I have Rhuematoid Arthritis, a recent discovery of a few months ago. However I've kept it under control without having to take the life threatening medications,Mexotrexate and Enbrel, which are usually recommended by doctors to shut down the over active immune system which is attacking the joints. Through a diet which excludes gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol or nightshade plants, my pain went away. I also had a slight tingling/numbing in one hand, Raynaud's Phenomenon, which often accompanies RA which also disappeared thanks to the good diet change.
Since Spirulina is purported to boost the immune system, and some manufacturers even claim it helps RA, I thought it would be a good supplement to take. I was wrong.
In only one day I noticed my fingers getting stiff agian. I thought maybe it was a food I might have eaten, and made sure I was very careful with my diet after that. But the RA pain, stiffness worsened. Finally by the 5th day I realized it must be the Spirulina and immediately stopped taking it.
After 2 days the RA pain diminished once again. But the tingling in one hand started up and got worse. I fought the one hand becoming numb 24/7. And suddenly my index fingers now are permanently stiff and sore. One now 'clicks' when bending, whereas it did not do that before taking the Spirulina. I was completely pain free before taking the Spirulina.
I am currently seeing RA doctors about this and not yet sure what can be done at this point. I since found a warning given by the Maryland Medical Center that no one with any auto-immune disease should take Spirulina, as it stimulates the immune system and makes the symptoms worse. Such warnings should be put on this product rather than the current false and harmful advertising. Spirulina, in my experience, had triggered the RA and made it much worse.
I have Rhuematoid Arthritis, a recent discovery of a few months ago. However I've kept it under control without having to take the life threatening medications,Mexotrexate and Enbrel, which are...... (more)