Living Happy even with RA

It’s encouraging to meet other people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis.  First of all, it’s refreshing to talk with someone who knows what I’m experiencing.  Second, there is so much we can learn from one another! Yesterday I spoke with someone who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 7 years ago.  We talked about many things–diet, medications, doctors, fatigue. . . But here’s my ray of hope I walked away with: She said the first 2 years were the hardest.  It took her that long just to get used to having RA.  They were also the most painful.  Now she’s “living happy” — she’s found the right dosage of medication that works for her, she better understands her body, life is good. I just finished my first...

Doctor Appointment: Who’s Giving Who the Advice?

I had an appointment with my rheumatologist last week.  She was surprised and pleased at how much my RA has improved over the past several (spring and summer) months.  Enbrel is the only medication I am using at the present.  It feels wonderful to finally be improving. I explained to my doctor about the Elimination Diet I’ve been trying.  She encouraged me but didn’t really have any advice to give. Lately I’ve been researching how the pH level in your body can affect diseases such as cancer and arthritis.  Apparently, diseases thrive in an acidic environment (its fascinating information—more to come later).   I told my rheumatologist about my findings and asked for her thoughts and opinions. She told me there is not medical evidence to back this up.  She reads...