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...

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,...

Could Your Rheumatoid Arthritis be Misdiagnosed?

I was blog-reading last night when I stumbled upon a most interesting article at www.LivingRheum.com. This poor woman was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis only to discover 9 YEARS LATER that she was misdiagnosed! She really had Lyme Disease the entire time!  What?! Her Lyme Disease is now being treated with antibiotics, and slowly, life is getting back to normal. How Often is RA Misdiagnosed? So that got me thinking, how often does this happen? Well, one thing’s for sure, Jo-Ann wasn’t the first, and she won’t be the last. According to healthcentral.com, lyme disease may be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic those of other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.  Lyme disease is transferred through a tick bite; however, the...

The power of Antioxidants – Learning about the Elimination Diet

I thought I’d post this infographic I found. It’s so interesting to start learning about the diet that my wife is on. It’s amazing to research about the benefit of REAL food and helping the body become less acidic. Via: Term Life Insurance Blog