How to Beat RA
Putting a Stop to the Rheuma
One of the most common questions I get asked by those newly diagnosed is ‘How do I beat RA?’ or ‘ How to cure rheumatoid arthritis permanently?’ It’s a question often asked and usually asked out of desperation. This is a question that will get many a people kicked out of support groups for saying that they have cured their Rheumatoid Arthritis. Many Facebook support groups do not even allow the word ‘cure’. You can join our Facebook support group here.
It’s a hard one, especially for those that have fought this disease for a long time and have tried EVERYTHING. It’s not fair to have someone say they are cured of it simply by eating this or eliminating that. I’ve had many people turn their noses up at me in disgust that I’ve turned to medication and not at least TRIED PROPERLY to heal myself naturally. I have no hard feelings against these people, they tried what I tried and it worked for them. I’m happy that it worked for someone. That’s one less person who is suffering. So, good for you if you have found YOUR cure. But for the rest of us, we’re still working on it. You can read more about healing naturally here.
Don’t know until you try
I’m not saying that you should ignore the cured. I’m always interested to learn their methods and I often try it out. I think anything is worth trying unless it’s completely unheard of or just plain ridiculous. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried everything there is to try and I have found what works for me to help me go on with life. I’ve done a lot of study and read a lot of medically reviewed articles, anything from the Arthritis Foundation to Creaky Joints, and I encourage you all to do the same. It’s very handy to ask people in your support groups and forums but do your own research too and TRY IT.
How to Beat RA
Officially, there is no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis but that isn’t to say you can’t beat it. I am not cured of RA but I have learnt how to beat RA. So this article is going to go through how to beat RA according to not just what I do, but what many RA warriors do.
Try this on for size
There is no one size fits all when it comes to Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA symptoms are different for everyone. Some people experience joint pain in the morning and some have joint pain in the morning and at night. Some people have feet and knees hurt in the morning while other don’t.
I don’t usually have joint pain in the morning. My joint pain is primarily in the evening but sometimes I do have morning joint pain in my hands. It’s what I call RA voodoo. My joint pain is different to others and the way I successfully reduce pain and reduce inflammation associated with my joint pain will also be different to the next person. The medical advice I receive for my RA can also be very different to another patients.
Take your meds people!
So firstly, if you want to beat RA, you need to find out what will work for you. You can get all the advice you want but at the end of the day, you have to try it for yourself. This goes for just about everything.
The most important thing I’d like to address is medication. I have never liked meds and was absolutely against taking any but I now know that I need it. It’s given me some of my life back. It has played an integral part in how I beat RA. People often say, ‘I’m afraid of Methotexate, should I take it?’. Well, if you’ve been prescribed it by your rheumy, it is probably for good reason. So yes, you should take it. It may just be what you need but you won’t know until you try it.
You do have to weigh up the odds though. Would you rather continue with your current pain and risk permanent damage or take the methotrexate. Methotrexate can cause pretty serious side effects too but only YOU can make that decision. It has worked for some and not for others. Some people experience side-effects, others don’t. You hold the dice.
I also get asked often, ‘ what is the best medication for rheumatoid arthritis pain?’ It’s good to ask the people who live with the same disease as you this question. It’s also good to do research as well to see what it says but ultimately it’s you who will decide what the best course of treatment is.
Eat your troubles away
The foods we eat play a big part in our fight against Rheumatoid Arthritis. I can’t tell you how to reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis naturally but I can tell you how to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis naturally. Two very different things. I get asked all the time, what is the best diet for RA? Does gluten make you flare? Yes, it does but that doesn’t mean it will make you flare. Some will find that eggs and rheumatoid arthritis don’t go well together but that combination works fine for me.
If you want to work out what makes you flare then YOU should try an elimination diet or use a symptoms tracker. You can download a free one here. I don’t follow a diet per se but I do try to eliminate all processed foods, fatty acids and have a very high anti inflammatory diet. I haven’t found a Rheumatoid Arthritis cure diet but from personal experience and from my personal study found that having anti-inflammatory foods is very helpful in combating my Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. You can read more about nutrition and Rheumatoid Arthritis here.
Work it out
I also get asked what exercises are good for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Again, what I can do or want to do is different to the next person. A lot of people will say yoga. I, for one, do not like yoga. I find it really boring. In saying that, I know stretching is good for my joints so I make sure that I stretch every day. But I have tried yoga and find it’s just too taxing. I can kickbox with someone for an hour and find that more fun and easier on my body than yoga so that’s what I do.
If I couldn’t do MMA anymore, I would probably try something like tai chi. That looks pretty cool. I also like the fact that you can do tai chi alone, at anytime, anywhere and don’t have to commit to a class or class times. Some people with RA enjoy swimming for this same reason but if you find your joint pain worse in the morning, then it might not be for you. There really is no one size fits all. Any physical activity is good activity if you can physically do it, enjoy it and stay motivated to keep doing it. You can read more about diet and exercise for RA here.
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Why am I telling you all this? Because THAT is how to beat RA.
Beating Rheumatoid Arthritis is not letting it interfere with your life as much as you can help it. That last bit is important. Do what you are in control of. If you can eliminate your dietary triggers, do it. If you can dedicate 10 minutes a day to your physical health, do it. If you can afford good quality CBD oil, get it. If you find your arthritis pain worse in the morning, then kick ass in the evening. Do everything that YOU can do. THAT is how to beat RA.
Let the battle begin!
Beating RA is a daily battle. It’s from the moment you wake up (that is, if you got any sleep or able to wake up), to the moment you go to bed. If you want to beat RA, you need to commit yourself 100% in body and spirit. Admittedly, some days are easier and better than others. But it’s in the NOT GIVING UP that’s important. You will have some dark days and some real down days but it’s getting back up again after being knocked down. You can have rest days, flare days and mental health days. I have great tips on dealing with mental health here. But aside from your days off to heal and mend, you also need to have fight days. Days where you will fight back and say, I’m going to beat RA, RA is NOT going to beat me.
There you have it! I have shared with you how to beat Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s not a cure but it will ensure that you are on the right path. I will leave you with an awesome quote:
No matter how you feel,Someone kickass
Show up and
Never give up.
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