Hi and Welcome to my website Living with Rheumathoid Arthritis.
My story begins from a very young age. I can still remember my first memory of my illness, back then I did not really know what it was or how it would affect my life or the people around me. I can remember, I must have been around 5 years old, I looked down at my index fingers and they were really swollen. The next thing connecting to that is being at hospitals, they wanted to start me on medications, cortisone to be exact. Injections they said, this scared me. I did not want any injections, so instead I ended up on tablets. The dosage was small but I still experienced several symptoms. I would lose a lot of hair, I always felt bad and I would throw up, needless to say I stopped taking the medications.
It was not until I was about 16 years old that I ended up getting a proper treatment again. I had been in a car accident, when I was being examined at the hospital the young and very handsome doctor commented on my fingers. He actually made sure that I got a thorough examination done, turned out that I had Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was taken into Akademiska Sjukhuset in Uppsala, Sweden, to the rheumatoid clinic for a consultation. The doctor was great.
Since my arthritis was at a very bad stage I received cortisone injections and I was put on a treatment, this did not work so I was then started on Methotraxe, this however was not enough to keep my inflammation under control. I was put on a trial medication- injection of enbrel. I came down with everything possible as this is a medication that lowers your immune system. I was sick, I even needed to go into the hospital and be put on antibiotics.
The next trial was with Humira. Also, an injection. This was working good, however it does lower your immune system and if you get sick, you get sick. Traveling with a bunch of injections is not always easy, especially not when they need to be iced and kept cold. I then started my search on how to live with rheumatoid arthritis- without medications – and -without symptoms.
Why I Want To Help People
When I am on a proper diet I do not need medications. I was living medication free, without symptoms for 2 years. The doctors were impressed, thinking that it might had grown away. I slowly started letting my guard down around food and before I knew it all of my inflammations kept rushing back.
I had to go on cortisone tablets which contributed to weight gain. I am now on my way to getting back to my old and healthy life style and keeping my arthritis under control.
The Goal Of This Site
I want you to see that it is possible to live with auto immune disease and do everything that you have ever wanted. That it is possible to live a life without tons of medications. That you can travel the world and keep your symptoms in check just by knowing what you can eat and what you should stay away from.
An auto immune disease should not hinder you from reaching your dreams and achieving anything that you want to.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Living with rheumatoid arthritis