My name is Carmen, I am 54 years old, I am originally from Colombia, and live in New York City for 26 years. I was diagnosed with RA one month ago after suffering from excrutiating pain in almost all my joints. I could barely move. I began to see a rheumatologist who put me on Prednisone for a month and he added the methotrexate and folic acid last week after my second appointment. Right now I can say that I almost pain free, and hope to begin working again next week. I see food as medicine so I changed my diet completely after the diagnosis, and I will never drink even a drop of alcohol again in my life. I became gluten free 7 months ago after I began waking up with pain and stiffness in my hands, which was the first symptom, and since the diagnosis of RA I am eating only vegetables (except the nightshade vegetables), fruits, grains, legumes, fish and eggs. But I am thinking of stopping eating eggs also. I take a turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey tea twice a day, and try to put turmeric in all the food I can. I also put two table spoons of grounded flax seeds and a table spoon of unflavored gelatin in my oatmeal every morning. I think that it is very important to help us with our diets in addition to the medication. I also practice affirmations and have a very strong faith. I would like to find a RA support group here in Manhattan. Please let me know if you know of one. After being in such pain and having so much difficulty moving I thought about the people who go through the same, and maybe they don't have anybody to help them. I would like to volunteer for that in my free time. I was lucky that my sister could fly immediately from Panama, where she lives, to take care of me for 20 days.

Take care,


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