I take Omega-3 capsules to reduce inflammation. Food wise, I love my green tea with honey and ginger (all 3 ingredients are natural anti-inflammatories) and I also eat tons of cherries during the summer.
For pain relief, other than my Rituxan and Amitrypilene, I take Tylenol for Arthritis as required (typically every 8 hours). If I'm really inflamed, I take extra strength ibuprofen.
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Leader of the Living With Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease Team
I take the Omega-Red krill oil soft gels everyday. I also take turmeric capsules (curcumin) and resveratrol for inflammation. I really didn't think the turmeric capsules were helping until I ran out. When I started feeling worse I realized I hadn't taken the turmeric for over a week. The thing I've noticed the most is when I eat too much wheat and sugar my pain increases. Also nightshade plants (tomatoes and peppers) which I really like both. :(
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I too take D3 3000 iu daily. My primary doc thought to test my D levels and yep they were low. Was taking krill oil and I think it helped but stopped because I was bruising too much from the methatrexate.
Cutting out sugars and processed foods has helped and moderate exercise produces endorphins and raises serotonin levels in my brain and acts as a pain killer. Ofc the key is not to over do it.
Thank you for all your quick responses. I will look into everything!!
I am having such pain lately and it makes me depressed - thanks for your help.
i'm suppose to start orencia soon. been on enbrel and it worked for a long time but then seemed not to and was put on humira last year but that drug too isn't working for me and has given me some bad side effects. anyway, thanks again for taking time to answer my post:)
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I take Salmon oil supplements, eat fresh cherries all I can afford in season and dried tart cherries as snacks at night during the winter, plus make my own choke cherry pancake syrup (good for sore throats, too!) from the wild ones around here. I think they do help, tho don't replace medication. I take Enbrel shots twice a week and 4mg prednisone each day to control the disease. The other supplement I find really helpful is vitamin D3. Studies show that most of us with autoimmune problems are very low in this vitamin, which is very important in many more bodily processes than just the good bones and teeth they taught me about back in school. I take nearly 3000mg a day now, as a single supplement pill of 1500mg plus combined with my calcium supplement (600mg) and in my multivitamin. It has boosted my mood and energy level so much! I feel much more like my pre-symptom self. Recommendations for vitamin D have changed radically in recent years, much more being recommended now than used to be, and the old warnings against taking too much that were heard commonly years ago are not heard any more. I really encourage you to add this inexpensive vitamin supplement.
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Yeah, Seattle58, you're right - we're all different, especially when it comes to meds & what works & what reactions one person might have that another won't.
I'm also on Remicade IV infusions. Started it about 3 months ago and I really haven't felt a noticeable change in pain level or anything else. Most people who are on Remicade absolutely love it, but I'm considering stopping it after 6 months if I still don't see results.
I have tried everything under the sun plus, and nothing else helps my pain like the familiar RA drugs like Methotrexate, Plaquenil and Prednisone. I also take Aleve and Tyl. PM to sleep and more Tylenol for more pain when I have it! With the Aleve I take, I'm taking 4/day and I still have some pain. Chronic that is. I guess we're all different, that's the catch! Good luck to you and I hope that something really helps. Oh and DanMar, I can't take the stronger powerful drugs either.I could look into your joint support tabs! Thanks!
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