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Old 11-22-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Rheumatoid arthritis

I've been diagnosed with mild rheumatoid arthritis after several rounds of xrays and bloodwork. I feel like I have an excellent rheumatologist who listens to my concerns about treatments. As I understand it, RA is a type of arthritis that involves my immune system going crazy attacking my joints. That is why along with joint pain, I occasionally have other symptoms like fatigue, dry eye, and brain fog. At this point my rheumy has suggested a sulfa drug that will deal with the inflammation and hopefully prevent any future joint damage. She says it is one of the safest and even prescribes it to pregnant women.

The drugs that traditional medicine prescribes for most RA are Enbrel and Humira(you might have seen advertisements on tv). They actually suppress the immune system. While this might be the need because of the overactive immune system, it comes with a ton of side affects.

While the sulfa drug that my doctor has prescribed me is not as strong as the above drugs, I would like to know if there are any alternatives that would balance the immune system instead of suppress it. I would like to get to the root of my problem which is the over active immune system.

Any one else dealing with this problem? Thanks, Cindy

 
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

I can only tell you the experience of a friend who has RA. She decided against all drugs to go alternative. Years later, she said she wished she hadn't done this. She felt her symptoms wouldn't have escalated so fast and furiously had she just opted for the less invasive drug to begin with. I'm an alternative gal as well but RA can be so debilitating if not treated properly that if it were me I'd go with the drug.

All the best,

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Old 11-23-2010, 06:25 AM   #3
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

Thanks, Jen! That is the direction I am leaning. I am just thankful my doctor is respectful to my wishes for a less invasive drug. I am also thankful my RA is mild at this time. But the course of this disease is very unpredictable! I never take for granted the ability to exercise and be as active as I am. Have a geat day!
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

Resveratrol, at a high dose probably 500mg a day it depends on ur weight, has a chemotherapy effect. It would put your RA into remission after few months, but be pateint because supplements never work in a week. It takes time!
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

As someone with RA who does take the serious drugs(Orencia and methotrexate), let me warn all of those who think RA is a "joint disease". RA is auto-immune and the body starts producing a cytokine that directs the body to attack certain kinds of tissues ANYWHERE in the body....not just joints. My Ra started in my wrists and then rapidly attacked the blood vessels of my optic nerves and brain leading to diminished sight and small strokes. Then it attacked the connective tissue of my eyeballs, casing what sight I did have to become wavy and disappearing at times. Then it went after my heart, inflaming the sac around the heart and causing it to get fluid in it and that caused my heart to beat irregularly.

Then it started to spread to the other joints.

Now they are watching my lungs. RA emphysema killed my cousin.

I've had RA for 6 years.

RA is not just a joint disease. It can affect anywhere in the body and it can kill.

Think before you reject the meds that can save your life. Once on the heavy duty meds, my RA has slowed to a crawl. And so far, minimal side effects. I know the meds can give me cancer but RA can kill me too. And the chance is .03%. from the meds. And RA? Most die at least 5-7 years sooner than they normally would. Some die sooner. I've weighed the options and I go with the meds. And I take the alternatives such as omega 3's. And I do acupuncture and other alternative therapies.

Why do one or the other...why not do all of them together?

Jenny

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Old 05-20-2011, 07:16 AM   #6
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

I have chronic inflammatory polyarthritis, which is similar to RA in that it's a chronic autoimmune inflammatory arthritis. I was initially misdiagnosed with tendonitis so my actual condition went untreated for the first year.

Because of the lack of treatment I suffered extreme chronic pain, I was unable to work, and I now have severe bone erosion and all the connective tissue between the bones is gone. The only thing to relieve the pain of the bone-on-bone grinding is by surgically fusing the bones together, which is what my hand specialist/surgeon has reccomended.

Autoimmune arthritis is very aggressive, and can do a lot of irreversible damage in a very short period of time without proper treatment.

I'm on weekly methotrexate injections now, and I've had a few cortisone injections, and finally the swelling's gone down. I've also cut dairy and gluten out of my diet and eat more broccoli, kale, collards, and Chinese greens like bok choy, gai lan, a choy, and mustard greens. I think diet is important in managing any disease, and is complimentary to my DR prescribed medicinal treatments.

I have to say I've noticed a difference since I changed my diet. I've been a vegetarian for 10 years, but I always ate gluten foods like bread and pasta, and had a small amount of dairy in some form. Looking up on the internet there's a lot of info on how diet can effect RA. Eliminating common food allergens like dairy and wheat has definitely made a big difference, and boosting my greens intake is improving my energy levels.
If you are not aware of any food allergies, you can get allergy tested, or you can try what I tried which was an elimination diet. Certainly eating healthy can't hurt!

I agree with Jennybyc, use both together, not one or the other!

 
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

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I've been diagnosed with mild rheumatoid arthritis after several rounds of xrays and bloodwork. I feel like I have an excellent rheumatologist who listens to my concerns about treatments. As I understand it, RA is a type of arthritis that involves my immune system going crazy attacking my joints. That is why along with joint pain, I occasionally have other symptoms like fatigue, dry eye, and brain fog. At this point my rheumy has suggested a sulfa drug that will deal with the inflammation and hopefully prevent any future joint damage. She says it is one of the safest and even prescribes it to pregnant women.

The drugs that traditional medicine prescribes for most RA are Enbrel and Humira(you might have seen advertisements on tv). They actually suppress the immune system. While this might be the need because of the overactive immune system, it comes with a ton of side affects.

While the sulfa drug that my doctor has prescribed me is not as strong as the above drugs, I would like to know if there are any alternatives that would balance the immune system instead of suppress it. I would like to get to the root of my problem which is the over active immune system.

Any one else dealing with this problem? Thanks, Cindy
Drugs cure nothing. Inflamation is pain and arthritis is inflamed joints. For me when I have pain, 1 gram vitamin C every two hours until the inflamation is controled and the healing starts. All the B vitamins are important, but B-3 is no.1. I stopped the onset of arthritis 40 years ago with cod liver oil, vitamins and minerals. Forty years later I am still Pain Free. Do your internet research, It is all there.

 
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

Thanks for your reply! I decided against starting a regime of drugs and have been on fish oil, vitamin D, a protein drink daily that has anti-inflammatories in it and my usual vitamins. I know of the benefits of vitamin C but didn't really consider this as a major player in the pain department. I will try 1 gram of vitamin C starting today. I have been in pain the last 2 days. Any suggestions for the fatigue??

 
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I soon will be 80 and have no health issues. Vitamin B 12 injections are necessary for a great many people for the small intestines stop making it or stop absorbing it from food or oral. In korea for battle fatigue, B 12 injections were standard.

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learned about cod liver oil forty years ago, still useing it. Suggested for advanced cases. 3tbls a day on an emty stomach for six days, 1 day break, repeat 3tblsp six days. follow up same regimen only 1tblsp until joints healthy. Dr’s advise on an emty stomach, more would get to joints. Also recommend vitamins, minerals, supplements.

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Hi to all

I found a honey based product which i think is actually very good. its called beesknees. It has eased pain in my fingers and joints and seems to do exactly what is says on the tin so to speak.

I would give it a try.

Thanks

Adam

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Old 08-23-2011, 03:48 PM   #12
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

Please go and see a Naturapath. Your problem does not require drugs it requires a lifestyle change.

If a body is clean (I dont mean hygenically but internally) these problems do not arise they are unheard of in rural China (see the China study by T Colin Campbell and Thomas M Campbell... this is science not fiction) and other such communities.

In the West our diet plays the most important part in the diseases we contract. Change diet and the disease cannot flourish. How to change diet need a Naturopaths help. (if you need information on this dicipline please ask).

Do it before it is too late because you cannot expect anyone to help you other than with dangerous medication, if it goes too far.

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Old 08-24-2011, 01:47 PM   #13
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Re: Rheumatoid arthritis

Going alternative is fraught with dangers if not done under the guidance of an experienced practitioner of the right discipline.

Taking a herb or using Homeopath etc is merely trying to correct an internal problem usually caused (in 95% of cases ) by enviromental factors including lifestyle.
Conventional medicine tries to mask symptoms because they have no cure and cause numerous problems along the way.

A Naturopath is one of the few practitioners who would be able to sort out major problems of this nature NATURALLY. But and it is a big but, it needs aradical re think of many of our daily habits.

Can we change to meet the threat. Not many are enlightened enough prefering their existing lifstyle and accepting a pill and the numerous danger that will come.

An alternative cure is usually taken when the sufferer is in so much pain that they have no alternative. The practitioner then has a really hard job to help.

I would advise the alternative but only using a Naturopath.

If you think that I am talking garbage please remember in rural China and other such cultures without Western influences on diet, these diseases do NOT exist or barely do.

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