Well, since I’ve decided not to do the Cytoxan I’ve been wandering around the world wide web and am finding a few things that will help with my lung situation. Doing a search for Natural Scleroderma treatment, Curcumin was one of the front runners. It is supposed to help with the scaring, including my lungs. Curcumin is found in Tumeric. So every night I make myself a tea, consisting of Tumeric, Ginger and cinnamon as well as honey for a sweetener and almond milk.
My trial results on how I feel after drinking this for a week: I can almost straighten my arms. There is just a slight bend in them and my skin doesn’t feel like it’s going to rip when I do this. The Scleroderma started to go above my elbows and it was difficult and hurt to bend my arms and try to bring my hands to my shoulders. I can’t touch my shoulders yet, but I can bend my arms so my hands are straight up. I have slightly more movement in my wrists. With my palms up, I can bend them back, and bringing them forward, I can go slightly more than straight out – which is a huge improvement. The biggest thing I have noticed is that I’m not coughing as much AND I can take a deep breath without choking. The coughing/choking is due to the scarring in my lungs. It doesn’t help that I also have it in my esophagus so my throat area feels stiff, but I am taking medication for this.
Let me be clear – I AM NOT SAYING THIS WILL WORK FOR YOU OR ANYONE ELSE WITH SCLERODERMA – What I am saying is that for ME, I am noticing minor improvements with my symptoms which I am praising God for, as He created all things and if this is something that will work, I will try it.
There are side effects (as in all things) to taking Tumeric. It can affect your liver. So I pretty much drink a cup of the tea at night before bed, when my body is trying to repair itself. I drink nothing but water now, to help flush out my system so there is no lingering stuff in my that could cause damage. I only drink filtered water from the Britta pitcher as I don’t want to drink the added minerals in the bottled water.
As for diet, well, I’m not real strict with that. With limited funds, I cannot go crazy on a Paleo or Veggie diet, so … moderation is what I’m trying to do. I can say I don’t have much 0f a craving for sweets. Maybe an ice cream cone, as it’s pretty hot here in this non-air conditioned house.
Today I hooked up the portable swamp cooler. I love that it keeps the front area of the house cool, however, it is so loud.
So that is my world as of today. I hope you all have a great week!!