Rheumatoid arthritis? First, become a relief expert!

The following points are often easily underestimated, as they fall in the common-sense category, and we presume: “Everyone knows that – it isn’t of much value.“ But just as in the HÜ exercises, every single one of the following points was important to my successful healing process:

1. Leading a healthy lifestyle and balancing a potential lack of vitamins and minerals. I always choose the healthier alternative. Thereby it was especially crucial for me to cover my body’s needs for vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, coenzymes, amino- and fatty acids throughout the day and that any existing deficiencies were sufficiently balanced. In case of deficiency symptoms, I would consult my doctor or pharmacist and ask for possible compensation.

2. Detoxing: I ate as healthy as possible without starving myself, drank plenty of water and unsweetened teas, and reduced sugar and sweetener as much as I could. Every tiny victory felt satisfying. Coffee, nicotine and alcohol were out of the question. Small habits, such as placing a tumbler next to my toothbrush and a large bottle of water or unsweetened tea in a prominent spot, helped me remember to keep my body hydrated.

3. A medication check-up by my doctor and pharmacist for undesirable interactions and necessity. It enclosed all medications I was currently taking, whether on a permanent or intermittent basis (regardless of how these medications were prescribed to me and whether they came as juices, pills or capsules, in therapeutic patches, ointments, etc.). I always asked the physician about every little detail I didn’t understand:

“When I may consume milk, coffee, and iron-containing juices or foods after taking my medication? “

“Which medications are combinable? “

“Which of my nutritional supplements can I take with my medications? “

I thoroughly read the instruction leaflets of my medication, firstly leaving me not much brighter than before. But I didn’t give up. I noted my questions and asked as long as it took for me to understand. Especially carefully, I’d ask about any side effects and write down the answers as I got them. In doing so, I – like any other human being – relied on the professionalism and – with a certain complexity of the proposed questions – the goodwill of my respective counterpart. Not every explanation I got was satisfying, and not every consultation service included the performance I expected for the price. Nor did every answer hit the nail on the head or was even correct. But despite all the frustration about the things we are ashamed of or do not understand, it is crucially important to learn to explain the important things around us to ourselves and successfully ask the right questions. Acquiring knowledge is often a process where the only thing to do is circle the problem we want to solve until we get to the middle. In life, we always risk being unable to formulate our questions comprehensibly enough and use the answers we have received. The less shameful or offending we perceive as a lack of knowledge, insecurity, and failure, the more comfortable we get in gaining knowledge.

I integrated the information on medications and nutritional supplements; I obtained them carefully into my daily planning and wrote them all in order. Whenever I felt uncertain, I would ask my doctor (or pharmacist) again.

4. Sleep, breaks in between tasks and outdoor activities as well as socialising

5. Non-polluted carpets, furniture and clothing in my living space

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