Hi everyone. I try to read the posts on this forum day in day out. But I find it very difficult. Everyone has problems but few seem to try to get to the heart of the problem and get a long term solution. I come away with the distinct impression that people here are unhappy with their drug regimes, some exceedingly unhappy but sadly content to stay that way.
As anyone knows from my posts I advocate dietary changes to help improve and fight RA. The approach I follow is the Paddison program, which is documented on this forum very extensively. (For anyone who does not know the Paddison Program leans heavily towards a very low-oil whole-food plant based diet.)
From where I stand, it is a plain fact that dairy and oils are very inflammatory and cause the gut problems, and dairy also causes osteoporosis.
I know not everyone agrees with my standpoint. Some people advocate an AIP or paleo-diet to help address RA issues which is almost at the other end of the spectrum from a whole-food plant based diet. But at least people doing a paleo diet are doing something about it!
Yes I know probably a lot of people here are actually trying to eat more healthily. Some have even tried eliminating foods that cause problems. But a key benefit of the paddison approach to elimination is its comprehensive nature. It gets to the heart of the problem rather than simply trying a "subtraction process". Oh, I gave up dairy and had no improvements...
I'd like to describe my concern with the "subtraction elimination diet" using a poor metaphor. Imagine you are flying in an aeroplane and it is very cloudy and foggy. You take one cloud away and rapidly other clouds fill that void. This void filling is not just other foods it is also particular drugs that actively damage the gut as part of the way they remove pain. The subtraction elimination process can work but also it can fail, and fail badly.
Also I am not saying give up the drugs, most definitely not.
What I am saying is there is a structured way to help remove pain via diet. Once pain and inflammation reduce then hard exercise becomes an option, and that also has very good anti-pain benefits.
I also follow other forums for people with RA. There a number of them on facebook, for instance. The posts by people on many of these forums are made by people trying to take ownership of the problem. RA is a horrible debilitating illness. I know because I have been down there & close to suicide because of it. I am crushing RA and also see plenty of other people on other forums improving their lives to a life reduced pain, reduced inflammation. So I implore people here to do try to find solutions that work for them. Getting out of the RA quagmire is possible. It needs determination, focus - and continually improving diet and exercise regimes - and I would suggest a forum where there is a stronger element of positivity towards crushing RA.
...With the best of intentions...