RA can be treated with supplements and diet. You can get 90% or better relief.
Supplements to take ... Skullcap, MSM, Cod liver Oil,
Foods to eat ... fresh fruit, fresh vegatables, freshly ground flax seeds.
Foods to avoid ... red meat, carbonated beverages, fried foods, white bread.
Also see a naturopath in your area. You may have to try a few before you find one you like.
There are some new prescription drugs that are effective without the bad side effects of older RA meds, but the new meds are pricey.
The bottom line is you don't have to suffer you can reduceor eliminate RA pain. Also you want to aggressively pursue this so you don't get permanant joint damage.
email or pm me and I can give you more comprensive information.
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