What's the one thing that has helped your RA?

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Keep moving, glycosomine, apple cider vinegar

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    Cutting out all wheat products, my inflammation level have dropped to less than half of what they were, have been able to reduce strong meds.

    Specialist Rheumo Dr has asked me to stop taking my MTX, so am only on 10mg of leflunomide now, as I cannot take any more, causes me extreme blood pressure issues, and managing reasonably well with just that and 6000mg of fish oil daily.

    Have been tested for celieac and it cameĀ  back negative, but obviously I am sensitive to wheat, specialist is aware that I have cut out wheat, she shakes her head and said it should not be causing you any problems, have even experiemented with adding back wheat, and my pain levels shoot up within hours of eating.

    Also noticed that cutting out tomatos and potatoes has also helped.

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      That's interesting that certain foods bother you but no food allergy.  I'll let this 80-yr old know to experiment with foods-- She does eat lots of tomatoes and potatoes.    Wouldn't hurt to avoid them for a week to see what happens.   She is stiff and has trouble walking so Dr says it's arthritis.

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      my pain relief started within hours of no wheat, I had been in soooo much pain, was getting desperate, so one morning woke up and decided that I was gong to change something in my diet, didn't believe it was going to really help as trusted my Dr, after all been with rheumo specialist for nearly 15 years.

      Within hours of no toast for breakfast, and no biscuit for morning tea, the pain in my shoulders which had been at its worst a few weeks previous, was less, by about 2pm I just felt soooo much better, just to back this up I knew what my inflammation levels had been in my blood tests, ESR was 77, and CRP was 36, the next month they were down to ESR 41 and CRP 18, that progress and the best it had been for about 5 years.

      Even asked regular GP if it could be from my heart, he said we wouldn't be able to tell you without hospital blood tests, and did I want to spend 8 hours at the hospital for those tests. 

      I now eat an orange, or some grapes, or even some pieces of dried fruit, a pkt of dried apricots can last me a couple of weeks.

      In place of wheat I have a cook up of rice, plain, and then add to that plain rice, watch for soy sauce, made from wheat often. fried rice nice, with veges and an egg, and even rice pudding, add milk and cream the rice.  Also can tolerate oats, from what i understand not all celieacs can tolerate oats, yes I do treat myself as celiac.

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    Hi, definitely a good thing to keep moving, and don't get over weight.

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