I am an art jewelry designer & boutique owner. My life is rich with a loving and supportive family & a thriving business with loyal and fun clients. Nothing has stopped or slowed me down except physically not being able to play tennis or run around like crazy while I multi-task my type-A personality away. Soon, though, I am proud to say that I will be back to both those things.
“In 2009, I was actively playing tennis, dancing, and able to extend one foot above my head while remaining balanced as family looked on at my kookiness. I was no ballet dancer or yoga instructor, just loved that my body allowed me so much flexibility and strength. I had just turned 50 and was enjoying not only a very active lifestyle, but a thriving business as owner and jewelry designer in a quaint New England town.
I hope my story reaches those of you who are going through a similar journey of not knowing why you have been stricken with an autoimmune disorder. For no matter the cause, we are in a world surrounded by an invisible enemy, electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that either causes or can further make autoimmune issues worse. You have the power to do something about that! Just allow yourself time, patience and a plan and you too can be in a better and healthier place!
In hindsight, had I been educated about Electrohypersensitivity, I might have avoided a three year journey that includes trials of DMARDs, NSAIDs, prednisone; and I might have known that what I was feeling were symptoms of EMF’s rather than herxing.
My rheumatoid arthritis story began with persistent cold/ allergy symptoms in January 2010. In March 2010 I visited an ENT for what turned out to be mold allergies remedied by air purifiers in home & store. He also prescribed Xyzal for allergies. Soon after taking this, I began to feel lots of pain in my wrists. I must also share that I was constantly on my laptop writing blogs and adding to my business website. I also kept my cell phone within reach at all times since it served as my business phone.
In May 2010 I visited my PCP for a routine check up & complaint of hands & wrists that felt broken. Xrays proved negative. Advil helped but caused stomach issues. He referred me to a Rheumatologist.
The Rheumatologist’s Bag of Tricks
My first visit to my Rheumy, Dr. M., was in July 2010. Both he & my PCP suspected Sjogrens — “Suspected” being the key word to what I would hear over the next two years. No definitive diagnosis as yet, and the treatment plan consisted of encouraging words as Dr. M advised me to not worry. He truly believed there was something in his “Bag of Tricks that would work. His cheery attitude bode well, and so I hoped he would be able to end or at least improve my ailments. Dr. M. advised 1 tab qd Aleve which did nothing to help. At this time I had general aching w/ some position changes when bending at knees, but mostly in hands when gripping the steering wheel. I also felt this during fine manipulation of jewelry design work with hand tools. Overall energy was ok. . . .
On 7/28/10 my LABS: RF = 18, ANA screen = positive, Lyme = neg,
I took an ibuprofen product for a while, but knew that that was not a long term solution. My hands, wrists and arms continued to worsen with numbness, stabbing pain and major stiffness.
One day I walked past a sign that advertised that a Chiropractor could remedy joint pain, so I walked in. This was April 25, 2011. After xrays and 6 months of manipulation, I only saw my symptoms worsening. At the six month check point, I let him know that I needed to check back with my Rheumy to see what was happening to me. During this time my pain had progressed to all joints except for my hips. Where I started with hand & arm pain, I ended the six months with a multitude of issues such as trouble getting out of cars, walking up & down stairs and gripping anything smaller than a ping pong ball. My Chiro said that this was a typical response to his treatment at this time — and that it was a “good” sign” — OMG ! I walked out & never turned back.
Back to my rheumy I went on 10/31/11. Dr. M referred me to an allergist (per my request) to see if that was the cause of my ailments, but that turned out to be negative as the tests showed that I had no allergies. Dr. M. started me on PLAQUENIL 200 mg bid which I took for three weeks. I experienced worsened aches, stiffness, decreased appetite, 5 lb wt loss, difficulty chewing. I was back to advil 400 mg 4-5 x/d which still did not help. Next stop PREDNISONE 20 mg with a taper down of 5 mg each week. Dr. M said that he had seen 50% of his pts have their RA symptoms end with a round of low dose Pred. Again, I was hopeful. This time, I loved how all pain went away, energy increased and I was temporarily back to normal. Boy did I cram in lots of intense home improvement projects and a lot of dancing at a wedding in November. But, of course, I could not remain on Prednisone. I tried to see how I’d do on a maintenance dose of 2.5 mg.
My LABs on 10/30/12: RF higher at 41, Sjogren’s AB (SS-A) = 6.3 positive, ANA screen = positive, C-reactive protein high at 1.40 (<.80), Alpha-1Globulins high at 0.4 (0.1 – 0.3), Beta Globulins high at 1.7 (0.8 – 0.4). Interpretation: Decreased albumin & elevated acute phase reactants suggest acute inflammation — duh!!!
On 3/26/12 I was back to see what was next up in Dr. M’s Bag-of-Tricks, since I was still not doing well at all. It was to be Sulfasalazine 1000 mg BID. Between then & June 1, I required Prednisone and eventually tapered off completely by May 31.
From May 2012 until February 2013, I trialed Dr. Brown’s Antibiotic Protocol, which is low dose Minocycline. Testimonials number in the thousands from folks with varied rheumatic disorders who were able to eventually reach remission. I was able to bring my rheumatoid factor down to normal, but my stiffness and pain in joints and muscles continued. Earthing – Relief At Last
In August 2013, I read about Earthing and this eventually lead to my education about Electrohypersensitivity. Since Earthing and following Lloyd Burell’s Epsom Salt scrub protocols, and mitigation of any EMF’s in my home and boutique, I have been on the mend.
In October 2013, I wrote the following blog post: I have made an amazing discovery within the past month and one thing has lead to another. One of my fellow posters on the Roadback.org forum wrote about Earthing and its ability to heal by simply connecting with the Earth’s energy. It’s free, too. All one need do is walk barefoot on the earth’s surface. Walking on grass or a sandy beach are best. Or one can walk with conductive shoes (leather only) since most soles with synthetic materials stop the healing negative electrons from the Earth’s surface from reaching us.
Think of how great you felt or slept after walking barefoot on a sandy beach or in shallow lake or ocean water. Well, those electrons enter our bodies and seek out any positive electrons and sort of negate their oxidative properties. In other words, any inflammation is zapped and healing begins. Check out Earthing.com for more information. I’ve since purchased the products that allow you to Earth/ Ground anywhere. Like most, I don’t have the luxury of sitting in a park or on a beach (though I live across the street from one!) So I earth on sheets while sleeping, with bands on my wrists and ankles when working or watching TV, and with a universal mat beneath my laptop.
How do I know Earthing works, you ask???? Well, I feel immediate relief when a painful joint or aching muscle touches any of the products above that are attached to a ground port outlet. Another way I know this works is by seeing my nodules in my ankles, feet and knees go down to zero! No more soft bumps, either! And the last and most astonishing revelation is seeing the voltage in my body go from 10 volts when near a fluorescent bulb and not Earthed, down to Zero Volts the moment I Earth. That was the big reveal for me!!!! So go and google Earthing. I love the products and have recently purchased the pillow case, throw and more wire hookups to have in each room. I used to feel my fingers stiffen up as I wrote my blog on my laptop (a major source of EMFs). Now they are loose & nimble while earthing with the orange bands wrapped around my hand.
But the greatest reveal of all was the realization that I have been one of the rare few who are Electrohypersensitive or EHS. I truly believe that this was what brought on my RA.
The Cornet Meter
I measured the EMF in my boutique and saw that it was off the charts. It showed that the fluorescent bulbs were the major culprits. I hadn’t switched them out yet so that day, when I was swamped with customers and couldn’t attach myself to my earthing bands via wires, I was exhausted and feeling joint & muscle aches and pain everywhere. Also my appetite was back to zero. As soon as I got home and began earthing I could feel my body relax and the pain ebb away. And I now sleep like a baby because I lay on an Earthing sheet & pillow case. I also use the earthing throw, so when I sleep I feel like Mother Earth is hugging me.
After using my Cornet meter around the house & my boutique, the MAJOR bad guys were the Digital TV, Smart meter, digital clocks, and microwave when on. I quickly began mitigation to rid my home & workplace of these EMF monsters.
I also self administer Reiki and work to balance my Chakras — an amazing journey in and of itself! I know that with time I will be able to play tennis again, but for now am content to walk without a limp and dance and even do Pilates Planks — Yes!!!
The biggest thing that has brought on the quickest turn around toward health, strength and wellness for me is the Earthcalm Home Protection System; and the Nova Bracelet and Quantum Cell for when I’m away from home.
I wish you health, happiness and a love and light-filled life. Kariann Price”