My friend just linked me to this site, so I'm new but read with interest your plight. Here's my story; I was diagnosed with RA back in 1993 as a result of having Lymes Dis. I was on many meds and then went into spontaneous remission until the end of 2007 when I was going through a divorce. My symptoms started in my rt knee and I couldn't sleep through the night, when I went to see my Rhematologist he put me on Prednisone and it gradually got better. I was on a bunch on NSAID's and was doing fine for a year or so, then started getting severe pain in my left wrist, then my right. My left wrist now has structural damage with the bone badly protruding and my rt wrist also has the bone protruding but not as bad. I also have various pain in my elbows, shoulders and various other joints. I've been on Methotrexate for about 8 months now. What I want to say is where I am now. First of all let me add that my CCP levels were as high as 87. I'm also a nurse and did lots of research. Since RA is an autoimmune disease, I believe that there has to be some way that I can help my body heal itself. My dear friend hooked me up with a naturopath who is amazing. I've changed my diet, which was not easy. I've gone gleuten free, dairy free,and vegetarian. There are times when I will have a bit of cheese on something or some things may contain gleuten but on the whole I avoid these foods. Also most importantly stay away from the nightshade foods, those that cause inflammation. On my last visit to the rhem...my CCP was finally undetectable!! I was thrilled, I'm also on some homeopathic meds, this may not work for everyone, but I believe its certainly worth a try. I will be more than happy to answer any questions anybody has...View Thread
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