Alternative treatments/supplements besides prescriptions?

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Hi all! I am desperate need of some advice. I have been suffering with RA for years and it only continues to get worse. I am currently undergoing Methotrexate injections into my joints (hands and feet); however, I ache everywhere.

I have tried CBD oil (oral and topical), but not much benefit. I have also tried high dosages of tumeric.

I am not sure what else to try. Does anyone else have any other recommendations. Has anyone tried acupuncture?

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Hi @rtr097u1‍,

I have found two links that seem to be pretty helpful; unfortunately, I do not have any personal experience with acupuncture for RA. However, I did use it for cubittal tunnel syndrome and it seemed to calm the effected nerve down.

http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/mind-body-pain-relief/ra-acupuncture.php

- This link explains a bit on how accupuncture works and that it may be worth a shot!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2174514/

- This is a recent study from 2007. Here is its conclusion "Our preliminary evidence suggests that electroacupuncture and traditional acupuncture were no better than sham acupuncture in terms of changes in the pain score. Acupuncture is safe and may be effective as an adjunct in reducing the number of tender joints, although no clear anti-inflammatory effects had been demonstrated. Further preliminary studies may consider including both pain score and tender joint count as the main outcome assessment. This pilot study has allowed a number of recommendations to be made to facilitate the design of a large-scale trial, which in turn will help to clarify the existing evidence base on acupuncture for RA."

 

However, I know many people that have benefited from acupuncture with chronic pain. So while acupuncture may not help "treat" RA, it may help soothe the pain some.

 

I am hopeful some of our members will lend a hand soon!

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Does anyone have any advice on alternative treatments, foods, supplements, etc. that can help with pain! I have been dying in pain lately.

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@jack48‍ have you ever tried acupuncture? Some members have seen benefits from this form of treatment for RA and pain.

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@jack48 I have recently been practicing Whole30 as a plan to relieve inflammation and it is working wonders for me.  I have gone from pain and stiffness to almost no pain or stiffness.  I recommend you take a look 

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@zrjsval Whole30? Is this a diet plan?

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@zrjsval I just Googled it... What do you do after the 30 days?

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@jack48 I use this as a lifestyle pretty much. I use whole 30 variations to replace foods that I would normally eat. It has truly changed my life! My RA pain and inflammation is practically gone!!
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For my pain - I use MSM and glutathione and have removed certain foods that trigger my pain (grains, dairy and eggs).  I also try to walk and do mild forms of exercises that warm my body and joints without a lot of stress. MSM for me is a daily dose, I cannot go without it as my body aches terribly if I miss it.  Glutathione is a antioxidant, I use PURE brand and feel it has helped from a detoxification stand point as I’m finally slowly decreasing my weight. I’m hoping this will help with the joint pain.  I am on no prescription medications and have never tried them, however there are times I want to try as being so disciplined can be trying and my mind wants to convince me maybe the meds would be better.  I may try just to compare, but haven’t yet.  Hope this helps

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@Taurus17 though what you just stated, have you been limit the progression of the disease? Do you know if the disease is still progressing with your changes?

What exactly is gluthatione supposed to do in terms of benefiting the symptoms of RA?

I have tried MSM and glucosamine and never felt any benefits... For your MSM, what brand do you use? How much?

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