My name is Stephanie, I am 29 1/2 years old and I was just diagnosed with RA last Tuesday. I have been extremely stressed because of it. I have read that the standard blood test is very general and only indicates RA factors. I am not sure how true this is, but my Dr. said I tested very positive for RA.
It started out in the beginning of 2010 with stiffness in my right hand and soreness in the morning. I didn't think it was anything serious, until the beginning of this year when the balls of my feet started hurting. I thought it was from running (it still might be). In February 2011 my hands started to hurt more, I noticed swollen lymph nodes (bumps) in my neck and my shoulders started to hurt. I finally got an extremely bad shoulder pain one morning, so bad I couldn't move so I decided to see a Rheumatologist.
I am still pretty healthy and am able to run about 2-3 miles 3 times a week.
I saw your video on Youtube and you gave me hope. I actually had a couple of questions for you regarding RA and diet:
1.) I was a heavy drinker for about 5 years(about 2-3 bottles of wine and 3-5 beers per week. Do you think this could have been the cause of it?
2.) Is it necessary to eat only organic foods while trying the fasting diet?
3.) If I ever go into remission, do I have to stick with this diet? Or can I have a treat once in a while?
I am so glad I found you on the internet! It could be a life saver for me!
Thank you for your time.