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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2012, 02:16:15 AM »

Dear Susan,

Thanks Barbara,

My hands look and feel normal now.  For a few years after I got the inflammation under control, I thought I had residual joint damage in my hands, but I was wrong.  I had myofascial trigger points in my arms, especially my triceps, referring pain to my hands.  I talk about that in the mysofascial trigger point chapter of my book.  Once I got the inflammation under control my hands stopped hurting during weather changes and when I touched cold objects like my stearing wheel in winter or anything in my freezer.

One of my clients was all excited by Cold Laser Therapy.  She was convinced by all the testimonials on a promoter's website.  Unfortunately, the treatment caused her to go into a major flair up.  I know that is only one story, but I would proceed with caution if you do proceed research this therapy.  Personally, I would want to talk directly with some people with Rheumatoid Arthritis who had benefited, and not rely only on someone with a vested interest in selling you the treatment.


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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2012, 04:00:16 AM »

Well, this is day two on a modified GAPS diet. I am still rotating foods every four days but am eating as per the first stage of the GAPS outline. I tried the Paleo Diet on a four day rotation, but that was making my symptoms worse. This seems to be helping a bit better but only time will tell as I have barely started into treatment. I have also been treated with one dose of medication for ascaris lumbricoides and have not started treatment for the yeast yet. The swelling is still present but it is no longer spreading to other joints as it was on the Paleo Diet. I continue to get NMT treatment for foods but hope to reduce my need for it now that I am on the GAPS Diet.

Thank you again for your input thus far. The ND you recommended has been invaluable as well!

I look forward to my joints returning to their normal state and function!! Thanks for sharing your story as it is encouraging to know that is in my future!
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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2012, 04:00:51 PM »

Dear Susan,

Thanks for your update.  I hope this new strategy helps.  Please keep us posted as you get further into the GAPS diet and know better if it is helping you.
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2012, 07:47:29 PM »

Hello Barbara,
It's been a while since I updated here. I've been busy learning the GAPS diet on the yahoo GAPS forum where there are over 50,000 members and sooo many emails to sift through. The diet and NMT combination are working in that they are keeping my reactions to foods to a minimum but not fully eliminated. My reactions to chlorine, flourides, and chlorides has come down to the point where I can tolerate bottled, filtered water and the same in soups. I have also been able to get to the point where I can tolerate meats without reacting, unless I have recently caught a bug such as Strep or if a food is bad and I eat it....then my GI tract flares up and I react again. My joints recently flared with a Strep infection and haven't returned to baseline as the Strep infection remains in my joints by msucle testing but no doctor is recognizing that as possible. I have also tested positive for mycoplasma fermentens, mycoplasma incognitus, MRSA, and yeast in my hand joints by muscle testing. So I am to try silvercillin to see if that will get rid of the infections.
I continue to try to exercise but with my weight now well below BMI and my ribs showing, that is getting difficult. I was told by the local Environmental Health Centre that saunas are helpful but I do wonder about putting inflammed joints in a heated environment. Yes, a sauna would help clear toxins and help me sleep, but would it truly be beneficial to those swollen joints even if it is an infra-red sauna?
I also use a Vit D lamp to try and keep my Vit D level up to a normal level and of course, I remain on a rotation diet to try and eliminate the food allergies and am now tolerating four different pro-biotics in a four day rotation. Now to see if I can remain bug free long enough to heal and seal my gut and get to the point where I can tolerate  more vegetables to reach an alkaline environment. Currently, I can only tolerate meats, despite having been on Sporanox for three weeks for the yeast and was not able to tolerate Nystatin or herbal remedies yet.
The swelling is climbing to the point where you can see nodules on my joints so I'm not sure if I have permanent damage yet or not. Hope not as I see the nodules do decrease and increase in size depending on the foods I've eaten.
I hope things are well with you.
Take care,
Susan
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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2012, 03:56:36 PM »

Dear Susan,

Thanks for the update.  It is very good to know what is working for you.  I appreciate the details of both your successes and your ongoing challenges.  You are courageous and determined.  I wish you the ongoing endurance to keep trying and finding the combination of food/therapies that work for you and of course I hope you continue to regain strength and resilience.

Heat on inflammed joints is a very individual judgement call.  People who feel better after a hot shower, usually feel better after time in a hot tub or sauna.  People who don't like the heat of a hot shower on inflammed joints usually do best to avoid any heat treatments, including infra red saunas, although of all the various heat treatments that is probably the one most likely to have a benefitial effect even if you are inflammed and generally avoid extra heat.

If you try an infra red sauna, please let us know how your react.

I am doing well and hope that you will soon experience some more positive turning points in your health.
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« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2012, 09:16:50 PM »

Hello Barbara,
I am happy to report that the swelling has significantly reduced in the last week and I can barely see the nodules and am down to a level of swelling that is noticeable but not uncomfortable. I still have a toxic colon and most food is still not digesting properly, hence my weight below BMI and muscle wasting, so my next step is to treat four different digestive enzymes by NAET/NMT until I am not reacting and then start taking them. I am waiting to hear back from a company that hand mixes their supplements called Nourshing Traditions, locally located, who have offered to give me my supplements in powder form without mixing them with anything else so that should help tremendously as she can also ensure that the powders come from one source and are not mixed sources of supplements.
I have also shown symptoms of hypothyroidism and low progresterone/estrogen dominance with fibroids, which apparently are just further signs of digestive issues so I'm definitely looking forward to getting those digestive enzymes and starting on them as soon as I can.
On another positive note, I am continuing to tolerate water without difficulty - no reaction to flouride, chlorides, or chlorine and if I am accidentally exposed to a pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide, the reaction is very minimal. I also continue to tolerate most meats and after eating them, I am not finding that the swelling decreases at meal times. I am also continuing with high dose probiotics before each meal and before bedtime and they also decrease swelling. This is a slower healing process than I have heard amongst others on here, but I am thankful that it is still possible.
Thank you for your continued support,
Susan
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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2012, 06:18:38 PM »

Dear Susan,

Thank you for continuing to share your process and progress with us in detail.  I find your determination, intelligence and incremental success heart warming and inspirational. 

Your starting point and even current point has involved a much deeper level of debilitation than almost anyone else I have worked with.  That is why your progress is slower and why you sharing the details of your journey is such a gift to others.  Almost no one knows how to find their way back to health from your starting point.  Yet you are doing it and explaining to others in similar very difficiult circumstances, how it is possible.  As you already know that has given at least one other highly sensitive reader hope for her own eventual healing.

Please continue to keep us updated.  I am so happy for you, for you hard won progress.
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« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2012, 07:01:00 PM »

Hello Barbara,
Thank you for your message of encouragement. I thank you for it, especially now, where I just got off the phone with the ND. She states she does not know what else to do to help me as any of the naturopathic treatments she recommends are not working for me at the moment but they are not recommended in a four day rotation so I'm not sure how one would be able to continue taking them without that four day rotation if one has a significantly leaky gut. The first day seems to be okay in some instances but shortly thereafter they are not.
So it sounds like I am on my own with this from here on until I can tolerate naturopathic treatments.
I also found out recently that there are only six companies in North America that actually do the manufactering of supplements and probiotics....the others get their ingredients from these six companies. So it sounds like it is not going to be easy to ensure the probiotics which I am reacting to....do come from different sources. I have tried ferments in a mason jar but they cause increased swelling as have some other GAPS patients....I have heard that Pickle It jars produce ferments with less histamine and have seen research articles where they also reduce the amount of yeast produced.
How exactly did you get your probiotics when you were healing? Did you use fermented foods or did you use probiotic supplements?
Thanks for your insight,
Susan
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« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2012, 02:15:55 AM »

I almost forgot to mention that my latest CDSA came back negative for yeast and the ascaris lumbricoides (round worm) has been effectively eliminated. I think I still have a minimal amount of yeast as the latest sample was taken when I was sick with a flu bug of some sort so the yeast would have been significantly diluted. But it's still good news to know the amount has gone from 3+ to 1+ or less. Despite not taking supplements, I am winning! I think my diet is almost nutritionally complete as well. I just need to order some Acerola Cherry Powder without any additives and I will have all the nutrients and minerals necessary, albeit in a four day rotation. I have ordered some Pickl It jars which will take a couple of weeks to get here....oh, and my microbial profile of normal flora is slowly coming up! Smiley I hope to increase the amount of veggies I eat once I start eating more probiotics through my diet but don't want to do so before then as I think the yeast will proliferate in the carbohydrate from them..even if I am only eating anti-candida mushy veggies in my soups with meat and bone broth in rotation....boring! So despite the current swelling, I guess I am slowly healing. But now that all these bugs are gone, and my diet is balanced, perhaps I can stay off all the drugs and just stick with the rotation diet and heal thyself.
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« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2012, 02:25:11 AM »

I also tried a sauna and it does reduce some inflammation and discomfort but it doesn't go all the way bac down like it used to in the shower. Perhaps that is an indication of the infection that is brewing there? I may need to go on Minocin for the mycoplasma present in my joints but I know I need to spend at least a few weeks healing my gut after the sporanox and nystatin for the yeast and also get to the point of tolerating four ferments. My plan is to try bean, carrot, yogourt (I can eat goat yogourt again!! - not cow yet as cow has more casein protein than goat does), and sauerkraut....hopefully I will gain in tolerance to these four ferments soon.
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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2012, 12:03:09 AM »

Susan,

Please let me know what you think of the PIckle It jars, after you try them.  Your plan from here sounds quite reasonalble to me.  There is certainly no arguing with the significant improvements you have made.  I look forward to future updates.
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2012, 05:07:49 AM »

Yah Susan thats great you got rid of the worms poking holes in your gut it sounds like your winning. Are you stopping your probitiocs now are they causing inflammation?    Well its been 8 months for me of following Barbaras book and 6 months on the ALCAT diet.  Ive gone from 49 food allergies down to 5 mild allergies, but the past 6 weeks since doing chelation the swelling has been terrible in my hands and feet and terrible fatigue.  I just got my test back today -all of these are new allergies besides beetroot - barely, cottonseed, cane sugar and fructose.  I think fructose is the culprit of my problem Im going to cut out all fruit, watch the intake of certain vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potato etc.  I am also waiting on my heavy metal test to come back which will also test for minerals lacking.  Its interesting I feel I have gone backwards in the last 6 weeks yet my ALCAT test is promising.  Your right about supplements Susan Ive been taking cranberry tablets they are probably making me worse.  Your doing a great job keep going.
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2012, 10:00:31 PM »

And the swelling is slowly coming down now that we are on a rotation diet that is coming closer to having all the nutrients we need to be healthy. We are still following an anti-Candida/GAPS Stage Two Intro/Four Day Rotation Diet. We ate some meat that was bad yesterday, despite cooking it on high for an hour.....so the whole family is tired today but the swelling still came down somewhat by the end of the day. We are winning! We just need to stay healthy and away from all of the bugs until our GI tracts heal. Next task: Gradually increase our exercise as we can.
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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2012, 04:20:09 PM »

Dear Susan,

I did not have permanent joint damage to my hands.  In the many years I had inflammation, I hurt with every weather change, especially when the barometric pressure was dropping.  Since healing my arthritis, I don't experience weather changes as pain or discomfort anymore.

I have only one client who has shared her experiences with cold laser therapy with me.  She was sure it would be the answer based on the marketing materials she had read, but when she tried it, it put her into a severe inflammatory flair up.  Based on only one report, I can't say whether it would be good or bad for you, but I would use caution, especially as sensitive as your body is.
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