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Re: MS and neurological symptoms KatherineL16 08/18/19 08:53 PM
That's great that your symptoms have been getting better! I really hope this was just a temporary blip that will not be a problem long term. I can see why you'd be anxious by the thought you were developing another serious condition in addition to AS. Whether or not you do actually have a different condition, the anxiety you are feeling in and of itself is can have real effects on how you're feeling physically and certainly makes things tougher mentally/emotionally. Do you have any support system? Some family members or close friends you feel comfortable sharing this anxiety with and working though it together, or even a therapist or counselor? I have obsessive thoughts and anxiety, especially around my medical issues, and have benefitted a lot from talking to a therapist.

On the other side of things, any news on your MRI results?
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Re: New here, could really use advice/opinions ck3po 08/17/19 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by MShepherd23
Hi ck3po, so your post caused me to look up information about the turmeric, had no idea that it was so insoluble. Do you have a product that you take? My pills are just capsules with the turmeric powder inside, so not very soluble at all. Thanks for the advice.

Hi, yes, one example is Qunol turmeric softgels. They are water soluble for better absorption.
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Re: Potential "Patch" for AS PsSpa_M_1989 08/17/19 06:29 AM
Thanks again, for a very thorough response. I appreciate the opportunity to share thoughts with you and to tap into your knowledge of current research.

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
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IBS is now clearly known to be marked by an imbalance in the intestinal flora. This imbalance has certain characteristic traits in certain diseases. Rifaximin IS APPROVED for IBS treatment. I have the same intestinal floral imbalance (skewed firmicutes to bacteroidetes ratio) as the rats transfected with HLA-B27. Rifaximin also immediately made my "sensation" of stress (which is related to cytokines and interleukins...you can read any recent paper on major depressive disorder or schizophrenia and find that the leakiness in the blood-brain barrier, versus the AS disease leakiness in the gut, exists. The same cytokines that cause inflammation in AS sufferers are the same cytokines that cause issues for those with these mental conditions.) This is because cytokines are responsible for both groups of people inducing a "stress/inflammation" response. You will find that many of the symptoms of "lethargy, lack of motivation, and exhaustion" can occur in severe cases of MDD. Why? They are both related to cytokine expression in some way.


Did you find that the stress relief you experienced with Rifaximin, was similar to that of dietary intervention? Before I started a TNF-alpha inhibitor, I tried the Autoimmune Protocol for 30 days. My stressors were definetely severely hampered during this diet. The day I switched back to a standard diet I had a cup of coffee and a pastry in the morning (bike to work day..). Within a minute my body felt like it was going through a stress reaction, very strange feeling after a month of plants, salmon, shrimps, chicken, cassava root/coconut flour, coconut milk, tons of turmeric/ginger/garlic, and berries/occassional orange.

My ESR decreased from 32 to 30 and my CRP decreased from 22 mg/dL to 9 mg/dL with 30 days of the AIP-diet. Not back to normal ranges but possibly supporting your conclusion that harmful bacteria go into hibernation/starvation with diet-only are still able to proliferate (albeit with less intensity). I also don't know if my data set is sufficient to make any conclusions about this, however it is better than nothing.

I intend to post a thread within the next few months about my experience with NSAID, diets, biologics, chinese herbs (had no effect, even though many of them are supposed to suppress certain bacteria in the gut and bind to TNF-alpha, COX, various interleukins, etc. according to studies in animals: link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003708/), after about 10 months of trial-and-error since my diagnosis. My primary benchmark is ESR/CRP since they were both elevated at diagnosis and fluctuated with dietary interventions and medications.

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
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The bacteria CAN return. This is why it's important to try and remove, then outcompete them with proper strains that don't elicit an immune response in me (HLA-B27 genetics must be considered here.) This also explains why when I eat certain foods that are healthy for others (like certain fermented foods) I am permanently screwed after. The bacteria compete with the ones that I have so strongly that they start to take over. I will then NOT heal without antimicrobial intervention. This is the same thing that happened to me when I visited Mexico. My friend and I ate the same things, but I got sick because a) less mucosal membrane protection and b) far less diversity in my microbiota to handle the offense and outcompete the invader. It turned out what I was infected with happened to also be pathogenic for pretty much anyone but I could not fend it off.


To me, it seems a big challenge is how to identify the maintenance phase after you get rid of the bacteria? Given individual response to bacteria composition.

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
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I mentioned studies where similar drugs were used IN HUMANS with great positive effect. Rifaximin is just one choice, there are others I mentioned that were tested in humans that brought down chemokine markers. I posted the studies here. Some of the studies have even stated directly that "it is now commonly accepted in research that AS is a disease of the gut (or periodontal.)" Those studies are posted here too. Whether or not every drug works in humans that works in mice is not really up for debate to me. I took Rifaximin, I immediately felt the "calm" that came with reduced cytokine expression. Did I test for it? No. I don't have a readily available method to do that without great expense. I can also go take a bunch of the other medications I've listed (and I am actually going to do that for experimental understanding and to try and address my Reactive Arthritis problem that accompanies a spectrum of issues I have related to HLA-B27 genetics.) However, I can tell you without a doubt, DRASTIC improvement using Rifaximin. I can digest better, I have less pain, and my lethargy and extreme sweating with minimal exertion have reduced (all signs of less stress response.) I will soon try to seek approval for Rifamycin as it has an effect that I think is necessary that Rifaximin doesn't, which is it can help heal intestinal cells in addition to the upregulating of tight-junction proteins.

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If there are other mechanisms of AS that Rifaximin/antibiotics won't treat (which there may very well be,) my research hasn't indicated much in the way of this. I still scour once a week to find out. The most CUTTING EDGE (2017-2019) research indicates it is a disease of intestinal permeability (makes sense, invaders making it into the bloodstream, just as they would in the mouth) and bacterial imbalance, either mediated by genetics or some offending event. Every member I spoke to here in the beginning of my post mentioned that their disease started after some "event" that was either pathogen from travel/food or periodontal in nature.


What impact has Rifaximin had on your AS symptoms? If you have elevated ESR/CRP, that is a good way to keep tabs on your acute phase inflammation. Preferrably before and after Rifaximin.

My diagnosis is "axial psoriatic arhtritis" (axPsa, aka psoriatic spondylitis). I am HLA-B27 negative but I suspect I have the HLA-C06 allele since my psoriasis broke out when I was a child and my arthritis presented 12-15 years after that. I am not able to trace my psoriasis nor my psoriatic arhritis to a certain infection; however, my mother said that one of my early doctors believed my psoriasis was triggered by a strep throat. Psoriatic arthritis could be a latent feature of the same disease, the same way as some with autoimmune disorders have latent leukemia, lymphoma, etc. As a child I also had many other infections (including issues with # of white blood cells), apparently uncommonly many according to my mother, even for a child. My immune system appears to have overcompensated for that later in life, as I didn't have fever or a sick day in well over a decade. I'm 30 now.

Unfortunately, axPsa is much less known than both AS and pPsa, since only 5% of Psa patients present with this condition. In fact, researchers are only recently showing interest in studying axPsa. Consequently, a research agenda is still being debated by the authorities on the subejct:

https://ard.bmj.com/content/76/4/701
https://journals.lww.com/co-rheumat...dylitis_or_ankylosing_spondylitis.3.aspx

A part of the issue is that axPsa and AS appear to be on a spectrum. I.e., it may not be entirely clear whether someone has axial psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis with psoriasis. When I look at the diagnostic criteria, I find myself somewhere in between. My age of onset was earlier than axPsa but later than AS. I am HLA-B27 negative but have sclerosis of my sacroiliac joint.

The reason I write all this, is that I wonder if axPsa and AS have the same causes? Did you come across anything to that effect in your research, or something that could inform my condition?

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
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The state-of-the-art treatments currently available clearly have side-effects that include death. Not really willing to risk infection, cancer, or death. Your body NEEDS to communicate via chemokines. Blocking them is unwise. I guarantee within 10 years, this approach currently being taken will be out the door. Doctors still prescribe NSAIDs to people with AS. My AS started becoming drastically worse after 2-3 days of taking a pain-reliever. I told the doctor prescribing me it that this would be the result and he said not to worry. The state of the art treatments START with NSAIDs and then work their way up to biologics. If a doctor can hand me something that is going to burn my intestinal lining away, I think I would rather take an approach that builds it back up, or brings things back to balance (which is what tests using Rifaximin have been shown to do in HUMAN IBS patients, not just rats. This is why it is approved for HUMANS.)

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Pharmacokinetics can affect the way the same drug operates in the same person. Which fillers are used varies from generic to a brand name and this causes people to have altered uptake of the medicine. Requirements for a generic medication to be okayed by the regulating agencies require the blood concentration to be something like 40% similar within a certain timeframe. I can't remember the exactly metric but remember reading it and thinking that this is LAUGHABLY ridiculous as the difference between the generic absorption and the brand name can be wildly different. So much so that the dose for one person in one drug could be completely different than what is required in the bloodstream. It's sheer madness to promote money-making opportunities for other companies to produce generics. On top of that, the reason pharmaceutical companies can charge so much for their drug is not quite as simple reasons as you claim. They pay other companies to "not compete" and create a generic equivalent. This can cost taxpayers up to 3.5 billion a year. Have a read about it (and many other lovely practices employed) here. LINK


Personally, I saw more effect with AIP than NSAID. So I agree that NSAID is not state-of-the-art. Biologics still to be determined for me but my biomarkers returned to normal within 5 weeks. Some studies suggest that biologics slow down and sometimes reverses mSASSS.

Regarding big pharma - it is a whole other discussion. It tends to become somewhat black/white. I have seen them from the other side though, they do good things too. America just has a stupid health care system that exacerbates businesses ability to take advantage of people.

I went through almost a half-year argument with myself whether I was going to start TNF-alpha inhibitors or not. The chance of getting a serious infection sometime during long-term treatment with biologics is very likely. It is almost a certain outcome if you look at the statistics. Cancer seems less certain, from the published data this far. However, these risks also exist in placebo groups to a surprising degree. As patients with automimmune diseases, we are already at elevated risk for infections and cancers. Biologics may lower another important risk factor: Cardiovascular events, a leading cause of premature death for individuals with chronic inflammation.

Here is the article library I used when deciding for biologics and which eventually helped me convince to start this treatment:

PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS MORTALITY ARTICLES

https://academic.oup.com/rheumatology/article/56/6/907/2965335
http://www.jrheum.org/content/37/9/1898
https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/mortality-rates-and-causes-in-psoriatic-arthritis-patients/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29947129
https://ard.bmj.com/content/73/1/149
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3883139/
https://ard.bmj.com/content/64/suppl_2/ii14
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4133459/
https://mauiderm.com/update-on-psoriatic-arthritis-and-the-focus-on-new-treatments/
https://academic.oup.com/rheumatology/article/58/1/80/5077390
https://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.4078/jrd.2018.25.3.197&vmode=PUBREADER

VACCINATIONS

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080407/
http://www.ibdclinic.ca/treatment/m...at-checks-will-i-need-before-i-start-it/
https://www.uspharmacist.com/articl...ng-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs
https://ard.bmj.com/content/76/2/414

PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS HUMIRA SIDE EFFECTS / LONG TERM STUDIES EFFECTIVENESS

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/results/NCT01111240
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5574748/
https://www.centerforbiosimilars.co...es-for-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis

PSORIATIC ARHTRITIS TREATMENT

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2475530318812244

COMBORBIDITES

https://www.jmcp.org/doi/full/10.18553/jmcp.2018.17421

NON-PUBLIC ARTICLES

Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality Liew 2019
Mortality and causes of death in 398 patients admitted to hospital with ankylosing spondylitis Lehtinen 1993
Early psoriatic arthritis: short symptom duration, male gender, and preserved physical functioning at presentation predict favourable outcome at 5-year follow-up (Theander 2012)

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
What's current in research labs is rarely what's current in a doctors office. Doctors are usually very behind and dogmatic. They stick to what they were taught in school when that was cutting-edge and don't keep up as often as they should. I've met a few doctors that do keep up and my goodness it is so much more relieving to talk to someone who continually hones their craft. Big pharma also has to charge a lot of money for other reasons. They line the pockets of specific doctors who tout their drug, versus other competing drugs, on the market. Here's JUST ONE example


In my opinion, yes and no. My rheumatologist is out of med school within the last 10 years (likely speaks to your point) and she is somewhat open to dietary interventions. I will ask her about your hypothesis. I think most doctors try to keep up by way of conferences and collegial work. Many may not do in-depth research but most are at least committed to their patients.

My main critique of doctors are their lack of imagination and foresight. They always react to symptoms and rarely seem to bother with preventive care. For all the dermatologists I met over the last 15 years, no one ever told me that I am at higher risk for cardiovascular problems and cancers, nor that diet can be very helpful. All I learned about my risk factors and dietary benefits, I learned myself. If I knew this I would have adjusted my S-A-D diet much earlier than I did!

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
Many doctors have written articles about their guilt being so high that they had to start turning down these companies because the things they were told to regurgitate during medical conferences were actually quite questionable.


Yes this most likely influences which medication they prescribe too. I.e. if AbbVie takes you out for trips and fancy dinners you are probably more likely to advocate Humira over Enbrel, Cimzia or Cosentyx.

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
I read a few articles to this tune. I've also been mistreated/misdiagnosed by doctors MULTIPLE times, simply because they didn't want to hear me out. This has to do with the general psychology of professional thinking that someone else can't have insight or perspective that might be informative. It is an issue with ego and I began to get tired of it causing me harm. I sought to help myself because I felt I was equipped enough to do so. I would like to note that my self-treatment has resulted in greater healing and benefit than ANYTHING a doctor has ever given to me, except the one I mentioned who "keeps up." That woman is truly a healer/doctor and "practices medicine" IMHO. Many doctors take the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. But if you look at the number of misdiagnosis and deaths due to medicines and their side effects, coupled with their pockets being lined for pushing certain drugs, you can see that there is just really a lot of hypocrisy going around.


Misdiagnosis is definitely a problem. Also: lack of knowledge/insight. My GP didn't seem to know psoriatic arthritis was a disease, when I presented with psoriasis and stiff neck. She relied on specialists to make the diagnosis. The experiences you had could also be a problem of hiearchy; the doctor is supposed to be an authority and if the patient starts asking uncomfortable questions that redefines the hiearchy, it becomes threatening for the person who values to uphold the authority. Curious patients should not be an issue for doctors who care more for the patients' wellbeing than their doctor's license.

Originally Posted by PainintheAS
Now that I am feeling better enough to get back out in the world, I have applied for a Master's Degree in Machine Learning and Data Science, with an emphasis on early detection and prevention of disease. It is a growing movement and I plan to make changes and give alternatives to people so that they need to enter this wheelhouse of "take this drug you'll be ok." I also plan to be involved in genomics and microbiome analysis. They've already designed certain strains of bacteria to treat arthritis and other autoimmune conditions because the bacteria produce IL-10, a Th2 cytokine which promotes immune regulation and not inflammation. Other research has been done for arthritis in gene editing cells to produce anti-inflammatory molecules when stressed instead of the normal inflammatory molecules. These approaches will be vastly superior to taking drugs.


Good job and good luck. Remember that drugs are supposed to make us feel better and manage our conditions. We all have to make our decisions on how to get better.
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just checking in sdot 08/17/19 05:18 AM
Hey guys, it's been a while. All these few faces and everything.

Just checking in to see if we've cured this beast yet..

It just came to me that this may be a nightmare I can't wake up from and you people don't exist...

That could possibly explain what a horrible movie 'Avengers: End Game' was.

With all this incredible pain, may have to get back on that Prednisone and all the craziness that ensues.
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Re: [Sticky] Diet and Ankylosing Spondylitis Imnotsure 08/16/19 03:12 PM
Originally Posted by FayeK
Originally Posted by Imnotsure
... turmeric which actually inflammatory reducing once it wears off.

Sorry, I don't understand that statement. Are you saying turmeric only reduces inflammation after it is out of your system? That doesn't make sense to me. Will you please explain what you mean? Thank you.


Turmeric does help a lot of people and it could also have negative effects along with positive effects. before I get into it the other thing is most people take tumeric wrong. you can buy turmeric with pipperene however it doesn't do anything other than peeing out money. To increase the effects of turmeric The pepperine has to be taken alone 1 hour before taking tumeric because what the pepperine does it switches off an enzyme in your kidney that signals nutrients to be flagged for removl. What this does it allows the turmeric to linger in your system much longer increasing the bioavailability by a lot. That also said you would have to be sure that if any medications you are taking are not supposed to linger in your system. Meaning they're supposed to get in and get out. so just spaced out your medications 1 hour before or after taking piperine. Pepperine is a huge inflammatory inducing to your body along with other spices including turmeric. Both of these will reduce information but once those anti-inflammatory effects wear off inflammation now sets in because of the plant material displayed on your cells making your body attack it. there's very unlikely a supplement out there that I have not tested and out of the hundreds I have only a handful do anything. I've been studying and researching for almost 5 years putting anywhere 2 to 3 hours every single day trying to fix myself which I basically have and also for my son as once I got diagnosed i hot him tested which came back positive. This allows me to take the time to figure it out so that this way if his symptoms check-in I'm ready and he will not have to go through pain for the rest of his life. There's so much better than tumeric. there are many supplements that claim anti-inflammation but it all depends on what "il" it's targeting. a lot of supplements also that have anti-inflammatory effects that do work also / activate your immune system and you do not want that. mushrooms, you should never eat mushrooms because mushrooms / activate your immune system.

Everyone's a s is different and things will always affect them differently as I understand that. But I've also learned that there's a lot of things in common regardless of what affects us and what does not. I went from being on tnf blockers down to meloxicam once a day with diet and supplements.

this disease is a monster. Not only physically does it affect you but the mental damage it does. If you don't manage the mental side you will go crazy from being in pain 24/7 does a huge number on your brain.
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Neck Stiffness - Humira - Range of Motion PsSpa_M_1989 08/15/19 03:23 AM
For those of you that had improved range of motion with neck stiffness while on Humira, see below questions that I have regarding the treatment:

1. How long time did it take until your range of motion increased?
2. Did you have gradual improvements or sudden improvements?
3. How much did your range of motion increase? Where did you start from?
4. Did you have syndesmophytes (marginal, bridging) on the cervical spine?
5. How frequently did you do physical exercises while on Humira? Which exercises did you focus on?

Thanks in advance,
PsSpa_M_1989
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Re: Low Starch Diet vs. Gluten-Free Diet FayeK 08/14/19 02:00 PM
Hi Alice
My rheumatologist told me "No carbs, sugar or alcohol." then I came to this forum and read about the No Starch Diet. While trying to acquire a copy of Sinclair's book (didn't) I found The Keystone Approach by Rebecca Fett and a lot of other autoimmune programs. The Fett plan suited me best so I have been following the Advance Plan plus Elimination of common food sensitivities (nightshades, dairy, eggs, nuts...) for 11 weeks. It isn't a vegetarian program but an adapted Mediterranean diet. Mostly lean protein and leafy greens. No starch or added sugars so no carbs. If you use soy products for your protein, those are not allowed. There are 3 levels of restrictions. The website keystonebook(dot)com may help you decide if it is right for you. My gut feels so much better I haven't had the desire to add back most of the eliminated items. Weirdly, little or no reduction in my joint/muscle pain symptoms. I committed myself to 6 months then re-evaluate. This is such a strict program that I feel if it doesn't work that food restriction is not going to help me. I can't comment on the other diet programs out there but I don't see any harm in trying them short term. As an aside, I've lost weight I didn't need to lose.
Best wishes.
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Re: Arm pain anyone? jagsfan05 08/13/19 11:32 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. Just following up since I've made this post. I've been on Enbrel since January 2019. Unfortunately I'm feeling just moderate relief and now multiple areas are affecting me. I hurt my left shoulder/bicep in December 2018 doing pull-ups and my shoulder still isn't the same to this day. I feel it when I go to do push-ups and it also makes it tough to sleep on my left side. Then in January 2019, I was attempting to start back running when I started feeling pain in my right front hip...it's still here to this day. Lastly, I was being stupid and at the end of May 2019, I did a forward type roll coming off our bed just goofing around and I had some type of whiplash effect on my neck. My neck isn't the same and the tight tension won't go away...never had neck pain before this. My CRP and ESR levels have all been normal range.

So exhausting. I haven't been able to lift weights or run again since being diagnosed in November 2018.
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Re: Hey! New member here jagsfan05 08/13/19 11:32 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. Just following up since I've made this post. I've been on Enbrel since January 2019. Unfortunately I'm feeling just moderate relief and now multiple areas are affecting me. I hurt my left shoulder/bicep in December 2018 doing pull-ups and my shoulder still isn't the same to this day. I feel it when I go to do push-ups and it also makes it tough to sleep on my left side. Then in January 2019, I was attempting to start back running when I started feeling pain in my right front hip...it's still here to this day. Lastly, I was being stupid and at the end of May 2019, I did a forward type roll coming off our bed just goofing around and I had some type of whiplash effect on my neck. My neck isn't the same and the tight tension won't go away...never had neck pain before this. My CRP and ESR levels have all been normal range.

So exhausting. I haven't been able to lift weights or run again since being diagnosed in November 2018.
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Re: Desk work with AS- Helpful products? Alice10 08/13/19 09:11 AM
Hello Katherine,

Great! Let us know if the medicine ball works for you.

Cheers,

Alice
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Re: Risky De-Calcification Treatment Braxon 08/12/19 11:27 PM
No replies yet?
Sorry how dare I cut into Humaria* Citrate-free* 's game.
😁😆😁😆😁😆😁😆😁😆😁
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Re: New, Looking for Feedback on DX Theory Braxon 08/09/19 02:27 PM
Stop lifting for 6 months! You have deep muscle, tendon, and myofascia tension. Get a deep tissue massage 3x a week or more. Do stretchching and body weight maintance exercizes ONLY. You have size now you need flexibilty. Stretching and not that bodybuilder type- that gymnast style stretching.
Stretch stretch stretch stretch stretch! You will be amazed how much stronger you will be after 6 months of rest.

Try to RELAX more.
You need to train your body to be more limber.
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Re: SIMPLE CURES Braxon 08/09/19 12:36 AM
Also had a lot of help adapting to stress with Astragalus roots and red wine wink

Oh and I like this
"I have 2 choices, Pain or no pain/quality of life. "

Mindpower
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Re: Diagnostic Help? vosadrian 07/30/19 04:20 AM
Just an update from me.

I managed to convince the Dr to let me do another month on the Brenzys (Enbrel). I have one more injection to go so I am pretty much 7 weeks in. Unfortunately I have not noticed any benefit. When I started the 2nd month I also stopped the MTX which was about 4 months on that. Unfortunately neither of these medications seem to have helped me. It is good to be off the MTX, but I don;t think coming off it made anything worse, so it probably did nothing for me.

In my case, other than pain symptoms which I experience through much of my joints (but worst in lower back and more recently cervical spine/neck/shoulders), I have no other pathological evidence that I have AS or anything like it. My Dr has been embellishing my need to thoroughly investigate this by allowing me to try medications to see if they help. He does have a few patients who it did help even though there was no evidence like me. He is of the opinion that if one TNF does not work than there is no point trying another. I would like to try Humira as it seems to be one of the more successful options I see on forums such as this, but I can't see him allowing me to try it given his opinion that we have explored the TNF option with Brenzys. He suggests if we want to try something else, it would be Cosentyx which works in a different way to TNF, so that will likely be the next and probably last drug test.

His explanation for my pain symptoms in the absence of drug response is a pain sensitivity syndrome which is a bit hard to take. Basically he can't diagnose anything in the realm of rheumatology without more evidence. A response to medication would be enough. Without that, he does not know what it is and without any evidence of an issue, he can only put it down to a pain sensitivity thing. As an engineer working on evidence based solutions, I understand why he takes this stand, but it is difficult to equate what I feel with this. I should note that I am still very active and able to push through the pain to fairly high athletic performance. Much of my life I have excelled in pushing through pain to achieve success in cycle racing, so it is hard to believe I could be over sensitive to pain now whilst still managing to achieve similar cycling efforts.

Hopefully the Cosentyx helps.... or next step will be a 5-7 day fast.
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Re: Recently Diagnosed, Starting Humira BigDaddio 07/30/19 12:14 AM
Hi, tlp5224

Sorry to hear about your pain, but it sounds like you are on the right track to managing it. As for activity, usually that is good for AS and other types of inflammatory arthritis. Do you have any fusion yet?
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Re: Recommended Office Chairs for AS Alice10 07/29/19 06:06 PM
Hello Aries,

I have a desk job and I spend my entire days in front of my computer. About one year ago, I've traded my desk chair for a ball commonly used for yoga, pilates, gym... It has really decreased my lower back pain. And it's also a relief for my entire spine since I don't lean back on any backrest (which is something that causes me pain on my spine). I also think that it makes me sit more straight that on a desk chair.
It might be worth trying, those balls are usually not very expensive and you can find them in most sports shops.
I also use a very low stool (about 13 cm-high, 5 in) to put my feet, I feel better than when I put my feet directly on the floor.

Cheers,

Alice

This is the link to the balls I'm taking about:
https://www.amazon.com/RitFit-Exercise-Stability-Included-Phthalate/dp/B01HHSNHUW/ref=sr_1_22_sspa?crid=2RLQJH3HAPPJN&keywords=pilates+ball&qid=1564416295&s=gateway&sprefix=pilate+ball%2Caps%2C277&sr=8-22-spons&psc=1
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Re: relief with hot weather? Alice10 07/29/19 12:54 PM
KatherineK16, thank you for your advice! I'm already using hot water bottles and I find them really efficient. I use them mostly to relieve the pain on my sternum when I start to have some difficulties breathing or on my belly when I get cramps/pain at night. I really like the idea of adding a knit cover, thank you! :-)

FayeK, I love your idea! Unfortunately, I don't have a microwave, but I think it is such a nice idea :-)
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Re: Anyone with Kidney Complications? VickyMcK 07/28/19 05:49 PM
I now have 50% kidney function. On June 28th I hurt so bad, low back and chest pain, that I was admitted to the hospital and given 3 IV’s of fluids and given morphine for the pain!! I was in the hospital for 32 hours and bad kidney function was found and I couldn’t breathe as the costochondritis was horrible. I came home and was told to follow up with the nephrologist who saw me in the hospital. My kidney function in the hospital was 42% and was still released. I’m drinking 4 bottles of 16.9 ounces of water daily and kidney function has increased to low 50%. I can’t get anyone to tell me it’s from my AS but I know it is. I’m on Simponi and I’ve never had as many problems with my AS ever on remicade. Simponi has also not stopped the dry eyes, which caused my corneas to both be scratched so bad I’ve had to wear protective contacts since November of 2018. Stay away from Simponi and hopefully you’ll get better. I also didn’t have kidney problems on remicade.
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Re: Lung Complications? VickyMcK 07/28/19 05:27 PM
I’ve have ongoing costochondritis since my 20’s and I’m now 67. This was my first symptom! It took another 35 years to find out I had AS! The costochondritis affects your cartilage around the ribs and I can’t take deep breaths! They always told me the only help was NSAIDs, but I can’t take these, so I suffer with breathing and the pain. I do take pain pills, not just for this lung problem but for all the neck and back pain from the effects of AS and my spine! I try deep breathing exercises but I hurt so much that it’s so hard. You’re young so keep up deep breathing exercises now since you were lucky ento be diagnosed at an early age!! Get a good rheumatologist and read all you can about this disease and this Spondylitis.org is a fantastic site. Join a group if you can as other experiences help your knowledge!!
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Re: Humira - Day after injection pain Banana 07/23/19 10:17 PM
I never had any issues with Humira. I hope you made a doctors appointment so you can try something else. It can take time to get that appointment.


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Re: Lung Complications? Braxon 07/22/19 12:44 AM
Practice deep breathing exercizes such as qi gong.

Steam rooms and food grade hydrogen peroxide inhalation are of notable significance.
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Re: Viable jobs with Spondylitis/Enthesitis pain? Braxon 07/22/19 12:41 AM
Swimming is great for tendon damage and arthritic conditions in general.
It takes the pressure off the joints.
Maybe you can find a job at a local pool as a lifeguard?
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