Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects your joints. While the joint symptoms may feel a lot like regular ol’ achy arthritis, RA is actually an inflammatory condition that affects your entire body. Signs that you might have RA include stiff, swollen, warm, painful joints, especially in your wrists and hands. The joint stiffness is usually worst in the morning. You might find it hard to do simple things, like cut your food with a knife and fork or lift something heavy (which, we know, can be super frustrating). Eventually, as it progresses, this chronic condition can cause inflammation of the skin, eyes, heart, lungs, and other organs. It causes fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Autoimmune diseases just don’t know when to quit, do they? As far as treatment goes, there are lots of conventional medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS), biologics, and steroids, to name a few. Any habits or remedies that support your health holistically are also worth considering. Omega-3 supplements may help with inflammation, and plant oils from the seeds of evening primrose, borage, and black currant may reduce pain and morning stiffness (these might affect the liver or interfere with other meds, so check with your practitioner before using them). Some people find that gentle, mindful exercises—especially Tai Chi and yoga—can also provide relief. Be sure to rest when you feel tired and take time for yourself to help reduce stress. Like other autoimmune conditions, RA can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages, and there’s no single blood test for it. If you have a gut feeling about your symptoms, talk to your practitioner and connect with others on Wana about them. If you do have RA, early diagnosis can get you on the path to healing faster!
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I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis about a year ago and have been on plaquenil and prednisone just as long. I haven’t been able to get a straight answer from anyone yet, but what can I expect in the long run? Does the pain ever go away or should I just expect to hurt every day for the foreseeable future?
Hi, I’m new here. My name is Michaela, I’m 23. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in December of 2018. I am currently on Methotrexate Injections. I also Suffer from Anxiety and Depression. I love connecting with others and making new friends. My goal for being on here is to help others! 🙂💜
does anyone else with rheumatoid arthritis struggle with poor circulation or getting and staying cold easily?
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment advice? Currently on methotrexate and plaquenil for a few years now. Methotrexate causes terrible side effects. Tried enbrel before but too expensive
Hi! Does anyone have experience with methotrexate for Rheumatoid arthritis? Diagnosed in late Sept 2019 and been on Plaquenil (and Prednisone as needed) but still flaring up. Doc recommends methotrexate as next step, but I’m scared of immunosuppressants because I also have Eczema that gets infected quite often. Would love to hear real experiences!
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The Keystone Approach: Healing Arthritis and Psoriasis by Restoring the Microbiome
We are currently witnessing a paradigm shift in the understanding of autoimmune disease. The latest scientific research reveals that the balance of bacteria in an individual's microbiome can have a profound impact on inflammation throughout the body. In those with psoriasis or autoimmune arthritis, there is often a characteristic lack of certain beneficial bacteria that normally regulate the immune system - known as "keystone" species. This is typically coupled with an excess of harmful bacteria that provoke an unwanted immune response. The Keystone Approach calms inflammation at the source by addressing both of these factors- restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria in the microbiome. Doing so can make a life-changing difference for those with autoimmune conditions, especially psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medical writer Rebecca Fett shares her own story of successfully addressing her long-standing psoriatic arthritis through dietary changes, carefully chosen probiotics, and other supplements. The dietary changes at the core of the Keystone Approach emphasize a lower carbohydrate Mediterranean diet, based on a vast array of scientific evidence demonstrating that this way of eating is the best way to rebalance the microbiome and calm inflammation. You will learn why the starches and saturated fats emphasized in the autoimmune paleo diet are in fact counter-productive for many with psoriasis and arthritis, along with getting detailed guidance on choosing probiotics and other supplements supported by good-quality clinical trials.
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook: Anti-Inflammatory Recipes to Fight Flares and Fatigue
The revolutionary cookbook for managing rheumatoid arthritis. Nutrition plays an important role in finding day-to-day relief from joint pain and stiffness. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook is the groundbreaking cookbook for people with RA, written to take control of symptoms through delicious and nutritious meals. From chia-coconut porridge for breakfast to lamb souvlaki for dinner, these anti-inflammatory recipes prove that food as medicine can taste really good too. Complete with a 2-week meal plan to get started off right, this cookbook makes it easy to fight flares and fatigue naturally with the things you eat. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook offers: A Nutritional Overview―Understand the relationship of food and medicine and how nutrition can relieve the side effects of rheumatoid arthritis medications. A 2-Week Meal Plan―Get started right away, with guidelines for modifying calories to lose or gain weight. 100 Easy Recipes―Cook up good food that’s good for you too with choices for vegetarian and vegan, fish and seafood, poultry and meat, and dessert dishes. Eating well has the power to make you feel well―The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook shows you how.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which inflammation plays a major role in causing joint problems. Warmth and swelling in the joints, along with significant stiffness and pain, can make daily life difficult. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis also experience fatigue, low-grade fever, loss of appetite, depression, and muscle aches. In this, the third edition of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tammi L. Shlotzhauer describes new findings about causes and treatments, including • New research on risk factors and triggers, including pathologic bacteria in the digestive tract, smoking, and exposure to pollutants and chemicals• Lifestyle and diet modifications that can help avoid potential triggers • How stress contributes to inflammation and other symptoms • Information about new biologic disease-modifying drugs • Promising research on biomarkers that may generate a personalized approach to treatment • Remarkable gains in reducing disability, hospitalizations, and surgeries In addition to explaining the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Shlotzhauer offers practical strategies for coping with the pain, fatigue, and emotional toll of a chronic illness. She provides new information on associated diseases such as osteoporosis, tips for finding safe and reliable information online, and information on how to get an accurate diagnosis.
Podcasts about Rheumatoid arthritis
The Paleo View: Joint Health, Arthritis And Why We Eat All The Soup, Broth & Collagen
Ep. 282: Joint Health, Arthritis, and Why We Eat All the Soup, Broth, and Collagen In this episode, Stacy and Sarah discuss joint health and rheumatoid arthritis and why they recommend collagen for all joint issues!
House Call with Dr. Mark Hyman: Conquering Arthritis Naturally
Arthritis has become a 21st century epidemic, affecting 1 out of every 4 people. Even more shocking is that 30% of adults age 45-64 have doctor diagnosed arthritis. Something has changed in our environment, making all types of arthritis more and more prevalent. Inflammation is the most basic problem in all arthritis, whether it is what we traditionally call “inflammatory arthritis,” like autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis, or the arthritis most associated with wear and tear on joints over time, osteoarthritis. The traditional medical approach to these two kinds of joint inflammation is to use medications to block the inflammation process. Although these can be successful in decreasing symptoms and can in some cases prevent further joint destruction, the medications don’t get at the root cause of why you developed the inflammation in the first place. Functional medicine takes a deeper look at the causes of inflammation and gives you options for reversing the process where it starts: in the gut, in the mouth, from your food, and from the stress response. Traditionally, doctors almost never evaluate these areas when addressing joint pain, but fortunately functional medicine has the tools to do just that. In this interview, Dr. Susan Blum presents a new way to treat arthritis. In her new book, Healing Arthritis, you will learn the best food plan for arthritis, the precise supplements and dosage we recommend to reduce pain and inflammation, how to build resiliency so that life’s stressors won’t affect your health, and what your gut has to do with your arthritis symptoms. In essence, Dr. Blum gives you all the tools you need to fix your gut and heal your arthritis. I am so excited to share this interview with you. I hope you enjoy it. Wishing you health and happiness, Mark Hyman, MD
Carnivore Cast: Mark Strough - Meat Heals Arthritis and High Intensity Training
Mark Strough (@Mark_Strough) is a high-intensity trainer/nutritional coach, martial arts instructor and lifelong student. He is currently following a zero carb 100% carnivore nutritional approach, which he credits with clearing up his Rheumatoid Arthritis. Mark helps inspire and coach hundreds of others in person and online through his Mark's Health and Nutrition Facebook Group. Mark and I talk about: Mark's background in fitness and martial arts A debilitating injury that Mark suffered Mark's initial success with a meat-heavy diet Fasting Rheumatoid Arthritis Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry Corporate Warrior by Lawrence Neal High intensity training as infrequently as once every 3 weeks Remarkable changes from removing the last few servings (per week) of vegetables Mark's daily diet Cost-effective carnivore High intensity training Dr. Doug McGuff Mark's workouts Mark's great advice for people in general Where to find out more about Mark and follow him: Twitter Instragram Facebook Group Corporate Warrior (EXCELLENT high intensity traini… What questions would you like answered or who would you like to hear from in the carnivore or research community? Let me know on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast Keto with Mikhaila Peterson: Strict Carnivore Diet for Arthritis, Depression & Fat Loss
Mikhaila Peterson has had quite a journey to health. Her father, Jordan Peterson has spoken about his Carnivore diet for anxiety on the Joe Rogan Podcast, and he found it through his daughter's discovery of it. She had suffered since a very young age with crippling health conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, depression and many more symptoms which were improved considerably from a strict carnivore diet. Vanessa and Mikhaila do a deep dive on her zero carb diet and journey back to health and how for her, meat truly heals.
Sickboy: The Show Must Go On: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Aren Morris has spent a career changing the lives of a bunch of snot nosed kids from Sackville. She was basically Jeremie's Robin Williams and he was her Matt Damon. This ex drama teacher/competitive improv coach is moving through life dealing with a crippling case of Rheumatoid Arthrisis. From beautiful physiotherapists to highly aggressive rub & tugs this conversation goes ALL over the map with laughs and love.
Natural MD Radio: Healing Arthritis Naturally
My guest today is Dr. Susan Blum, a medical doctor, a pioneer in functional medicine, and the founder and director of Blum Center for Health. In today’s episode, we take a deep dive into Dr. Blum’s upcoming book, Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally. “Arthritis is an epidemic that nobody is talking about.” - Dr. Susan Blum Join Dr. Aviva Romm as she dishes up a weekly dose of the whole truth on health and medicine.
Learn True Health: Affordable and Affective Natural Pain Killer, Anti-inflammatory, Pain Killer Awareness Month, Migraine, Sleep, Headaches, Muscle and Joint Pain, Eczema, Plantar Fasciitis, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Tim Flatt, Founder Real Time Pain Relief
Real Time Pain Relief products have helped thousands of people to address their pain issues. I have personally experienced it that’s why I’m so excited to have Real Time Pain Relief founder Tim Flatt on the show to explain more about this revolutionary product. How It All Began The company behind Real Time Pain Relief is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Tim Flatt recalled that way back in 1998; there was a report by the Institute of Medicine where it discussed the side effects of over-the-counter-drugs and prescriptions for painkillers. Tim Flatt personally witnessed it while he was coaching a junior high basketball team back then. He noticed boys as young as 13 to 14 years old popping painkiller pills, and that impacted him a lot. Those pills affect the kidneys and cause intestinal bleeding. Something Needed To Be Done Tim Flatt felt the urgency to address the problem. So, the concept ingredient-based therapy was formed with Tim Flatt teaming up with a doctor and a chemist. After three to four tries in the laboratory, they began giving away their product to kids. When it clicked, Tim Flatt and his team decided to start selling the product to other people. Product Expansion According to Tim Flatt, word of mouth was the most powerful part of his journey. They initially just planned on being in the sports market but what happened in the next five to seven years was not a business for them but more of a passion. “We looked at our demographics and ended up being predominately for people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s using it for arthritis. The market demanded it moves that way. Our goal was to provide a way for people to try it first and see the results and make the purchase,” said Tim Flatt. They initially promoted their Real Time Pain Relief product line in fairs and marathons. It was a home business at first, but Tim Flatt and his team called it to leverage wholesale marketing. Leverage wholesale marketing was a little different from network marketing because the focus was on selling products. Tim Flatt did that for seven years and always planned that it would be a temporary part of their business. Business Shift In 2017, Tim Flatt converted the business to a wholesale rewards program. He says a lot of the people who were part of his home business, continued to be vendors in their program. “We have never had one complaint of side effect using our product in 20 years. Because we’re committed to the use of menthol at a much lower level than most companies,” Tim Flatt said. He adds, “Most companies believe that one way to stop the pain is to mask it and to freeze the pain. We believe that it shouldn’t be that way. Hence, we use only a maximum of one and a half percent of menthol in our products.” Product Ingredients Tim Flatt explains that when you start using products that are 3, 5, 8, or 12 % menthol, it causes a dependency on painkillers. That’s how people move up to the prescription levels. So, there is indeed a significant danger. “For people in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, we saw the results when they started using our product,” Tim Flatt shares. “Before using our product, they stopped doing what they loved to do because the pain was just too much. It’s exciting to help people get their lives back.” Real Time Pain Relief products are effective in addressing so many pain issues. Among these are inflammation, migraine, insomnia, headaches, muscle, and joint pain. It is also useful in treating eczema, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. PainkillerAwareness.org Tim Flatt regards PainkillerAwareness.org as his passion project. The month of December is PainKiller Awareness Month, so there’ll be a lot of posted information on painkillers throughout the whole month. “In 1998, there was a report revealing that almost a hundred million people were living in chronic pain,” shares Tim Flatt. “The report stated that during the year, a hundred thousand people are hospitalized for intestinal bleeding. And 16,000 of those people don’t come out of the hospital.” So, in 2012, Tim Flatt and his team decided to put out a website called PainKillerAwareness.org. He says they did some good, but at the same time, Tim Flatt admits they had the wrong philosophy. Some immediate questions of the group were: Why were doctors were writing out prescriptions for opioids? Why does the government not protect us? Why do drug companies produce lethal doses are available over-the-counter? Why are there three drug lobbyists in Washington, D.C. for every member of Congress? “In 2013, it fueled our fire because the Institute of Medicine came out with another report, which was a follow up 15 years later,” said Tim Flatt. “Instead of doing a new study on the people that were going to the hospital and dying, they took the same report with the same numbers 15 years later.” He adds, “We decided that we needed to take a different approach. So, we created a Painkiller Awareness month. We picked December because there was no other major awareness month through that time frame.” Moving Forward This year, Tim Flatt is focusing on helping people take responsibility by knowledge and through knowledge for what they are taking. Because he says, only you can make a difference in your health. And you can make a difference if you know what you’re doing. If you are on pain meds, Tim Flatt says the most important thing is to get an exit plan. He shares that in fact, there was a study wherein six universities were involved in the research. In that study, more than half the people who have taken opioids along with topical pain relief eventually eliminated the opioids. “When we see someone, who is struggling with mobility, we get excited. Because we know that our product can have a dramatic difference in a short period if they apply it on a regular basis,” Tin Flatt said. “Once they start moving, we know that the blood flow in the body helps a lot as well. And those are great success stories.” There have been many great testimonials over the years. Some of them claim to sleep better and go back doing the things they used to do after using Real Time Pain Relief products. Pain Cream For A Dollar When you link to Dollar Pain Cream, you get a sample Real Time Pain Relief. Shipping is even free! That’s how much Tim Flatt can vouch for the effectiveness of his product. The pain cream lists 17 different ingredients which all help to decrease inflammation and pain in the body. There is currently a recent product with more than 17 ingredients because it contains hemp. “We had 9 in our original product. And then through the years, we added. When you sell a topical pain relief, the FDA does not allow you to make any claims about fighting inflammation. But we use 14 ingredients that are known to fight inflammation,” Tim Flatt said. He adds, “For the most recent one, we started using wasabi extract. It sounds hot, but there is no heat to it at all. The main focus for us right now is to see what is out there, investigate, and test.” Other Products There are more amazing products under the Real Time Pain Relief line. For the foot cream, the company added tea tree oil. This is because a lot of people have fungus. Hence, it functions more like a moisturizer and helps address cracked skin. “A lot of people use foot cream on the back because it feels a little bit stronger than pain cream. It can be used anywhere,” said Tim Flatt. “A lot of people like to layer our product. We don’t have any scientific proof that this works differently. It all comes down to what your body reacts to.” He adds, “The FDA does allow us to say it relieves pain for arthritis. There are around 160 diff types of arthritis. The state of California recognizes fibromyalgia as a type of arthritis. So, we are free to talk about any arthritis.” Another product is the eczema cream which recently just came out and has hemp oil as well. However, Tim Flatt says their bestseller is a product called Maxx. Maxx contains a CBD extract. It is an isolate that has a 0.0% THC and comes from industrial hemp. “Our hemp oil product is the only product that is federally legal for pain relief. And almost all products contain MSM, which is a plant-based painkiller,” Tim Flatt said. “Our four main products are the hemp, Maxx, pain cream, and foot cream. And our medicated lip balm is fantastic for alleviating pain and cracks.” Real Time Pain Relief products are primarily available in the United States. It is available also on Amazon Canada.
Medical Medium: Rheumatoid & Psoriatic Arthritis
Do you suffer with Rheumatoid or Psoriatic Arthritis? These conditions are incorrectly labelled as autoimmune diseases, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sadly, medical communities are not able to help people with these conditions because they don’t know their true cause. Listen to this Medical Medium Radio Show to learn the the truth about Rheumatoid & Psoriatic Arthritis and how to start to heal.
FX Medicine: Reversing Rhumatoid Arthritis with Clint Paddison
FX Medicine is at the forefront of ensuring functional and integrative medicine gains the recognition it deserves and ultimately establishes itself as an integral part of standard medical practice. Our podcasts are designed to promote research and evidence based therapeutic practises, acting as a progressive force for change and improvement in patient health and wellbeing
The Goop Podcast: Moving Beyond Victimhood
“I was done with being a sick person,” says Seamus Mullen, award-winning New York City chef, cookbook author, avid cyclist—and cohost of our newest podcast, goopfellas. For several years, Mullen was in chronic pain. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, the medicine he relied on to suppress his symptoms often made him sick, and he became dependent on opioids. He was, he’ll tell you, chronically angry. After nearly dying in the hospital, Mullen realized he’d been given another chance. With that chance, he decided he needed to change his mind, stop seeing himself as a victim, and find a way to take whatever autonomy possible over his health. He found a functional medicine doctor (Frank Lipman) who became the quarterback in his healing process and bit by bit, Mullen reversed his illness. Today, he’s talking with his friend and our chief content officer, Elise Loehnen, about his extraordinary comeback story—which he would say isn’t really remarkable at all. “My journey is the same journey as millions of other people have been on—and can be on.”