I was tested for celiac and while I waited for the test results I went on the gluten free diet and even though my test results came back negative for celiac, I stayed on the gluten free diet because I feel much better. Celiac, as I understood from my dr. can cause RA symptoms. Worth looking into.View Thread
Is anyone taking Leflunamide? I have had sharp, stinging pain in my feet for months and have been tested for diabetes and had neck x-rays, been to the Neurologist and all test were negative. Then... my Leflunamide perscription was back ordered due to a "national shortage" and now the pain in my feet is slowly diminishing. Now the problem is that I'm back to feeling stiff and having flares even though I'm still getting my Orencia infusions. Anyone else have stinging pain in their feet?View Thread
I took Tramadol one time and discarded the rest of the tablets. I refer to it as the Sponge Bob Square Pants drug. It made me feel like "Looney Tunes". If a fire had broken out that day I would have just sat in my chair and burned to death. However, there was no pain that I recall. I do take Lefnomide ( a DMARD, I believe) and it helps. I've been in the process of weaning myself off Pred and am down to 5mg a day. I have combined this with a gluten free diet and have had very good results with that. Good luck.View Thread
Ra is a progressive disease so if you elect to go natural and only natural without conventional treatment you risk destroying your joints. I combine the two methods and get benefits from both. I suggest you carefully examine all options before you become a purist.View Thread
I had hearing loss from taking Plaquinel and cataracts from Prednisone. I have to get new glasses every six months and I now wear hearing aids. I'm only 57! To tell you the truth, I'd rather wear hearing aids and get new glasses than go through the pain. It's a trade off.View Thread
Every time I cheat on my diet I pay the price. Isn't it amazing what afew changes can make? My test for celiac can back negative but I'm staying on the gluten free diet because it's obvious that I feel much better. Good luck to you.View Thread
I just had my 7th infusion. It took 4 months to finally start to feel the benefits but with each one I feel better. I have had no side effects from the Orencia but had really serious reactions to Methatrexate, Enbrel & Humeira. The infusions are easier than the self inject for me also. Good Luck and give it time to work.View Thread
Thank you for the referral to the Decision Point article. I think that it helped me to know what questions to ask. Which brings me to another question for this board; if surgery is necessary, then do I have to stop having my infusion (Orencia) because of the danger of infection increasing? Has anyone had to stop treatment prior to surgery?View Thread
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