Dr. Valerie Nelson​

Board Certified Natural Integrative Doctor

Extreme Pain - Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis for the last 8 yrs. I have been on numerous medicines and none have ever stopped the pain and swelling I was having. It started in my hands and feet and gradually moved to several other joints.(knee’s, hip’s, shoulder’s) The swelling in my hands and feet was so bad that I was unable to get up and down with having terrible pain. Walking was increasingly becoming harder and kneeling was impossible. I could not lift anything that was heavier than 5lbs. without having more pain and causing additional swelling. This really affected my work as I sat at a computer all day. I had to frequently get up and walk around. I had to change the way I shop for food because I couldn’t carry the heavy bags. Laundry and cleaning also had to be done in smaller amounts. I was unable to run the sweeper at all because my right shoulder was so stiff and sore I could barely move it.    

It was depressing to not be able to do the things that gave me pleasure in the past. I loved to clean and took pride in my home. Eventually I had to stop doing these chores. My husband starting to do them for me and that really made me feel guilty. To top it all off, I was also going through menopause and having hot flashes and night sweats. I could not sleep a full night and I was frequently getting up to go to the bathroom. My doctors put me on several different medicines and none of them seemed to help. 

 Due to all the different medications, I started to develop other issues like hypertension, reflux disease and obesity. I tried to lose weight through all the latest fades like Atkins, Grapefruit diet, diet pills etc. Nothing helped me lose any weight. I just became frustrated and more depressed as I got heavier and heavier. The more weight I put on, the more swelling I had and the difficulty of moving around became increasingly worse. I stopped doing the activities I enjoyed such as bowling, gardening, and journaling. All of these activities now caused pain. 

 Eventually the doctors placed me on injectable medications which helped but did not take away the pain. They just kept increasing my doses and adding additional medications. I had to have monthly blood work to make sure my kidneys and liver were not affected by the drugs. I was so tired of taking pills and injecting myself. I had just reached my breaking point and so I prayed for the Lord to help me. I believe He led me to hear Dr. Nelson on the radio program on Word FM. I knew then I had to make an appointment with her. It only took one visit and everything changed. She took an extensive history of my current treatment and childhood health. We discussed not only physical but emotional and spiritual health as well. I was placed on a healthy regiment of vitamins and herbal medicines designed especially for me.  

I was very skeptical but I also agreed to a footbath. During this footbath, I experienced a popping in my right shoulder and noticed I could now move it without any pain. To this day, I have not experienced any further shoulder pain. After 3 months of treating with Dr. Nelson, I have stopped all of the biological medicines that were damaging my organs and causing a lot of my weight gain. I am slowly becoming more and more active as the swelling and weight is starting to drop off. 

  My joint pain is decreasing so much that I even feel like exercising! I have had such great success and I owe it all to Dr. Nelson and her staff. They are beyond professional and always friendly and encouraging. Dr. Nelson always seems to take her time and she really LISTENS. Instead of fixing the symptoms, she is getting to the root of my poor health. I recommend Dr. Nelson and Naturopathic Medicine to anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired! *

Cathy F.

McDonald, PA