My ribs hurt for months after from all of the coughing and I just could never get going again. Then I started having problems with my shoulders and wrists and wallah I was back on my MTX injection again going up in dosage...not down. BUMMER! My Dr. thinks that I don't absorb the pill form of MTX as well which led to the flare up and so I'm really on a mission to increase my absorption in my gut. I've been studying topics like Leaky Gut Syndrome, Gluten Free Diets, and Juicing. I've always had stomach issues since I was a baby. Some doctors have called it gastritis, leaky gut, irritable bowel, etc. I'm still unsure what is up with my gut but am CONVINCED it is linked so closely with my autoimmune problems. My husband read the book Wheat Belly and has encouraged me to go gluten free to see if it helps heal my insides.
I started eating gluten free as of January 1, 2013 with only minimal slipups :/ It hasn't been too bad but I have not noticed anything drastically yet. What I have learned about my diet is how carb heavy my diet was. I realized that I always turned to crackers, granola bars, chips, pretzels, toast, etc for my snacks vs veggies, fruits, proteins or nuts. That has been eyeopening! The thing that has helped me the most is juicing. Every morning the first thing I give my body is a nice kale, cucumber, spinach, apple, beet, carrot, ginger, and celery juice from my Jack LaLanne juicer...Delicious right? Believe me, your body gets used to it and you will see results quickly. I'm a believer. I watched a documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix and it was crazy! These two guys were really overweight and had urticaria, an autoimmune disease. Surprisingly they were on my exact meds and were off all of them with no flare ups by the end. So this is where I am at currently: juicing, gluten free, trying to exercise and get back to my cross fit class soon...still researching...still medicating...still sore but hopeful. My RA has truly been a journey. Every little discovery about my self, every high point/low point, every person I meet with this disease, every book I read, every yoga class, etc is leading up to something right? I believe so!