The last two weeks have been incredibly busy. I moved house. I have spent the last week doing some unpacking. But there is several more weeks of unpacking to go. The house is set up, basically. Enough to live here.
My RA has gone rapidly downhill over these last few weeks. I have maxed out the prednisolone, maxed out the Arava. Still taking Plaquenil and Naprosyn, although neither of those seems to be helping at all.
And I am still in full body mega flare mode.
All of these drugs should be controlling my pain and inflammation…but they aren’t.
Well, moving house is very stressful. Then there is the emotional impact of the end of my marriage. While we have been separated for 18 months, both of us actually buying separate houses and finalising things through the courts still hits hard.
Also, for the last few weeks, my diet has slipped badly. I have been eating lots of processed convenience foods. Lots of bread…a quick sandwich here and there. Not enough vegetables. Not enough fruit. Lots of sweet coffee for energy.
And then there is the exercise. I haven’t had time to go to the gym and do my usual Yoga/Pilates based class, my Pump class, my Spin classes. Instead I have been packing boxes, unpacking boxes, lifting, bending, reaching… very hard on the body. Not enough rest.
All of this means I have seized up shockingly.
While diet and exercise can’t cure my RA, NOT exercising and eating a poor diet definitely makes things worse!
So I am back on the diet bandwagon.
As of today, no more dairy and grains. I am going back to juicing fruits and vegetables – my current favourite is carrot, apple and cucumber. Lots of intense nutrition in freshly made juice. Because I am in so much pain, I don’t have any appetite. Juice lets me get vitamins and minerals into my body in an easy way. It’s also got loads of calories, so I don’t really need to eat. Except to take my meds.
I will do this for a few days, and then I will have to add more food. Some eggs, lean meat.
And I will keep researching…follow what others do, and hope it helps me. I am willing to do anything. Because I am really struggling to get through this pain right now.
I know I will. There isn’t really a choice. I will always get through it.
So I would love to hear about anything that has helped others. Diet changes, supplements, exercise whatever. I will try them all. And let you know if they help me too.
A clean diet is the start. Then I will look more closely at ‘inflammatory’ foods. I have been reading some research about gut bacteria and the connection to autoimmune disease. Lots to keep me busy. Anything to take my mind off how my body is feeling.
So fire away, please comment here, and/or on the facebook page. Thanks!