Welcome aboard, Heidi!
As you may know, rheumatoid arthritis is extremely serious, possibly life threatening. 50% of patients are on complete work disability within 10 years, in less than 10 years from the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.
While some people believe that natural medicines strenghten your health and, more generally, your immune system, it is widely recognized that natural medicines are not enough for any serious case of rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies have shown that as many as 66% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience a severe depression or display mild schizophrenia symptoms, akin to bipolar disorder. This is likely caused by inflammation of the cerebro-spinal fluid. Because these symptoms are caused by rheumatoid arthritis, they should disappear as patients control inflammation.
I invite you to go to the Medical studies folder of the Files section to take a .pdf copy of both the 1997 O’Dell study and the 1999 O’Dell study at:
In the Topics previously discussed folder of the Files section, at:
the following documents should prove helpful:
- Controling pain and inflammation
- Choosing a good specialist
- Finding an orthopaedist
- Quick start for Minocin
- Minocin vs. generic minocycline
Your daughter is seriously ill and could die if her inflammation is not brought under control as soon as possible to limit the extent of permanent damage. Your daughter should consult an orthopaedist and ask for a prescription of NSAIDs, acetaminophen and codeine to control pain and inflammation. In the mean time, any family doctor can make a preliminary diagnosis and prescribe the medications your daughter needs.
If the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is confirmed, your daughter should also ask for a prescription of Minocin (minocycline) and furosemide 40 mg (lasix). Over time, the antibiotics could lead to a full remission.
Good luck to your daughter,