And by the way, Bill has decided that my lupus was not as severe as his. His decided this w/out knowing me or who I am.
I was bed ridden for years with chronic pain, fatigue, joint swelling etc. I never even knew at the time I had lupus. I thought I was just overweight and lazy. So when I changed my diet, started to exercise and take suppliments, I got 95% better and functional.
I have not decided anything about your case.
Maybe your problems were the result of your eating habits and lack of exercise and eating well and taking supplements corrected those things. I was healthy and ate properly but my case was life threatening and there was no time to try anything else. I lost 40 lbs of muscle in a week and was about to die of liver failure. The caution that many of us make is to not underestimate the power of lupus and other auto immune diseases. Sometimes it takes prednisone, ivig, or something else to tranquilize the immune system. Every case is different and some are mild, some chronic and some severe and life threatening.
Complementary approaches are good for anyone as long as you do not take supplements that interfere with meds or cause other problems. Herbs and other supplements are not regulated and ingredients and strength is not always known. Many of these are powerful meds themselves even though not sold that way.
We are all glad that your health has improved and none of us want to take anymore meds than is absolutely necessary. But your posts have a negative tone to standard treatments which have benefitted millions of AI patients and saved many lives including my own.
It is my hope that I can get off all controlling meds in the future but I will still need some meds to control several condtions caused by my diseases.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
Meds: prednisone 5mg, 50mg imuran, Lotrel 40/5mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller