LIFE WITH RA SERIES: Article #6
I like to remind folks that there is a blood test that identifies RA markers. Ask your physician for a referral to a specialist. My RA markers were off the charts; x-rays showed damage to bones in my knees and cartilage in my wrists. I tried holistic and non-drug treatment options to interrupt progression of the disease. But the disease had advanced severely that it rendered me immobile and wheelchair-bound for about three years. These days, after five years of consistent drug regimen and physical therapy, the disease activity has tapered off. I still have high hopes to fully transcend the disease. I raise my hopes as high as prayers could reach. The reality: RA is a progressively crippling disease.
|Using a Makeshift Icepack while in Spain. ©James Sobredo|