Ok, I don't know what I was thinking (or wasn't thinking), but I ate something the other day that had MSG in it. It was spelled out in the ing list (sausage). I was in a bind and had to eat something. Anyway, it didn't register in my mind as MSG until later in the day when my arms and legs started aching and I was reviewing what I had eaten. I've been committed Paleo for over 2 months and on day 24 of the 30 day challenge (with autoimmune). I'm fairly sure that it was the MSG, as I can't think of a THING that I ate differently beside the sausage. I doubt that there were any hidden things in that... though I guess it can always happen. I haven't seen a lot of info on the web about MSG and Muscle pain. Does anyone have muscle and joint pain as a symptom of MSG intolerance? These are two of the main symptoms I've been hoping the Paleo lifestyle will help to address. The last couple of weeks have been relatively pain free, so that makes me feel even worse :-)
Also, any ideas on how long I could expect it to take before food induced pain dissipates?
MSG is a real killer. I found out about 3 yrs ago how allergic or sensitive I am to MSG. My migraines I had my entire life until 3 yrs ago were an extreme allergy to MSG. So yes it can cause pain, weakness, migraines, fatigue...the list goes on.
The hidden names of MSG:
Modified food starch
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
It's also present in most protein isolates (soy, whey...)
Food additives and preservatives and artificial sweeteners are used in almost all packaged products; and they can cause a wide range of mental and physical symptoms including joint and muscle pain. MSG in all of its disguises is known to create a multiplicity of symptoms, especially in those who are sensitive to this chemical. Severe joint and body pain, cognitive dysfunction, dizziness and headaches are just a few common side effects.
Most people should experience a reduction in their joint and muscle pain and an overall improvement in their conditions after a period of avoiding these offending foods. Always consult a health practitioner before making any major changes in your diet.
I have recently started watching my intake about 8 or 9 months ago. I had suffered from general body aches and joint pain for years. I am not effected severely by MSG, but I do know now that it has caused me this pain. It takes me about 3 weeks for the pain to wear off if I slip and eat breads or wheat products for several days. Small amounts once in a while and I am ok. This last time I binged, I ate pizza, noodles and others all week. I am at my second week mark of being clean and I feel better, yet I do not feel as good as I did when I was on a solid no MSG diet. My muscles feel like they want to tear rather than bend when I walk or move about. Bending down is tough. Sitting in chair for 5 minutes makes me stiff and my ankles do not want to bend.