Pineapple and bromelain for RA pain

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ladywriter
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   Posted 7/18/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I just read an article and learned a bit about bromelain (found in pineapple), but not much detail, just that it was helpful for RA pain. So far, the only thing that has helped my pain is prednisone, but my rheumy is weaning me off of it and I'm having more pain now.

What are your experiences with bromelain ?How do you take bromelain-dosage, frequency, etc? I'm 49 and was diagnosed with RA 3 months ago, and am currently in my first month of taking Methotrexate weekly; will be taking Remicade in another 2-3 weeks. Thanks.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Recovered Alcoholic w/15 years Continuous Sobriety

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Nana Monster
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
     I used it a few years ago with gluc/ chrondrotion. The bromelain is a natural anti-inflamatory. I now use the boi-sil and super cissus but have thought of backing it up with the bromelain again. If you want a natural steriod check out yucca it doesn't seem to do the damage that the predisone does. The nice thing about these are they address the problem instead of masking it like the symptons.  For giggles look into gin and raisins. You take golden raisins and soak them in gin for a week and take 9 a day.  The first time I climbed a flight of stairs without having to stop....WOW
     Good luck and hope you feel better.
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ladywriter
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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Nana,
I'll look into those things, and maybe run them by my rheumy tomorrow. I really appreciate your reply. I feel so alone with this disease sometimes. I have a support system in place, but this is really the only one where I can talk directly about this disease and get practical, compassionate responses.
Thanks again,
Ladywriter
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Recovered Alcoholic w/15 years Continuous Sobriety


SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/21/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ladywriter,
I tried bromelain a few years back for my CD and Ankylosing Spond. but didnt really notice any difference. Give the MTX a few more months to kick in hopefully that and the Remi will give you some relief.
Jo

ladywriter
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   Posted 7/22/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Jo,
Saw my rheumy today, and he upped my prednisone to a shock dose for a couple of days, then back to a dosage that was working before he lowered it a couple weeks ago. I asked him about bromelain and he said not to bother with it. I'm going to start Remi in about 2 1/2 weeks. Thanks for your support : )
ladywriter
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Recovered Alcoholic w/15 years Continuous Sobriety


Nana Monster
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   Posted 8/2/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Lady,
     I don't know why the drs. are so free with drugs and so offended when you even suggest alternatives. My heart spec. doesn't mind when I tell him what I am taking. In fact he was suprised and pleased when he found out I was doing colustrum and hylalronic acid. He is the one who suggested Co Q-10. With it I was able to get off all of my heart meds.
I now only go to see him once a year.
     I've had arthritis for 48 years. I came down with it when I was about 7. My Dad was 7. One nephew was 2 (with JRA)
and another was in his teens. My grandaughter is now showing signs of more advanced arthur....pain and popping and cracking.  Most of the family started off in the lower half of the body where she is in the top half. I'm going to start her on the bio-sil and hylaronic. Both do with the joints and hopefully she'll never get as bad as I have. I have fibro on top of it.
    If you don't want all of the side effects of the predisone check into yucca. It is a natural steriod used by the Indians.

ladywriter
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   Posted 8/2/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Nana,
The information on yucca as a natural steroid looks very promising. Thanks so much for the tip! I love this site-I get more and more helpful support all the time. In fact, this site is fast becoming a major part of my support system surrounding RA, since we address so many facets of this disease. Thanks again!!!
ladywriter

Nana Monster
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   Posted 8/3/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Lady,
     Your welcome. I try to do alternative meds now as I am so tired of the drugs and their side effects. They put me on niasprin ( a combo of niacin and asprin). One dose and I chucked it. I turned beet red, was hotter than he_ _, heart racing. oh and by the way, all of your skin can fall off. They've had me on so many things over the last 25 years that I started going herbal about 5 years ago. Now I am total herbal, even  for the arthur, and have only been to the drs. once this year for a sinus infection I couldn't kick. I had a reaction to a cleaner and have had chemical induced sinus inf. for years.
     Good luck in the battle.
                                     Nana

mamarama
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   Posted 8/4/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I have discussed alternative meds with my super terrific GP. His response? "I can't tell you anything about them because I don't know anything about them. My training didn't include them and unfortunately, I don't have time to study them."

He was quite honest and said I could certainly look into them. He also told me that many docs don't like to admit they know nothing about them so tell patients they won't do any good. He was concerned about possible interactions though as many modern drugs are based on 'natural' treatments.

Look into them, yes, but take them cautiously and make certain they won't do more harm than good due to other meds you are on.
"If you're already on thin ice, you might as well dance"
 
RA, IBD, Sjogren's & Fibro


Nana Monster
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   Posted 8/4/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamarama,
    Other than my heart spec. who is heavy into herbs, I got introduced to herbal remedies by my first GP.
His wife worked in an herbal shop and he believed in them. He also said that he didn't know much but you should see his wife. I found a really good local shop and the herbal dr. was fantastic. As he said "I know too much to haave only lived one life". I've known him to turn around a person with pancreatic cancer. I overheard her daughter tell how they couldn't find the cancer anymore.
     I know some things interact, but I am no longer on any pres. drugs. As the old saying goes "Been there, done that"
                              Nana

mamarama
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   Posted 8/5/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
No Rx drugs?

Outstanding!
"If you're already on thin ice, you might as well dance"
 
RA, IBD, Sjogren's & Fibro

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