Preparing for the Elimination Diet

Preparing for the Elimination Diet

Way back when I was first learning about Rheumatoid Arthritis, I heard a little about the Elimination Diet. “Wow that sounds hard,” I thought.  “I wonder how much diet even helps.” I thought about it a little along the way, but I never really noticed one food that triggered inflammation. Then I started avoiding red meat because I know that red meat naturally causes inflammation in the body.  That was a start. A short time ago my sister-in-law told me about her friend who had tremendous success controlling her RA with diet. That’s when I thought it was worth looking into again.  I was now ready to try. I wanted something natural to help control my RA so I could depend less on medications.  I wanted to discover something helpful,...

Rheumatoid Arthritis – My Story of Struggle and Freedom

Rheumatoid Arthritis – My Story of Struggle and Freedom

When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, we all have our own story–when we found out, where we hurt, how bad the pain was, how long it took to find out “What’s wrong with me?” I started I-Have-Rheumatoid-Arthritis.com as a place to share my story and encourage you to share yours.  I’ve learned many lessons along the way, and I know you have, too. When we all share what we’ve discovered, we will not only find answers, but also find support from someone who knows what we’re going through.   Please feel free to leave comments and share your story.  Because yours is a story worth telling. Where It All Began My story began in December 2007 with the worst flu I’ve ever had.  It was so bad I even went to the doctor (which I...

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

As the first post, I guess I should explain briefly what Rheumatoid Arthritis is (as I understand it. I’m not a doctor). Rheumatoid Arthritis is weird. From talking with the doctors we’ve visited and through reading, the cause is unknown although there are many theories. The causes of RA and even some of the workings of the condition are debated by medical professionals and researchers. It’s called an auto-immune disease and it’s very tough. If you want a more technical description, here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks synovial joints. The process produces an inflammatory response of the synovium...