Hi, my name is Afshin, pronounced “of-sheen”.
Half of my 27 years have been dealing with symptoms of inflammatory polyarthritis and fibromyalgia. I was also recently diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder, so you’re getting the whole kit and caboodle here. My diagnosis maybe only two years old, but I have been managing these symptoms for over a decade before that. Honestly, I may or may not have diagnosed myself using google and went on a “natural” treatment bender, we all have those, no judgement here. I advocate for natural supports as well as medications because life would be impossible for me without either. Without my spearmint chapstick or folate supplement, I don’t know how I could sit through meetings or drive without needing an emesis bag. Most of my joints experience stiffness and pain, but my hands and feet have been at the forefront. I currently use the following to maintain my lifestyle: 50mg of Enbrel via weekly injections, 75 mg of Zoloft, and 2mg Abilify; I am about to also start a prednisone regiment.