Hi folks, I am new and was diagnosed with RA about 8 months ago at the age of 69.I was blindsided by this disease. My hands were so bad, I could barely do anything with them. My feet hurt so bad. I was referred to RA Dr. who gave me little information, but did ex rays, blood test confirming everything. She put me on Celebrex, which did nothing so she stopped that. I was scheduled to have a hip replacement in Jan. so I was unable to take anything before the surgery and 6 weeks after. The Dr. did put me on low dose prednisone, which I felt great on. I have been on line looking at alternative ways to treat my RA. I read research about meds, supplements that reduce inflammation. I also took myself off prednisone 2months ago and had felt pretty good ( still going to PT for hip). I now take about 25 supplements daily. I did have a flare that lasted about 10 days, I increased some of the supplements esp. turmeric, and have felt much better and swelling is down. My RA Dr. was not pleased with my decision to go natural and told me to call her when I needed her and scheduled me for a visit NEXT year, basically goodby. Which was fine, I did not feel good about her from day one. I have concerns about many of the meds that are prescribed, I had TB as a child and I have asthma, so I am concerned about my lungs. If I get a chest cold I really have a hard time. I am very careful during cold season. I am very careful about diet, especially so due to celiac disease. I would like to hear if anyone has tried natural supplements or alternative medicine. Also, to hear from others who have had respitory problems and how they deal with it on meds. Thanks for any info you can pass on
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