I couldn’t recall when I had my last flare up.
I almost forgot RA was living within me.
Until last year,
when it once again knocked my door,
but this time in a different way.
I left behind a job I wasn’t satisfied with, habits that were too tough on my body and I was on my way to LA to spend 10 amazing days with one of the most amazing human beings in this planet. But just then, it started to kick in.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease characterised especially by pain, stiffness and inflammation in the joints. Along with pain, many people experience fatigue, loss of appetite and a low-grade fever. Until now, my RA’s favourite body spot was my right knee (Source).
“Clau, I can’t understand why just now ↠ We’re currently enjoying L.A, I’m shortly starting a new job and my coaching for performance evening diploma – Super exciting times ahead, so I don’t know what’s going on in my body”
RA, is one of those illnesses doctors can’t explain what are the causes. They only know how the body behaves: The immune system aggressively targets the body’s healthy tissues and joints. There are thoughts around stress, smoking, or hormonal changes in the body being the main triggers (Source).
Based on my experience, I have no doubt flare ups kick in after stressful periods. Once your body is no longer in alert mode ie. resisting, inflammation starts building up. To my surprise, animal products had a huge impact too but aside from milk, I never noticed.
Fast forward a few months, my body was on fire. The inflammation had expanded from the right knee to the right ankle – First time. Ever.
Pain tends to appear in one side of the body and every part of that body side, is associated with an emotion. Always. (Link to a Guide to the Emotional Cause of Your Physical Symptoms)
Because we all see pain as threat, I gave myself no time to acknowledge what was happening. So I scheduled an appointment with my RA doctor back home and flew over two days after.
My doctor drastically increased my medication. To reduce the pain, I also took high doses of quick-acting anti-inflammatory medication, also known as Corticosteroids – they saved my trip to Argentina.
There are different drugs used in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some are used primarily to ease the symptoms; others are used to slow or stop the course of the disease and to inhibit structural damage. Examples include: Corticosteroids, DMARDs or Biologics – more info here.
I accepted to follow my doctors instructions until my symptoms where minimal or gone. But after 10 months and 6+ trips to Spain, I was still heavily relying on drugs – so I went Vegan.
To be continued..
Lots of love,
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