Lupus Q&A: Body Aches, Aspirin and Vitamin K, and Pulmonary Fibrosis

Click the video above to listen to this week’s Q&A session. The questions and answers are below if you prefer to read 🙂

Nicole Ramirez: What can be done about your fingers and arms aching? Besides taking meds. It feels like bones are hurting with no relief.

Sounds like your body is reacting to something.  This is where I would like to emphasize the importance of reflecting on what you’re putting into your body that may be contributing to your symptoms.

I would make an educated guess that you have a histamine reaction to something with the itching.

So the best thing to do short of taking a medication to get temporary relief is to get on the elimination diet to clear your body of all potential inflammatory foods from your diet.  Then once the overall inflammation is decreased in your body, it’s amazing how those symptoms subside.

As an added benefit, you can also take select supplements.  I’ve gotten great relief from 3g of EPA/DHA and Curcumin up to 1000 mg will help you to reduce pain faster.

Lisa Harris Russel: The alkaline diet has a lot of greens in it, especially the smoothies which I love. I take aspirin for afib and I know too much vitamin K is not good as it thickens the blood. Any other good options?

So the aspirin is prescribed for potential blood thinning effect.  If you are on a low dose aspirin therapy, then I would ask your doctor about replacing it with therapeutic dose of fish oil.

As for vitamin K, vitamin K is a naturally occurring vitamin which is primarily found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce. It’s in most nutritional supplements and it’s produced in your gut through interactions with your gut bacteria.

Vitamin K helps your body clot to prevent you from bleeding out. Vitamin K is a concern mostly for people taking coumadin, as coumadin is a powerful blood thinner that interferes with your body’s vitamin K usage.

So I would tell you that there’s very little concern for you with eating lots of greens.

If you were seriously concerned, you can measure INR (International Normalized Ratio Test) which is a standardized way to measure how your blood is clotting. The lower your INR, the faster your blood thickens. The higher your INR, the longer it takes to thin your blood putting you at risk for bleeding problems. There are other reasons such as medications, antibiotics, and herbal products that may also influence your INR so it’s better to think about the bigger picture.

I hope that I answered your question, I know that was a round about way to answer it but I always come back to having sensible balance in the way you approach health.

Norison Abu: I was just diagnosed with lungs fibrosis. Is there anything that can be done to prevent it?

Pulmonary fibrosis can be a result of multiple things such as toxic exposure, medications, radiation treatments, and certain diseases like Lupus.

In the conventional medical world, it’s one that can’t be reversed.  But I would argue that it’s the underlying “inflammation” that causes fibrosis of our tissue and for pulmonary fibrosis, it just happens to be in the lungs.

We have many other fibrosis of the breasts, abdomen, polycystic ovaries, etc., which to me are along the similar lines.

Doing what you can by incorporating a healthy, Alkaline shift is the best thing you can do.  Start with the elimination diet to reduce the amount of inflammation that you’re introducing into your body.  Hydrate, exercise, and do everything you can to get a good night’s rest.

Common sense is not always common practice and it’s important to start with the basic fundamentals before looking to other complex options.  Hope this helps.

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