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Posted by Krishel on December 02, 1999 at 18:48:20:

In Reply to: Re: post-delivery rheumatid flares-anyone else? posted by Kristen on November 04, 1999 at 20:05:02:

: : : Five years ago I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis two months after delivering my first child. I was under a rheumatologist's care for one year and improved with placquenil, but went to visit a nurtitionist and seemed to benefit more from alternative treatments. Went off drugs with no problem, and two years later had a second child, only to have another flare two months after that delivery! Have been on meds again for two and a half years. Have met three other women in my area who had similar flares and who also have never tested positive for the RH factor. Would love to know if others have these factors incommon, and what types of treatments are being used.

: : After I had my daughter three years ago, I started having symptoms of RA. I was only 23 at the time. I think there must be a link between the physical stress your body is put through, and the onset of the disease.

: Kelly,

: Recently have had a terrible flare lasing almost two weeks now. Unable to work and exhausted. My blood was tested and did not test positive for RH factor and no other abnormalities but cannot releive the pain with Nsaids, aspirin, nerontin, ultram or prednisone. at a loss for what to do to relieve the inflammation. It is worst in my hands, knuckles, burning in palms, and bottom of feet, also knees and lower back. I have never been pregnant, am 39, but would like to have a child before I am too old to. I have been under a tremendous amount of stress at work and this most probably??? caused this flare.

: I am inteterested in what medication helped you and especailly what nutrionist said that helped you. Thanks.

Hi this is the first time I have used this website and was amazed when I reviewed these messages. I have never been diagnosed with RA but with both deliveries of my sons I experienced arthritis pain one month prior to delivery and then 3 to 6 months post delivery. My doctors shrugged their shoulders and said they have never seen it before. I am glad to know someone else out there understands. I'm sorry I can offer no advise. I am 28 and still have bouts of arthritis off and on however probably not quite as severe at post delivery. - Krishel

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