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123BECKY SparkPoints: (1,817)
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12/11/12 9:17 P

I lost my Pysciotherapist, as I couldn't afford $100 every week anymore. I am trying to get into a free clinic but I don't know how long it will take.

123BECKY SparkPoints: (1,817)
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12/7/12 12:38 P

Thank you all for your support.

123BECKY SparkPoints: (1,817)
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12/5/12 8:14 P

Thank you for your response. I am doing 10 minutes of flexing exercises daily given as all I can do. I have been in a warm water pool once a week, but my husband can't drive me there. It is very difficult to walk. I use a power wheelchair and scooter outside. I walk back and forth in my family room when I am able during midday.

DALCANT757 Posts: 152
12/5/12 6:13 P

I agree with the diet comment. Learning to eat healthy is a huge part of it. I'm a fat guy who loves to cook and eat and I feel its the hardest part of losing weight.

Diet trackers like the one on this site can help you realize where all your calories are coming from. Don't starve yourself, but shoot to loose 1-2 pounds per week.

If you want to exercise, I recommend pool therapy or pool walking to ease the strain on your joints while providing some exercise. If you are seeing a PT, maybe you can try bodyweight supported treadmill training. If your arms are in good health, you can try using an ergometer. Getting on a regular exercise regimen can do wonders for pain in general.

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12/5/12 6:02 P

Hi 123BECKY,

Glad you are working with a physio. He/she is your best source as to what exercises you can do that will not exacerbate your current level of pain.

Weight loss is primarily from following a healthy diet that offers a slight caloric deficit. With your medical issues you may want to ask your physician for a referral to a registered dietitian who can evaluate your situation and base a diet on his/her findings. One that will allow you to lose weight, but not severely restrict calories that will have an effect on your OA.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

Edited by: SP_COACH_NANCY at: 12/5/2012 (18:14)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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12/5/12 4:42 P

It's really important given your physical issues that you consult witha doctor and get a referral to a physical therapist to design a program based on your individual needs.

Also check out the Limited Mobility lifestyle center for some great resources:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifestyle_cen
ter_detail.asp?id=19


123BECKY SparkPoints: (1,817)
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12/5/12 4:40 P

am handicapped with Spinal, Knee Osteoarthritis. I am in constant chronic pain. I do a ten minute physio. in morning and I am in severe pain for two hours. Between 10 am and 2 pm I can walk the distance of the room. I can't handle anything else. I use a wheelchair other times and a stairlift. My Pain Anesthesiologist instructed me the only thing that might reduce the pain was to lose weight. I have never succeeded before without hours of exercise. What do you suggest?


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