So, how are you feeling? Be truthful. Feeling energetic, happy, joyful OR exhausted, sad, hopeless? I’ve joined a new group in the past few months–since April actually. And that’s not a good thing! Unfortunately, it’s a large group–way too large.
It’s people with chronic pain!
My muscles hurt and my joints hurt, and as far as I’m concerned it’s unexplained pain. One day I didn’t have it and the next day I did! Or at least that’s the way it seemed to me. After my family doctor couldn’t find anything specifically wrong, she referred me to a rheumotologist who diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Her solution was to put me on medicine that would suppress my immune system.
Not the best idea in my humble opinion since I have an upcoming treatment on my brain tumor. I want to be strong and healthy when that happens, not weak and vulnerable to more illnesses. I already feel like my health is like a set of dominoes, first one thing that leads to another and another and….
So being a reader and a writer as well as being addicted to the Internet, I started researching my conditions.
I found out some things I didn’t know.
AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS are the largest and fastest growing group of illnesses in the United States. Autoimmune disorders include a wide range of illnesses: multiple sclerosis; lupus; rheumatoid arthritis; fibromyalgia; and the list goes on and on.
And here’s another interesting fact: INFLAMMATION IS THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF ALL AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS! Wow! That was a shocker for me when I read that from several different sources. Inflammation is caused when our immune systems get out of whack for lots of different reasons–too many to talk about now. Considering both my sisters have lupus and one has multiple sclerosis as well, and now I’m having similar symptoms, I want to learn more about inflammation.
Specifically how to get rid of it.
Traditional medicine’s answer is to suppress our immune system so that the inflammation goes away or at least lessens; thus less pain and symptoms. That seems like a good idea at first–until you start of the long-term effects of a suppressed immune system. It seems that a better solution is to rebalance our immune systems so they work the way they are supposed to.
So, I’ve started a quest to find out how to reduce or eliminate the inflammation in my body.
I’d love to hear from others with autoimmune disorders who’ve tried alternative methods. What works? What doesn’t work? How do you manage your symptoms so that your life works better for you? I have a few things I’m trying right now and will report on them if I see any favorable results.
Thanks, I’m looking forward to hearing from some of you.
Until next time…
God Bless and Good Reading!