This is how I should have put my first post on my RA. Sorry if I offended anyone .so I started my journey of healing around xmas 2015 and was in a bad way. I work 6 days per week and was exhausted all the time through the pain. I stumbled on a friend telling me to try bicarbonate of soda and it was amazing. Symptom free for about a month by having half a teaspoon morning time at breakfast. Then all of a sudden had horrendous side effects like I had real bad brain fog. So I stopped and symptoms came back. So then I tried to eat alkaline foods instead and cut out acidic foods. I read coffee was really bad so cut that first, then sugar and followed by gluten. It worked really well for a while and
My wrists started to get full movement and the flares were less frequent. At this point I lived on naproxen but started to lessen it. Then found Paddison Program and researched the hell out of it. I was sceptical because it cost money. Not a lot but still money and I was thinking it was dodgy charging a fee. The more I read the more it made sense. I paid for the book and joined the forum which is awesome. Friendly to extreme and nothing like I found yesterday on here. So I started for real and had amazing results for 6 months. Then symptoms came back after weight loss??? I was flummoxed but gradually it had gotten back to good now. A lot of people with new RA heal faster than I have but I am 20 years in and it won't go away overnight. I agree with the antibiotics starting this disease in some people and I think it may have been my trigger? Or being around diesel fumes for 34 years at work? Who knows? I know that when I use probiotics and slippery elm it helps. My diet helps. If I eat oil I react. The gut has a lot to answer for and I think understanding of the whole subject is getting better. I hope we are at the forefront of new findings away from drugs.. I am still taking MTX at 8.75mg and won't come off it til I am ready. My Rheumy approves my diet and can see it helps. I was naproxen free for 6 months last year. Seriously thought i was cured but alas... still a way to go.