Fierce looking and with rusty brown tail feathers. This Hawk steals my heart.
Here is an interesting tale.
When my arthritis presented a few years ago I decided to only consume organic and use organic products. I was dairy free and gluten-free. At the time I was eating meat.
At the beginning of the experiment my psoriasis was at an all-time worse spreading all over legs and arms. And the arthritic pain was new and scary.
After several weeks of adopting the expensive all organic diet and product usage, I felt like hell.
It didn’t work. I tried every home remedy including eating copious amounts of cilantro. Rubbing cornstarch and or tumeric on my psoriasis. Yoga of course. I felt like stir-fried crap.
It was then that I decided to go on medication. Methotrexate to be exact. It has been about two years since I began the methotrexate. According to my new doctor I have been on a baby dose. It worked well for 2 years but now it is starting to not work as well. So now I am increasing the dosage.
We all shall see how this works out in the coming weeks. A lot of people with autoimmune do try a lot of the home remedies and the holistic treatments. I even used to get expensive reiki sessions to help heal my psoriasis.
I have been doing some personal dietary changes and intermittent fasting which have improved my energy levels and overall feeling of wellness. More on that in my next post.
But the bottom line is that I need medication in order to function successfully in life. Success to me looks like being an active person at a healthy weight.
I run, I cycle. I am very active and I want to keep up my active lifestyle. I want to look good and I want to feel good. Without the medicine I struggle with many things. Life would be very very different without my methotrexate. There are side effects and I try to keep them to the minimum by taking lower doses and keeping myself healthy with diet and exercise.
So being organic, dairy-free and gluten-free does not solve complicated autoimmune disorders.
I have a chronic, potentially debilitating arthritic condition. Some people when announcing their conditions may say, “I suffer from (insert condition here).” I don’t like to use the phrase, “I suffer from…” because number one, I don’t want to identify as someone who suffers and I don’t want to manifest future suffering.
The truth is that I have psoriatic arthritis, which causes inflammation in my body resulting in swollen joint tissue, join pain and stiffness and inflamed skin.
I am trying a new product today. I can say I’ve tried everything, well maybe not everything, but I have tried a lot.
I’ve used turmeric, essential oils, I’ve consumed copious amounts of cilantro and tried the Move Free supplements brand and the Osteo Bio-Flex brand. I tried eating only organic foods and using only organic products. I went vegan, I went dairy free and gluten free but yet I still cannot unscrew the lid off of a pickle jar.
I will always have sore fingers and toes I suppose, and will be achy and stiff when I get out of bed or out of a chair. And there are levels to pain and stiffness. It used to be a lot worse.
I have had some relief with Methotrexate. I can jog now, whereas a few months ago, I couldn’t walk two blocks without considerable pain in my right foot.
I am looking forward to opening pickle jars all over my kitchen.
I will let you know how it goes.