Let me start this off by saying that I struggled with this decision. Everything in me wanted to give in another 6 months to see what would happen. Thoughts and questions flooded my head constantly.
"Am I giving up too soon?"
"Should I wait to see if x (workout, food elimination, etc) helps?"
"What will people think? Will they want to continue to follow a health coach with RA whose on medication?"
It was that last thought that cemented it for me. I was more concerned with what people thought of my treatment plan than I was concerned for my own health. That's when I knew I needed to do some research, and I knew just where to look.
I'd come across this podcast from Eileen Laird of phoenixhelix.com years ago and remember thinking how brave she was for coming out with that information. After listening for a bit, I realized that she'd made the right choice.
Today my husband and I and my rheumatologist talked it over and decided that it was the best course of action - for now. The goal is to minimize the amount of medication I'm on through eating AIP, moving daily, making sure I'm hydrated, manage my stress, and keep doing what I've started on working through past trauma.
I've started seeing a resurgence of symptoms over the past few weeks, and we were all concerned that if I allowed my RA to continue to progress, I'd lose function of my hands and feet. Nobody wanted that, so methotrexate it is until I see my numbers drop, and my pain and inflammation decrease.
One of the things I was thinking about on the way home is that even though it's not exactly what I wanted, it is still the ultimate act of self care. Moving from 100% natural to a more integrated approach has the best chance of giving me the life I want. And that's really the point of any treatment, right?!?