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stacieb21; posted:
I have been seeing a Naturopath doc for about the last year. He has helped me to get off my last 2 RA medications. I am taking a supplement to help control my active viruses. I recommend also seeing a Naturopath in addition to your RA doctor.

For about 10 years I took Arava, Naproxen and Hydroxychloroquin for my RA. I also started taking Rhinocourt nasal spray at the same time for allergies I developed and later added Zyrtech to control the hives I started breaking out in.

Over the last 5 years these main things have helped me to control my arthritis and allergies, and get off all 5 medications: gluten-free diet; eat very little sugar; eat mostly whole foods including lots of veggies; adding supplements like fish oil and flaxseed oil; adding coconut oil to my diet; and exercising regularly.

All those changes were over time and worth it. I hope this information can help someone else too.
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annette030 responded:
I, on the other hand, followed all my naturopath's instructions and had terrible reactions to all the "natural" supplements he gave me. I tried them together, then apart at different times and on different days, to make sure it was not a specific supplement, and no, I had reactions to all of them. The reactions included horrible migraines, not something that I could tolerate for awhile until/if they went away.

I went back to my supportive family practice doctor, and using just alopathic meds. It took alot of experimenting until I found a combination that worked for me. But, I did, and I am glad.

Make sure your naturopath is properly educated and licensed, as mine was. In some states anyone can claim to be a naturopath, regardless of education or experience.

Take care, Annette
 
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ctbeth responded:
that's nice that the naturopath helped you. I would LOVE to be
able to get pain control by eating a gluten-free diet; very little sugar; mostly whole foods including lots of veggies; adding supplements like fish oil and flaxseed oil; adding coconut oil to my diet and exercise regularly.

I am a vegetarian and do eat very good and healthy foods and exercise much as my condition allows.

Sadly, I do not think that FBS (failed back syndrome) X2 fusions along with spinal cord injury pain can be managed by this approach.

Those who get adequate relief with these modalities must take heed not to look down upon those of us who require opiate therapy for functional survival.

I hope your good results continue.
 
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ctbeth replied to ctbeth's response:
that's nice that the naturopath helped you. I would LOVE to be
able to get pain control by eating a gluten-free diet; very little sugar; mostly whole foods including lots of veggies; adding supplements like fish oil and flaxseed oil; adding coconut oil to my diet and exercise regularly.

I am a vegetarian and do eat very good and healthy foods and exercise much as my condition allows.

Sadly, I do not think that FBS (failed back syndrome) X2 fusions along with spinal cord injury pain can be managed by this approach.

Those who get adequate relief with these modalities must take heed not to look down upon those of us who require opiate therapy for functional survival.

I hope your good results continue.
~ one day at a time ~
 
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Charley4Life replied to ctbeth's response:
I suffer with chronic pain from degenerative disc disease. I had 2 spinal fusions because of spondilolisthesis. ( not sure of the spelling), along with other nerve problems.. How have you kept your sanity? I don't have a support system, that's my reason for participating.

Thank you, in advance, for your suggestions,
 
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ctbeth replied to Charley4Life's response:
Hi Charley,

This message group (I guess I don't know what is it's technical name) has been so helpful and wonderful for me.

I don't get out too much and I can read the new messages every morning- and sometime in the evening, too.

When I had an issue with my meds, I got many great ideas.

When I was just "down" about having a bad pain day, I got some nice and supportive responses.

I'm glad that you found us.

Beth
~ one day at a time ~


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