Presently, and for the past 3 months or so, I have been essentially pain-free. The only residual symptom I have from my previous extreme joint & bone pain & fatigue (and I WAS diagnosed with RA) is cramping in one of my fingers - and that only happens for a few seconds, about once in a few weeks.
The supplements I take now are: multi-vitamin (twice/day); extra calcium (3X/day); fish oil (3X/day); MSM (3X/day). As well as I'm feeling, I will continue this supplement schedule.
I do need to also relay that soon after I was diagnosed, I took a blood test that showed which foods I was intolerant to. I avoided those foods for one and a half years; I now eat anything I want with no resulting flares. I could tell you what those foods are, but they were specific for my system - they could be different for another person. The blood test is called Immuno1 Bloodprint. To find out more about this blood test, you can view this site:
I am not trying to push this information (one needs to be very careful about that type of activity on this Arthritis message boards!). I am simply sharing this info for benefit of others who are determined to reject the toxic drugs that the drug companies and medical profession are trying to push onto unsuspecting patients. Incidently, my late father was a doctor (surgeon), and he always cautioned us about taking any drugs stronger than aspirin because they affect us sytemically, and the many side efffects can be problematic. I shudder to think where I would be now if I took the prednisone, methotrexate and Humira that the rheumy prescribed for me!
Wishing you the best, Rana
P.S. - Haven't been on this forum in some time - bet I get an earful from some of the other folks on these boards concerning my reply to you. My guess is that they are very frightened, and they look to their doctors & their dangerous meds as the only hope they have. Listening to their stories, they sound like they're becoming sicker & sicker.
You MUST trust your intuition when it comes to your health.
P.P.S. Ooops - it's been so long since I've contributed here, I didn't realize I had changed my user name to "Topo" (my other cat's name!)
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