I take Methotrexate and folic acid. Is there a relationship/interaction between folic acid and B-12? Or Methotrexate and B-12? I seem to feel much better (more energy) if I take a B-12 supplement a couple times a week. However, my B-12 levels tested in the normal range (without supplementation).
How frustrating! When you say extended family, do you mean people not within your immediate family circle? If those closest to you understand and accept what you have to deal with, that is a good thing! I personally try to avoid people (family or not) who are not supportive and understanding, for whatever reason. It's kind of obnoxious (in my opinion) for people to question a medical diagnosis---when did they get their medical degrees?!? It's their problem, not yours. For your own sake, you should cultivate relationships with people who care about you and are empathetic---and sometimes those people aren't necessarily family.
That's my two cents, anyway. Good luck with the new meds. I'm not a doctor, but I would hope that you are being carefully monitored for white blood cell counts to make sure that you are not vulnerable to more infections. View Thread
I use a product called Metagenics UltraInflamX every morning. It's a powder I mix into rice milk, which is brown rice based, and contains anti-inflammatory ingredients including turmeric, rosemary and ginger. The product is actually designed for people with Crohn's, IBD, etc. It was recommended to me by an integrative MD.
I also add in a tsp. of liquid fish oil (4,000 mg).
I use Zeel, which is a homeopathic remedy for arthritis pain, and, for acute discomfort, I use Traumeel, a homeopathic ointment.
I also take Vitamin D and minerals.
As far as diet, I try to eat fresh pineapple almost every day, and I try (as best I can!) to follow Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet pyramid---lots of fruits and vegetables, lots of whole grains in their original state like barley, quinoa, brown rice, etc., beans and legumes, etc.View Thread