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Posted by beau on September 12, 2000 at 12:41:23:

In Reply to: Rh Arthritis posted by claudia mcguire on September 11, 2000 at 11:59:38:

: Have tried some of the toxic drugs. Can not take them. Going to a new doctor tomorrow. Want to try monocycline therapy again but with a doctor who knows about the therapy. Also looking into alternative medicine for this malady. Have lowered my sed rate from 61 to 45 with exercise and diet so far. Please email me if anyone can give advise. thank you

Sounds like you have your mind made up so I doubt that my advice will be welcome. Minocycline and other antibiotics are sometimes used in the treatment of some forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis. I am assuming that you have rheumatoid arthritis. I have met and read about very few people who were actually helped by antibiotic therapy, and those that were helped, were being treated for RA that had just recently been diagnosed. Antibiotics seem to help best, if they help at all, when the disease is "young". As for the so-called alternatives to medicines, I can't comment with anything but negatives, so I won't comment. I feel that when you hurt enough, and you get really serious about alleviating some of your pain and working to stop progression of your disease, you will come back to prescribed medicines which have been approved for your disease by the FDA. They all have some side effects, but they work, when you find the right med or combo of meds, and a rheumatologist will monitor you for side effects and act on any that appear...,beau

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