Dorothy Gallagher

by Dorothy Gallagher

I was diagnosed with RA in May and I was in such pain I could hardly walk, could not get up in the morning, could not sleep at night. I eventually staggered into the Dr's reception crying and saying that "paracetamol" were not strong enough. I was put on steroids immediately 15mg per day and it is now 12 August 2011, I am pain free (just the odd ache) and started on the methotrexate last Monday (1st dose) I have made an appointment to see my Dr on Monday with regards to these toxic meds as I am really worried. The side effects from the steroids after 5 weeks are scary. I have 10 different ones.

I have been for the xrays, blood tests every 2 weeks but they tell me nothing. So for me Monday is D-day. I have started taking Herbalife shakes and Roseox tablets from Herbalife for my immune system.

What worries me, is that no one seems to give a damn and just pump you full of toxic medication. I am so glad I saw your "My story" I will keep in touch.

I am a carer,so need my job desperately.

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Nov 01, 2011
Journalling in an excellent way to help yourself figure out what triggers flares
by: Susan

One of the easiest ways to help figure out what causes flares is keeping a diary.

This diary contains everything that you eat, drink or put on your body each day. You also want to include any extra stress that you experienced and how you feel each day. You can rate how you are feeling, say on a scale of 1 to 10.

How this helps is, over time you will go back and review each flare and see what common factors relate to each flare.

Memory doesn't work nearly as well as a diary because it could be something that you just wouldn't expect.

When things are written out, over time, it's amazing how clear it all becomes.

I'm here to help in any way I can.


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