I had my appointment with my rheumatologist. He came in smiling and opened up with "Wow, I haven't seen you in a year and you look great." I proceeded to tell him that I was great and very pleased with my RA for the most part. I had decided not to go into all of the detail of what I have done, I just told him I made some nutrition changes and food eliminations and have been managing very well with no medications.
Now, to give some background- these last few months I've been about 50/50 flare up to normal. I have had a harder time keeping my RA under control with the added stress in my life and a struggle to stick to a very strict food plan. I have realized that for me, I have to be 100% on with my food in order to feel good. If I stray, even just a little bit, I flare very easily. I know I can do it, I just need to go back to the drawing board to know exactly what is and isn't allowed.
My doc did a joint evaluation and told me I have 15 effused joints. Last July I had 16. He told me that even though I am not feeling as much pain as I used to, that while there is inflammation, there is damage occuring. He's sending me for hand and feet x rays, blood work and will see me again in 4 mths. He also sent me home with info on a drug called Simponi. I don't intend on trying it.
So, what to do.... well, as mentioned- I have no intentions of going back to any big bad drugs (with the exception of the odd tylenol or naproxyn if I'm really bad) My plan is:
- go see my Naturopathic Dr. and get a blood test (IgG test) to help identify major & obvious food sensitivities
- continue to eat only clean and whole foods (ie. no processed foods, packaged foods, chemicals, etc)
- continue to take my probiotics, good quality vitamins & supplements
- go back to my earlier days of being on my elimination diet and not guessing that a particular food must be ok (even if healthy- still may be a problem) * I have read so much lately on how healthy coconut is (milk and oil) and I went ahead and added it without properly testing it.
Anyone else out there experiencing this? What do you recommend- starting over? Detoxing and adding foods back in 1 at a time??
I'm coming up on a whole year of eating super clean ! I haven't fallen off the wagon and gone on a crazy binge on my fave foods (large cheese pizza, DQ Peanut butter cup blizzard, fresh warm bread to name a few) It's been hard but I'm still on this mission and I know I will get there but it will take lots of perseverance and time.
Any advice or thoughts are always welcomed fellow bloggers! Thanks.