Familiar pain

On June 19, 2020 it was one year since I stopped all my meds.

I have managed my disease naturally and as well as if I were on medications for 8 and a half months of that year.

It’s a bit disheartening to feel the amount of pain that I’m experiencing the last few days, but I can’t let that feeling take over.

I managed a workout tonight that was not as great as I’m used to. I’m weak. But as in the past I dug deep and got it done. And as in the past I had a few hours of pain relief.

I believe I’ll be able to get this back under control.

I believe I’m still on the right path. This journey is not linear and never will be.

Don’t ever take your health or ability to move without pain for granted.

Lost some muscle in the past month or so.
Always symmetrical but right hand is typically worse.

Rest

22 weeks symptom free before the world went crazy.

I am starting to feel symptomatic. I’m trying not to go down that rabbit hole. Stress is always a factor in my disease and up until a few days ago I thought I had it under control.

I am doing everything I can to try and return my mind, body, and spirit to one of almost no pain and inflammation.

I’ve restarted the anti viral protocol I did earlier this year before going into remission. I will make sure that I am 100% on point with my diet. I admit to eating gummy bears lately as a “cheat.” I know better. And I am taking some supplements to hopefully reduce my symptoms without having to resort to prednisone.

I’m using the BEMER and practicing my meditation more frequently and with greater intention on healing.

And most importantly I am counting my blessings. I am loved. I still am able to work even though the gym is closed. I’m off the meds that would have put me at greater risk during the COVID 19 pandemic. I’ve rekindled a friendship that meant the world to me.

So amidst all the stress there is good. And as much as I am one to push through, I will allow myself extra time in these days to rest.

Don’t ever take your health for granted and love on each other ๐Ÿ’œ

No quick fix

On July 12th I had my first full visit with the Naturopath doctor. A five hour visit to be exact. It consisted of an extremely thorough look at EVERYTHING in my life from childhood up that could be relevant to the onset of my rheumatoid arthritis and a physical exam.

There are many things that seemed insignificant to me as we talked, but to her were important pieces of my health puzzle that she is carefully putting together.

I left her office both ecstatic that someone was finally listening to me, and exhausted from the length of time and the energy it took to go piece by piece through my heath history.

I have a good start to a natural medicine cabinet with a focus on the chronic UTIs that I’ve suffered from since childhood, and two potent natural antibiotics in case of other illness.

She has me doing hydrotherapy to get the Raynaud’s syndrome to subside. That was easy to do this week in the extreme heat by allowing myself to get really hot and then jumping in the creek to let the cold water shock me lol.

Also I have a few items specifically relative to my RA to help ease symptoms while waiting for tests to be done. I’m continuing with the Tumero and have added a liquid OmegaCo3, and TriFortify Liposomal Glutathione.

The TriFortify is where I know my commitment to heal my body… it is quite possibly the most vile tasting substance on earth and you have to hold it under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds. Nasty!

I lost a week to vacation but this week will be working on getting the saliva test done, the gut health test done, and the extensive blood tests done.

Being on vacation last week and camping was very much needed. The only downside is that I was not eating as clean as I usually do and I’m hurting pretty bad today.

I’m sure that when I clean up my eating this week my symptoms will improve.

Natural healing is not a quick fix. I will stay the course and do everything I can to give my body every opportunity to do so. Mind, body, and spirit ๐Ÿ’œ

Fear

I’m 3 months into the autoimmune protocol diet. The knowledge of food allergies has helped me fine tune my eating even more. I added back two food groups and will be tweaking to determine if they’re inflammatory. My pain is coming back to levels I haven’t been having, and with the pain comes fear.

I’m afraid of how bad the pain gets. I’m afraid of the medications and their side effects. But more than that I’m afraid of losing my mobility.

I’ve been off the Kevzara for a month trying to rule out an allergic reaction. I’m trying to decide along with my rheumatologist if I will try it again or go on to the next step.

My prescription vitamin blend came in and I’ve been taking it for two weeks. I’m hopeful that they will be absorbed by my body and begin to help. We’ll do some blood tests in 3 months to see.

Healing my gut and my body will take time, patience, and persistence. I know that all the damage was not done overnight and will not go away overnight.

In the meantime I continue to move and strengthen my body and I am thankful that I can.