Re: Swelling vs Pain
Hi, Psada. I'm "straight medical", because I personally doubt that diet alone can control inflammation in lupus. I've been helped a lot by Plaquenil. FYI, it's NOT a drug known for serious side effects, unlike, say, steroids, immunosuppressants, and earlier generations of antimalarials. I consider myself very lucky indeed to have only required, to date, Plaquenil, OTC's like Advil, and Fosamax.
Have you been offered Plaquenil? Looked into its side effects, as compared to the bigger drugs; and as compared to the older antimalarials, which indeed WERE known to cause things like retinal damage? In the U.S., one hardcover author who covers this is Dr. Daniel Wallace, and another is Dr. Robert Lahita. In the U.K. & probably elsewhere, Dr. Graham Hughes is yet another. All cover Plaquenil & other lupus drugs, and ALL facets of lupus.
By the time I was Dx'ed, I already had osteoporosis, which wasn't surprising given the decades I'd had inflammatory pain. And I *think* other things (gallbladder, etc.) have been correlated with inflammation, so I wonder if uncontrolled inflammation can EVER go unnoticed by the human body?
Obviously, I'm only a patient; plus we all view these things differently. But I think in your shoes, I'd want to ask, What are the *downsides* of NOT controlling lupus, including the inflammation it causes? Please know I'm not trying to proselytize, just hoping that you're considering all angles; so please take everything I just wrote in that context. Above all, I hope you keep posting here & that you find ways that work to control the pain you live with! Bye, with best wishes, Vee (Dx'ed in 2000, with a new start on life handed to me at---aaaargh!---age 47. What an odyssey!)