Still an incubus of manfluitis infection, but thought on a brighter note rather than continuing the moany theme, I'd share something positive.
I, like many of you I imagine, was initially in a state of disbelief at the diagnosis of RA and was sure I would be able to find some sort of alternative cure - ha. Having now come to accept things as they are, I am sometimes a little sceptical about treatments but at the same time no harm in trying, just don't expect miracles.
I was told about a treatment called hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is used predominantly in the treatment of MS, but can be used in the treatment of a number of conditions including RA.
You go into a pressurised chamber (kind of like being in a plane) and breath pure oxygen for an hour. The higher concentration of oxygen, I believe, helps the body to heal - where normal air that we breathe is only around 20% oxygen. Being realistic it's not going to cure your RA but it really has made a massive improvement to my sleeping, where I now find myself getting around 6 hours unbroken sleep without tablets - amazing! Some of the research I also read suggests it can slow down the progression of RA in the early stages, you'll probably never know if this is the case but no harm done, and at least it's not more pills!
I really would recommend it to anyone, particularly if you're struggling with sleep through pain and various reasons. I had to take time off work for a month to go for treatment as found it wiped me out initially, I know it's not practical and given that I only get SSP when I'm off do completely understand it could be hard (thank goodness for mums, dads and amazing friends) but look at it from the point of view that if you're not sleeping and struggling at work, you're not giving your best anyway. Initially you have to go everyday for 3-4 weeks (allow 1&1/2 hours a time plus travel).
I found the one in my area through MS Therapy Centres, just search your area on the internet.
Sweet dreams xx