Views on traditional and alternative treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

I'm new to the group and have a question about seeking both traditional and alternative treatment. I was diagnosed with seronegative RA after the birth of my son, four years ago. I went gluten and dairy free, and found that to be an 80-90% solution. Flares were rare, and I took that to mean I didn't really have RA. This summer, after a pain-free pregnancy and the birth of my daughter, the pain is back and has shifted from my wrists to my fingers, ankles and feet, and has been consistent regardless of my altered diet, and I face the reality that I really do have RA. I know I need to be under a rheumatologists' care, but I'd also like to see a naturopath. In what order have you engaged these doctors? I believe in the potential efficacy of both traditional medicine and alternative methods, and I am breastfeeding, so would prefer to limit medication as much as possible, at least for now. Thank you in advance!

Christina Washington
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I’m following this thread as I’m in a similar situation.

Shelly Hatfield
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I'd love to see the responses. I've just been recently diagnosed after the birth of my son who is now 2 months. I am breastfeeding as well.

Rakisha Ray
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My daughter is 2 months as well. I'm wondering if there could be a hormonal link, as I've had considerable pain while nursing my last two children.

Christina Washington 3 years

It's been 14 years since the child I had before my little one... I had no complications with her. But, it still could be hormonal. I have so many more questions to ask based on some of the information I've found in this group. My hand therapist said I should inquire more about what may have triggered this autoimmune response.

Rakisha Ray 3 years

Look for a functional medicine doctor that addresses the cause and not just the symptom.

Carmen Yeager
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Great advice

Carla Barnard 3 years

Please try dropping ALL processed sugar along with the dairy and gluten.

Ginny Cordova
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Do you mean all but naturally occurring in fruit, meaning also excluding honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, etc?

Christina Washington 3 years

I am still learning and experimenting for myself. Since Feb. 2017. It "seems" that natural sugars in fruit and the like are ok for me.. ALL processed white sugar is not, (ketchup, mayonaise and anything that might have sugar) Maybe I have to cut down or out the natural sugar too. Homeopath doctor wants me to cut fruit. So hard to do, as, I also cut grains, dairy, 95% meat, gluten, beans and peas. I am in pain today ---- something I ate or the weather?

Ginny Cordova 3 years

Thanks for your comments. It can certainly be frustrating. Hoping you feel better soon.

Christina Washington 3 years

Christina Washington sent pm

Ginny Cordova 3 years

Ginny Cordova, so what do you eat!!?? Can you share some food that you can eat? I can't tell what's left after all those cuts

Rakisha Ray 3 years
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Jaimie Torres
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Naturopaths aren't the only alternate solution. I've had great success with Ayurvedic diet and herbs, and with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture. They may work for you too. I was also breastfeeding when it was at its worst. (I share my journey in my memoir Bloom by bronnie Ware, published by Hay House. It may help you.) I tried just the natural path including diet first and went downhill fast, then went to meds and alternative combined, now just doing the herbs and am active again in ways I never thought I would be again. I'm also gluten/sugar/dairy free as many others here are too. Keep in mind, you have a young babe - both stress and not enough sleep are also huge factors with RA.

Bronnie Sullivan
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Bronnie Sullivan what medications did you take the was combined with alternatives? Just trying to see what worked for others, I’m considering doing to same. Thanks.

Shelly Hatfield 3 years

shelly I was on methotrexate and plaquenil, with prednisone and Celebrex for pain on a take-as-you-need basis. Plaquenil had a terrible effect on my visual and oral health so stopped that. I was on methotrexate for about two years. It helped enormously but left me very tired. The only pain killers I ever need now are either acupuncture or an Epsom salts bath.

Bronnie Sullivan 3 years

I will add that I tried to heal it completely naturally for two years and ended up in a really bad way, hence why I went onto meds. I was very resistant to them at first, determined to do it all naturally, but my body ended up in so much trauma that the meds helped to pull me back. Then I was able to get off them completely, when my body was stronger and all other areas (diet, stress, sleep) were flowing better. I was a single mum with a newborn babe when I was diagnosed.

Bronnie Sullivan 3 years

A lot of people go into remission during pregnancy.

Angie Lord
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Alternative first, in my opinion.

Joyce Gallegos
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I noticed symptoms starting for me after giving birth. I started with alternative naturopath and just finished up breastfeeding a few months ago. Functional med docs would be great too. And I see a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. I don't put much faith in my rheumatologist and go there for bloodwork and xrays. My doctor team is concerned that my inflammation has not gone down fast enough to prevent joint damage, so I am currently considering LDN. If I go this path, I would still continue all the holistic healing, strict diet, detox things too I absolutely believe you can heal!

Stefanie Clay
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I started ldn Friday and so far so good not In much pain and have a lot more energy feel like I'm getting my life back

Jaimie Torres 3 years

What dose did you start at? Liquid or pills?

Stefanie Clay 3 years

Well she recommended 4.5 which I got from belmar pharmacy in Colorado but I take half of that. You have to make sure you get it from a pharmacy that's compound and isn't using fillers or slow release tablets. If you have trouble finding a doctor to prescribe it http://ldndoctor.com/

Jaimie Torres 3 years

Thank you

Stefanie Clay 3 years

Your welcome

Jaimie Torres 3 years

Lack of sleep I think is one of the number one triggers. Eat a healthy diet that is gluten, Dairy, and sugar-free. Try to give yourself 5 minutes a day of relaxation. Take a hot detox bath. Take baby on walks. Take care of you so you can take care of baby, don't worry about house work etc, ask for help. Take curcumin and turmeric. See a functional doctor first and give it time.

Carla Barnard
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Thank you. I've had some trouble finding a functional doc but will keep trying. I've got three other kids, so finding rest is challenging, but I'm trying! What doses of turmeric and curcumin do you take?

Christina Washington 3 years

I went to the Cleveland clinic and right now I'm not allowed to take any supplements until I have some tests ran and I had ran out of everything so I'm letting them tell me. One thing I drink I don't know if it's compliant and I've been off a it for a week and it's about to kill me is zeal Wellness which is a ton of vitamins minerals different types of supplements all-in-one powder form and as far as me it totally changed my life and 4 days.

Carla Barnard 3 years

Carla Barnard do you recommend going to the Cleveland clinic? A certain dr?

Brenda Eastman 3 years

I only went 1x but if your close enough I would. No functional doctors where I live in Huntington, WV. İts a 5 hour drive but can do appointments eventually on line

Carla Barnard 3 years

What Dr did you see? You can pm me if you want.

Brenda Eastman 3 years