Oxalates and Pain

This blog is by Kathleen Biederman, AGNP-C at Precision.

Joint pain and regeneration is our primary focus at PRFM. While spine and joint problems can be evaluated and diagnosed with a good examination and MRI scan, soft tissue pain on the other hand can be an elusive type of pain that is difficult to diagnose and treat.

Fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, burning pain in the legs and feet, are examples of soft tissue problems that can be difficult to find solutions for and also cause a lot of distress.

High OXALATES are a common unidentified cause of soft tissue pain.

Oxalate (and its acid form, oxalic acid) is an organic acid primarily derived from the diet. Foods especially high in oxalates are listed below. Oxalates in the intestine are soluble and in high levels are readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Oxalic acid combines with free minerals or heavy metals to form crystals. These crystals can deposit in the bones, joints, glands, and soft tissues and cause chronic pain. A familiar example of oxalate crystals in the body is calcium oxalate kidney stones.

High oxalate foods:

  • Spinach
  • Sweet potato
  • Swiss chard
  • Zucchini
  • Collard greens
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Currants
  • Figs
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Kiwi
  • Orange peel
  • Raspberries
  • Tangerine
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Sesame seeds
  • Nut butter
  • Chocolate
  • Beer
  • Black tea
  • Instant coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • Soy drinks
    Wheat bran
  • Grits
  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Cereal
  • Fruit cake
  • Pretzels
  • Whole wheat flour

As part of an individualized approach to treating pain, we offer a urine Organic Acids Test (OAT) (The Great Plans Laboratory, Inc.) to evaluate for elevated organic acids, including oxalates. Once this problem is diagnosed, we recommend specific strategies to treat this problem.

If you would like to know more information, or would like to do this test, please give us a call!

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