Early in 1989, I began to experience increasing pain in my hands and feet which grew increasingly worse, but was not debilitating. After explaining the symptoms to my doctor during an annual physical, he diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis and prescribed ibuprofen 800 mg. three times a day. While renewing the prescription, the pharmacist mentioned the long term risks of large doses of ibuprofen. I cut the dose to 400 mg. three time a day and noticed no difference in the level of pain reduction.
A few months after the discovery of the disease, my doctor died following a long siege with cancer. My wife and I found a new doctor who confirmed the RA and continued the ibuprofen treatment.
It was about a year after being diagnosed that the knuckles on my hands became enlarged and the fingers "dropped" and slanted downward.
Within months of the change of doctors, a very lucky thing happened. A neighbor came up my drive where I was restoring an old racing boat, and noticed my enlarged knuckles and slanted fingers.
During the subsequent conversation, my friend told me about the book, "The Road Back" (see footnote) and about a support group for patients using antibiotics for their rheumatic diseases. She gave me the name of the leader of the group who I immediately contacted for information.
It took some planning to design an approach to the new doctor, who was an internist and a rheumatologist - a very bright young man. He read the protocol from Dr. Joseph Mercola and agreed to cooperate.
The results have been amazing. After the Minocin treatment was initiated in October 1992. the pain slowly diminished, the nodules on all of the tendons on the backs of my hands disappeared, my "dry eyes" ceased to be dry, and finally, the last remaining pain (in my feet) was gone.
I am continuing on the Minocin and my doctor has asked if he can submit my case history to a medical journal.
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*"The Road Back" is the first book Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown wrote. It has been updated and is now called "The Arthritis Breakthrough" by Henry Scammell and Thomas McPherson Brown, M.D.