Hello Dogsandbooks. Just wanted you to know we have some similarities. I'm 50 (but diagnosed 12 years ago), I have an active teenager and I (like you) was done with the pity party and off to fix the "problem". A little background: meds worked for me for years, then the side effects of the drugs became too much and I had to stop the meds. For 4 years I was in remission from RA. Then 6 months ago it came back. I have had success with altering my diet to control my symptoms. There was a time when I could barely walk from the bed to the bathroom in the morning. Now I just started my 3rd week of Crossfit. It's a simple concept, diet, but not an easy one to stick to as all wheat (gluten) dairy and sugar need to be removed from the diet. You may want to look at this article published by the Physicians for Responsible Medicine "Food and Arthritis" http://www.perm.org/health/health-topics/foods-and-arthritis. Best of luck to you in your search for a solution.View Thread
Hi retired9207. I feel for you and your pain. I also understand the sudden onset of this disease. The first time RA presented itself suddenly was after the birth of my daughter 12 yrs ago. My symptoms were controlled with methotrexate and Remicade. 7 years later I stopped meds (for health issues due to my suppressed autoimmune). All was fine until hormones changed again with menopause. I'm not sure if men have hormone changes, but thought I'd let you know. Currently I am finding great relief through diet change. You may want to check out this article by the Physicians for Responsible Medicine "Foods and Arthritis" http://www.perm.org/healthhealth-topics/foods-and-arthritis. I hope this helps you. It seems dairy, wheat (gluten) and sugar are my biggest triggers for pain.View Thread
Hi, I do the same thing diet wise with the exception that I cut out all dairy as well. Dairy seems to be a big allergen and even cause of RA. After cutting out dairy, gluten and sugar for 6 weeks, I felt positive results in reducing my RA symptoms.
If you have Rheumatiod Arthritis, please change your diet. I'm 48 and began symptoms of RA after 1st child (12 yrs ago) then developed severe RA over the next 3 yrs. Finally, I was diagnosed w RA and prescribed Methotrexate. The drug helped tremendously, but still swollen feet in the morning and couldn't jog comfortably. Next prescribed Remicade. Great results, but constantly sick due to compromised immune system. Stayed on Remicade for 5 yrs then missed several "infusions" due to illnesses. I decided not to resume Remicade treatments. I had some RA return in my feet and knees and occasional flare-ups throughout other joints, so I decided to try a last ditch effort of changing my diet before beginning medications again. I took all wheat out of my diet (VERY hard to do, but gets easier after a month). I also took most dairy out of my diet and eat mostly organic fresh foods. Processed, packaged foods are no longer in my diet either. I no longer have RA symptoms at all and it's been almost 3 years. PLEASE try changing your diet! It's a hassle but worth it. I can't tell you how great I feel. This is huge coming from someone who couldn't snap her baby's clothes, had to walk down the stair backwards due to unbearable foot pain, and couldn't turn the ignition on the car with one hand (wrist pain). My entire body was laden with extreme pain. Now, I have no symptoms what so ever! What do you have to loose? Try this healthy diet for at least 3 months (it takes about 2 months to get the toxins out of your body). No cheating. Remember: no gluten, no diary - yogurt is ok, eat only organic - it's expensive, but less expensive then the cost of RA, I eat lots of fish and chicken and stay away from red meat and pork. Just try it, you have nothing to lose. You'll have more energy, you'll lose weight and hopefully you'll find that your RA symptoms have lessened or better yet, gone away completely. P. S. If you're religious at all, Lent is good time to start this diet. It really helped keep me in check when I was having those bread cravings! Also, I have my whole family on this diet. Occaisionally they'll have some wheat or dairy here and there, but not much. My husband has lost weight too. We feel this is the way we should be eating even if an illness wasn't involved. I just wanted someone to know this story. I think there are many more like mine and it's going to take time to change the medical communitiy's way of thinking.View Thread