I haven't been on for a long while now, lets say I have had a lot of personal issues to deal with...
(coming terms to leaving the man I was with for 7 years as I had to face facts that he couldn't look at me as a woman due to me getting sick and after 3 years of marriage I had to accept it would never work between us).... and yeah, my divorce is going through right now.
A couple of years ago I started using hemp products, hemp seeds on my breakfast from Holland and Barrett every morning, hemp milk which I buy from Sainsburys and I started cooking with hemp oil. I also slowly, and I mean slowly reduced all meat and dairy and fish until eventually I only eat eggs now as any animal product. It took a while, but my condition gradually started to get better; so I guess you could say I am semi-vegan?
I also avoid tomatoes and oranges.
It took a while for me to realise that foods were triggering off flare ups; I was so sick, off work and so very sad, so naturally I was eating more rubbish. Also, the deal of preparing a meal was so difficult I was eating processed ready meals.
I started by making a diary and I documented everything I had done - eaten, emotional and physical. And my results shocked me.... My two main triggers from a flare up:Diet
We are so addicted to processed foods the cravings to come off it all were immense; I had no idea. But I guess it stands to reason that we are what we eat and if you eat rubbish so will your body be. If someone had of told me this I wouldn't of believed it for a second its only as it's happened to me that I get it.
After 2 years of a complete lifestyle change and I mean complete, I don't slip up with my diet - strictly no meat or dairy (a flare up can happen afterwards while digestion is still happening, so its not always obvious the cause)
I do yoga, I meditate and I take supplements:
Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin D plus calcium, D Mannose, Iron with Vitamin C, Magnesium and Wheatgrass. I also have a Cacao drink daily.
My specialist doctor and nurse fully support me with my findings too which was a great relief to me; some people will think that I'm a crazy hippy and I tell you that everyone's body is different; Sero Negative Arthritis is a reaction to something, its an auto immune disease where the body's while cells are going crazy because of reason X which is yet unknown.
I wasn't born with this condition, it came on when had huge amounts of anxieties due to my parents divorcing, it messed my whole life up until now where I have taken control of it.
I deal with my anxieties a lot better these days but yeah I can still have a lot of pain when I have an anxiety attack. Its the quickest way for a flare up to be caused; mention my parents.
I ask you to give this some thought, as I said everyone's body is different. Maybe I just worked out my auto immune reaction? - anxiety and diet?
If I was to advise anyone it certainly wouldn't be to cut important things from your diet, it would be to keep a diary like I did - if your sick and your stuck at home you'll have some positive focus, a willingness to try and find what it is that could be making you sick.
I've had the all clear from the hospital to greatly reduce my meds too!!!
1 tocilizumab injection every 2 WEEKS (previously weekly)
3 methotrexate every week (previously 6)
and just for a bit of gossip, it's ironic that my ex-husband couldn't cope with looking at me like a woman, I leave him and I get better.... the anxiety he caused me not looking at me in that was for about 6 years made me feel so bad about myself and horrible I couldn't even feel female.
As it turns out I had some time out on my own and hooked up with a friend I have known for 5 years; I am a but no nonsense atm but yeah he's perfect for me!
Defo in a good place right now.
I urge you all, try it - keep a diary and see if there are any triggers!!!!! remember you might be getting delayed reactions if its food and emotional too -
It took me a year of keeping a diary to notice clear triggers
All the best!!!