfully, I avoided Remicade and have slowly reversed my disease over the last 10 years using diet, movement, and functional medicine. I’ve successfully dropped 3 out of 4 meds while lowering my disease activity significantly and hope to eventually be in full remission.

Despite my unbelievable progress, the last couple of years have been relatively tough and I’m not nearly where I want to be, which is off all my meds and 100% symptom-free. This is why I’m giving carnivore a try; this should be the last elimination diet I ever have to do.

I am currently tracking symptoms every 2 hours, 8 times a day. I use a survey app that makes it stupid easy and I track symptoms on a 1-10 scale, 1 being the best, 10 being the worst. Each point on the graph is a simple moving average of the 8 logs before and the 8 logs after. So, essentially a 2-day moving average. (Though I plan on switching to an Arnaud Legoux Moving Average and increasing the length once I have enough data).

For the moment, you can see the graph and results here.

*I started the diet during a bad flare and a cold virus — I don’t expect any truly relevant data for at least a couple of weeks.

I am tracking 4 outcomes: Joint Pain, Fatigue, Mood (Anxiety/Depression), and Gut/Stomach Pain.

For the moment, you can see the graph and results here. If all goes well, this graph should update automatically as new data comes in.”

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