Since I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, I have been on and off numerous medications. I absolutely HATE prescription medications. I graduated college with a degree in Health Science and a minor in Holistic Health, only to find out that I have complete opposite views of the American healthcare system. This $ystem doesn’t focus on our health at all, it’s all about profit. And I was blind to this until I started going to a million different doctor appointments and occasional trips to the hospital. It seemed like every doctor I saw wanted me on a different medication or wanted to do certain “necessary” testing that just happened to not be covered by my insurance. A few of the more recent medications were Imuran, Cellcept, Plaquneil, and Prednisone. The thing is, all of these medications have dangerous side effects especially the Prednisone.
My symptoms – These vary from day to day but I’m going to mainly focus on how I felt on my worst days.
- Extreme migraines
- Red and swollen joints
- Rash on my face
- Lost the ability to bend my elbows completely and straighten my arms completely (so they were stuck in one position)
- Swollen feet and ankles to the point where I couldn’t wear closed shoes
- Lost the ability to curl my toes
- Lost the ability to make a fist (which caused me to basically become dependent on my boyfriend to help me with everything I needed to do)
- Had the worst possible insomnia due to the pain being so bad
- Mentally I thought I was going crazy
- Emotionally I was a mess because I lost my independence
- Had heartburn/stomach issues so bad that it hurt to take a deep breath
There’s so many other symptoms I could talk about but I don’t want to speak anything into existence. The moral of this list is that I lost my independence. I had to rely on my boyfriend, Tyler, to help me shower, dress, eat, and basically live from day to day. I felt like I was a 95 year old women needing
to be cared for in a nursing home. You’d think that being on so many medications that at least one of them would work to take the pain away. But no – they made me worse. The only thing that masked the pain was Prednisone and being such a small person, that took a huge toll on my body. I lost an extreme amount of weight, weighing in at a whopping 104lbs, I was super depressed, I always felt like I had excess energy that made me want to not stop moving (yeah that sounds great at first but I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t sit down and rest), I developed tremors in both of my hands, I couldn’t have a clear thought in my mind, I was a mess.
I was fed up. I started doing my own research on holistic ways to cure the body from the inside out. What I have found and what I continue to learn, has changed my life forever. I am now only on Plaquneil with manageable symptoms, still working hard to be symptom free! If you want to find out how I did this without the help of a medical professional, I will talk about ways to heal your body (that have truly worked for me) in the Self Healing section of my blog.