It is going on one year since i was diagnosed with SLE Lupus.I have made major lifestyle changes since my diagnosis and want to share my results.
In October of 07 i had lots of migratory joint pain,stiffness and some fatigue.No Organ involvment.I was also diagnosed with uncontrolled Hypertension(B/P was 160/102).After a myriad of tests i was diagnosed with SLE Lupus.My white count was 2.7 and i was also slightly anemic.My C3 was 50,C4 was 10,sed rate was 60,CH 50 was under 10,ANA was 1:320 and the dsDNA was over 50.My urine and SMA-7 have been normal.
I started on Plaquenil 200mg twice a day and began to read a lot about Lupus and how lifestyle and diet can improve lupus symptoms and decrease inflammation in the body.I purchased a couple of Dr.Andrew Weil's books and followed his dietary and supplementaion regimans for people with Autoimmunity,hypertension and inflammatory conditions.I cut out dairy,meats, and veggies in the nightshade family,white flour and refined sugars.I started a diet high in Omega 3's such as having salmon a few times a week,Whole grains only LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies.I also take a bunch of supplements that also help decrease inflammation,support your immune system and also booste your energy.for one year now i'm taking Omega 3 fish oil 1,200mg once a day,Turmeric capsules 300mg 3 times a day,Ginger capsules 200mg 3 times a day,B-complex(100)once a day,Vitamin C 1,000mg once a day,Vitamin E 400iu once a day,Vitamin D 1000IU once a day,Calcium 500mg and Magnesium 250mg combination three times a day,Acidophillus 3 times a day.I take a brisk walk for 40 minutes a day 3 times a week.I also try my best to avoid stressful situations and realized that pushing myself beyond my capabilities is not healthy for me.
I went to my Rheumatologist yesterday after having my labs done over a week ago and she was impressed with my results.My Lupus is no longer active.My C3 is normal now at 92,C4 is 21,my WBC is 5.5,my RBC and HCT are normal,Sed rate is now normal at 30,the ANA has improved too and is now 1:160,dsDNA has improved too and is now 29.6 and my blood pressure(taking Toprol XL 50mg) is now 109/74.I feel SO MUCH better than i did last year.I have so much more energy and NO PAIN or stiffness for over three months now.I have not needed to take any pain relievers in over three months.I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hope my Lupus stays in control.I feel the lifestyle changes made a huge impact for me.I hope this helps someone too.I didnt realize how crappy i felt last year until i started feeling better.Does that make sense?? I hope my email will help someone make lifestyle changes cause it can help us all.It takes time to see the results and for a while i was getting frustrated cause i wasnt feeling better but i can say now i'm glad i stuck it out and didnt revert back to my old ways.....
Thanks for reading this long email.