My Journey Out of RA and Fibro

 

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Do you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)  or Fibromyalgia (Fibro)?  Or maybe you have a different Chronic Pain Condition.  If you are someone, like me, who needs answers on how to feel better and mange with the day to day pain, please read on.  I want to share my experience with you so that maybe some of the same things that I’ve learned, you can apply.

How long have you had RA and Fibro?  Out of the blue, a decade ago, I began to experience pain in my hands.  I went to the Doctor thinking it was carpel tunnel.  Never did I guess that at the age of 29, I would be diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and later, Fibromyalgia.

What do you use to treat your RA and Fibro?  Currently, I am on zero prescription medicine.  I do however use an over the counter pain reliever from time to time to manage the pain as well as have changed my diet to an Anti-inflammatory diet,  Acupuncture, essential oils and exercise.  I pray a lot too and I believe that God hears.

What don’t you take medication?  Honestly, I didn’t like the way I felt on it.  I felt like a walking zombie and I absolutely hated the weight I gained with it.  I felt like I was never really feeling any better.  My choice was of a personal nature and not one that wasn’t well thought out.  I also had the consent of my Rheumatologist and we worked together to get to a point where I could transition off of traditional medicine.  I always suggest to folks to seek guidance from their Doctor when making this decision.  Some medications you will need to wean yourself off and only your Doctor can give you that guidance.  Thankfully mine was open to working with me when I chose to take a more holistic route.

What would you recommend to someone who has RA or Fibro?  The biggest recommendation that I would give someone is to journal what you eat and then note how you feel afterwards.  I found that some of the things I ate on a daily basis were causing me pain.  Once I found out what those items were, I chose to either eliminate them or reduce the amount I ate.  I also decided to eat as healthy as I could.  I began to reduce the amount of processed foods that I consumed and now eat primarily an anti-inflammatory diet.  I’m going to be honest and tell ya that when I do eat processed foods more than normal, my body can tell it.  Instead, I look for healthier substitutions and sometimes have to get creative, live with the pain or choose to go without.

It hurts too much to exercise, how do you do it?  Believe me when I say this that there are some days that it’s a struggle.  I’ve found though that a lot of exercise routines can be modified to work for you though.  I have to stretch A LOT and often through out the day.  Some things that I do depending on how I feel ranging from walking or Tai Cheng all the way to more intense programs like TurboFire.  I modify my workouts to work for me and my situation and I’ve learned that even with the gal who is doing the modified workouts is faster on her feet that it’s okay.  I need to do what’s best for MY body and any exercise is beneficial to me.

Can I lose weight while having RA or Fibro?  Absolutely!  I have lost and maintained 20 pounds in the last two years by changing the way that I ate and by adding in exercise.

What’s an anti-inflammatory diet?  Let me give you this link.  It explains it so much more in depth and you can print it out for your reference and show to your Doctor.

What essential oils do you use?  Actually, there are several that I use depending on what’s going on with in my body at the time.  Favorites for pain management, allergies that I suffer from and for personal care are the Deep Blue Rub, Aromatouch, PastTense, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender and the OnGuard Toothpaste.  If you’re interested in developing your own protocol, let me know and I would be happy to help you determine that.

 Do you have questions that are not listed above or want to schedule a chat so we can get you feeling better?  Feel free to contact me here. 

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