I am Doctor Thomas, a double board certified doctor in internal medicine and integrative medicine [American College of Medical Examiners], with advanced training in several other fields. I am a clinician of over 20 years experience. I will give you an initial answer or ask you a question, but be sure to use reply to expert to communicate with me as needed.
I am sorry to hear this once again. You are not alone.
The medicines cause their own problems, particularly when your are on so many.
They don't address underlying disease mediators, but some doctors are trained to do that.
The correct anti inflammatory diet is a must, but I will bet that no one has taught you this.
The medicines need to be streamlined.
You need an MRI of the lower back to see if this is from early disc problems, which can be remedied with specific physical therapy. A consultation from an MD of physical medicine and rehabilitation will help.
As to the metabolic aspects and disease mediators, the Institute of Functional Medicine has now trained a couple of groups of UK docs.
These docs will look at: neurotransmitter function, cellular energy function, hormonal function, bowel function, structure and toxicity and biotransformational ability, and address these, often with supplements, and help you stop the inflammation, as well as taper your meds and lose weight.
Call them here for a referral and see the practitioner list.
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Tell me your diet
meal to meal, typical day
You must find the type of doctor I mentioned.
In terms of starting on your own
The diet, in order of preference in quantity, should look like thisleafy greensgreen veggiesother veggieswhole fruit, beans and peasWhole grains no yeasted breads, dry cereals or anything refinedSeeds and nuts, but cut out seeds if you have any diverticulosis.A little tofu or tempeh dailyA little high quality soy or coconut milk yogurtThe soluble fiber in this strategy will stabilized colon function in about 6 to 8 weeks, then about 2 or three helpings of animal foods a week, preferably fish, can be added back.See the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, for instructions on this type of diet.