Anyway, a lovely friend of mine suggested I try looking at alternative therapies. So I spent some time googling this morning....surprisingly, there are lots of osteopaths, chiropractors, reflexologists, holistic therapy practitioners in our area....who knew?! The upshot of this is that I've booked my first ever session of acupuncture for next week....the lady practitioner sounded lovely on the phone and was sure she could help me. I can't wait, I'm actually quite excited and looking forward to it. OH has had acupuncture a few times in the past and found it helpful, I don't know why it didn't occur to me before.
Thanks for the comments on my post yesterday. To answer Irene more fully here than a short comment would allow....I do use spelt flour a lot, some months ago we bought a sack of wholemeal spelt flour from a local flour mill, I decanted it into a food grade bin and have generally used it half and half with ordinary flour. However, as ordinary wheat flour was giving me more and more problems, I no longer use that at all. I have been convinced for some considerable time that our health nowadays is affected quite a lot by the amount of chemicals and drugs that farmers/food producers use - it stands to reason, in my opinion, that chemical sprays, growth accelerator drugs and antibiotics, artificial flavourings and preservatives and all the other chemical stuff they put into manufactured foods nowadays is going to affect us all eventually. It's just not natural, is it?
Re carbs.....I'm not saying they're all bad, of course they're not. But I know, from my own personal experience, that carbs (and I'm talking especially about simple carbs like potatoes, white pasta and rice and bread and cakes) not only bloat me and give me bowel problems, but also make my joints ache and make me feel generally sluggish. So that's why we have chosen to cut back on carbs quite drastically, and we are both feeling much better for it....the bloating has largely disappeared, as have the bowel problems, and my joints aren't nearly so achey. Oh, and every single time I've cut down on carbs, I've lost about half a stone within the first week, practically effortlessly. Plenty of good reasons to carry on doing it.
Other than my hand and arm problems and subsequent lack of sleep, I am actually feeling better than I have done in months and months. I'm hoping the acupuncture will help with that too.