I’ll bet you don’t know that there are over 100 different forms of arthritis; the most common being, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia, in that order. In the course of this text, we will take a brief look at some of the many other forms of arthritis that exist.

Psoriatic arthritis is a seriously inflammatory and often associated with Psoriasis. Cervical arthritis affects the upper back and causes pain in the neck and arms. Gout is a form of arthritis that usually presents in the great toe but can extend to the ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbow. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affects children and the symptoms are most pronounced upon awakening in the morning or after a nap. Symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness. On the plus side, many children seem to outgrow it. Infectious arthritis, as the name implies, is caused by bacterial and viral infections. Symptoms consist of joint swelling, soreness and fever. Then there is Anklyosing spondylitis, which affects the spine causing lower back pain and stiffness and is characterized by sleeplessness, fatigue, weight loss and fever. Polymyalgia rheumatica most common in those over 50 causes severe stiffness and aching in the neck, shoulders, and hips. This form of arthritis is very treatable but an accurate diagnosis is difficult because so many other conditions look like it. Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted by a deer tick bite. Early diagnosis and antibiotic therapy is usually effective Polymyositis is inflammatory form of muscle disease is often associated with arthritis. It is very dangerous condition because it is systemic, affecting all muscles including the heart. Very aggressive therapy is warranted. Systemic lupus erythematosus is most common in woman. The rate is 10 to 1 in favor of women contracting this life-threatening form of arthritis. Reactive arthritis sees onset after infections, with young adults being the most common victims. Appropriate medical treatment is very effective.

Frightening information, I think you’ll agree. So what can we do? Early diagnosis is our best defense. Many forms of arthritis are curable and a high percentage of those types that cannot be cured, can, at least, be controlled.

The most common complaint of those suffering with arthritis is pain. The management of arthritis pain is a multi-billion dollar business and as the US population ages, the costs will continue to rise. In the United States alone, arthritis results in roughly billion in lost wages and billion in health care costs. Arthritis results in more than 1 million hospitalizations annually and fully 45 million visits to outpatient health care centers and clinics.

Some types of arthritis can be prevented, such as gout and secondary osteoarthritis. These can be prevented, to a great extent, through proper diet and exercise. The principal cause of these types of arthritis is our old enemy, obesity.

The US is facing the perfect storm in terms of new arthritis cases. We have an aging population coupled with a rising incidence of obesity. This combination is sure to foment an unprecedented number of arthritis sufferers in the years ahead.


13 thoughts on “Arthritis

  1. Tsudo-Nimh

    Why is Aspartame still allowed to be used in food?
    Especially in diet sodas when it is known to cause symptoms akin to MS and Systemic Lupus and people are almost totally unaware?

    1. ANNIECAT

      You know I posted this on another site today and it was as if it had no impact at all. In fact some said that “snopes” said it was urban legend.but I got the Scientific formula and hazardous problems off the site of the people who made it, as well as following it through some other sites on the Medical sites.

  2. Dawn C

    did u know? i got this in the email?
    Reading this information & sharing it, might mean saving a life or improving the quality of someone’s life, maybe yours.

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick, she had stomach spasms, she was having a hard time getting around, and to walk was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone biopsies, and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. She was in so
    much pain, and so sick, she knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life
    insurance, etc., in her oldest daughters name, and made sure her younger children were to be with her oldest daughter. She wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19th I called her to ask her how one of her tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I thought, oh, my…. then I recalled an article a friend of mine emailed to me…and I asked her…. Do you drink Diet pop?

    She told me yes, as a matter of fact she was getting ready to crack one open that
    moment. I told her not to open it, and stop drinking the diet pop…. and I emailed her the following article.

    She called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she stopped drinking the diet pop, and she can walk. She went up the stairs, and the muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% well, but sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me back when she got home.

    She called me, and her doctor was amazed, he is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweetener!

    In a nutshell she was being poisoned by the aspartame in the diet soda, dying a slow death!

    When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for poisoning… she is well on her way to recovery… and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!
    This article saved her life!!!

    The life saving article:

    If it says “SUGAR FREE,” on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on “ASPARTAME” marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’ In the keynote
    address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, that it was hard to understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:
    When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to Formaldehyde, and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.)

    The methane toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis. People were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a
    death sentence, where methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis; especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use, irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become life threatening. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptomatic once taken off diet sodas. In the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision returned and hearing improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus
    .
    During the lecture I said, “If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) And you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss…. you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!”

    People were jumping up during the lecture saying, I’ve got some of these symptoms: Is it reversible? Yes!

    Not drinking diet sodas and keeping an eye out for aspartame on food labels. Yes!

    We have a very serious problem. A stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said: “Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, etc. are NOT A DIET PRODUCT!
    The Congressional Record states that it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly if no significant increase in exercise, etc.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that physicians would believe that they have a patient with retinopathy, when in fact the symptoms are caused by aspartame! The aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control! Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxin without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it passes the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing in diabetics (as well as in patients not suffering from diabetes) various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic seizures, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence. (The Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi, consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.)

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects: i.e. mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given NutraSweet. I can relate different case histories of children having mal seizures and other disturbances, being on NutraSweet. Unfortunately it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child’s illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children’s health into their own hands.

    Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics) has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

    Books on this subject are available: EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS written by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665) and
    DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

    These two doctors will be posting a position paper with some case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet.

    According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians “we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison.”

    Here is the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!

    I assure you, MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame knows how deadly it is. They fund among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians.

    This has been exposed in the New York Times – to no avail. These Associations cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and have to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public!
    i got this in an email. so read it, even if u thing wtf, lol casue it could be useful some time for someone

  3. Meagan Hope

    I have all the symptoms of a systemic candida infection but my IgG IgM came back clean. What can it be?
    i am very sick and have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia
    My symptoms are as follows:
    pain and swelling in my arms and joints of my arms and legs
    migraines
    head “pain” in the left temporal part of my head
    pressure in my head and neck
    changes in vision (mild)
    IBS – chronic diarrhea for the past 5 years
    intestinal cramps
    bloating
    gas
    acid reflux (reduced but not cured by 2 Rx meds)
    mental fogginess which gets worse at times
    geographic tongue
    sleep that is not restful ( waking frequently, and sleeping every chance I get with no improvement in tiredness)
    frequent and urgent urination
    allergic reactions to foods with a rash on my face and neck with no clear source on an elimination diet
    weight gain
    depression
    anxiety
    lack of energy
    craving for carbs and sweets

    I have been tested for:
    rheumatoid arthritis
    diverticulitis
    gluten allergy
    food and environmental allergies
    lupus

    Current medications:
    cymbalta 30 mg 2 pills qd
    lyrica 75 mg 2 pills qd
    ativan prn
    tylenol 3 prn for pain
    zypan 2 tabs with meals
    vit d 50,000 iu daily
    vit c 2000 iu twice daily
    vit b complex
    spirulina 3 tabs twice a day
    omega 3
    probiotics

  4. daanieelle

    i got an email?? is this true?? its about sugar free soda?
    I have not researched this subject, and make no claim of its validity.
    SWEET POISON A MUST READ

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick.she just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

    She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

    On March 19 I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
    I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.

    I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!
    I e-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.
    My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

    Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.
    In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda…and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

    When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery.
    And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved her life.
    If it says ‘SUGAR FREE’ on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on ‘ASPARTAME,’ marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’

    In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.
    I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn c auses metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other condit ions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.
    We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

    In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.
    During a lecture, I said, ‘If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!’
    < FONT color=#339966 size=4>People were jumping up during the lecture saying, ‘I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?’

    Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem.
    Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!
    These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ’tissue specimens.’ Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!

    Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the ‘diet products’ and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.
    We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.
    The Aspartame drives the bloodsugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

    Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrierand it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

    Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.
    Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called ‘behavior modification prescription drugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar.’

    It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
    Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.’

    Herein lies the problem:
    There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

    Sadly, MONSANTO’S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!
    There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a ‘piece of the Aspartame pie.’ I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

    And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

    This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.
    These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.
    The bill was killed.

    It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you’re Informed now! YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!

    Please print this out and/or e-mail to your family and friends.

    They have a right to know too

    1. Carlo d'Umbria

      This rant is an amalgam of non-scientific canards, outrageous claims, intentional misinterpretations, dramatic hyperbole, highly selective use of data, and a few scattered truths. It’s constructed this way intentionally, of course, so that the lay public can’t readily evaluate it. To paraphrase comedian George Schlatter, “this rant is to scientific truth what Mother Teresa is to mud wrestling.”

      Scientific study after scientific study has shown aspartame to be safe. Yet this fear-mongering about aspartame has been around for a long time, and won’t die. It’s brought to you by the same kind of alarmists who crusade against vaccinations and fluoride in drinking water. Pay them no mind.

  5. hafwen

    I’m scared – weird numbness, blurred vision, etc. Please help.?
    I had a mild B12 deficiency diagnosed last year, I had some shots and felt a bit better.

    But the symptoms have gradually grown worse, especially the patches of numbness in my limbs, which has now spread to my face (it comes and goes.)

    I get awful fatigue where I can barely move, and really heavy limbs, and sometimes I find it hard to walk and talk, and my vision gets blurry a lot. It’s hard to work and function.

    I had a blood test this week, and my doc said this morning my B12 levels were okay – a bit on the low side, but acceptable (she gave me a shot anyway.) My diet’s not bad – no red meat, but I eat fish, eggs and dairy.

    The doc said if the shot doesn’t work, I’d need tests, but didn’t elaborate.

    I’m really scared it’s MS – apparently the symptoms are similar to B12 deficiency. My brother has systemic lupus, and Mum had sclerodoma, so autoimmune stuff runs in my family. I was tested for lupus last year and that came back negative. Could these be MS symptoms? I’m scared.

  6. Meagan Hope

    I have all the symptoms of a systemic candida infection but my IgG IgM came back clean. What can it be?
    i am very sick and have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia
    My symptoms are as follows:
    pain and swelling in my arms and joints of my arms and legs
    migraines
    head “pain” in the left temporal part of my head
    pressure in my head and neck
    changes in vision (mild)
    IBS – chronic diarrhea for the past 5 years
    intestinal cramps
    bloating
    gas
    acid reflux (reduced but not cured by 2 Rx meds)
    mental fogginess which gets worse at times
    geographic tongue
    sleep that is not restful ( waking frequently, and sleeping every chance I get with no improvement in tiredness)
    frequent and urgent urination
    allergic reactions to foods with a rash on my face and neck with no clear source on an elimination diet
    weight gain
    depression
    anxiety
    lack of energy
    craving for carbs and sweets

    I have been tested for:
    rheumatoid arthritis
    diverticulitis
    gluten allergy
    food and environmental allergies
    lupus

    Current medications:
    cymbalta 30 mg 2 pills qd
    lyrica 75 mg 2 pills qd
    ativan prn
    tylenol 3 prn for pain
    zypan 2 tabs with meals
    vit d 50,000 iu daily
    vit c 2000 iu twice daily
    vit b complex
    spirulina 3 tabs twice a day
    omega 3
    probiotics

  7. Christine B

    My friend has systemic lupus which she manages with homeopathic remedys – shouldn’t she go to a specialist?
    She was diagonised about 2 years ago and manages the disease by visiting a homeopath and resting most days. She hasn’t seen a specialist yet because she doesn’t want to take autoimmune drugs but maybe she should be on them. She has attacks periodically and I’m worried that these attacks will be damaging her organs. I don’t know a lot about this disease. Will a certain diet help with management? What about seeing a naturopath? Thanks in advance for your answers.

    1. Brn_Eye_Grl

      The specialist that would deal with her issue would be either a rheumatologist or an immunologist. Usually though, rheumatologists handle autoimmune diseases.

      It depends. Honestly, she needs to see a rheumatologist anyway to have bloodwork done to know what is going on there, and probably to also maybe have some baseline xrays of her hands and hips done as well, that way if she starts having joint involvement, over time, they can take more xrays and see if she has any damage to the bones or cartlidge.

      Most rheumatologists will prescribe medications to suppress the immune system. Usually something like a steroid (like prednisone), NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – like Advil or Relafen), biologics (like Humira or Enbrel), or possibly other things such as Plaquenil or even methotrexate.

      Since the true cause of autoimmune diseases is still unknown, they don’t have a cure and they don’t know the best way to resolve it. They can only treat the symptoms.

      Hence, you can either try to do so by taking medications, or trying alternative methods. Each person is different. If she is resolving issues naturally and if her bloodwork is coming back okay, then she could probably continue doing that for awhile or indefinitely. However, if she is still not getting relief, or her bloodwork is coming back with some bad results, she may need to take some medication.

      Having said all that, diet definitely helps. With autoimmune diseases – especially lupus- certain body parts are under attack. Lupus is one of the more involved ones and everything is attacked – muscle, bone, joints, and organs. Usually kidneys, heart and lungs are the ones most under attack with this disease.

      So not drinking alcohol helps the kidneys – and drinking cranberry juice helps even more. Eating more fresh foods, helps the digestive system. Malabsorption is a problem with this disease, so taking vitamin supplements or eating healthy helps.

      Sleeping enough and maybe getting massages helps with muscle and joint pain as well as with the fatigue common with lupus.

      Research the disease yourself to learn more about it. Talk to your friend about it. Let her know you are concerned and just want to help her explore options to keep her most healthy. But encourage her to see a rheumatologist anyway to at least get regular checkups to check her bloodwork.

      She also needs to get her thyroid checked. Many times, if the thyroid is attacked due to the disease, she could become hypothyroid. This is serious if untreated. Metabolism slows, she’ll start losing her memory (including things she should know like your name, her own birthday, etc), body systems will slow, and she could die. So she needs to find out if her thyroid is okay and keep getting it checked regularly.

      Keep in mind, as this disease progresses, she will likely need to start seeing many specialists since it attacks different areas – cardiologist, gastroenterologist, neurologist, endocrinologist, etc.

  8. Sam_I_Am

    Way too much written here – more than two scrolls and you loose people. Anything like this that I get in email – I don’t even bother reading the whole thing. Like now. Who is ‘someone’? – name your sources and put a link that leads to something, and not an unknown URL.

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