The Best Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

The Best Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

This is my very first post but it not my first battle with rheumatoid arthritis. A lot of you might live with someone who suffers from this and a lot of you might be suffering from it yourselves and you are searching for something that works. In this post I what to explain what rheumatoid arthritis is, how rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed, what helps rheumatoid arthritis, what causes rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups, what helps rheumatoid arthritis pain and also the best natural rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis – Made Simple

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease which basically means that your immune system is attacking itself or in this case. Your immune system is attacking your joints causing inflammation. It is like having a fever, when you catch a cold your bodies defense can cause a fever as it is trying to fight of the bacteria causing you to feel ill. The same thing is happening here. Your body is trying to fight something that it thinks is bad, causing inflammation in your joint.

How Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed

I can remember going through that myself. I have always had Rheumatoid Arthritis or R.A. but the doctor never wanted to give me the diagnosis. It was not until I was 16 that I actually got diagnosed. I had to go into an R.A. clinic where they first just look at your joints to see if there is any obvious swelling, they then proceeded to feel the joints and also asking you to move your hands, legs, fingers etc to see if there is any soreness. If you have R.A. there will most likely be swelling in the joints almost always visible but sometimes not. It might be uncomfortable and painful, warm to the touch but when pressing on your joints there will be a feeling of fluid or thickness. Pressing on the joints can be extremely painful. After these small tests the usually finish with a blood test that will determine for sure if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you have R.A. you will most likely have an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, basically how fast your red blood cells settles. Their reaction can indicate if you have an ongoing inflammation in your body. They will test for various things when taking a blood test.

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Ups

This can be tricky. Speaking from my own experience it can be pretty much anything or everything.
Every person is different in this aspect. However I will try to assist with this to the best of my abilities. I have noticed that if I accidentally hit my finger it will most likely cause not only extreme pain but also trigger an arthritis flare up. My arthritis is located in my fingers, wrists and feet. If I over use my hands I will more than likely start to feel my wrists getting sore. More than anything I will feel flare-ups from the food I am eating. Rheumatoid Arthritis can be view a bit like an allergy, if you remove what is causing the allergy you will not get any symptoms of it. If I eat something that is highly inflammatory then I will more than likely feel it the day after. Fatigue is also something that can be view as a flare up that comes with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sometimes you will not experience any pain but you might get extremely tired and it feels like you can sleep for days. This is a part of R.A.
Your body is continuously fighting against what is “attacking” it, so just like when you get sick your body gets tired and needs rest. This is how a body with R.A. works constantly. It is always fighting the illness and it will get tired. It might not be your typical flare up but it sure does count. This can happen if you have done too much, pushed yourself a little too hard, not taken enough break. It can end up with you spending the next few days being exhausted and just wanting to spend time in bed, sleeping.

What Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

I have always been against “normal” medications and treatments but I am going to go through them anyways.
Being on treatment is something that can help you tremendously. This might be enough for you. There are a bunch of different types of medications and treatments for this. The standard one being Methotrexate. There are also a number of injections for this that are becoming increasingly popular and do seem to help most people. Staying on your treatment is always a start and like I said this might be enough to help your pain and keep your illness under control. If you experience acute pain, I always try to stay away from it, but when I do experience acute pain a regular Panadol might do the trick.
For some people a nice hot bath might work. When I feel my joints starting to ache I prefer to throw my self a warm bath, I will bring my tablet in to the bathroom and watch a movie whilst I am constantly adding more warm water into the bath. Sometimes putting a bandage of for some extra support might feel nice as this will restrict your movement, hence you will not be able to move in a way that will cause pain, this however is not something you want to be doing for a long period of time as bandaging it might actually have the opposite effect long term.

What Is The Best Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

This is a question that have many answers. I have been living with R.A. since early childhood, no treatment have ever really worked for me. I would always be asked to switch to a different treatment or I would get extremely ill. Since, if you did not already know, R.A. medication is designed to lower your immune system. As R.A. is an auto-immune disease, it will attack itself. By lowering your immune system, your body will not be able to attack itself to the same extent. This can however cause a lot of other issues, such as frequently getting sick and you might also get a bunch of exiting side effects from your medications. I am pretty sure I have been trough 95% of them by now.

I started researching how to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis naturally, I was reading books, meeting leading doctors in how to naturally heal your body. Their research leads back to ancient times.

First of all what you eat have a major effect on your R.A. If you put diesel in a petrol car this will more than likely not work very well. The same goes with R.A. If you feed your body the wrong kinds of fuels your body will not go very far, it might cough a long for a bit of the way but will more than likely come to an abrupt stop.

By following a specific diet I have been able to be symptom free for 2 years. It wasn’t until I started steering of my diet that all my R.A. related pains and problems came back. I was symptom free, without medications just by changing my diet and my habits.

If you are open to change and want to give it a go here are the basics of what I did.

Stop eating dairy, nightshades and limit your meat intake.

Go to the gym or start exercising. Why? Around your joints are muscles, your muscles will be able to help your joints when they do get painful. Kind of like silver tape. It will hold it together for a bit longer.

Reduce your sugar intake. Sugar is highly allergenic and is a huge factor to inflammation.

Increase your vitamin intake -glucosamine, fish oils, B-vitamins. They are extremely good for your body especially when you are suffering from R.A.

Gluten like its cousin sugar is also highly inflammatory.

What I did was that I excluded pretty much everything from my diet. Back to basics. Then I slowly started adding something in to see if this would cause any discomfort or pain the next day. If I felt the slightest pain after eating something I would write that on my maybe list. If I got extreme pain and swelling or just felt really off I would put that on my NO! list. If I did not experience anything I would keep it on my Yes! list.

Conclusion

I am not a doctor but I do not know a life without Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have had it since being a child. It was not until I was in my early 20s that I thought ” I do not want to live my life, trapped by this, I need a change” I started researching. I started to treat R.A. Not as a disease but an allergy, the inflammation is only a symptom of the disease. By treating the inflammation with regular medications we are only treating the symptoms but not the real cause.

If you can view R.A. from this point of view all of a sudden a new world has opened up. A life without medications. I have noticed a big difference in my over all health since steering of my diet. I instantly had to go back on medications, I gained weight due to my cortisone treatment. I am now more determined than ever to get back to a life without medications.

Which ever way you look at it, R.A. can be an extremely painful way of life and sometimes it is worth taking a chance. Because you know what, it might just change everything.

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. I never realized that young people could suffer from this condition. Thankyou for being so informative and passionate about this issue. I pray you will have power and healing in your body while sharing the same with others.

    1. Some people are born with it but if they are lucky it will go away as they grow up. For some of us it will not, unfortunately. Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Hi Alexandra! I read your blog and I honestly think that this is a nice platform. Sharing personal experience through writing wouldn’t be much of a hassle because you’ve experienced this first-hand. This has also interested me because some of my relatives experience the same thing and I would be gladly to help.
    I liked how you told your own story and made us understand your situation: the causes and treatment. I hope you are doing better now! -stefideeblogs

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it. R.A. is so common and so many people are suffering and struggling with this. How I feel really depends on what I eat and what I do the day before. Nutrition is everything.

  3. Very informative! I don’t think I have Rheumatoid Arthritis but just regular old arthritis lol. I live in pain from DDD so it’s hard to tell. lol

    I gave up Pharmaceuticaql medicine years ago and I believe that diet, the food we eat, contributes so much to our well being and there is so much garbage in the super market.

    My knees and my hands very bad but every other joint also after some kinds of activity. Maybe um just gettin old LOL

    Have you tried CBD? I have gotten great results! It helps me with the anxiety that is associated with being in pain also.

    onward n upward

    1. It does come with age as well. I was hoping that I would grown out of my aches but unfortunately not.
      I have not tried cbd yet, only hemp seeds. I will however try this soon as I do believe that is has quite good effects.

  4. Hi Alexandra,

    kudos to you for being able to heal your body with food.  I have realized that in the past few years as well.  I never knew that food really matters.  I have not lived with such a problem as you, but I have definitely tackled my diet in the past few years, and I have lost close to 50 pounds.  Looking forward to losing another 20 pounds.  Lets see if I can get that far.

    You mention sugar, and I think it is one of the major problems that our society has.  We eat sugar non-stop!  That is the worst thing to do.  I have been going sugar and flour free for around 15 months.  Although I eat a bit here and there, there are times when I gone free for at least 5 weeks.  And I just feel amazing, better than ever.  

    I feel sorry for you for having to deal with so much pain in your joints and muscles for all those years.  It is too bad that doctors don’t tell us how to gt rid of the problem.  They just attack the symptons very often and not the root.  Your story is inspiring and it gives me courage to spread the word.  I have seen and researched so much about the effects of sugar and through reading this post, I think it is even more important to tell people about the negative impacts sugar has on your health and life.  

    I try to tell my colleagues, and some of them agree and have started doing what I have done, but some of them say: Why do people that eat like you die young from cancer?  So, they decide not to listen to me.  I always respond: I am not eating healthy to live forever, but to live a quality life while healthy.  

    You have an important story to tell!  Please tell it to the world so they will finally understand about the crazy sugar addiction.  

    I never knew that it even had such an impact on RA.  

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Oscar

    1. Thank you so much for your comment.Food is the fuel that we put into our bodies, so of course it will have an affect on us and whatever else is going on in our system. 

      Good on ya! That is so impressive! Keep up the good work!

      Once again, thank you for the comment.

  5. Your story is so inspiring Alexandra, And I find it really exciting that you are brave enough to share the truths that you’ve personally discovered that have improved the quality of your body’s health.
    Nutrition is the cornerstone of the quality of our health & wellbeing. I found out many years ago when I started searching for ways to improve the quality of my own DNA. Sadly medical professionals armed with their prescription drugs don’t want to lose $billions and recommend anti- inflammatory diets.

    1. I agree. What we put into our bodies can change a lot of things for us.
      The medications, in situations like this, do not treat it, as it is view untreatable, it merely hides the symptoms. In cases like mine it was never hidden for long.

  6. There is a growing body of evidence of a link between the state of your gut microbiome (the microorganisms that reside your intestinal tract) and rheumatoid arthritis.

    What I found particularly fascinating about your post is that many of the suggestions you make to help ease the symptoms of RA are the very same things that can help bolster your microbiome, such as reduced meat consumption, increased exercise, reduced sugar intake, and even fish oil.

    The microbiome plays a huge role in regulating your immune system, so I do think you are on to something here. Nicely done, and I wish you continued success in battling this awful malady.

    1. Thank you. I agree. Eating a lot of fermented vegetables when you have R. A. Is something I am going to get into shortly.

  7. Wow Alexandra, you have had this almost all your life. I have heard of R.A. but never knew it was an auto-immune disease and that it could be triggered by diet. I think you have offered people alot of hope by writing about how managing your diet can keep R.A. under control. Good luck Alexandra with a Rheumatoid Arthritis free life going forward!

    1. Thank you for reading. I hope that I might be able to help someone. That is the goal.

  8. I’ve had a few personal training clients over the years ask me about how to handle RA from a natural standpoint and everything you laid out echoed my recommendations. My number one recommendation was to keep away from inflammatory foods, especially those containing gluten and sugar. Instead, opt for fruits, vegetables, and poultry-based meats (in small quantities) over the ‘meat and potatoes’ diet.

    Something that jumped out at me was the fact you included a recommendation to limit dairy. That I did not know, so I’ll be relaying that on to my clients as well.

    1. A macrobiotic diet is one that has helped me and removing food that is inflammatory. I am glad that you are taking something away from this.
      Thank you for reading.

  9. I share many of your symptoms. I get exhausted the next day if I do too much. I have very tender joints that get hot and swollen sometimes. I have many food allergies as well. I have auto immune conditions but RA has not been specifically diagnosed yet.

    I have learned a lot over the years trying to fix myself since regular doctors could never help me and I refuse to take the immune suppressing drugs. My Dad passed away from leukemia and I won’t take a drug with a possible side effect of leukemia.

    I have so many food allergies it is very difficult but I have learned that there may be ways to get to the root of the allergies. I seem to have histamine intolerance or product too much histamine. Histamine causes allergic responses like hay fever as well as inflammation. I accidentally discovered that zinc helps dampen this response. I noticed my joints were better when I took Zicam (active ingredent zinc) when I would get a cold. I finally noticed this coincidence and looked up zinc and discovered it is a natural anti-inflammatory as well as helping kill off viruses. If I can keep finding ways to get to the root of my problems I should do much better than just avoiding so many foods. I am allergic to many of the usual foods like milk, sugar and gluten but also oats, some nuts, some berries, pineapple, even celery. Turmeric which is in everything nowadays and is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory has the opposite affect on me due to another allergy. Bromalaine from pineapple is another anti-inflammatory…but not for me since it is from pineapple. I a even sensitive to ginger, sesame, garlic and of course the nightshades.

    I choose to get to the root of this and take my life back. So far it seems to be working. I am learning more and more over the years. It is fascinating but I have to be careful not to overdue it! In the meantime I don’t drink milk because it causes Candida for me, I also try to avoid sugar etc.

    I really appreciate your post. It makes me think I may indeed have RA and it would be nice to have a real diagnosis. It is hard to explain my conditions to family, friends and my job. I look normal on the outside as I am sure you understand. It is hard to keep up with a normal job and life activities.

    Thank you so much for sharing this crucial information. I will be following your site for more posts.
    Jessica

    1. Hi Jessica,

      I am sorry to hear that you have all these allergies but it is good to know that you do seem to know what is causing the allergies for you. I agree, it is very important to get to the root of your problems, that is the only way you might be able to get rid of the issue.
      Yes, one of the side effects of immune suppressant medication is cancer, which is one of the reason I am avoiding it as well.
      There are other ways and I am glad that you have found that as well.

      Thank you so much for your comment and I am glad that I offered some advice to you.

  10. Thanks for sharing your story! You should be so proud of yourself for taking charge and taking a path less travelled. It’s not easy starting your diet over like that and keeping a journal. I find that to be amazing! What kind of exercise is appropriate for R.A? Would lower impact exercises be better, like yoga or pilates?

    1. Thank you so much. It is sometimes hard to share as the journey has not always been easy and it is still ongoing.
      If someone told me you cannot do boxing with your R.A. as there is too much impact on your joints. I did boxing. However, swimming can be really good if your joints can handle the humidity from the pools but building muscles is very important so weight training is very beneficial. The muscles will help you support your joints.

  11. I imagine how you feel growing with RA. It’s nice that you found simple and alternative ways to treat or at least be relieved from RA pain. And it’s also great that you have seen a good platform to tell your story to. Hope you really find ways to totally be cured from RA. And thanks for sharing your story here. God bless you and stay safe always.

    Elisha

    1. Thank you so much for reading and for you kind words

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