My father was out of town on business and spoke to a rheumatologist who suggested that when someone my age (30) gets RA that it is often connected to a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. He mailed a book home for me to read, and it makes sense.
Don't get me wrong, like everyone else I have people telling me I should "try this" all the time. (Come here and stand on your head on a blue rug for half and hour- it helps, trust me
!) If it sounds plausable
I read it through and look it up online. I have just enough medical training that I can understand the research, but not enough to draw my own conclusions.
From what I read, connection between RA (and other immune diseases) is commonly accepted overseas, but in the USA (where I am) it is not seen as connected. When I called my Rheumatologist to get his take on it, the nurse stated that they do not use diet as a treatment to RA, nor do they believe that it will have any affect on the condition. As stated, a gluten-free diet will not do any harm and if I want to try it, I should feel free to do so. I should remain on my medications as directed.
I do not feel that I have celiac disease, but maybe a subclinical sensitivity. In my mind it is at least worth a try.
I would like to know if anyone else has seen this information, and if you have, have you tried it? Has it helped?
To anyone who lives in a country where the connection is more accepted in the medical community- has your doctor mentioned this? Were you tested? Is there anything that you know about this connection that I might not be able to find here?
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be.
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours 3-4 times weekly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)