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    getridofthepain1 posted:
    I have been on the methotrexate now since April, hair loss immediately but wasn't long before it was under control again. I had the stomach pains, while on it, I am still on steroids, prednisone along with that, I am pleased with the medications, but sometimes I get these random migraines even when the day start off just fine. Does anyone have any exercise requests?

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    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Good questions and discussion topic, Getridofthepain, asking for exercise and health eating recommendations. I hope that others share theirs.
    We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell
    dudleybowl replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Recovery from food additives

    In the last year I have discovered that health is a balance of the immune system.
    People with good immune systems try to fight off bacterial infections. When they eat
    Foods that are made with food Additives like xanthan gum, MSG, aspartame and meat glue products are all fermented with bacteria.

    When these products are eaten your body sees them as bacterial infections and tries to kill the bacteria. Your immune system goes wild, it thinks that you have eaten food that has went bad or sour and is full of bacteria.

    Every body has had the flu or a cold it is the same processes that fight this type of infection. This starts happing when you eat foods that are made with food additives. But, if you eat them every day, your immune system stays in over drive and that means you will develop autoimmune disorders. Most people have at least one autoimmune disorder and by the time you reach age 50 you are suffering from many more.

    In the last year my family and some of our friends have started eating food that doesn't contain fermented additives. It was hard to do at first, but with a little time reading labels in the store, we soon figured out what products we can eat. When it comes down to it if the food is not caned or cured in salt water, dried to preserve it, frozen or fresh straight off of the farm we try to not eat it. I only drink coffee, water or milk.

    The results of this has been very good, most of the people that have stuck with it have found a lot better health. It's is easer to have a smile on our faces when we feel good and are no longer in constant pain.

    If you are trying to be health through life be careful on what you put in your mouth and you know all good things in moderation.


    Oily skin and pores full of white gunk that I could squeeze out of my pores.
    I had this condition as fare back as I can remember it turns out that my kidneys were inflamed and not removing waste products out of my body. My skin was always very light in color and I would sun burn very easy. When I changed my diet now my skin tans and I do not sun burn so easy. Now if I squeeze the skin on my nose all that comes out of my pores is clear liquid.

    Also as I got older I developed skin tags, arthritis, lot's of pain, swilling, sinus headaches, stiff neck, bumps that suck off of my joints, thick skin on my hands, feet, elbows and knees, floaters in my eyes, pore balance. I also could not eat salty foods it would make my ears ring so bad that I could hardly hear and make my legs swell. I had large vanes that stuck out on my legs, gas pains on the left side of my belly, hemorrhoids that stayed swelled up and would bleed part of the time. Fillings that some one was poking me with pins, shouting pains, tingling and numinous, muscle spasms. When my wife would touch me she sad that my body was humming, could only sleep only about 4 hours a night and would be hurting so bad I would have to get up and get moving. If I brushed my teeth about 2 hours later people would say my breath smelled bad this happened only if I used tooth paste with xanthan gum in it, life was hell!

    When I figured out what was making me sick and changed my diet and my kidneys have started working and removing the waste products out of my body. My health problems have gone away. In the last year my skin tags started itching and then they fell off. My skin is no longer puffy, the thick skin on my hand, feet, knees and elbow has gone away, my hearing, balance, pain and muscle spasms have stopped. The bumps that I had on my joints have gone down, my hemorrhoids, the large vanes on my legs have gone down also.
    I can eat salty foods and it doesn't make my ears ring or make me swell up.

    About the only thing that has not gone away all the way is the tingling and numinous in my upper back and around my neck.

    If I eat something that sets off my immune system this is what I go through.

    About 2 hour's after I eat something I should not have eaten my heart start to beat
    Faster that normal, I feel like I have drank to much caffeine, and I feel weak.
    These symptoms stop after 5 to 10 minutes, then through the day I'd brake out in sweets then at night when I would sleep I'd sweat all night, my ears ring, joints, hands, feet get stiff, mid back pain comes on after I have been sleeping for more that 6-7 hours. When I get up the pain gradually subsides and later on during the day it is almost gone.
    I would describe the pain as a dull ache but the pain sharpens and gets worse when I twist my torso or flip from one side to another when I have been in bed for longer than 6-7 Hrs.
    My urine turned clear this normally last for 3 days as this food go's through my intestines. Then when I got rid of it the sweat stops. Then during the night I would wake up with my side aching and I have to go pee my urine will be dark in color smells very strong, then over the next 2-3 days I will get to filling better and my urine get lighter in color.

    I hope this info will help people that have been in pain like I was.
    Life is a joy compared to what I whet through since I was in my 20,s. I am 51 and loving life.

    KayJaySue responded:
    Walking. My RA doctor and my neurosurgeon both recommend daily walking. Some days this is easy, other days it is painful, to say the least. In addition, I have found that when I pay close attention to what I put into my mouth i.e.; what I eat, translates into how good or bad I feel. When I eat healthy 'whole' foods and very little processed foods, I feel great but when I 'fall off the wagon' and eat more processed foods then I have more pain, stiffness, fatigue, trouble sleeping, etc. So my advice to you; walk, ride a bide if you can, eat well, get enough sleep, maintain a positive attitude, become well-informed about RA, become your own best advocate for your health with your doctor(s), and take the prescribed medications because they do work. Enjoy life!! Good luck to you!

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