Hi! I'm new to this site. Let me introduce myself. I am a 40 yrs old wife and mother. Ive never had any health problems before, but 3 years ago I started having periods of intense pain; first in my upper arms, then in my feet and hands. Within 6 months, I was so weak & in so much pain that I was basically bed-fast. I would try to do my normal daily tasks like fix my family something to eat or clean my house but after being up for 10-15 minutes, I would find myself back on the couch almost in tears.
I had an aunt that passed away 3-4 years ago from RA. I know what it is & what it looks like. I have assumed for 2-1/2 years that RA is what I have but I haven't been diagnosed. I don't want to deal with doctors and I don't want their drugs.
I talked to a nutritionist and followed her diet plan for 2 years but didn't get the results that she promised ( I did get much better very quickly, but I didn't heal completely as I wanted). So I quit calling her & began tweaking my diet myself. I am frustrated and discouraged though because it seems that my pain is spreading throughout my body. Sometimes it seems that I do fine with not much pain & plenty of energy. Then with no warning, my entire body hurts & I am useless for a few days.
I have been able to avoid any kind of pain meds up to this point but this week I've begun taking Aleve occasionally so that I can function.
I'm just curious if anyone else has taken the natural approach for healing? I have so many questions to ask others who have dealt with arthritis pain for longer than I have.