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This past year has been a rough one, in more ways than one. As my stepson was fighting a battle no one should have to fight, my own body was starting to rebel against itself.

It started at the tail end of Spring 2013. The fingers on my right hand started to hurt. It was a dull ache than never went away. About a month after my fingers started to hurt, my right wrist started to hurt. Another couple weeks pass, and by this time we are in Florida for six weeks…and my left hand was hurting, soon to be followed by my ankles and the big toe on my right foot. Once it went into my feet, I knew something serious was going on with my body. I could not walk without pain and limping. My husband decided to take me to the emergency room at the Mayo clinic late that night (which was my second ER visit during our stay in Florida. The first one was because we thought I was having a brain aneurysm rupture; which was false, but my neurologist thinks that the smallest aneurysm I was later diagnosed with was formed at that time). They diagnosed me with tendonitis, gave me a brace for my wrist and a prescription for Prednisone and sent me on my way. The doctor did tell me that if I continue to have that kind of pain again that I should probably see a specialist because it could be lupus or arthritis. I had read all about both diseases before even agreeing to go to the hospital, so it did not surprise me to hear him mention it.

I took the medication and within a matter of 24-48 hours I was feeling like my old self again. I was hoping and praying that maybe it was just tendonitis. Yeah right, no such luck. The pain came back with a vengeance about a month or so later. At this time, I was also having problems with my neck and lower back. In September, I finally took myself to an orthopedic doctor and after an MRI, I was diagnosed with a cervical herniated disc and a Chiari Malformation. It explained a lot. For the Chiari Malformation I was sent to a neurologist, who found a brain aneurysm after an emergency MRA, then I was sent to another specialist; a vascular and  interventional radiologist (seriously the BEST doctor I’ve ever met…he even gives all his patients his personal cell phone number to call if we have any questions…awesome!!), who then found the second aneurysm and treated both using the pipeline embolization device. To read more about aneurysms, click here.

Right before having the aneurysm repair, nearly a year after the onset of my first set of symptoms, what I feared almost the most became a reality for me…I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My primary care doctor didn’t think I had it and thought it was a little weird for me to ask to be tested for it, but I knew in my gut that it’s probably what I had. You see, back in December, my knees started to hurt. It got to where I was not walking anymore, I was slowly shuffling, the pain was so bad and it was on both sides of my body. Then it went into my elbows and shoulders. So, I tested positive for RA, which sent me to another specialist; this time a Rheumatologist, who confirmed I did indeed have RA. Xrays show no damage to anything yet other than the very tips of my fingers (which is odd, because the damage usually happens in the first two joints in the fingers rather than the tips, according to my doctor).

I was dreading the diagnosis. All I could picture was how disfiguring RA can be. Then I started researching the drugs they use to treat RA. Biological drugs that are very much like chemotherapy (some of it is chemotherapy). And after seeing what chemo had done to my dad and stepson, I wasn’t about to have any of that. I’m still in a state of “freak out” when I think of those drugs. Sure enough, my doctor wants to put me on it because I have active disease, even though it’s still considered early stages. I refused.

I’ve also been doing research into natural cures, and during my research I stumbled across the Paleo Diet. Apparently, many people can and have put their autoimmune diseases (and that is what RA is) into remission by changing their diet to the Paleo diet, also known as Primal or the caveman diet. Basically, you can’t eat any of the tasty stuff that is bad for you anymore. On the Paleo diet, you cut out wheat, legumes, night shade vegetables and dairy. Since I have an autoimmune disease, I must also cut out nuts and seeds in the beginning (called the Autoimmune Paleo, or AIP). We can have all the veggies and meat we want (organic, grass fed preferably) and fruit within reason (fruit can be high in fructose/sugar, so only a few pieces a day). After being on the AIP for 30-60 days (or however long it takes to go into remission), we can start adding certain foods back in, like nuts and eggs to see if it is a problem food.  I won’t get into the whys and hows of how this diet works because I’m not an expert, but basically….autoimmune disease can be caused by a leaky gut and this diet gives your gut a chance to heal itself. I started this diet a few days ago.

My doctor thinks I’m crazy. She agrees that this diet looks great (other than the no dairy part) and would be beneficial to me, but not without the drugs too. Of course. Instead of taking the drugs she pushes, I am taking about seven different supplements and vitamins. In order to move without excruciating pain, I am also on prednisone (yes I am well aware that it is bad for me too) again, that will be tapered off over the course of three months. After I finish with the prednisone, I will refuse to take anything else until I see if my diet, supplements and overall lifestyle change has succeeded in putting me into remission. I just have to try this naturally. I’m also a big proponent of Young Living Essential oils, so I will also be ordering some oils that are known to be good for RA, and that can only help me.

I have bought the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, by Mickey Trescott, who has a wonderful blog full of tips and recipes called Autoimmune Paleo. The recipes look amazing! I am also in the process of reading The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, also known as The Paleo Mom. Please click the links for more information on the Paleo Diet. They explain it better than I ever could!

Wish me luck! And please pray for me.

Do you have an autoimmune disease? Have you ever tried the Paleo Diet? I’d love to hear from you!

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40 Comments on "My Decision To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally With The Autoimmune Paleo Diet"

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Uplifting Families
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I feel your pain and hope that the diet works. I really should follow this. In Aug of last year after a med switch, I started feeling like I had the flu every day. I cried to my pain dr and told him that he have to try something else to control this pain. I still get it pretty bad and meds only help a little bit. I am finally seeing a rhuematologist after telling him that for a year. Ive had blood work to rule out autoimmune diseases. My thoughts are that my body had developed sensitivity to my… Read more »
Amanda Love
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I’ve heard that the Paleo diet does help with certain things but I’m not exactly sure with your case. You have to know what is best for you but I would still say listen to the doc too. Let us know how it all works out for you and I’ll be saying a prayer that it does.

Mina Slater
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I’ve never tried the Paleo diet but I’ve heard a little bit about it. My mom has RA so we should look into this. I wonder if it could help with Lupus too. If so maybe my mom and I can try this out together and help each other sick to it.

Tiffany
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I think that it’s great that you’re trying to treat your disease with diet before jumping into the drugs. We are taught that meds can fix anything but not about the side effect of them and what they may actuality cause!! I can’t wait to read about how you’re doing in a few months!

LifeAsAConvert
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Wow, what a journey! I pray that this will help you. I am a firm believer in a natural diet being able to help “cure” a lot of problems.

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