I was talking to a lovely lady the other day. A qualified physiotherapist, counsellor, who has worked in rheumatology, orthopaedics, general medicine and surgical, cardiothoracic, intensive care and musculoskeletal outpatient work! Phew. Oh and she has had RA. She now treats people privately in a holistic mannner and became and spiritual healer 7 years ago having become disillusioned with the NHS approach to care.
She has worked with many many people with RA, and has suffered with it herself, and she reckons there is a definite type of person. Does anyone else recognise these:
Stoicism- does not want to give up, give in (prior to and during diagnosis of RA)
Guilt complex - even mild - where you think if something happens especially to one of your close family, it was something you could possibly have avoided or prevented?
In the past if someone has done a job for you, it's never quite as good as you would have done it?
Not prepared to just sit back and let things happen but likes to try and do things for people and have a certain sense of indispensabliity - if you arent' there to do thing, who will do it???
Do you also find you are one of those people who does everything, and the more you do the more other people expect you to??
I don't know about you but it rung a few bells with me.
She also believes that the body produces its own acidity (and therefore encourages inflammatory conditions) through things like, diet, environment temperament and this causes stresses in the body, which causes the acidity. We should apparently aim to make our bodies alkaline. Suck Lemons!!
She says our body are making us ill, so our bodies can make us better again - simplistic?? She is convinced 100% that she has "cured" her RA and has gone from someone who used to spend all day in bed and walk with crutches on her heels because or her damaged feet ( I saw pictures) to being able to lead a "normal" life, and work when she wants to.
Whaddya think? Answers on a post card....