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Just wondering if anyone under 30 has been diagnosed with RA? I was diagnosed a few years ago with fibromyalgia, so I've always had the sore "blah feeling" thing going on, but recently my hands have been really bothering me, to the point of my knuckles getting stuck in a fist when I wake up in the morning.<br><br>
My sister, who is only 21, has tested positive for rheumatoid factors after having troubles with baker cysts in her knees AND shoulders. And then after complaining to my mom about my hands she's urging me to see a rheumatologist (she also has RA).<br><br>
If you have RA, how do you manage it? Are you med free? How? Do you take things like glucosamine and chondroitin? EFA's? Have you tried hyaluronic acid?
 

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I've heard from several natural practitioners that this is allergy related, esp. food. CIC's, circulating immune complexes, are presumed to be the cause.<br><br>
I would get on high proteases, the enzymes reduce the CIC's by working with the body's macroglobulins to gobble them up. I forget if <a href="http://www.enzymeessentials.com" target="_blank">www.enzymeessentials.com</a> or <a href="http://www.enzymestuff.com" target="_blank">www.enzymestuff.com</a> or <a href="http://www.enzymedica.com" target="_blank">www.enzymedica.com</a> has info (and I'm supposed to be sleeping now can't check <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) but those are the best site to start with regarding enzymes and the theory behind them. Look for info on systemic or therapeutic use, which means taking them between meals for healing. And of course if have food allergies or intolerances, taking them with meals as well will help.<br><br>
24 hr bone broths are a good source of glucosamine & chond <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org" target="_blank">www.westonaprice.org</a> "Broth is beautiful" articles.
 

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Also get your vitamin D tested, a deficiency can cause fibromyalgia like symptoms, look at info by Micheal Holick of Boston University School of Medicine
 

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I was diagnosed with RA when my daughter was around a year old - I was 26 at the time. I had to wean her to take medicine for it, though I did try for a few months to go a more natural route with supplements (and my doctor was cool with that) but I kept going downhill to the point I could barely hold my daugther without horrible pain and a fear of dropping her - not to mention I could barely get out of bed in the morning, I was so stiff and in so much pain.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
At the moment I am managing mine with a low dose of prednisone and pain medication. I do have to take methotrexate off and on depending on the flare. I will not take the shots (enbrel and the like) because I've researched them and I just don't feel comfortable with that. I'm not doing too bad.<br><br>
As for supplements, what helps me the most is a good quality omega 3 - it does wonders. I take much more than is called for, about 6 capsules a day - make sure it's pharmaceutical grade. I also take coQ10 (again, good quality) twice a day. When I can force myself to eat gluten free that also helps - it's tough but I notice a dramatic improvement if I've gone GF for more than 3 weeks.<br><br>
I tried glucosamine/chondroitin and it did nothing for me. IMO, that's more for osteo-arthritis.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s for her - it's tough.
 

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Hugs all around to all you Mamas helping us understand RA and other forms of Arthritis.<br>
RA runs in my family and a month ago I started with the symptoms of pain in my finger joints and swelling. I've been doing lots of natural things -- good quality Omega's, Cod Liver Oil and MSM.<br>
I am going to the Doc today to diagnose what I have, so after that I will post more.<br>
When I eat meat, I hurt the next day ALOT. I read alot about how dairy and red meat increase inflammation of RA. I am finding that it helps immensely when I stay away from sugar too. All this is my experience, and I hope it helps.<br>
Best of luck to all you, being in pain sucks yet with all the support I can live with this!
 
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