In Simba's post a couple of days ago there is mention of 25% later onset RA cases going into remission after a year to two without medication.
I have wondered a lot about whether all the aggressive drug treatment we are offered affects the bodies ability to right itself naturally.
It's not something that anyone in the medical profession, that I have met so far, seems to want to talk about. There is an emphasis on the severity of the disease and the worst outcome without treatment... but 1 in 4 is a significant amount of people.
When I first began to get all the swollen joints and pain I looked it up in an old homeopathic book, published in the 1970's which describes all the possible illnesses and conditions very well. I found rheumatoid arthritis and thought Ok that's what it is but Andrew Lockie , the author says about 40% of cases go away after a year or two. Maybe the book is just inaccurate (although I'd never found it so before) but it did make me wonder whether, in the pre DMARD era, more cases actually went into remission.
It would to interesting to know whether anyone has any thought on this. I have tried to do some haphazard on-line research but didn't really find any answers.