You‘ll suffer from stress-related rheumatoid arthritis
until you understand it.
You’ll suffer from stress-related rheumatoid arthritis
until you understand yourself better.
Understanding is done best in active doing:
in improvement …
It means more experience, more health, more success.
“You tell her,” my soul said to my body: “to me, she won’t listen.” (by Fritz Perls)
… So I woke one day in the early summer of 1994, at the end of April, with swollen fingers. Their skin was tensed and itched. I was surprised because I couldn‘t explain these swellings at the time, didn’t feel ill and wasn‘t exposed to any unusual physical or mental stress. Altogether, I thought the puffiness would disappear by itself again …
For the next two weeks, I realized I wasn‘t dealing with a mayfly. My fingers kept feeling puffed up after waking in the morning and looked glassy. It then took between half an hour to one hour to decongest, until – during the day – they would be almost completely mobile again.
Exposed to cold (for example, when shopping next to the cold shelves, in cold water) an unpleasant tingling sensation in my fingers showed up. It felt as if they had gone dead.
The swelling increased steadily and soon would remain during the day, although not as strong as it was after waking up. In the normal course of the day now came first obstructive movement restrictions in accessing and holding on. From time to time I felt a pulling and pulsing pain in my fingers and wrists.
The pain in fingers and hands became more intense. Additionally, I could very clearly feel the inflammatory heat in my joints.
Within days, swelling of the feet with stiffness after sleeping and short periods of rest during the day added to the symptoms.
June 1994, I had my first appointment with an internist rheumatologist. In order to protect him from the medication, I stopped breastfeeding my baby. After the anamnesis, the doctor first ordered a laboratory test.
The diagnosis: onset of severe rheumatoid arthritis with an aggressive course.
I was asked if I was pregnant and it was pointed out to me that I should avoid another pregnancy.
The treatment plan was simple: drug treatment should curb the progression of the disease.
In their selection and intensity, the drugs would be adjusted onto the current state of the disease. About one and a half years after the administration of gold and methotrexate, an operation of the joints would have to take place for by that time – so the doctor ensured me – the cartilage would have been destroyed by the inflammation.
For the moment I got painkillers, basic medicines, and vitamin E.
When I asked whether any substances contained would cause side effects that could be the same or worse for my body than a possible non-treatment of the condition, I got a little convincing, drawn-out “Noooo…” as an answer with the hasty afterthought: “but be sure to stop by to regularly determine your liver values!”.
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