With a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis – Now often referred to as Rheumatoid Disease- I struggled for years wondering “why”. When I (finally) decided to take control of my own Health. I left nothing to chance.
All along my journey, I never stopped seeing my Doctor even though I kept searching until I found the right one for me. I researched medications and side effects and brought my list of questions and suggestions to my appointments. A good doctor will not be afraid of your questions and mine actually seemed to appreciate that I was taking an active role in my recovery. I told him my plan to put this in remission and even reverse it. He said it was possible to put it in remission through proper medication and all I heard was “possible”. I found new drugs on the horizon and asked about each one’s pro’s and cons. We discussed and together came up with action plans. I always felt heard and that he wanted me to be well as much as I did. With a medical plan in place, I added others to my team; A massage therapist, a health coach, an accupuncturist, a meditation instructor, a chiropractor and more. You may now be thinking that you don’t have the time and money to incorporate all this into your days and that’s true. I didn’t employ them all at once and when you learn some of the techniques, you can do them on your own. I used an accupuncturist for about a 12 week period and didn’t need to go back. It helped for some muscle pain I was having. I went to a chiropractor for about 2 years and now see him a couple times a year. Massage is about 6 times a year and so on. Try them out and do some work on your own. I recommend 1 thing at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed and you can pinpoint what is working and what does not serve.
Remember, that this is YOUR PROBLEM. It’s up to you to listen to your mind, body and spirit and assemble your own team of Heroes.
Take advantage of properly researched (by you) medications- know their duties, limits and side effects. While these meds are working, take this time to start a healthy lifestyle with a plan to eliminate those medications one by one. Share this plan with your team and get going.
When was the last time you received the personal attention you deserve and talked with someone about your health? Schedule a Strategy Session with me today.