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Is it possible to go completely medication free with an inflammatory disease?


About Lenoxbillera

Conditions: Celiac Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, IBD-Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Doctors seen: MD – primary care

Treatment: Prescription medication/shots, Gluten free

Children: 2

Age: 35-44

Lenoxbillera
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I have Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease and I have been (almost) medication free for about two years. It wasn't a "choice" so much as necessity... I had bad reactions and unpleasant side-effects from all the usual meds and finally just had enough and went off everything. I've learned that controlling activity levels and other "triggers" works well enough for me. It meant MAJOR changes to my lifestyle, though. I take frequent breaks when doing busy activities and have learned to recognize (to some degree) when I'm over-doing it. I can't hike up the side of a mountain, but I can stroll around the paved scenic overlooks. I can't do a half-day trail ride, but I can ride in the arena or do an hour-long ride. My only med now is ibuprofen and I think it is TERRIBLY UNDER-RATED by the autoimmune community. Does wonders for inflammation and does help pain, to a degree. With digestive issues myself, I know ibuprofen can be hard to take, but there are meds to help protect the stomach when larger doses are required.

ttmanuel
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About Me:

Conditions:

Glycemic issues (hypo/hyperglycemia), Inflammatory myopathies, Lupus (Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE), Sjögren's syndrome

Doctors seen:

MD – specialist

Treatment:

Other

Children:

3

Age:

35-44
Answered on April 29, 2013

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