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  1. #1
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    Anyone dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    After a month of feeling not right, and at times downright terrible, I went to the doc for a physical, blood work etc. Rheumatoid factor came back positive, along with painful achy joints and some random rashes, they're calling it Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    I'm having a hell of a time getting a rheumatologist to call me back and basically just have an RX for meloxicam which isn't doing a ton. I elk hunted the last 2 days and bailed as the pain was getting intolerable. Any mags gone through this? Any success stories from meds, diet changes, supplements etc? Will I ski this winter? Any knowledge is appreciated as I'm fairly in the dark besides the googles and my rudimentary health care background.
    Last edited by snapt; 09-01-2022 at 03:46 PM.

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    A friend's wife had it. They had her on some pretty heavy immunosuppressants. Due to her compromised immune system she contracted a minor upper respiratory infection that turned into bacterial sepsis and she died. So, try to avoid the serious drugs if you can. Other than that I don't have much. Eating a lot of anti-inflammatory foods (dark leafy greens, berries, green tea, etc.) and avoiding pro-inflammatory foods (fried foods, vegetable oils, sugar, etc) can't hurt, but I'm not sure how much it really helps. It probably varies by individual. Good luck, that's a shitty situation.

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    I have had a couple of friends who have had it with varying levels of impact. My mom had lupus which is related. When ibuprofen first became available people thought it was the miracle drug. Sure you know to take with food to protect the tummy. Sun really kicked up her lupus so extra protection there until you know more. Hope you find a rheumatologist soon

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    Anyone dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    My mom has RA and we have to drive to Rigby to see a rheumatologist for her.
    She used to see Dr Scoville in IF but not sure if heís retiring etc but we had to shift to Rigby.
    Iíll ask her Drís name
    skid luxury

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    Seems like there's some pretty good symptomatic treatments out there for RA: https://www.healthline.com/health/rh...RoC4eIQAvD_BwE

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybear View Post
    My mom has RA and we have to drive to Rigby to see a rheumatologist for her.
    She used to see Dr Scoville in IF but not sure if heís retiring etc but we had to shift to Rigby.
    Iíll ask her Drís name
    I talked to Scovilles office today and theyíre months out from seeing new patients. They said the Rigby doc was sending folks their way. The U is 4-6 months out from getting an appointment. My insurance hopefully found me a provider in Logan that isnít too crazy of a wait. Appreciate the responses.

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    have two close relatives that claim AHCC has had a positive affect. iím ignorant on the topic otherwise

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    I have something similar. Enbrel saved my life.
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Seeing a rheumatologist is crucial, as you obviously already know. That long of a wait is appalling. Best of luck with the doc in Logan.

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    Damn; spaced on the waiting part - sorry.
    If it gets really bad ..... ER?

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    My wife has it. It is pretty well controlled with drugs. She skis, does everything. Has been having trouble adjusting to altitude the last few years. Not sure if that is related but it is probably her biggest issue right now, since we travel to altitude for most of our frequent trips.

    She is on, and has been for 2 decades, some pretty heavy scary drugs. Also, she is the picture of health mostly for a 47 year old. Hot as fuck to me.

    She goes to the U of Iowa. I would get an appointment with your U even if it is months out, then another appointment just to get in somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapt View Post
    My insurance hopefully found me a provider in Logan that isnít too crazy of a wait. Appreciate the responses.
    My FIL travels to Logan from IF to see a rheumatologist so youíre probably on the right track.

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