Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two bones meet. A joint functions to allow movement of the body parts it connects. Arthritis literally means inflammation of one or more joints. Arthritis is frequently accompanied by joint pain. Joint pain is referred to as arthralgia.

Arthritis is classified as one of the rheumatic diseases. These are conditions that are different individual illnesses, with differing features, treatments, complications, and prognosis. They are similar in that they have a tendency to affect the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons, and many have the potential to affect internal body areas as well. There are many forms of arthritis (over 100 have been described so far, and the number is growing). The forms range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation as a result of an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis). Together, the many forms of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States.

Arthritis sufferers include men and women, children and adults. Approximately 350 million people worldwide have arthritis. Over 40 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis, including over a quarter million children! More than half of those with arthritis are under 65 years of age. Nearly 60% of Americans with arthritis are women.

Arthritis Causes

The causes of arthritis depend on the form of arthritis. Causes include injury (leading to degenerative arthritis), abnormal metabolism (such as gout and pseudogout), inheritance (such as in osteoarthritis), infections (such as in the arthritis of Lyme disease), and an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus). Treatment programs, when possible, are often directed toward the precise cause of the arthritis. More than 21 million Americans have osteoarthritis. Approximately 2.1 million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis Symptoms

Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present. Loss of range of motion and deformity can result. Certain forms of arthritis can also be associated with pain and inflammation of tendons surrounding joints.

Some forms of arthritis are more of an annoyance than a serious medical problem. However, millions of people suffer daily with pain and disability from arthritis or its complications. Moreover, many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints. Therefore, symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling, weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell, and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.

Home Remedies for Arthritis

Arthritis treatment by means of Potato Juice:

The raw potato juice treatment is considered one of the most victorious biological treatments for rheumatic and arthritic situations. It has been used in folk medicine for over centuries. The conventional technique of preparing potato juice is to cut a medium-sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin, and put the slices overnight in a big glass filled with cold water. The water should be drunk in the sunrise on an empty stomach.. A medium-sized potato must be diluted with a cup of water and drunk first thing in the morning. One of the good and well liked home remedies for arthritis

Arthritis treatment with Other Raw Juices:

One cup of green juice, extracted from any green leafy vegetable, diverse in equal size with carrot, celery, and red beet juices is superior for arthritis. The alkaline action of raw juices dissolves the gathering of deposits around the joints and in extra tissues. A cup of fresh pineapple juice is also precious, as the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple juice reduces swelling and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis treatment via Sesame Seeds

A teaspoon of black sesame seeds, drenched in a quarter cup of water and kept overnight, has been found to be efficient in preventing frequent joint pains. The water in which the seeds are soaked must also be taken along with the seeds first thing in the morning. One of the best home remedies for arthritis

Arthritis treatment by means of Copper:

Drinking water kept overnight in a copper container accumulates traces of copper, which is said to build up the muscular system. A copper ring or bracelet is worn for the same cause.

Arthritis treatment with Calcium

Studies have exposed that calcium can help arthritis. Several patients have discovered that joint pains have either been reassured or have disappeared entirely after taking calcium. This mineral must be taken in the form of calcium lactate. Two teaspoons of calcium lactate, each teaspoon providing 400 mg of absorbable calcium, may be taken three times each day in water, before meals for at least four months.

Arthritis treatment via Garlic:

Garlic is an additional successful remedy for arthritis. It contains an anti-inflammatory property, which accounts for its efficiency in the treatment of this disease. Garlic may be taken raw or cooked according to person preference. One of the effective home remedies for arthritis

Arthritis treatment via Bananas:

Bananas, being a rich source of vitamin B6, have proved helpful in the treatment of arthritis. A diet of merely bananas for three or four days is advised in treating this situation. The patient may eat eight or nine bananas daily throughout this period and nothing else.

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Arthritis treatment with Lime

Lime has also been found useful as a home remedy for arthritis. The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of uric acid, which is the chief cause of some types of arthritis. The juice of one lime, diluted with water, may be taken once a day, if possible first thing in the morning.

Arthritis treatment with Alfalfa:

A tea made from the herb alfalfa, particularly from its seeds, has shown useful results in the treatment of arthritis. One teaspoon of alfalfa seeds might be added to one cup of water. Three to four cups of this tea must be taken daily by arthritics for at least two weeks. One of the safe home remedies for arthritis

Arthritis treatment by means of Green Gram Soup

Another home remedy found helpful in relieving pains in the joints is the use of green gram soup. This soup must be prepared by mixing a tablespoon of green gram in a cup of water, with two crushed garlic cloves. It must be taken two times a day

Arthritis treatment via Castor Oil:

Treatment with castor oil has been found helpful in arthritis. The process, as prescribed by a Spanish doctor, is to boil two tablespoons of castor oil over a stove burner. The oil must then be poured into a glass of fresh orange juice and taken before breakfast each day till the disease is cured. It was advised to patients to take it for three weeks, stay for another three weeks and then do it again for another three weeks. It is, though, essential that the patient must take an alkaline diet while adopting this form of treatment otherwise the value of the treatment will be gone. One of the well liked home remedies for arthritis

Arthritis treatment via Coconut or Mustard Oil

Warm coconut oil or mustard oil, mixed with two or three pieces of camphor must be massaged on rigid and aching joints. It will amplify blood supply, and decrease inflammation and stiffness with the calm warmth produced while massaging.

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  1. mouseandcat

    Sufferers of Arthritis – help RA and OA
    Arthritis in the fingers, hips, knees and feet
    I have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, teh RA is serum negative.

    What I would like help on is this….

    I appreciate the joints feeling sore but why do my hands fail to grip?
    Why pains down the thigh from hip to knee as well as the hip and knee?
    Why is the muscle at the back of the toes getting harder and less elastic and now the toes are sitting on it?

    Any help welcome.

    I do not see a rheumatologist and was told by one in 1996 that he did not want to see me as I could not take any of his tablets. [I am allergic to salicylates, lactose etc] the only pain killer I can have is 250mgs of paracetamol about every 6 to 8 hours and it is not enough.

    I do take many supplements. [am an ND]

    Any help welcome, exercise, pain killers, reassurance desperately needed.

    By the way it was diagnosed in 1982, proved in 1994 and 1996.

    Seeing the GP Wednesday as I feel my thyoxine at 100mcgs is low.

    I also have the beginnings of osteoporosis and am coeliac and have many other allergies.

    Absolutely allergic to wheat, dairy, alcohol, nuts, herbs, spices, and on a low fat diet. Do take enzyme tablets to be able to have a reasonable diet these are on prescription.

    Cod liver and vinegar are out with me. Sorry. That is why I qualified in ND and PhD in immunology but it is the pains that I need reasurrance on…anyone get them like me?

    Sufferers please help – self help is good

    1. geturfacts

      I’m assuming you are taking Glucosamine, but are you taking enough? 1,500mg should be the daily dosage.

      Also lubramine is a good supplement for the smaller joints.

      Any of the omega oils eg. evening primrose or fish oils help, but ask your doctor first if you are on blood thinning medication such as warfarin, as these supplements could be harmful if so.

      Get your vitamin d levels checked (blood test). Low vitamin d levels can cause leg and hip pain and stiffness. If your levels are very low you may have symptoms of softening of the bones (osteomalacia). 1000mg every day for a month initially should help, and then review your levels and either make sure you get enough sunshine in the day or keep taking supplements. Research foods high in vitamin d.

      Ask for a referral to a dietician who understands arthritis. Even osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition and can be aggravated by certain foods.

      Try exercising in water as this will enable you to strengthen and gain stamina without putting strain on your joints. You may be lucky and get a physiotherapy referral for hydrotherapy where you will be taught a custom made routine for you to continue. Also exercise will encourage your body to produce natural pain relieving hormones.

      Not knowing your age, but reading that you have many allergies and other health issues, suspect autoimmune problems eg. systemic lupus. Ask for blood tests to indicate autoimmunea activity.

      Sorry I have no idea what an ND qualification is.

      Pain wise depending on the location steroid injections help some people. Non steroidal anti-anflammatory drugs are a routine treatment but used long term they will ultimately damage your kidneys.

      Be honest with yourself about your personality type. If you know for sure you are not the addictive type then request narcotic based medication to supplement paracetamol, weak opiates initially, or tramadol, which for many people works very well. If you have any history of addictive behaviour, avoid this route. Ultimately you will have to increase the dose to the point where you will get no further relief but will be dependent. Some people take these medications regularly without problems, but for others it componds their problems. It depends on your physiological and psychological make up.

      If your walking is affected and you are not already doing so, consider using a cane. Anything that allows you to move more with less pain is useful.

      Try ointments such as Deep Heat, they can ease stiff joints – be careful not to put too much on as it burns!

      Some people get relief from TENS machines, which interrupt pain nerve pathways with a pulsing electrical current. Have you tried these?

      Tradditional chinese accupuncture works well with conditions causing pain, if you can afford it worth giving it a try.

      You know that currently there is no cure for this condition, but you can stop it worsening. I hope any one of these suggestions or any others helps.

  2. Wonder boy

    The intake of carbohydrate?
    Was the intake of carbohydrate in food related to getting of diseases such as heart attack, diabetes and obesity? if yes, can you people state the reasons and facts? i need to carry on this topic for my RNC. thanks!

  3. Marla

    To sufferers of immune disorders: How can I treat myself for possible lupus/rheumatoid arthritis? (detailed)?
    Allergic to dust/grass as a child, but allergy-free from age 13 until recently (I’m now in my late 20’s).

    Hep C

    Early 20’s: diagnosed with Hep C (untraced source). I was suddenly cured after 1 mo. My doctor said my own body got rid of it, which is rare for hep C patients.

    Several months later I noticed when I’d lay on my left side, there’s a tingly, tender sensation. There’s no pain and I got used to it so I’m just living with it.


    8 mos ago: sudden onset of stiffness/jammed feeling on both wrists (overnight). Always had weak/inflamed knees since 4 yrs back, would disappear with regular exercise.

    Got Sick

    Late last year I had flue more than a month. I was diagnosed with bronchitis, was on antibiotics and was cured right away.

    I started lightly working out again and just a month later I WAS SICK AGAIN! I was down for only 3 days though compared to the last time. Coughed 1 month. I was on stronger antibiotics and cured. I also saw an allergy doctor and was diagnosed with sinusitis and now on corticosteroids.


    My ANA blood test turned out POSITIVE. My doctor ordered a 2nd test for next month. She said it’s an indication of possible lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

    Extra info:

    Never been overweight my whole life.
    Ethnicity: Asian.
    My other “illnesses” recently diagnosed: costochondritis.
    Always had: severe dandruff, on and off but worse now; dandruff-related facial rash, only shows up on the same spots – left cheek near nose, between eyebrows.
    Falling hair is worse now.

    I’m a copywriter for more than 3 yrs. I admit my posture is VERY bad, often sitting or lying on my stomach on the bed (probably caused the costochondritis). Was diagnosed 4 yrs ago with borderline anemia (mother is anemic). Prescribed iron supplements but I stopped cos of side effects which is diarrhea.

    THIS IS MY DILEMMA: I was thinking of eating healthier and exercising again. But wouldn’t raising the immune system make things even worse? I just hate the idea of being on immune-suppressing drugs, considering my now sensitive liver. I would be more open to “natural” treatments. How do I go about this?

  4. swan tips

    Systemic Lupus, Steroids and Weight Gain?
    Does anyone here suffer from Systemic Lupus? My sister was diagnosed 4 years ago and is 5ft 5 inches tall. She has gone up to about 15 stones [210 pounds] because she must take steroids every day to control her illness. When she stops taking them she ends up in hospital as she is in so much pain. as it is she takes a smaller dosage of the steroids than is recommended because she is so upset about how much weight she has put on..

    Most of the time she is immobile as she finds it hard to walk without experiencing pain [it’s an autoimmune disease and suffererers can also experience arthiritic problems on top of everything else].

    My sister has become so upset by her weight gain given that she was always so slim before. She only eats organic, low fat foods, but this seems to make no difference to her being able to lose weight.

    Will this ever be possible whilst she is on steroids?
    Also is there any advice other Lupus sufferers can provide as to how they managed to lose the weight..
    P.S Would people mind not telling me about their friends, etc who have died from Lupus which I find quite upsetting.. I know people die but just want to know about weight loss.. thanks
    It is not one of my worries but one of my sisters as it is affecting her health…

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      Hello, I will never tell you about someone who is dying from Lupus but I will tell you about my wife who is living with and beating Lupus each and every day. Your sister should feel blessed that you care so much about her that you’d come in and ask this question.

      My wife has been taking steroids for most of her adult life. She was diagnosed with SLE at age 15 and is now 29. There has been definate weight gain as a result of the steroids, especially in the face (moonface…a side effect of prednisone). She is able to keep a lot of weight off by doing excercises. She has a lot of joint pain too, so she finds it beneficial to do low impact excercises such as swimming (she swims every day, rain or shine) or walking. She can take off weight but it will happen very slowly. Don’t change her diet too much, it seems like she’s already eating pretty well. Try to keep away from the salty foods as they tend to make one retain water, especially while on prednisone.

      If she’s in too much pain to swim or walk then just simply tightening up her abs, buttocks and trying to stretch will make her feel a little better (I know there are some times when the pain is just too much and excercise is out of the question)

      I think that the most important thing for your sister is to surround herself with people who support her no matter what. SLE is a terrible disease with horrific side effects from the medications. But you know what, like anything else in life…when given lemons make lemonade. My wife is the most beautiful woman in the world. She is also the strongest person I have ever met. She can do anything. I would curl up in a ball if I had to deal with half of the pain that she does on a daily basis. I’m not saying that she doesn’t have her bad days, because she does but in spite of everything she wakes up every day with a smile on her face. She is a practicing dentist (can you imagine the pain she feels every day in her hands from working on peoples teeth) and we are raising our two beautiful children.

      I tell you this because you have to let your sister know that there is a whole world out there outside of her Lupus. Lupus is just an obstacle, one which can be stepped around to have a beautiful life. Tell her that there’s nothing she can’t do and that she’ll be around for years and years to come (especially if she stays true to her health and continues to take her medications properly).

      If either of you have any more questions or just need some support at any time…please feel free to email us. I wish your sister, you and your family all the best that this world has to offer.

  5. N0_white_flag

    Will my daughter ever feel well again?
    She is recently diagnosed fibromyalgia. She’s just 20 years old, not even finished school yet. I’m so afraid that she will never have a day without pain again. Please can anyone out there who has it, or is living with someone who does, give me some encouragement ? Will she ever have a clear head or a pain free day again? I know we’ll have to re-think her options for a career and her life but she was always full of energy and quick with a smile…made me and others laugh everytime we’re around her. Will she ever laugh without pain? Will she ever wake up in the morning and feel great?
    Thanks to everyone for any info you can give me.

    1. ★☆✿❀

      Yes you can stop eating pork, but you might not find any difference.

      Here’s what I’ve found-

      What foods to avoid with lupus

      Alfalfa seeds and sprouts should be avoided because they contain an amino acid called L-canavanine. This amino acid can aggravate the symptoms of lupus.

      Animal meats, dairy, eggs, nori seaweed, and peanuts contain arachidonic acid. When used excessively, arachidonic acid can actually be destructive to the body.

      Beans and mushrooms, though tasty, contain amines and hydrazines, which increase lupus symptoms.

      Cured meats and hot dogs because they contain components that have been proven to trigger lupus symptoms.

      Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and white potatoes, called nightshade vegetables, should be avoided because they contain solanine, an agent that triggers inflammation and pain common to lupus sufferers.

      Fats. It’s suggested fat reduction can produce up to a 25% improvement in the aches and pains of a lupus patient.

      Herbs like andrographis, echinacea, eleutherococcus, garlic, ginseng, and Panax should be taken with caution since they are known to increase autoimmunity.

      Iron should come from food, not dietary supplements because it could promote joint destruction, pain, and swelling.

      Oils like corn, poppy seed, safflower, and sunflower actually encourage lupus episodes, called “flares.”

      You should replace salt with herbs. It is important to learn how to read the nutrition labels on foods you buy and also remember to stay away from excessive salt.

      Summarized: what foods to avoid with lupus

      If it’s easier to remember, alter your diet and menus to reflect these restrictions. You need to be sure to completely eliminate these foods from your diet:
      Animal fats, cholesterol, fatty meats like beef and pork, high-fat dairy products, high-fat foods, hydrogenated oils, and low-saturated fats.

      I hope you’re under the guidance of a rheumatologist who can help monitor your condition.


  6. Phaylen

    Have you Had a reactivation of Epstein Barr?
    5 years ago i suffered one of the worst cases of mononucleosis my Doctor had ever seen. Swollen neck/lymph nodes, terribly sore throat that required ice packs, chills and high fever. I was better in about a month and resumed normal activities.

    1 month ago (October 24th) I started feeling a pulling in my neck, like a tight muscle, over time this grew into a full on stiff neck with swollen lymph nodes from behind my ears to the back of my head to my collar bone. hey are palpable under the skin in places, soft, movable, but definitely swollen and my neck feels tight in the muscles. I went to the doctor and he said I had an ear infection and put me on Amoxicillan.

    A week and a half later I was no better and went to the ER and they told me i had a virus, sending me home with Augmentin, claiming I should let it run it’s course.
    I went to the internet for research and while I don’t believe i had mono again because reactivation of it is so very rare, plus, I don’t have a fever or a sore throat- just these swollen nodes and pain in my neck. I went back to the doctor and asked to be tested for Epstein Barr Virus.

    I got a call the following week and the nurse said “You Labs are back and consistent with reactivated Mono. Get lots of rest.” I had questions such as why it would reactivate with fewer symptoms, and how long i could expect these swollen nodes and neck pain to remain since it had already been a month… they didn’t have the time for me.

    My EBV test reads as follows

    Clinical Situation IgG-VCA EBNA EA IgM-VCA
    No past infection – – – –
    Acute Infection + – + +
    Convalescent Phase + + +/- +/-
    Past Infection + + – –
    Chronic of reactivated
    Infection + + – –

    My epstein Barr Panel showed two High Counts.
    EBV (VCA) Ab, IgG 936
    EBV Nuclear Ab, IgG 243

    Now, given that it is rare for people to get mono twice, and if they do it is usually WITHOUT symptoms or due to a suppressed immunity (Like Lupus or Arthritis) I went searching further for answers.

    Because i have had a small rash on my chest at the center of my breastbone that is occasionally itchy, as well as what had been diagnosed as dermatitis around my scalp and upper back- My symptoms seem to correlate with the dreaded word no one wants to hear: Lymphoma. It also seem EBV has a direct link to some Lymphomas.

    I called back my doctor and demanded a referral to an ENT and a CT scan of my neck- I’ve had chest X-rays previously due to a light persistent cough and they are normal.

    I’d like to ask Anyone who suffers from long term EBV effects if they experience swollen nodes and stiff neck for more than a month years after initial mono infection. Am i putting the car before the horse or being logical here. The concept of cancer frightens me to death, though there is no Lymphoma in my family.

    Do you EBV sufferers feel the same way? Do you have chronic swollen nodes and a stiff neck for more than 4 weeks at a time without other traditional mono symptoms?

    1. Doctor J

      Hi Phaylen. I am NOT an expert in Epstein Barr infections. However, I have a substantial interest in the role nutrition plays in the functioning of the immune system – which can play a significant role in controlling Epstein Barr infections and risk for various cancers.

      What I am offering here is merely conjecture – an educated hypothesis. There is very little specific scientific research in the area of Epstein Barr virus infections and nutritional status. What research is available suggests the following possibilities:

      1) Vitamin D deficiency is very common (an epidemic) and its effects on the immune system can impair the system’s ability to fight viral infections such as Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Have your doctors tested your blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D? This is the proper test for Vitamin D status. You want a number in the “high-normal” range to be healthy.

      2) Zinc status is a major player in immune system health. Low zinc intakes from normal diets are very common. Even marginally inadequate intakes of zinc can impair immune function and limit the immune system’s ability to contain a viral infection. Again, have your doctors tested your zinc status? Have they measured ANYTHING about your overall nutritional status?

      Below are a few links to scientific papers that support the comments I have made here.

      Best wishes and good luck.

      I have added a couple of additional papers on zinc. They are fairly technical but, they provide a solid scientific basis for the potential relationship between your zinc status, immune function, and risk of viral infection and cancer.

  7. lynne w

    Womens hair loss? anyone with remedy success stories?
    Since having my baby one year ago I have lost a lot of hair and I mean a lot of hair! I am 44 and my hair has lost condition and very thin and stringy, its quite long but i hardly have anything to put in a pony tail now. I am considering having the chop now its so bad. Has anyone had bad hair loss and have found any remedies that actually work if so, what?

    1. Sharon M

      Hair loss sufferers wake up in the morning and check their pillows for amounts of hair that have fallen out. They check their combs and hair brushes after every use and try to count the number of hairs contained therein. They check the number of hairs in the shower or sink after each wash. They grow anxious, nervous and scared each day. They worry about the impressions they will make on friends, bosses and co-workers, and even strangers who see them in public places. What a horrible way to live! If hair loss is beginning to be a daily worry for you, then, you’ve got to take action now and do something about it. In this article, you’ll discover and learn the Top 8 causes of hair loss in women, and how to deal with it.

      Normally, we lose 100 to 150 strands everyday, simply from combing or brushing and manipulating. If you have long hair this can look like a lot, but, considering the amount of hair on a head, it’s just a tiny amount. If hair is coming out in clumps or suddenly you notice circular patches of balding spots, then, there is definitely a problem, and treatment will be based upon the specific cause:

      The following causes should be investigated if you are experiencing more than the normal hair loss:

      1. Check Your Diet. An unbalanced diet, especially lack of protein, can cause temporary hair loss. Anemic women often experience hair loss.

      2. Menopausal Stage. Hormonal imbalance during this period, can escalate and unfortunately if not prevented will lead to permanent hair loss.

      3. Frequent Shampooing. Shampoos contain a lathering ingredient called surfactant. This can be irritating to the scalp and cause itching and scratching, thus increased hair loss.

      4. Improper Care. Too much manipulation such as hair color treatment, blow drying and heating with curling irons, etc.

      5. Stress And Anxiety. Life changing events such as divorce or death of loved ones, as well as career and financial difficulties.

      6. Diseases. Certain diseases like Thyroid problems, Diabetes and Lupus, can cause hair loss. However, once treatment has begun and the disease is under control, the hair loss can reverse itself. Chemotherapy for cancer patients can cause hair loss. Drugs and other medical procedures to treat diseases can cause hair loss, but, again, once the intake of a certain drug or medical procedure like chemotherapy stopped, the hair loss can reverse itself.

      7. Heredity. It can be inherited from both parents and unfortunately, is a permanent hair loss problem.

      8. Alopecia Areata. This is an autoimmune condition characterized by circular patches of baldness. Basically the body is attacking the hair follicles and cortisone shots in the affected areas are required, the earlier detection the better.

      There are two types of permanent loss in women. The first is patterned, in which hair loss is occurs on the top of the head but remains intact on the back of the head. The other is non-patterned, where loss occurs throughout the head and eventually leads to a bald appearance.
      You can find more information in my blog

  8. karen b

    can lupus cause food allergys and bad gallbladder?
    I had my gallbladder removed in 2007
    I am having food allergys but the test are normal
    can some one tell me if lupus can cause this.

    1. Emily F

      Yes, Lupus can cause a bad gallbladder but it is exceedingly rare (fewer than a dozen cases ever reported) and although Lupus sufferers are more prone to food allergies because of an overactive immune system, your tests are normal. Many people still have pain after having their gallbladder removed. Although many people can return to a normal diet after gallbladder removal, just as many have to continue with an extremely low fat diet for the rest of their lives (like me!). Try going non-fat for a month and see if it helps with the symptoms. If it does, stick with it. You did not say why you suspect Lupus or food allergies but I assume you are having rashes and maybe fatigue and joint pain? All of that could be attributed to biliary cholic that some people still get post gall bladder. Again, diet is the best defense. Also, stay away from caffeine, cola, chocolate, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. Your body may just be sensitive to all the garbage that is in our food. I swell up like a balloon, break out in rashes and get a reactive arthritis when I eat wrong even after the GB surgery. If no/low fat does not work for you perhaps you might have tests done to see if you are intolerant of gluten, the protein found in grain. Good luck!

    1. FishRN

      Celiac disease (also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. Glutens are a form of protein found in some grains. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate.

      What Causes Celiac Disease?

      Normally, the body’s immune system is designed to protect it from foreign invaders. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining. This causes inflammation in the intestines and damages the villi, the hair-like structures on the lining of the small intestine. Nutrients from food are absorbed by the villi. If the villi are damaged, the person cannot absorb nutrients and ends up malnourished, no matter how much he or she eats.

      Other causes of malabsorption include:

      Heredity (a close relative who has the disease).
      Medical procedures such as surgery, pregnancy or childbirth.
      Diseases such as viral infections.
      What Are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?

      Symptoms of celiac disease vary among sufferers and include:

      Digestive problems (abdominal bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea, pale stools, and weight loss).
      A severe skin rash called dermatitis herpitiformis.
      Anemia (low blood count).
      Musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain).
      Growth problems and failure to thrive (in children).
      Tingling sensation in the legs (caused by nerve damage and low calcium).
      Aphthous ulcers (sores in the mouth).
      Missed menstrual periods.
      What Health Problems Accompany Celiac Disease?

      Celiac disease can leave a person susceptible to other health problems, including:

      Osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and leads to fractures. This occurs because the person has trouble absorbing enough calcium and vitamin D.
      Miscarriage or infertility.
      Birth defects, such as neural tube defects (improper formation of the spine) caused by poor absorption of such nutrients as folic acid.
      Growth problems in children because they don’t absorb enough nutrients.
      Cancer of the intestine (very rare).
      People who have celiac disease may have other autoimmune diseases, including:

      Thyroid disease
      Type 1 diabetes
      Rheumatoid arthritis
      Sjögren’s syndrome (a disorder that causes insufficient moisture production by the glands)
      How Is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?

      If your doctor suspects you have celiac disease, he or she will perform a careful physical examination and will discuss your medical history with you. He or she may also perform a blood test to measure for higher levels of certain types of antibodies (substances produced by the immune system to fight harmful invaders) found in people with celiac disease.

      Your doctor may perform other tests to detect nutritional deficiencies, such as a blood test to detect iron levels; a low level of iron (which can cause anemia) can occur with celiac disease. A stool sample may be tested to detect fat in the stool, since celiac disease prevents fat from being absorbed from food.

      Your doctor may take a biopsy from your small intestine to check for damage to the villi. In a biopsy, the doctor inserts an endoscope (a thin, hollow tube) through your mouth and into the small intestine, and takes a sample of the small intestine with an instrument to examine under a microscope.

      How Is Celiac Disease Treated?

      If you have celiac disease, you can’t eat any foods that contain gluten (including wheat, rye, barley, and oats). Dropping gluten from your diet usually improves the condition within a few days and eventually ends the symptoms of the disease. In most cases, the villi are healed within six months.

      You’ll have to remain on this diet for the rest of your life; eating any gluten at all can damage your intestine and restart the problem.

      Some people with celiac disease have so much damage to their intestines that a gluten-free diet will not help them. These patients may have to receive intravenous (through a vein) nutrition supplements.

      Living Gluten-Free

      A gluten-free diet will be a big change in your life. You have to rethink your eating habits, including what you buy for lunch, what you eat at parties, or what you snack on. Following a gluten-free diet means you cannot eat many dietary “staples,” including pasta, cereals and many processed foods that contain grains. You will need to be careful when eating packaged foods, as they may contain gluten. Always read the ingredients of packaged foods and when eating in restaurants, ask about the ingredients of a dish before ordering.

      But, just because you have celiac disease, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a well-balanced diet. For instance, bread and pasta made from other types of flour (potato, rice, corn, or soy) are available. Food companies and some grocery stores also carry gluten-free bread and products. You can also eat fresh foods that have not been artificially processed, such as fruits, vegetables, meats and fish, since these do not contain gluten.

      A dietitian, a health care professional who specializes in food and nutrition, can help you with the gluten-free diet. There are also support groups that can help people with celiac disease make the adjustment.

  9. sante

    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven’t decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.


  10. Spioled princess

    Why was Micheal Jackson’s skin white? Did he have a skin Diesease.?
    Peopal have said he had vitiligo. But I dont know.

  11. Sarah

    My Dr. Just told I have diabetes! Any advice?
    I am 33 years old. Yesterday, my primary physician told me that I have diabetes. He just pricked my finger (after I shared symptoms) and knew on the spot. However, my OBGYN told me last fall that I was pre-diabetic and to get on a “diabetic diet”. I am SO angry. I feel the OBGYN should have prescribed something to help control my blood sugar BEFORE it got to this point. However, my pri. dr. didn’t prescribe ANYTHING either yesterday. He just told me I had diabetes, to visit ADA website, and to come back to see him in 3 months! Is this normal? Why do doctors seem to just wait around on MY health and just observe or wait till things get worse before doing anything about it? I am so devastated! My husband, however,has been very loving and supportive which is what I need right now. I have 3 small sons and can’t imagine living a sickly life before their little eyes. What are your thoughts?
    No, my PRIMARY DR. said I had diabetes on yesterday. HE didn’t prescribe anything. Why?

  12. bluebird60406

    26 year old female, with sudden arthritis all over my body…?
    One day I started my diet, that night, I started to have small pains in my feet. Within 24 hrs all my body started to be painful. Every joint. Even my jawbone when it first started. My bones keep popping, and they are swollen and very painful.
    Any ideas? I have two small children, and this is awful. It started 3 days ago. Thank you so much in advance 🙂
    I stopped the diet yesterday. It is not worth it. I was just eating alot less in general.
    I only dieted for two days, it is not the muscles. This is the joints.
    Found out about Fifth disease, parvovirus.
    My daughters and I have had all the symptoms, exactly. I am relieved to have found that out. Thanks everyone for your help.

    1. Ava

      You should see your doctor as soon as you can. There are many things that this could be, including but not limited to Lyme’s disease. Have you been camping lately? Been anywhere near deer ticks?

      Young women are the primary sufferers of autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia. It could be one of the many types of autoimmune diseases. It is probably only a coincidence that you started a new diet. Rheumatoid Arthritis often begins suddenly. Don’t be afraid to find out what you have! There are many new, very effective drugs that can help put Arthritis into remission before it does a lot of damage to your body but you must begin treatment early!

      See your doctor now. Good Luck! Ava

    1. Goldista

      Omega-3s in fish oil – play a key role in a range of vital body processes, from blood pressure and blood clotting to inflammation and immunity. They may be useful for preventing or treating many diseases and disorders.

      Fish oils appear to reduce the risk of heart disease.

      Omega-3s are also effective general anti-inflammatories, useful for joint problems, lupus, and psoriasis. Studies indicate that people with rheumatoid arthritis experience less joint swelling and stiffness, and may even be able to manage on lower doses of anti-inflammatory drugs, when they take fish oil supplements.

      Fish oils may help prevent colon cancer.

      Omega-3s may help fight breast cancer and maintain healthy breast tissue.

      Special tips:

      –To prevent side effects such as belching and flatulence, avoid taking the entire dose at one time. Try splitting a 3,000 mg daily dose into three 1,000 mg doses, and take throughout the day with meals.

      –Side effects vary depending on the brand, so if you have trouble tolerating one fish oil supplement, try switching to another brand.

      –Don’t buy cod liver oil as a source of omega-3s; the high amounts of vitamins A and D contained in these supplements can be toxic.

      –There is much debate about mercury levels in fish and fish oil supplements. Buy supplements from a reputable establishment, and look for sources from the cold Nordic seas. Pollution and contamination are not as high in those waters as in U.S. sources.

      –Women of childbearing age should try and consume 1 to 2 low mercury fish meals per week, so as to ensure proper omega-3 levels are passed on to their children.

      –Not all fish meals are equally beneficial. Broiled or baked fish has been shown to confer more heath benefits than fried fish or fish sandwiches.

      For preventing heart disease and related complications, lupus, psoriasis, eczema and Raynaud’s disease: Take 3,000 mg fish oils a day.

      For rheumatoid arthritis: Take 6,000 mg fish oils a day.

      For Crohn’s disease: Take 5,000 mg fish oils a day.

      Guidelines for Use –
      The best way to get fish oils–and omega-3s–is by packing your weekly diet with fish. Aim to put such delicacies as salmon, halibut, and cod on the table three or more times a week.

      The strongest evidence for the heart-healthy powers of the omega-3s comes from studies in which participants actually ate cold water fish regularly. Consider supplements for heart-related conditions only if you eat fish less than twice a week.

      Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis require fish oils in supplement form. The reason for this is that considerably high doses of omega-3s–more than what you’d get by eating three or more servings of fish a week–are needed to decrease inflammation.

      Take fish oil supplements with meals.

      Fish oil supplements can rapidly go rancid; store the pills in the refrigerator and avoid buying them in bulk.

      General Interaction –

      Omega-3s may intensify the blood-thinning effect of anticoagulants (blood thinners), including aspirin when taken long term. Internal bleeding–and excessive bleeding–is a risk.

      Possible Side Effects –

      Belching, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and bloating may occur. Sometimes these reactions develop as a result of poor quality in the supplement manufacturing–try switching brands if you suspect this is the cause. In other cases the body has problems processing oils in general due to poor bile acid production or other intestinal problems; try reducing the dose dramatically (to about 180 mg a day) and slowly increasing it over time.

      High doses impair the body’s ability to form blood clots, raising concerns that the supplements could cause internal bleeding. However, no such reaction was detected in a study of heart disease sufferers who took 8,000 mg of fish oil supplements in addition to aspirin (an anticoagulant).

      Very high doses of fish oils may cause your body to emit a slightly fishy odor.

      Cautions – Anyone with high triglycerides, a potentially serious situation, should get their cholesterol levels checked regularly. Fish oil is a helpful adjunct to conventional care for high cholesterol. It should not replace conventional drug treatment.

      If you have diabetes, don’t take fish oil supplements unless your doctor recommends it; some studies indicate that they may make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.

      Because omega-3s inhibit blood clotting, avoid taking fish oil supplements two weeks before and one week after surgery. Consult a doctor before taking the supplements if you have a chronic blood disorder.

    1. Anonymous

      . As women age, however, so does the hair and, depending upon heredity, lifestyle, diet and disease, hair becomes gray, brittle, and, in some cases much thinner. Fortunately, women today can do something about all of these conditions and maintain a more youthful appearance much longer.Probably the most devastating hair problem for women is thinning and balding. The gray can be colored; conditioners can restore suppleness, but no easy fix is available for significant hair loss. It is important to first isolate the cause of hair loss before making the decision to do something. Causes can be determined by a physician and may include one or more of the following:1.Heredity: From both parents, propensity for hair loss can be inherited and, unfortunately, is a permanent condition.2.Stress/Anxiety: Life-changing events, such as divorce or death, as well as career and financial difficulties can take their toll on hair growth. Fortunately, the condition is temporary and will dissipate as the cause does.3.Disease: Certain diseases (e.g., Diabetes, Lupus) will cause hair loss. Again, once treatment has begun and the disease is under control, the hair loss can reverse itself. Drugs for diseases can cause hair loss as well, and, again, once the drug is stopped, hair usually returns.4.Diet/Exercise: A bad diet, lack of exercise, and lack of hydration can cause hair loss to accelerate beyond the normal (normal being 100 or so strands a day). Again, this can be reversed with a better lifestyle.5.Skin and Scalp Infections: With treatment, hair loss will reverse.6.Menopause: Many women experience increased hair loss with the onset of menopause – this too may be permanent.There are two types of permanent hair loss in women. The first is patterned, in which hair is lost on the top of the head but remains intact on the back of the head. The other is non-patterned, where hair loss occurs throughout the head and, eventually, leads to a bald appearance. Dependent upon the type, there are several, although limited, options.There are hair loss products on the market specifically for women. This is important, because male products are not advised and can, indeed, be dangerous. These products will slow the hair loss process and may stimulate some regrowth. Wigs are now fashion accessories, and even women with normal hair often have several. This is a fortunate societal trend for sufferers of hair loss.Surgical procedures are available and are effective for patterned hair loss, because hair from the back of the head can be transplanted to the thinning frontal areas. These options are expensive and not covered by health insurance.

      However, a low-cost way of treating hair loss is by using Provillus. Provillus is an oral supplement, which works to block DHT, a form of testosterone that is responsible for 95 percent of hair loss. It also works to stimulate the scalp and bring dead follicles back to life. You can use Provillus as a preventive supplement, starting the program before hair loss becomes severe, or you can use it after DHT has already begun to take hold of your hair and scalp.
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