For those concerned about future joint replacement surgery, researchers in NC have found a way to grow cartilage from stem cells, found in fat, that are then grown on an external scaffold and implanted to custom fit the patient. This newly implanted cartilage is also designed to release anti-inflammatory molecules, as needed by the body, to help prevent future damage and is capable of bearing 10 times a person’s body weight. Although human trials are 3-5 years away and only osteoarthritis is described in the article, this is a great step forward in regenerative medicine and will hopefully hold promise for inflammatory forms of arthritis, too.
Severe, swift onset RA as a result of Lyme disease
Current Meds: Biaxin (500mg BID), Tetracycline (500mg BID), Tirosint (88mcg), Liothyronine (10 mcg), Compounded Liposomal Artemisinin, LDN (3mg), Topical Progesterone,
Current Supps: Curcumin, Bovine Colostrum, ALA. NAC, Milk Thistle, Super Liquid Folate/B12/B-Complex, Probiotics, Vit D3
Supportive Measures: IV Myer's Cocktails, IV Glutathione, FIR Sauna, Gluten-free diet, Gym.
RA tried everything: Methotraxate, Arava, Humira. Pneumonia three times. Anemia. Very low iron. Hypothyroidism
AP from April 2014 till August 2015. No luck.
Current medications: Natural thyroid, Mobic, LDN, supplements incl. milk thistle, NAC, vitamins and minerals.
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