Rheumatoid arthritis was a scary word I heard when I was a kid. My mother suffered from symptoms of arthritis in her knees for as long as I can remember. Her pain often immobilized her to the point where she could do nothing but lay in bed for days. At my young age, I never really put much thought into suffering the same fate. At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my right wrist. I’ve been battling the pain ever since.
When my right wrist began to ache, I thought nothing about it. I was often on the computer or playing video games. I thought perhaps I was just overdoing it with the electronics. When the pain lasted for two weeks, I decided to get it looked at. Although the x-ray came back normal, my doctor informed me that my blood work came back positive for rheumatoid arthritis. I began to wonder if I’d ever find relief. My doctor informed me that we were lucky to catch the ailment early on and that typically it is hard to find in the early stages.
There is no direct treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Many different treatments have been used, each time with different results. I was informed that anti-inflammatory agents may help but, the best way to slow the progression of the ailment is lifestyle change. I found comfort in exercise. Yoga became a daily routine in my life. Yoga is beneficial in many ways. Many people practice yoga as a form of pain management as it helps stimulate the muscles without putting too much strain on them and even helps relax them.
As I grew into my early 20s, I was still experiencing crippling pain. Although my pain was far less common due to my daily yoga, I still had episodes of terrible pain. Upon informing my adoptive mother of my issues, she recommended negative ion bracelets. The jewelry contains tourmaline crystals which cause negative ions to form from the surrounding air. Those -ions are then absorbed through your skin. The jewelry is said to help with pain (specifically arthritis pain), balance and energy. While studies suggest the bracelets seem to only work in a psychosomatic sense, I decided that I’d give anything a chance. Although, I felt no effects in the first few days, I soon realized I hadn’t experienced any pain.
Through daily yoga and daily wear of a negative ion bracelet, I’ve experienced no pain in the past two years. While some may argue that the ionized jewelry method is psychosomatic, I couldn’t be happier with my results. In my last examination, I’d shown no signs of progression since my original diagnosis. I’ve seemingly conquered the issue. I’d highly recommend either method.