Lately, I have been struggling with my psoriatic arthritis. The arthritis is something that’s been a part of my life for almost 10 years now. At first I had a hard time getting it under control. The doctor tried a few different medicines but none of them did the job. Finally, I was put on Remicaide injections. That worked great. However, the medicine is what is called a biologic. I don’t know as much about the medicine or the type of medicine as I should, but I do know that it works by knocking down my immune system and that it raised my risk of getting cancer.
So, over a year ago I decided to try to start to eat a little better. I just about cut gluten completely from my diet. Then I started exercising a few times a week. That did wonders. So, I went from taking Remicaide to taking a much less dangerous drug called Otezla, That did the job too. But then I realized it was messing with my mind – depression and unable to process some thoughts clearly – so I stopped that. Now I am on Sulfasalazine and it’s yet to work. It can take 1-3 months to work so I’m still hopeful since I’ve only been on it about 6 weeks.
So, now I’m going to take the opportunity to try to heal myself with m mind.
Yeah, I know. That sounds ridiculous. And I’ve never been one to buy into the so-called woo-woo stuff. But, the more I open my mind to it, the more I’m starting to think it works, Recently, I’ve listened to a few different stories and I do believe that the mind is much more powerful then most people realize.
This isn’t to say I’m going to cast off medicine all together. In fact, I’m not going to turn away from Western medicine at all. I’m just going to embrace other possibilities too. I am aware that medicine is a big business and I’m also becoming increasingly aware that the mind is a powerful tool.
I already meditate sometimes. And I journal. And I practice positive thinking. So, the only change I’m going to make is meditating more and directing my meditation toward letting go of pain. I’m going to focus more on letting go of emotional pain. The theory is that my physical pain (my arthritis) is being caused by emotional pain. So, the intent is by getting rid of the emotional pain I will also get rid of my physical pain.
In addition to all the stuff I already do, I’ve also started doing thing thing called Tapping. I won’t go into the details about what it is or how it’s done. A Google search will provide better information then I can. But if you want to try it then this video is how I started: Healing – Tapping.
So, I will meditate more and turn to tapping, see how it goes, and provide a weekly update with my progress.