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I started a Vegan diet about 20day ago and now I am experiencing joint pain. I didn't increase my activity level and I have not changed my daily routine. It mainly in my hands and my knees, advil doesnt seem to do anything for me. I do have some relief with activity but my question really is am I am missing something in my diet that would cause this? Should i be adding a supplement? I have been finding nothing but negative reviews on the diet and not a lot of help.

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    Posted by GarrettHnatiuk at 06/08/14 21:56:51

    I think going to doctor could be good thing. It could be a variety of things resulting in the pain from arthritis in order to inflammation or a nerve issue. Stress is a major reason in a knot in the throat area also.

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 06/09/14 05:47:18


    When converting to a vegan diet, one is implementing a cleansing process that may cause discomfort as toxins are released from body tissues.

    There are definitely many websites that attack the vegan diet. They are typically created by the meat and dairy industries and have been for decades.

    There are also countless sites offering the facts that back up the value of a vegan diet...but it may take a few minutes to find them as the food industry has flooded the Internet with propaganda. is one of the best...

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    Posted by Nogd at 07/06/14 20:36:32

    Deva makes a plant based glucosamine, MSM , chondroitin supplement that works somewhat for my knees.

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    Posted by Laylah at 08/10/14 05:57:25

    Consult a vegan/vegetarian friendly doctor, it would be hard to get any legitimate advice on a forum like this, every case is different....

    I've also been suffering from a recurrent knee joint injury for the last one year and a half. It was probably caused by my too avid attitude to running and overtraining at that time. It's better now, but does it have anything to do with my diet? I doubt it. My orthopaedist found a clear link between the strain and my running. Moreover, my dad also suffers from similar knee pains and he eats loads of meat every day... But as I said, every case is different. Good luck Veryberri2 :)

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 08/10/14 08:52:57

    Now that I'm in my '70s, I experience some joint pain despite my vegan's from inadequate exercise.

    I use a product called "Triflora" which helps a lot, and also aloe gel mixed with goldenseal powder.

    Turmeric is a seasoning herb that is quite good for inflammation as well.

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    Posted by StephenS at 08/10/14 11:16:09

    I agree with the "expelling of toxins" idea in the initial stage of going Vegan (up to 6 months depending on your previous lifestyle). I also agree that we can often get "achy" from lack of activity as well as excess activity.
    But, let's face it - our bodies get wear and tear. I've found that for me, one of the best methods of keeping off aches in the body and joints, as well as headaches - is a simple, and often overlooked cure; Hydration!
    Make sure you are getting an excess of water. Don't supplement with juice or other drinks - but cool, clear water (80+ ounces a day). If you must have some flavor, make 20 or less ounces of your daily intake out of herbal tea (hot or cold). I don't want to get too graphic or crude here - but every time you pee your urine should be clear (like water). Any discoloration means you are not fully hydrated.
    Finally, if your joint pain is activity related, try an herbal creme or salve, or make yourself a poultice from whole or crushed leaves either directly applied or wrapped in a sanitary outerlay - like cotton, paper towel or muslin/cheesecloth. Use Arnica and Comfrey. The Arnica works specifically on the muscles and tendons, the Comfrey works on the bones and joints. The two together are a full inner massage!

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 08/13/14 04:48:50


    Why limit our educational resources to doctors? Even vegan doctors?

    I'm not a doctor, but my first book was endorsed by a rather famous vegan doctor. Does that help any?

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    Posted by rahul2630 at 10/08/14 22:47:29

    But as oppose o you, I am so grateful to be able to skate and dance again that I transition to a vegan diet. I hope it can work for you too!
    Or may be this not suitable for your body.

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    Posted by J and J at 10/21/14 13:31:21

    It might be detoxing symptoms. Give it time. Also, for me becoming vegan did not cure my headaches and other inflammation, although it improved them. It was going oil-free PLUS VEGAN that really made all the difference in the world. Animal products and oil are both very inflaming. Give it a try...

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    Posted by Helen Woodard at 10/28/14 18:47:54

    Have you tried Turmeric & Ginger Tea ?

    Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatorys, and will help in joint pain.

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    Posted by Tank242 at 10/29/14 10:20:32

    I see you assume that the reason for your problems is your new lifestyle. Therefore I recommend to analyze your new eating habits and compare them with an optimal vegan diet (eg. "the ph-miracle"), as veg*n does not mean healthy...
    Then decide about the cure!
    Keep it up and all the best!

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    Posted by Andy.R at 11/20/14 21:02:54

    If you don't get enough diet or take supplementary vitamins than your risk is high from dietry deffficiencies. It could be the reason of joint pain Some vegan food are responsible for joint pain tomatoes is one of them.

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    Posted by DorienYoga at 05/05/15 06:00:20

    I think the body is getting used to, to it and maybe as a result you're facing such joint pains but when i went to Arhanta Yoga ashram in India
    before that i also used to eat meat but there when i was explained the importance of Vegetarian diet since than i stopped eating meat...but i guess we used to do Yoga everyday and now after coming back home I still practice Yoga asana and that is also very helpful to keep the body healthy.

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    Posted by ElizabethLedoux at 02/02/17 09:25:59

    As you are dealing with joint pain so first of all you should consult with a doctor, go through medical treatment or you can also take massage therapy. Recently my neighbor was also dealing with joint problems. He had started with his diagnosis, but the doctor has also recommended him to get, install a walk in bathtub in Tacoma( in his bathroom, because these bathtub supply extra features of hydrotherapy which soaks in a hot bath which gives many health benefits as exercise, with less strain on the heart, and joint pain.

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    Posted by Star the magic vegan at 03/09/17 17:35:36

    You need to take vegan plant based vitamin D3 and synthetic sublingual B12 and or nutritional yeast daily as the only necessary supplements to a vegan diet.

    Joint pain? could be a vitamin B issue.

    You can apply topical medicines that will help the immediate pain. Here are some vegan over the counter helpers:

    Tiger Balm, Organic Cedar Essential Oil or Camphor.

    I like the Organic Cedar oil best.

    This may not be a condition linked to your diet but it may simply have arisen coincidentally with your dietary shift.

    Go to a state licensed Doctor of Medical Herbalogy. I like Western Herbalogy best, but TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, works as does Ayurvedic Herbalogy. They accept insurance.

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    Posted by Psunshine at 07/16/17 20:45:40

    My Dad sufffered with 'arthiritus' pain in his hand which the doctors were suggesting operating on. He stopped eating berries and it went away. Also since he has turned vegetarian nearly Vegan his sleep got worse which he has now linked to eating A LOT more pesticides due to now eating a high plant based diet. Now that he's gone organic his sleep has improved. My Mum also had a severe leg pain for years also with symptoms of arthritis and has been going more plant based as well- eating a lot fruit. When she went to a natural dentist they said her body was riddled with pesticides and after going organic her leg pain has disappeared. It might be worth seeing if this is the cause of it, if not it's still much better for your body without all those chemicals :)

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    Posted by SilverVegan at 07/16/17 22:39:57

    Psunshine actually eating more plants means eating a lot LESS pesticides. The foods with the most pesticides are animal products because they bioaccumulate the pesticides from the food they eat.

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    Posted by SilverVegan at 07/16/17 22:42:54

    Vegetable oils (especially in my case) can cause joint pain. They are highly inflammatory. If you switch to being vegan and use oils a lot and eat a lot of processed foods, which usually have a lot of oil, then that can be the problem. Eating salty food, which most processed food is, can cause water retention and that can cause pain and stiffness, especially in the hands.

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    Posted by akshayv at 01/01/18 11:22:07

    I experience foot pain pretty constantly and have struggled to find shoes that would help me alleviate the pain. Well, i have to say that I have found them. They fit well. They have reduced my heel pain as well as my fasciitis symptoms. I can walk much easier and longer now . So happy I got these shoes! orthofeet do the job!

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    Posted by GregoryClarson at 01/03/18 07:49:00

    This is very useful for immediate relief from pain. Because it relaxes the pain very quickly .

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    Posted by justkel at 03/03/18 22:35:06

    Try eliminating grains, and processed foods. Gradually increase weight training and intensity of exercise over time, to improve strength. I’d also suggest getting off any unnecessary meds and eat foods rich in calcium and iron, like your dark leafy greens etc. Maybe supplement Vitamin D3 if you feel this might be an issue? ..(in combination with K2 to prevent accumulation of calcium in your arteries).

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