I treat my Lupus/Crohn's pretty naturally. At this point the only meds I am taking are Plaq. and Flexeril as needed (I need to update my sig). This is what kind of diet I basically follow:
I have been able to greatly reduce the inflamation in both my joints and GI tract by eliminating all forms of Wheat/gluten in my diet and also eliminating any form of suger (suger, honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc.) Eliminating these has also enabled me to get off of Immuran (prescribed for the Crohn's mainly) and not have any flares for the past 4 months.
I also have incorporated naturally cultured foods into my diet in great amounts (plain homeade yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, veggies, ect). This has cleared up my digestion wonderfully - really has made a difference with the Crohn's. These foods are high in probiotics.
I also take Fish Oil, cal/mag supplement and a daily vitamin along with a Probiotic daily. I also aim to eat as organically (veggies) and hormone free chicken, and lots of wild fish. I can't handle beef in any form.
I have not been able to get off the the Plaq. I am exhausted and in severe muscle pain when I do. I have tried a few times. But I feel this drug is better for me than the horrible side effects that I got with being on Immuran (non-stop yeast infections all the time!!!)
Jen - I know you were having problems with this and took yourself off. I can only take the name brand or else I itch. I have never taken an anti-depressent with it - so I don't think that everyone that takes Plaq. must take one. But that is just my thoughts!!
I still have bad days where I am just exhausted, but the joint pain doesn't nearly get as bad as it used to, now I have a few days that are bad every month.
I think that there are things that work great for some but not for others - for me I have learned over the past 5 years what works exactly for me. It has taken time, research, and all those good things to figure it out.
Diagnosed with Lupus - April 2002
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease - January 2003 (problems since early 1990)
Meds: Lunesta 2mg, Flexeril 10mg as needed, Plaquenil 200mg, Probiotics, Multi-vitamin, fish oil
Off Immuran as of April 1st and doing well!!