Back on track

So my last post was just a tad bit whiny/feeling sorry for myself  🙂

I am getting re-motivated and back on track now.

-Rethinking my diet (I took out red meat, most dairy, and sugars. Eating more fermented veggies)

-Moving again. I joined the gym and am doing water classes and swimming 3x a week.
I was trying yoga, and loved it, but I need to get my hands more in check. Most of my pain has been residing in my hands and wrists, so it just wasn’t working, and giving me too much recovery time needed. Water classes are perfect for me!

-Adding some supplements into my mix (higher levels of C, hemp oil, boswellia,  and looking into Hyaluronic  acid, Nopal Cactus, and Graviola.)

-Planning out a juicing detox

I feel better, but still haven’t nailed it yet.
Full on fasting and detox may help bunches…
But I am losing weight again which is wonderful 🙂


Whiney post- trying to find holistic help that won’t make me bankrupt

So I try to keep positive, but sometimes it gets so frustrating when things don’t work out.

I was super exited to have medical insurance again. There is a place called Northeast Internal and Integrative Medicine, a holistic medical center,  that actually takes my insurance, and offers alternative treatments that I know could make me feel better without all the nasty RX drugs shutting down my body. It is also only a mere 2.5 miles from my new home in Concord NC.  Perfect right?

So I call today. They aren’t taking any new patients.

Instant breakdown…

I really need an integrative MD. I saw an ND for some time, spent over a thousand dollars we didn’t have, and ended up taking very little away from the experience. The only other integrative MDs cost hundred of dollars out of pocket, just to talk to you(no tests), don’t take any insurance, and are far away to boot.

I have done everything I can do by myself…
I simply need more help….
I know I am doing better than many other RA folks by living the way I do, but it isn’t enough.
I am unable to find the solution to my disease by myself, and until I find it I will continually have pain and illness.

I called the center one last time, and asked to be added to the waiting list.
“It’s long”.
Of course it is..:(



Update-It has been awhile :)

I haven’t updated in quite some time due to crazy life stuff. We’ve been looking for a new home since I moved to North Carolina and this has taken up most of my time .

On the rheumatoid arthritis front..I got my results back from my ALCAT test and am allergic to pretty much everything 🙂
Out of all the good food I was eating for my RA I would say half of them I was allergic to which would explain why they were not helping at all.
Just to give you an idea: multiple fishes, black pepper, oregano, almonds, ginger, turmeric, celery, bay leaves, brazil nuts, broccoli, kelp, parsley, and strawberries..just to name a few.. I think you get the idea.

So I’ve been working on eating foods I’m not allergic to and keeping up with my supplements… Unfortunately I’m allergic to most of the natural anti inflammatories of course making life not so easy. Most of my supplements I was taking were causing flares due to the allergies.
Still avoiding the big, cruddy Rx medicines but I did go back on meloxicam which helped a ton.

Still waiting for North Carolina to get on board the medical marijuana train and stop being butt faces. That would be a huge help. Come on guys..!

So back to the house hunt… We have looked at so many houses to find the right one. No luck yet. During my travels I take  pictures of some of the craziness I have found. Here are a few :

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Beat the Pain

RA warrior posted a blog today entitled “How Do You Keep the Disease from Taking Over?”

It does get hard when you are in constant pain to just not to give up and fall in a pit…

Some things I do to get through it:
1. When I feel up to it I love being outdoors. It is easy to get wrapped up in yourself  and your pain when you are laying around indoors. Out in nature it easy to forget about it just a little
2. I hug a furry butt. My animal kids almost always can make me smile.
3. I recognize how awesome my husband is. So many RA folks have to deal with everything without a partner to help them. I just can’t imagine being without mine.
4. Artsy stuff! When my hands cooperate I do photography, sketching, make music. It is a awesome outlet. 🙂
5. Friends. A support system that kicks ass is super important. I recently moved and I miss having them there for me so much.
6. Ignore the haters. Whether it is family, internet people, “friends”…If they stress you out..just do your best to ignore their comments. I am still working on this one 🙂