Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis is primarily medication driven. What effort is put into finding what triggers RA and how this is important? Many of the medications do nothing more than block the pain, which is important but is doing nothing to halt the disease.

Other medications are intended to modify our immune system to stop it from attacking our joints.

All medications have side effects and are tested singularly, meaning that the side effects you read about are based on taking one medication, however many of us require a list of medications just to make it through the day and live with Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is no testing that shows the safety of combining medications. You can multiply the risks expotentially as you multi the number of meds used each day.

This is one of the things never mentioned when we ask of the side effects of these medications that we are told are necessary to control Rheumatoid Arthritis.

With RA, combining medications, and, long term use is common.

Another factor that must be considered when deciding on how to treat RA is, with immune altering medication if you get a serious infection (which is more likely when on these meds)you will be required to halt the medication while you recover from the illness or wound. This means that at a time when you are in a weakened state and need the meds more than ever, you can’t take them. While you are fighting an infection you live with the pain that the meds may have been reducing.

Once the infection is cleared the medications you were on prior to the infection may not work as it did prior to the infection.

Of course cost is always a factor and this is where excellent extended medical is very helpful, but still, is it enough, might there be more we can do?

Often, the medication works for a period of time, then for reasons that are unknown they stop working and it’s back to finding a new medication that will work, or combination of medications.

And remember, this isn’t to cure RA, or reverse the damage, this is only medicating to stop the progression of the disease and hopefully reduce the pain and inflammation.

Inflammation, over the long term is hazardous to more than just your joints. Long term inflammation also causes damage to the heart and overall health.

Inflammation can be treated very well with certain foods that we eat and other foods that we avoid everyday.

This is not a disease to take lightly. Nor should anyone decide to just push through and try to forget the pain. This disease demands treatment and the sooner the better.

What that treatment is depends on who you believe. I truly believe that the doctors recommending all these medications believe in what they say and know too little about nutritional healing to even make good recommendations.

A question I believe is valid when being treated with RA is...How many patients have you been successful in treating, meaning they can maintain a normal, active life and the disease has not shown signs of progressing. (I’d like to add, without the need for daily medication, but that’s pushing it).

Through my experience with RA, Rheumatologists and family physicians treat the symptoms of this disease rather than the cause. Treating symptoms alone is not the answer and only leads to a life filled with discomfort and added health challenges.

When we spend time, learn about health and discover what caused this disease we have a better chance of living with this disease with the least discomfort and the best long term results.

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This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment.