What’s The Alternative?


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!

3 thoughts on “What’s The Alternative?

  1. Hi, Lillian,
    I’m new to your blog and I love it! So interested in this post since I have also been diagnosed with fibro. I also have ulcerative colitis (also caused by inflammation) and had my colon removed ~5 years ago at 34 years old. In addition, I have had eczema since I was an infant. I have done a ton of research in this area because I was so tired of taking drugs to help when all they seemed to do was add new symptoms which led to me needing MORE drugs!!! I have found that eliminating wheat from my diet is the only thing that truly helps. I was tested and found to be allergic to wheat. I stopped treating the symptoms and started treating the cause of my disease. (I was also tested for Celiac disease and the test came back negative.) My gastro and family dr. don’t necessarily agree with me… but I’ve been symptom free for several years. The last time I had a flare up was when I started adding wheat back into my diet.
    Like you, I am also an SLP in the public school system. Can I tell you just how hard it is to have a flare up of my colitis and have a group of kids in my room??? It was so bad that I didn’t eat all day until I got home from work. Since I’m not eating wheat now I can eat all day and not have to worry about going to the bathroom at school. How amazing is that???
    Thought this might help you on your journey to wellness.
    Best wishes!

    • Thanks for sharing your story. That’s exactly how I feel. The doctors give me meds then I develop a new symptom because of the meds. I’m considering going gluten free but right now I’ve started Tai Chi and am using something called the Melt Method to lessen my pain. Yea, a colitis attack with a group of students–a nightmare I’m sure!

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