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I'm on MTX injections, hydroxychloroquine and prednisone, none of which have helped. I was also on sulfasalazine which also din't work and gave me terrible side effects so that was discontinued. I'm basically crippled due to the pain and not being able to use my hands. In desperation I tried cutting out all processed foods, nightshades, wheat products, dairy, and meat as well as all inflamatory foods. I've only been on this diet for around three weeks so wouldn't expect any results yet. A few days ago I also decided to try turmeric after watching a show on TV expounding it's properties. The second day I took it I felt a little better, even though I was only taking 150 mgs so upped my dose to 600mgs and things seemed better, not so much pain but recouperating after a flare. I'm not sure if it's the turmeric or the diet and I'm still basically crippled but something appears to have improved my symptoms a tiny bit. I'm still very limited in what I can do with my hands (screwdrivers and lifting are out of the question) but I spent a good part of yesterday working in my workshop, the first time I've been able to do that for months, I was expecting to suffer greatly this morning; but, surprisingly despite being quite sore when I awoke the pain has disipated a little. Normally after that amount of activity I would be relegated to bed for close to a week, yet here I am sitting at my computer and thinking of heading off to my workshop again. As I said I'm not sure if it's the turmeric or the diet but something appears to have worked, however limited. Give it a shot, if nothing else you get to swallow a few more pills and we all love that, right? As a side note, I've also managed to decrease my prednisone intake without suffering any ill effects, something I haven't been able to do for a long, long time. Despite it only being a few days I'm thinking of decreasing the prednosne again. Incidentally, I'm a great disbeleiver in alternative remedies!
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