Welcome, this site is made for people who want to learn about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) by someone who lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis (arthritis reumatoide) everyday. My goal is to share what I’ve learned through extensive research and practice, providing you with information pertaining to RA, it's causes, and treatment options available to you.
Studies have shown that people who are well informed and participate actively in their own care experience less pain and fewer visits to the doctor than do other people with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
When we first experience the pains that come with arthritis it is not easy to explain to our health care provider or loved ones the mystery pain. We are often left believing that we are going crazy. I urge you to follow up and get a diagnosis. Once you know exactly what you are fighting you can do your research on that specific disease.
A blood test that shows negative for Rheumatoid Arthritis is no guarantee that you are free of this disease. Approximately 10% of the population suffering from RA do not test positive, it is found through a series of tests, showing positive on a number of things that are relative to this disease. Others test positive on the blood work yet have no symptoms of RA.
Through my experience I have learned that we need to work with our doctors or health care provider, however do not place your well being solely in anyone’s hands.
You are as unique in how RA affects your body as you are in every other aspect of your life.
I urge you to do your due diligence, before taking any medication research the side effects (every drug has a side effect).
Talk to others who have taken the drug for long periods of time to help you decide if this drug produces the results you are looking for.
It is so important I want to repeat, YOU are responsible for your long term health, become an expert on RA while working with your doctor/s to find the treatment that is best suited to you.
Hearing you have RA for the first time you may go through a series of different emotions.
First for me was relief, finally confirmation that I wasn’t insane, there was something medically wrong.
Moments later, confusion, what exactly is RA and why did I get it?
Then came the questions, how can I live the rest of my life with this? Is there a way to cure rheumatoid arthritis or any rheumatoid arthritis remedies I should learn of? How are people managing Rheumatoid Arthritis and work or raising a family?
Finally anger and self pity, Why me?
My question to everyone is: What causes a person to get Rheumatoid Arthritis? Unfortunately this question can not be answered, there are many speculations but no definitive answer and until there is how can we expect there to be a cure.
One thing that the doctors are sure of, RA is an auto immune disorder where our immune system is not properly functioning.
At best, medications for RA are intended to stop progression of the disease, not halt the disease or return one to health. This is MANAGING disease, and you will be expected to continue with the medication for life, or, for as long as the medication works.
Over the years of experimenting with the different drugs prescribed to me and many forms of alternative remedies I posed an argument with myself; I’ve shown you my conclusions below.
Why would I have an auto immune disorder if I have a strong immune system?
Over time I have weakened my immune system somehow to the point of allowing disease to set in. Research has found that typically with todays diet which is high is processed food, the average person's body is overrun with yeast in the intestines. When the body is lacking in certain nutrition this yeast dumps out of the gut depositing into various parts of the body, in RA that would be the joints, perhaps explaining why our immune system is fighting a foreign object in the joint.
What would happen if I found a product, backed by science, proven to boost my immune system and provide my body with the necessary nutrition and enzymes to enhance my digestion?
I had to test this and now I know what happened to me and you can read about it when you go to ("My Story") .
What are the down sides to adding a good nutritional supplement that is known to boost the immune system to my regime?
If my arthritis wasn’t significantly improved at least I would suffer less during cold and flu season. Since my doctor suggested that a bad cold or flu could bring on a flare up with my arthritis it appeared to make sense to reduce my chances of catching a cold or flu by boosting my immune system.
What were the long term effects of the drugs I was taking?
I didn’t like the answer to that one. A person with RA is noted to have a slightly shortened life span, could it be that the drugs we take shorten our life?
I am not a doctor and I do not in any way advocate that a person not take the medication prescribed by our doctors; I believe that we should take the minimum medication possible, and, when given a choice, take the healthier alternative.
This disease must be treated, it is not a disease you want to try to will away or suffer through. Whether you choose the path of finding what is causing the disease and making necessary changes or taking the medications is up to you, but you must take action to stop the progression of this disease.
I am here to share with you the things I've learned, having lived with this disease for over 10 years. I am, once again, an active person. I found the answers to "Why did I get this disease" and have not needed medication to control pain, inflammation or disease progression for the past 8 years.
I hope I can inspire you to look at your life and see where you can make improvements that you can live with that will help relieve the symptoms and progression of RA or any other auto immune challenge.
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Clint Paddison has been living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and, he, like myself was able to turn his health around and today lives with RA, without the suffering. He wrote a book that follows very closely to my own experience. With the book he also includes a program to follow to recover from RA. He called this program Clints cure and has recently renamed it Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I invite you to investigate what he has to say.
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