I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for thirty years. I have pain and swelling in all my joints. I have had my left knee replaced also three knuckles in my right hand. I have been on numerous medications for years. None of these proved to be much help. I was not going to take any of the drugs that knockout the immune system. So I was looking for something else when a good friend of mine went to the Stem Cell Institute for treatment of MS. The result was wonderful for him. So I applied and went to Panama City, Panama and had the treatments. We got home on a Tuesday and by Monday I could raise both arms over my head. I have not been able to do this in two years. I also have experienced a feeling of relief in my body. I think this is because the pain level is so much lower after my treatment. I look forward to the year ahead for my continued improvement. I am so thankful I went. My experience was very comfortable and made simple by the planning and preparations of the doctors and their staff.
“I could raise both arms over my head. I have not been able to do this in two years. I also have experienced a feeling of relief in my body. I think this is because the pain level is so much lower after my treatment.”
Update: April, 2011
I am doing quite well . At times, my hands and feet get sore and tender. This is not anywhere close to what it was before. I am thinking of coming back sometime in the future for another treatment. I think that would resolve that problem. Overall, my life has improved tremendously.
When I first came down with rheumatoid arthritis, I had a really big attack . All of my major joints were inflamed , swollen, and painful. At first, my doctors didn’t give me a diagnosis. After this initial onset, the symptoms settled down to my knees, ankles, and hands. This was the way it was for a good many years . Then my feet became involved.
My condition was debilitating. I couldn’t get out of a chair without a struggle or the aid of someone else. Standing was painful due to my feet and knees. Of course the pain, swelling, & inflammation were always present.
Since my stem cell treatment, I can get out of a chair without even thinking; normally and pain free. I am able to raise my arms over my head. I haven’t been able to do that for 5 years. In general, I can say that all my movements are fluid and more normal that they were before treatment .
My quality of life has improved so much.
I went for my Well Woman’s exam and told them about my GREAT improvements. My doctor was impressed and was glad I went; no bias. I still had a high Sed Rate. That was about four months ago. I feel this high rate is due to my hands and feet still having some problems.
However, after my doctor watched me move and walk around , and checked my joints for tenderness, she could see that I had improved.
I would like to say that I was greatly impressed with the doctors, staff and clinic in Panama. Everything was so thought-out. I had no worries because so much preparation had been done for the patients. I was impressed by such cleanliness both in the hospital and the clinic. The staff was so warm and friendly. The doctors were very patient-oriented and clear while explaining the treatments; no language barrier. Panama is such a beautiful country . We loved the history and the people. We just enjoyed our stay.
I have recommended this treatment to others many, many times. I speak to people very often about stem cell treatment and I never miss the opportunity to express how much this has changed my life. Let’s just say that I stay ready to inform people about these treatments!
I am so very thankful for the research that has been done for people. I was looking at being in a wheelchair in the future. Now, I am looking forward to yard work , showing my longhorn cattle, and vacationing with my husband. Enjoying life before was just a dream and now I can truly enjoy each day. Keep up the research. If I can be of any help I am your servant.