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Tanya Martin at the beach in California

Tanya Martin

About Tanya Martin
I am an Internet geek. who has  been working on websites since 1998. In December 2003 I started feeling like I had a flu that was not going away, I went to my Nurse Practitioner who diagnosed me with some type of arthritis. I started some physical and massage therapy but still was not feeling any better. A few months later I talked to my sister on the phone and she asked me to go see her specialist. She was already dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Our mother also had Rheumatoid Arthritis. So I went to the Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist and began a treatment for arthritis. I really didn’t feel much better. I was tired all the time and stiff. About a year later I started taking Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs).  With this I thought I was seeing some improvement but shortly after getting off of prednisone I would flare again.

In April of 2007 the doctor added Biologic Response Modifiers to my treatment plan. Finally I was seeing much more improvement in my daily life. At this time I was on Arava, Enbrel injections weekly and folic acid. I still noticed feeling wiped out and in December of 2007 started B12 shots every 7 to 10 days, since then I have felt pretty good with just a few bumps in the road.

Update: Currently out of “remission” and looking forward to having less bumps in the road again soon.

 

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Biotinidase Deficiency Not RA

Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Dec 2003 because of joint pain and fatigue. Found out on July 19, 2013 that I really was profoundly low on Vitamin B7 because of a rare disease called Biotinidase Deficiency. When I found out I was very weak, hardly could get out of bed, could not turn my head without getting light headed, dragging my feet when I tried to walk, struggled to breath daily for years and was having many many other issues. From the first 24 hours of taking Biotin my symptoms started to disappear and my body started getting stronger again.

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