Article # 3
by Lu Sobredo
I was starting to enjoy early retirement after a long term career in public service. In 2013, less than a year later, a vacation in Asia was interrupted by a nagging pain on my right knee at first. Just as I was starting the next chapter of life, never did I imagine that I would be diagnosed with a crippling illness. Nor did I conceive that during the debilitating progression of this painful autoimmune disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), I would find comfort in simple treats like fruit and vegetable smoothies. The smoothie drinks were refreshing, and overtime they seemed to have helped ease my body’s increasing inflammation and pain. I have no scientific proof, only anecdotal tidbits from personal experience.
SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT OPTIONS TRIED
When I returned home from my visit to Asia and the pain in my joints wouldn’t go away in early 2013, I tried alternative treatment and healing approaches. Symptoms ranged from throbbing pain, tingling, stiffness and fatigue in my joints. I also experienced irritating tenderness to the touch, decreasing mobility mostly to my right knee at first, then both knees, ankles and wrists. The symptoms remained undiagnosed for four months. Once the diagnosis was confirmed, another four months went by before I successfully connected with an RA specialist I could trust. (Find out more in my essay: Travel and Why Not?).
My primary care physician referred me to an acupuncturist. My east-west medical practitioner put me on herbal medicine along with the acupuncture treatment. I tried acupuncture for about three months during a time when my health insurance did not cover alternative treatment. I felt relaxed during and after each acupuncture session, but the agony from throbbing pain and decreasing mobility remained. In fact, the symptoms intensified.
WHY I TURNED TO JUICING
FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES
12 Smoothie Recipes
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
3-4 frozen strawberries
Bon appetit and a cheerful toast for a magical road to health!
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