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Comment from: Jhill112, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I have dealt with this for 10 years aches over my entire body constant nausea. 7 months after my 40th birthday I gave up smoking, red meat foods that are processed and developed a healthy eating diet of veggies, fruits and fish and nuts. My body began the healing process after 4 weeks. I later changed my sleep pattern, bed sheets and what I washed my sheets with and where my bed was located in my room. My body went from 238 to 215 with a healthy eating, sleep and daily exercise and yoga. I dare you to try for more than a month.

Comment from: Suzy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I am 50 years old and I have realized I have RA and Sjogren's syndrome for about four months. I have not been to a doctor yet but I am married to one. I have been trying to manage my symptoms with NSAIDS and I take flax seed oil. I am in pain every night with my shoulder and my hands. I plan to have a steroid injection in my shoulder this week and I am thinking about seeing a rheumatologist.

Comment from: frustrated with pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I was diagnosed with RA at age 46. Now I'm 49 and I'm in pain constantly, not to mention the intense fatigue. I am on Remicade, Arava, folic acid, and Percocet. It started in my neck and spread to both hips, hands, feet, back and just in the last two months, to my knees. I now take antidepressants. Working retail in a large warehouse doesn't help. I am hopeful they will find a miracle cure someday. I feel like i am 90 years old.

Comment from: citizen48, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I am a 63 year old female diagnosed six months ago but have had symptoms for at least 20 years. I'm taking methotrexate and Cymbalta, as well as infusions of Remicade. All my pain is from my waist down and although slightly better, certainly not something I can stand. I am going to switch doctors because I confided to my current physician that oxycodone every six hours was not helping all that much.

Comment from: Phil, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

Male, 65 years, R.A. since age 26. Over the 40 years that I have had RA, I have, I believe taken most of the drugs created for the disease. All have resulted in the normal side effects or contra indications. Currently having subcutaneous injections of methotrexate , which I believe is about to come to an end because of side effects.

Comment from: lseibel64, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

Enbrel has made a significant difference in my symptoms. It extremely reduced fatigue and decreased pain and swelling.

Comment from: Angelique, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

No medicines have worked for me. I have experienced whatever side effects I was warned about. The only treatment that has been successful has been the taking of steroids (prednisone) maintenance dosage of 2 in the am with breakfast but then I will awake in the morning with lots of pain until the next dose. I now take 2 as usual with breakfast and one at night with dinner and have been pain-free period for more than 2 months. I have regular blood tests and do not experience any of the side effects from taking steroids. Thank God this works for me. I feel great! p.s. Every time I have been taken off this medication, I am almost bed-ridden and riddled with pain. Prednisone is definitely the most effective treatment for me and the only one which works. I've been taking it for about 25 years.

Comment from: Holistic approach, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I was diagnosed at 37 with RA. I am now 60. In the beginning I used NSAIDS, but only when I really needed to. My mother was diagnosed with RA when I was 14 and she tried gold treatments, got hooked on prednisone and it destroyed her bones. It causes the adrenals to stop working. She was also methotrexate which seemed to stop working after 30 years. I did not want to go the route my mother went. I am not willing to use methotrexate for damage to the liver. I am allergic to sulfanamides. The research I have done on new treatments has not made me want to use them because of the way it affects the immune system. I am around children all of the time and don't want to take the chance of various infections. I have tried homeopathy (expensive, am a huge proponent of acupuncture, but what I have found helps the most is cymbalta and omega 3's. I buy good quality 2:1 omegas. I tried a less expensive brand for a month and the pain came back. The cymbalta helps because constant pain causes depression and depression causes pain, at least in my case. I have never missed a day of work due to this disease and I don't intend to let it rule my life. I seem to have more pain at night especially during spring and autumn. My RA count is 512.


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