After our earlier visit with my Rheumatologist he was happy with my progress as there are clinical symptoms of RA but my ESR continues to remain high so he did not reduce the dosage of my Folitrax from 20mg. He said lets revisit after two months and see if we can reduce the dosage.
Everything was going well. I lost my residual 2.5 kgs and now at the landmark 60 KGs. I feel energetic enough and almost with no pain and absolutely no swellings so after a month after the visit we took the situation into our own hands and reduced the Folitrax to 15mg. The first week was crazy. I had slight pain and discomfort in my knees and shoulders I’m not sure if its in my mind knowing that I reduced my dosage so I’m feeling the pain or my body may be unhappy with the reduced methotrexate but after a week it gave up and it is back to normal.
So its been three weeks I’m on 15mg of Folitrax no scary side effects so far other than the tiredness on two days after having the monster tablet. Hoping that my Rheumatologist will believe me and support me. Fingers crossed !!!
All the key guru’s out there who fought RA and are leading pain free and medicine free line preach only one common formula “Plant based diet + Stress free life + exercise ” = RA free life.
I am almost there with plant based diet and because of less toxins in the body my stress levels are less I would not say its not there but less as basically I’m a anxious person. Now comes the biggest challenge i.e., exercise every day. Clint says go to Bikram yoga but it is very far away from my place of residence. I’m a full time working women who should also take care of a kid, house hold responsibilities and as usual I’m tired by evening so going to Yoga every day or once in a week is also sort of a challenge for me.
I know should start at some point so I started going for brisk morning walks everyday I will cover around 2 km everyday. I know that’s not enough because now my painful or weak joints are my shoulders so I need to start something to strengthen my shoulders and hands before it goes out of control and they become useless.
I’m hoping to start Bikram Yoga at least twice a week over weekends to start with. Lets see how that goes I’m a bit jittery about it though as I’m not so confident if I can do the 90 min class or if it backfires and gives more pain ha I have 101 doubts in my mind and I’m looking for reasons to quit. God help me :).
My husband was very keen to buy the paddison’s program for RA but me not so much the reason is I do trust him and his approach very much but he is from Australia and their food habits and life style is different. The foods he suggest are exotic in India and are not commonly found even if not they are not so fresh for example celery, leek, buckwhe etc so I could not convince myself that this program will actually help me. But to clarify it we sent out an email to him asking the same question whether it is applicable for Indians.
We got the auto reply saying it will help for Asians also. And then I continued to get his regular emails which turned out to be really helpful. Below are the few tips that came handy and when required.
- I was following the diet meticulously but still had random bouts of pain. At that time we received an email saying that even in the plant based there can be triggers and we will see the impact in 2-4 hours after consumption of some particular foods. So this made me think what I ate on those particular days and repeated the same and the pain was back. So for me such triggers were tamarind and pear.
- I mostly feel the flare and pain in my knees and when I was struggling with my knees Clint sent us an email about RA in knees and its remedies turns out sitting cross legged, wearing hard footwear impacts your knees. This email was a blessing in disguise.
- Suddenly one morning I started feeling heaviness in my shoulders and I was not able to work . On that same day we got an email with podcast of Andrea. And in that I got to know that hormones aka menstrual cycle also is a trigger for RA. See I’m always the lucky one to fall in that category.
- Many such tips like having regular bowel movement or eating turmeric for pain relief etc., are learnt through these regular emails.
These gave me a confidence that I’m not alone in this journey and we do have help out there we just need to look more :).