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Posted by: Meg | 2008/06/04

Autoimmune disease and what now?

Hi, i am 28 and I have just been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease - my antibody count specific to autoimmune was 250 times higher than the max limit. I have a lot of trouble in the mornings just getting the strenght to get up. I have been referred to a rheumatologist - i am very concerned about going onto chronic drugs. I have read about glucosamine sulfate 1500 mg which rebuilds cartilage and reduces joint pain and inflammation. I started taking it a few days ago and I am making gradual improvements - nothing dramatic.

Is it necessary to visit the specialist? Will I be hurting myself if i take the glucosamine for 3 months and then see the rheumatologist? I am mainly afraid of taking painkillers and becoming dependent on them.

I have started yoga again and am trying to rebuild my strength. I am reducing dairy intake and increasing my omega 3 intake through fish, avos etc. I believe citrus is also to be avoided. Are these on the right track?

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Hello Meg,
Your autoimmune disease needs immediate attention from your rheumatologist so you understand the full extent of your condition.

I would also strongly suggest that you consult a well qualified nutrionist so your body chemistry is managed in a natural way and it is specific to your condition. Omega fish oils are always a benefit.

I would also suggest you see your local osteopath.

Best regards

Dr Ashburner Osteopath

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