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My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 3: Holistic Therapies

My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 3: Holistic Therapies

Once I had my new anti-inflammatory diet in place shortly after my diagnosis, I then focused on which holistic therapies would help me to manage my pain, reduce inflammation, increase my energy, avoid medication and help me to heal my body and immune system to start fighting off the constant stream of viruses I was going down with. It has been a gradual process over the last two years as nothing gave a quick fix or cure but each different route provided another piece of the puzzle and helped me in my journey back to wellness without medication.

What helped?

Homeopathy – this has been one of the most effective ways to tackle the myriad of symptoms. I have a range of daily/weekly remedies, which have helped to me build back up my immune system, calm the inflammation and manage my pain, along with some first aid remedies to help me through a bad day or flare up. My homeopath (working alongside the kinesiologist) also treated various bacterial and viral infections that were flagged up in kinesiology sessions, along with carrying out some heavy metal detoxes. EBV/Mono was one of the biggest issues and a big contributor towards my fatigue.

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My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 2: Diet

My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 2: Diet

After my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis, I decided I was going to tackle my RA symptoms via diet, natural supplements and alternative therapies. Interestingly, lots of people I spoke to told me I was wasting my time trying to heal it through changes to my diet. This momentous decision meant that I had to eat my body weight in chocolate at Christmas, as obviously I didn’t want any temptation when I started the new eating plan! Ahh that was fun!

My first step was to read and research about diet and supplements. There seemed to be so many conflicting ideas about an anti-arthritis diet so, armed with my lists of food that I had read about which were supposed to help or hinder RA, I saw a kinesiologist to have a full food test of my lists to create a diet that was right for my body at that time. I was already wheat and gluten free because it caused bloating and often caused me to be doubled over in pain after eating those foods.  Giving up those food groups already was a positive as it was common to read that gluten and wheat were not seen as helpful for people with RA.

The food testing flagged up that I had leaky gut so I needed to do some serious gut healing. I had read in many places that around 80% of your immune system is in your gut, so many alternative specialists advocated that you needed to heal the gut first to start treating the condition.

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My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving Part 1

My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving Part 1

In September 2017, I had my annual x-rays to check on the damage caused by my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). They showed I had managed to halt any further damage (which is quite incredible as my diagnosis x-rays in 2015 showed aggressive damage to many of the joints in my feet and swelling in both my hands and feet). I am also virtually pain-free day to day (with only occasional short flare ups) with no swelling and I’ve even managed to rid myself of the severe fatigue which was completely debilitating and resulted in me having to stop working full time as a teacher. Since my diagnosis late 2015, the only medication I have taken is an 8-week course of steroids in January 2015. After my diagnosis, I decided to fight my RA naturally through diet, supplements, natural holistic therapies and a better mindset.

My life has dramatically changed from when I was first diagnosed but I am now in a position where I can work part time; see family and friends and enjoy my life without being permanently exhausted or in constant pain. I have to be very careful in pacing myself, and the course my life was on has taken a sharp detour. However, I’m very grateful for the improvements in my health and the lessons I have learned along with way, along with my incredibly supportive and loving husband and parents, who have been there every step of the journey.

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