I certainly can help with suggestions, as I myself have had it for 13 years. The joints on my fingers have some unsightly nodules, but I have arrested
the progression of the disease and need no medication for it. I have been through the normal western medical treatments, all a dismal failure. They
only try to diminish the symptoms, they have no idea how to stop it. I was pretty much bedridden for a few years before I started researching and
trying to help myself.
Here is what I have done to get my life back:
1. DIET. When you have an inflammatory disease, you must stay away from certain things. First and foremost, avoid sugar. Sugar creates
inflammation and weight gain. Secondly, avoid all foods from the nightshade family: Tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers and tobacco. Oh, you can have
a little bit of those veggies, but for me, potatoes and tomatoes cause my joints to hurt, so I keep them to a bare minimum. Also avoid things made
with flour (noodles, bread). I know, these are my favorite things too, but not worth the pain.
2. GET UP AND WALK. This is a must. When you're in pain, the last thing you want to do is get up and move, but it is essential to move each and
every day. Walking is the easiest and it will ease the stiffness in the joints. Start slow, and work your way up. If you do some walking (at least
20 - 30 minutes) at least 5 times a week, you will notice improvement in your pain level and your mood.
3. SUPPLEMENTS ARE A MUST! I take a variety of supplements which I credit with keeping me off pain medication. You must assume that your immune
system is broken, because if it wasn't, you wouldn't have an auto-immune disorder. After much tweaking, I have found the following to be
A. Wellness Formula by Source Naturals (amazing combo of vitamins, herbs and minerals)
B. Vitamin C (but not ascorbic acid, the other kind)
C. At least 5,000 IU of vitamin D3
D. Supercritical Holy Basil by New Chapter
E. Turmeric-Force by New Chapter (excellent anti-inflammatory)
F. Zyflamend by New Chapter (a blend of spices, also excellent anti-inflammatory)
G. Whole-mega fish oil by New Chapter
I. Cinnamon (to control blood sugar and inflammation)
J. Kyolic garlic supplement with vitamin E (good for circulation and blood)
K. Cal-Mag Citrate (calcium / Magnesium with vitamin D)
L. Vitamin B complex
I know it is a lot, and it isn't cheap, but these have arrested the growth of the finger nodules and most days I can forget that I am sick.
4. STAY AWAY FROM STEROIDS. Steroids, although they dampen the immune system, actually allow many harmful things to take place because the immune
system is in lock-down. Steroids are the medical establishment's way of temporarily keeping painful immune response down, but the end result is the
disease will become stronger and constant steroid use is very bad for the body.
5. SAMENTO. Because I believe my rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a mycoplasma infection, I use samento, which is an herbal supplement derived from
cat's claw. Samento has been the key to give me my energy back, because mycoplasma affects the mitochondria (the energy producers of each cell). It
is the mitochondrial defect which causes the extreme exhaustion and mental fog. Samento is an immune system modulator which will crank up the immune
system and help your body fight the mycoplasma and give back your energy. It is available on Amazon. Although it isn't cheap ($35 for a little
bottle) it lasts a long time because you only need a few drops a day to get benefit from it. Start with one drop and work your way up. Please see
samento / lyme disease information: www.samento.com.ec...
Samento will cause a Herxheimer, or healing,
reaction if there is infection present. It can be painful and cause the disease to flare up. I bought some Burbur detox along with the samento, and
I use it when I up my samento dose and start to feel sick and full of pain, it works great.
Please note that I believe that all auto-immune disorders are connected.
You CAN fight this disease. It isn't easy, but I was 39 when I got sick, and my life felt like it was over. I have my life back, and my doctors are
amazed. Naturally, I don't need to see them much anymore, and never for RA..
Best of luck to your mother. Give her the support she needs to fight this. It is an ugly disease which can also cripple your heart and lungs, the
nodules form inside as well as outside. Forget the doctors, if she wants to get her life back, she needs to do it on her own. Hopefully you can