All joking aside there is so much information that needs to be taken in. Unfortunately there is quite a bit of misinformation that can get in the way and cloud your judgement. So how do you know what to believe, what to try, what to stay away from?
I think starting off thinking logically and using common sense will go a long way. Many will say change your diet. They swear they started to feel better as soon as they changed their diet. Well of course you will! Anytime you start to eat healthier you body responds in a positive way and you will feel better RA or not. In the end you will still have RA. Foods do not cure RA, foods do not stop the progression of the disease either. Same rings true for those supplement drinks.
The earlier you start the medications the better. The side effects aren't fun I'm not gonna lie. Educate yourself on the different drug classes and what they will do for the disease. Remember as harsh as these medications are the overall benefits out weigh the risks.
- NSAIDs help with pain and inflammation
- DMARDs help slow the progression of the disease
- Analgesics are prescribed for pain relief
- Corticosteroids are also used for inflammation
- Biologics target specific parts of your immune system
- Antidepressants can also be used for pain management