Welcome to my online diary about the struggles of dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. I write about about the highs and lows of day to day life in an honest way as possible. I hope to share my experiences with those in a similar position and help them to realise they are not alone. It is a unique postion to be in, to have a condition which most people associate with older people when you are just starting out in life. But together, as we discuss our experiences, we can feel less isolated and alone.

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Leamington Spa, Uk, United Kingdom
I am 32 years old woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The disease came on literally overnight five years ago when I was 27 years old. I was diagnosed with many different illnesses before it was labelled R.A. I am taking methotrexate, humira injections, steroids and painkillers. It's been the hardest 4 years of my life though things seem to have turned a corner and I have met a wonderfully supportive partner. For a long time I have tried to fight it and had many different therapies to treat it. I lost faith in the medical world after several misdiagnoses and inadequate treatment. I then chose to follow an alternative route and have tried reiki, spiritual healing, alexander technique, kinesiology and EFT as I believe there is an emotional and psychological element that plays a part in disease. All treatments have helped the RA though not cured it. I am currently on the Margaret Hills Clinic programme for treating arthritis and this has proved successful so far. I am trying to come to terms with the illness and deal with it rather than fight it. Follow my day to day trials and tribulations coping with the disease and how it affects my life.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Go Away Rain!!

The rain makes my joints so sore.  At the moment I am really hurting when I wake up first thing in the morning, so I just lie there for a while.  I am doing a mediation called sahaja yoga at the moment but it says you should do it first thing in the morning before anything else.  Trouble is my body is so used to painkillers, I need them first thing and that means I need food which inevitably means I end up downstairs on the sofa and watching TV.

My joints feel like they are burning up but I did a meditation last night and put my feet in cool water for 15 mins and ended up having a blissful night sleep!

Julia at the Margaret Hills Clinic asked me not to take the antidepressants as it will just end up as another medication to ween off but if I am still struggling in 6 weeks, I can take them so I have only taken 2 and stopped.  I am secretly glad about that because I do not like the thought of taking them.

I feel so much better in my head knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I have been taking a strong multivitamin and some tablets to deal with my 'candida'

I feel like I am in good hands now, someone who actually cares.  I am even thinking of asking if I could have a discount in my treatment as I have been recommending so many people.

I am going swimming again and I can't wait.

On Monday I am off to Egypt.  I am a bit nervous because there are lots of excursions but if I can't handle it I can stay on the boat as it's a cruise.  The sun will work wonders and it's a spiritual trip too so looking forward to that.

Will keep you posted!!!
Feel free to comment and never give up in fighting R.A!

My Rheumatoid Arthritis Diary