It’s been 9 weeks since my last Humira injection and surprisingly, I’m doing well. Now, please keep in mind that when I say I’m doing well it means that I’m moving and not in intense mind-blowing pain (like I was pre-Hurmira). I still have plenty of aches, pains, and fatigue; however, I’m moving, I’m functioning, and I’m “biologic drug” free (and I am VERY thankful).
Over the last 10 weeks or so I have been taking a tincture my naturopathic physician gave me. Thank you Dr. Amy Chadwick for sending me this information:
The tincture is a combination of the following Gemmotherapies and Mother tinctures:
Tilia tomentosa Gemmotherapy (Silver Linden Tree Bud)
Passiflora tincture (Passion Flower)
Sambucus nigra glycerite (Elder Berry)
Leonorus tincture (Mother Wort)
The combination addresses the underlying endocrine imbalance that aggravates the auto-immune terrain and psoriatic inflammation. Tilia tomentosa and Passiflora are central nervous system calming and nourishing. They support healthy sympathetic and parasympathetic tone so that the body is not stuck in a fight/flight pattern. Elderberry helps with brain fog by assisting prolactin in the relaunching of dopamine in the central nervous system. The combination helps with pain, but indirectly. It is more about addressing the underlying terrain and working to create long term healing.
I really thought it was important to post this information for the rest of you, because I think the tincture is helping. I take about a ½ teaspoon twice a day, and although it doesn’t taste amazing, it’s a whole lot easier to take than injecting my thigh with a needle.
I saw my rheumatologist today and I could tell he was surprised I was feeling so well. He took a look at my right Achilles (the one that’s been swollen for forever) and made a comment that he thought it wasn’t as swollen as it has been in the past. He was very interested in Dr. Amy’s tincture, and actually, I had to pull out my phone to read her email to him explaining what was in the tincture. He didn’t say too much about it, but he was definitely intrigued and did say to take it as long as I thought it was helping (which I will).
Also during my appointment today, my rheumatologist wrote me a prescription for the NSAID, Mobic (Meloxicam), to take when my neck is really stiff and sore (it’s all part of my spondylitis). I don’t plan on taking it regularly, but it will be nice to have something to take on days my neck is being……. a pain in the neck.
Alaska is being pummeled with hurricane force winds and heavy rain. Each time a storm moves through I feel it in my bones. I’ve heard other friends with various autoimmune diseases say the same: when the weather is bad, I feel bad.
Thank you for all of your continued prayers and support. I am incredibly blessed to know there are people out there who don’t even know me, but pray for me, think of me, support me. Big hugs to all of you.
How have you been feeling lately? What are you struggling with?