In 2005, I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 18. I was unable to hold a pencil, could barely walk, and was in constant pain. Other notable symptoms included extreme fatigue, depression & anxiety, brain fog, and sleep problems.
The next four years were pretty ugly; I was maxed out on Methotrexate while concurrently taking high doses of Prednisone, Leflunomide, and Humira. Despite being on multiple heavy-hitting meds, I was still struggling with basic day-to-day tasks. Due to my poor response to treatment, the inclusion of an IV treatment such as Remicade was also under discussion.
Thankfully, I avoided Remicade and have slowly reversed my disease over the last 10 years using diet, movement, and functional medicine. I’ve successfully dropped 3 out of 4 meds while lowering my disease activity significantly and hope to eventually be in full remission.