View Full Version : Eggs...eggs...eggs...maybe?

06-04-2008, 01:34 PM
I just wanted to share something that seems to work. I have been on plaquenil, methatrexate and a couple of other things...nothing seems to work. The joint pain is overwhelming and I get to where I cannot get up or sit down. Well, I met an old woman who said she was diagnosed with Lupus about 20 years ago and she said she suffered severely for about 5 of those years until someone told her about eggs.

She told me that when you are in a serious flare that is impacting your joints, you should start packing in the eggs and butter. This sounded a bit off the wall to me, but hey, I'll try anything. I had actually forgot about the woman's advise but I was in week 6 of a terrible flare when I remembered. So, I did as she said....got up in the morning and fixed four poached eggs cooked in real butter in the microwave. For lunch I ate 4 scrambled eggs and for dinner I had four fried eggs cooked in butter. I could not believe it, but by 10pm, I was feeling some relief...coincidence? I was thinking so. By morning I was feeling really good. So, I actually went about two weeks and never felt any joint pain. On one day, in week three, I started feeling that tightness, so I did the egg regimen....it passed. I have since done this everytime I have a flare and it seems to stop it.

Has anyone else tried this? or even heard of it? If not, could some of you try so we can see if I'm crazy or if this really does work?


06-04-2008, 01:57 PM
Hey CathyJ...

Oh, that is too much cholesterol balls for me....

I would reconsider that regime because the main cause of death when you have IT is cardiovascular disease. To help prevent that, you must follow a low fat, low cholesterol diet....

And if you dose with prednisone, it increases the risk of coronary artery disease, so eggs and butter...I dunno about that one. Well, I do..I wouldn't..

Huge, huge risk of heart disease with IT...big huge.

Keep looking for your wellness,

06-04-2008, 02:52 PM
she didn't recommend that you eat like that all the time...only on a day when a flare pops up. I try to avoid the steroids and I don't know which is worse...doing steroids when I have a flare or pumpiing up my cholesterol. I see my rhuem next week so I can't wait to talk to him about it.

06-04-2008, 03:04 PM
FYI only, because I care...

Let me show you how one day of eggs is bad...

2,280 mg for the 12 eggs you ate in one day...
Average, maybe 6 Tablespoons of butter?..192mg for the day

Total 2,472mg of cholesterol ....that is like 8 -12 days worth of the maximum cholesterol intake..not including what is in other foods you would eat during those days.

Hardening of the arteries, plaque build up is accumulative...


06-04-2008, 03:39 PM
I am newly diagnosed with CTD - testing being done to find out which but rheumy is leaning twds lupus.

Anyway, it probably isn't the eggs that help but rather the Omega 3's -

here is some info

What can high-omega-3 foods do for you?

Reduce inflammation throughout your body
Keep your blood from clotting excessively
Maintain the fluidity of your cell membranes
lower the amount of lipids (fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides) circulating in the bloodstream
decrease platelet aggregation, preventing excessive blood clotting
inhibit thickening of the arteries by decreasing endothelial cells' production of a platelet-derived growth factor (the lining of the arteries is composed of endothelial cells)
increase the activity of another chemical derived from endothelial cells (endothelium-derived nitric oxide), which causes arteries to relax and dilate
reduce the production of messenger chemicals called cytokines, which are involved in the inflammatory response associated with atherosclerosis
reduce the risk of becoming obese and improve the body's ability to respond to insulin by stimulating the secretion of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism, and is expressed primarily by adipocytes (fat cells)
help prevent cancer cell growth

What conditions or symptoms indicate a need for more high-omega-3 foods?
Cardiovascular Disease
Type 2 Diabetes
Dry, itchy skin
Brittle hair and nails
Inability to concentrate
Joint pain

Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent food sources of omega 3 fatty acids - so are eggs, but they are NOT the best source since they come with all that cholesterol!

Hope this helps some!

06-05-2008, 06:24 AM
A little info...

Omega 3's are in a part of an anti-inflammatory group of foods. Many of us eat an an anti-inflammatory diet regime. I do and supplement with fish oil...

Egg are not a source of Omega 3's unless fortified by their feed. You can find Omega 3 enriched eggs in the grocer now. Look for it on the carton...a bit more in price...

Two books on an anti-inflammatory diet are..

The Anti-Inflammation Zone and The Omega Diet. You can use it to lose weight or just to eat healthier.

Foods include....
A bit of red wine.
Olive oil.
Bright colored fruits and vegetables.
Blueberries, cranberries, paypaya...
Bell peppers...
Walnuts, Almonds
Ground Flax seed.
Whole grain breads.
Flax Honey Breads.
Brown Rice.
Bell Peppers.

See how everything is colorful and not in a colorful wrapper prefabricated.

Bon Appetit'

06-05-2008, 09:44 AM
Why the eggs would work,,,,

from the list of drugs, you might be fighting kidney disease like me and loosing protein thus making your joints hurt, with the influx of protein from the eggs it increases the protein in your body and reduces the inflamation in your joints, ive have noticed this with peanut butter myself to a point of craving it but unfortunatly the docs tell not to eat a high protein diet because of cholesteral

06-05-2008, 10:03 AM

06-05-2008, 11:11 AM
well tofu to u 2 :D

isnt tofu made out of lizard toes??

06-05-2008, 11:36 AM
It is made from toofew (tofu) of meats..

06-05-2008, 01:59 PM
Gobbing down on food like it's a cure is a bad idea. Eat healthy, keep your joints moving, get plenty of rest.

I got caught up in the he said she said to try this foolishness. Non of it worked.

Just keep it simple and make good chooses. You want to have an omlet ... go for it. I only put one whole egg per person and the rest egg whites. I use bacel not butter. Toss in some red and orange peppers, sliced turkey spiced sausages mushrooms and some grated parmasean cheese and yum. By the way bacel has omega 3 in it as well as being fat free and low sodium :)

06-05-2008, 07:39 PM
Give me eggs, give me real butter. I'd rather die eating them than live eating tofu....yuck! Oh, and I asked my chickens if their eggs have any omega 3 in them, and I am sure they clucked yes, although the term 'bird brain' does come to mind. (Hmmmm is she talking about herself or the chickens?) I am all over the red wine and walnuts and almonds, and if I put them on a bunch of lettuce and spinich leaves with some olive oil, I can call it healthy and have seconds.
If I have learned one thing about lupus it is that what works for one person may or may not work for the next. And, personally if you find something that gives you a few more good days and your doctor is OK with it, I say good for you. Personally eggs keep me moving everyday. Have to let the chickens out in the morning, have to put them in in the evening.

06-05-2008, 07:44 PM
We all die sooner or later healthy or not....so why bother with anything at all.... :shock:

06-05-2008, 07:51 PM
I dunno, the term 'Quality of Life' comes to mind.

06-05-2008, 07:52 PM
Exactly.... :wink:

06-06-2008, 02:49 PM

Life can be all to short. Sample everything!

Pretti in Pink
06-06-2008, 03:54 PM
My fav, all things in moderation! :lol:

06-06-2008, 11:12 PM
I think that when you are sick, whatever you can eat that makes you feel better do it. Now I am not recommending over indulging on something that can potentially hurt you but if it can give you some relief, why not? I am a nurse and I know about all of the cholesterol studies, but the studies do not explain why someone like me who was raised eating healthy, has a bad cholesterol level hovering around 300. I am 5'6 and my heaviest weight was 135. My husband, bless his heart, eats horribly all the time, weighs around 270, has a wonderful level of 120. Where's the justice??