One of the worst days in my life came when my doctor diagnosed me as having rheumatoid arthritis. It took him a couple of months to make a final determination. The cloud of the possibility hung over my head during that time. The more I read about that crippling disease the more I hoped I did not have it.
The day my rheumatologist told me he was sure it was rheumatoid arthritis, I left his office greatly disturbed as I walked to my car. All I could do was think the worse as I reflected on what I had been reading about the disease. This was in early 2004, and I was only 48 years old. But after my moment in the car, I declared, “I am not going out like this.”
Some weeks after the doctor’s diagnosis, rheumatoid arthritis got bad real quick. When I got up in the morning, every joint was seriously stiff. It was hard to grip a comb to comb my hair or to handle a toothbrush to brush my teeth. I had so much pain and stiffness, it was a struggle in the morning just getting dressed for work. I had to get up at 6:30 in the morning to make it to work by 9:00 a.m. And I lived less than five miles from the office.
Eventually, my wife had to drive me to the office because I could not walk from the parking lot to the building. After about a month of her doing that, I received permission to park in the garage below our building so I wouldn’t have to walk from the parking lot. I hated it. I was working in the downtown area with lots of great restaurants. But it was too painful to walk anywhere for lunch.
The first medicine my doctor prescribed me was plaquenil (generic name for hydroxychloroquine sulfate). He said it was a weak drug and took a long time to get in your system and start working. He discussed a number of options for additional and stronger medicine, including biologicals. But he perceived my reluctance to the stronger stuff.
One day, I went to our local Barnes and Noble store, and I stumbled across a book entitled, “The Bible Cure for Arthritis.” It is written by Dr. Don Colbert, MD. He specializes in alternative therapies. He combines faith with medicine. Being a Christian, I picked up a copy of the book. After flipping through it at the store, I decided to buy it.
The book is divided into four sections: Overcoming Arthritis with Proper Nutrition; Overcoming Arthritis with Vitamins and Supplements; Overcoming Arthritis with Exercise; and Overcoming Negative Thoughts and Emotions. I conscientiously applied the strategies in Dr. Colbert’s book. It is only 75 pages long. But it is loaded with good information and practical advice. Through the book, I became so enlightened about osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Colbert presents clearly stated and sensible strategies for overcoming the pain and inflammation experienced by arthritis sufferers.
My doctor told me that the turnaround he saw in me with regard to rheumatoid arthritis was mostly due to my efforts. He said plaquenil does not work fast enough to bring about the kind of results he saw in me. He tried to get me to, but I never took any additional prescription medicines.
I was under my doctor’s care for nine years. Never missed an appointment. My last day of prescription medicine was July 29, 2013. I have not needed to see my rheumatologist since then. I no longer take the supplements I was introduced to in Dr. Colbert’s book. For the past several years, waking up with pain and stiffness has been a thing of the past.
If you suffer from pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, I strongly recommend Dr. Colbert’s book. I am promoting it on my blog because I have used it, and I believe it is a useful resource for arthritis sufferers. You can order a copy of “The Bible Cure for Arthritis” on Amazon by clicking here.
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