Not sure if you agree, but if I were to say that if you have taken care of your RA, ie your RA no longer flares, your inflammation subsides and you are no longer suffering from the horrible side effects of those rheumatoid drugs, you will naturally take care of the mental health part of RA. Technically, if we get down to this, it is all about taming your RA monster.
For starter, I always say look into your diet and lifestyle. Science has shown a very close correlation of the food we eat with RA. "You are what you eat". Firstly, remove all inflammatory foods and introduce anti-inflammatory fatty acids such as Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Then, study and explore the many potential causes of RA and which of those may possibly trigger your RA onset:
(1) Most RA patients are also likely to suffer from leaky gut syndrome that is associated with food allergies or intolerance. Discover your food triggers and remove them from your diet (http://www.myradiary.com/475/clueless-about-triggers-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-flare-ups-find-out-the-culprits-with-an-elimination-diet%29). Start alkalizing your body. Add essential greens where necessary.
(2) Perform detoxification. Fasting has played a therapeutic role in relieving RA symptoms for many. Other detoxification methods include FIR sauna, dry brushing, enema, colon cleanse, heavy metal detox, parasite cleanse, kidney cleanse, liver cleanse, etc.
(3) Regular exercising. It is crucial to continue moving out joints. Start out slow and gradually building it up. Contrary to the beliefs that exercise is going to cause more damages to the joints, it can actually help improve range of motion, increase grip and muscle strength.
(4) Be kind to yourself and be ready to find a support in times when you need to vent your anger and frustration out. I vent out on my husband, who just knows that I need his ears so that I can feel better after these. I can't say I am socially active now after I shy away from friends who do not understand the severity of RA. My family is my primary source of support.
(5) Explore into alternative drugs including LDN, Minocin (antibiotic protocol for mycoplasma), Metronidazole & Allupurinol (anti-amoeba protocol), thunder god vines (TCM alternative), etc.
Hope the above information helps. ** Hugs to you** Cheer up!
I'm sorry to hear that your RA is hitting you so fast and strong. If your fingers are starting to curl, you need to pay good attention to this. Once deformity is formed, you cannot undo the damages that are done (Not trying to scare you but just want to put picture in perspective).
For me, I was dx two years ago and I'd been there before. I lost my full range of motion on both my wrists. Was too slow to get diagnosed and hence, too slow to take action to stop the progress. Furthermore, I was kinda naive back then, not knowing how to seek help, opinions, experiences or even join RA support group like this.
From my personal point of view, if you like to get well and halt the progression of RA, you will first need to understand that RA is a multi-faceted condition, i.e. there are actually many causes of RA. With this understanding, you are best able to determine which course of action to follow, ie will you be willing to go for the alternative CAM route? I've just recently set up my personal blog that features my journey of reversing RA through CAM approaches. If you are interested. You may wish to explore my blog at http://www.myradiary.com/170/the-many-causes-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-explored .
Other medicinal alternatives include: Dr Brown's antibiotic protocol eg Minocin (based on premise that RA is caused by mycoplasma), Metronidazole & Allupurinol (based on premise that RA is caused by protozoa/amoeba), thunder god vine (TCM approach of RA treatment) are some for you to explore, research and consider.View Thread
Yes, it does sound like a sign of RA when you are saying that your fingers are starting to curve in. Have you been checking up with your doctor or setting up any appointment with a rheumatologist? If you haven't, I suggest you to not delay treatment for RA. RA is crippling and once your joints are deformed, you cannot reverse the damages that have already been done.View Thread
Hi mommyfor2, the onset of my RA was caused by my miscarriage during my second pregnancy. However, when I was having my third pregnancy, my RA went into remission (for god's sake), but 2 to 3 weeks after my delivery, my RA started to flare up. I was breastfeeding for 1 month and after which, I have to stop it because my hands were too painful and I couldn't really hold my baby for long. Was back on meds so I did not want my baby to absorb any remnants of the meds through the breast milk.View Thread
If you like to achieve remission for your daughter, you have to first understand that RA is a multi-faceted condition, i.e. there are actually many causes of RA. With this understanding, you are best able to determine which course of action will be best followed by your daughter if she is open and willing to go for the alternative route. I've just recently set up my personal blog that features my journey of reversing RA through CAM approaches. If you are interested. You may wish to explore my blog at http://www.myradiary.com/170/the-many-causes-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-explored.
For drug alternative, you may like to explore into low dose naltrexone (LDN) (http://www.myradiary.com/570/low-dose-naltrexone-ldn-a-better-drug-for-rheumatoid-arthritis). This drug is not mainstream for treating RA, but some people are seeing good progress with it without side effects of typical rheumatoid drugs. As most rheumy does not prescribe this drug, you may need to approach doctor who will.
Other alternatives include: Dr Brown's antibiotic protocol (based on premise that RA is caused by mycoplasma), Metronidazole & Allupurinol (based on premise that RA is caused by protozoa/amoeba), thunder god vine (TCM approach of RA treatment) are some to consider or explore.View Thread
If the underlying cause of your RA is in fact due to pathogenic infections or the like, then honey (manuka honey with stronger potency) is good anti-bacterial for that purpose. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is another good yet natural alternatives.
Personally, I think that RA is a multifaceted condition; and often require one or more approaches towards addressing the underlying causes and getting well in the end. I'm now sharing my personal journey of getting well the holistic way. If you are interested, you can visit my blog at http://www.myradiary.com/View Thread