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I had an appointment today with a rheumatologist. He was a nice guy and very thorough. I was referred to him for help in finding the cause of my bone marrow edema.
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis today....
I was bummed.
I am having issues with my right hand. My pinky is heading off in another direction lol and the other fingers are more knobby. My wrist hurts there, too. I have been having trouble with doing the dishes for quite some time often dropping and breaking things. (We are moving to more plastic lol) My knee is getting better, but does not bend properly and my never. But, the painful flare is dissipating.
He started me on a medicine called sulfasalazine, which is a medicine for inflammation, but not a pain medicine. So not an NSAID. I hope it helps. I know there is no cure for this and like my MG, we need to slow down the progression/flares.
I am still going to do the things I love like gardening and sewing until I just can't any longer. It may take me longer to complete tasks, but I am not going to stop doing them. I can't. Now, granted with the Myasthenia, I will be resting often with no choice as it is still progressing. I am hoping to start a very beginner yoga class in April as long as my body will let me. I missed the start of the last class because of the bone marrow edema.
Honestly, I just want to enjoy life. I just have to do that now with Myasthenia Gravis, Rheumatoid Arthrits, and Fibromyalgia. It can and will be done. :)
These are a tasty treat when you need a boost of energy! Packed with protein from the peanut butter and oats, these will help you power through a workout. The fiber in the oats and the good fat in the peanut butter will keep satisfied until your next meal. Give them a try! As always, use organic ingredients when possible. Peanut Butter Power Balls
2/3 c organic peanut butter
1 t vanilla
2 T raw honey
1 c quick oats
1/2 c mini chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life if dairy free) Shoot for dark chocolate.
Add peanut butter, vanilla, and honey in a bowl. Mix well. Add in oats and chips and mix until well incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop and roll to make small balls. Makes about 18. Enjoy!
To change it up, you can replace 1/4 c of the mini chocolate chips with dried cranberries and dried apricots. So good!
I love the flavors in this bowl! It is one of my husband's favorites and it doesn't even have meat in it!
I hope you give it a try and love it as much as we do. You can adjust the heat by adding a bit more cayenne if you'd like. Remember to use organic as much as possible, especially for the corn!
Elote Sauce 4 T dairy free plain yogurt 2 T vegan mayo 1/8th t cayenne 1/2 lime zest 1/2 lime juice pinch of salt & pepper to taste Mix and set aside
Bowl cooked rice of choice (I like jasmine) 1 can chickpeas 1 can corn 1/2 lime zest 1/2 lime juice pinch of salt & pepper radish pumpkin seeds cilantro
Thinly slice radish and chop about 2 T of cilantro. Add lime zest and juice into a small bowl. Heat skillet with a bit of coconut oil and crisp the chickpeas. Cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with lime zest and juice and sprinkle with a pinch of salt & pepper. Add corn to hot skillet and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until blackened in spots. Sprinkle with salt.
You know the slogan. Milk does a body good. Well, no, not really.
Dairy has been shown to have a negative affect on endothelial cells. This cell layer is a one cell thick lining of all of our blood vessels. Endothelial cells manufacture a protective molecule of gas called nitric oxide, which protects our blood vessels. It keeps our blood flowing smoothly, it is the strongest dilator of our blood vessels, it inhibits the formation of blockages, and it inhibits inflammation.
Dairy, along with all animal products, damage that layer of endothelial cells in our blood vessels. Without that functioning layer, nitric oxide cannot be produced. Without enough nitric oxide, the plaque blockages build up eventually creating heart disease and strokes.
Dairy is loaded with hormones. Even if you buy organic milk without recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), it will still have high hormone levels. Why? Because dairy cows are always kept pregnant so they have lots of circulating hormones that pass to…