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10/21/12 2:28 A

You may want to check with your local Y, they usually have a class for water walker, and one for people with joint issues, both of which are held in shallow water. emoticon

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10/16/12 10:16 P

That procrastinating is just too darn easy! Believe me, I know. Have faith in yourself and your partner and all will be fine.

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10/16/12 8:53 P

Thanks for the encouraging words Kerry. Your alot braver than I am. I do have a very trusting partner to help me out its just a matter of just doing it instead of procrastinating. emoticon

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10/16/12 6:57 P

I love the water class-I have two artificial knees and arthritic hips and lower back so I can't do a lot. I've never had a fear of water since we had swim lessons as small kids but I've had friends who did. I've had ladies in the class who couldn't swim but I just tell them to stay right next to the wall where you know you can grab hold. Maybe someone you trust could help you to take that step to the pool.

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10/15/12 6:46 P

Thanks for the concern. I have been considering aqua classes but my fear of water keeps me from doing so. I know eventually I will have to give in because my joints will only last for so long. Thank you for your blessings and I send many blessings your way.

TPETRIE Posts: 11,044
10/15/12 6:02 P

I know how you feel. Take it slow. If you can just walk in placxe for 10min. You don't need to go fast go at your own pace. I had knee surgery and I used an exercise bike. I started at the lowest I could and tried to complete 10 min. I did this for a couple of weeks and then moved up a notch. I also did the seated videos on sparkpeople. You don't have to keep their pace work with limitations, plous coach Nicole gives you easier solutions. Good luck.

SBECKER526 Posts: 1,492
10/14/12 9:16 P

I can empathize with you. I have rheumatoid arthritis and cannot take much pain medicine due to Barrett's Esophagus. My hands and knees are affected. I do several workouts during the day. In a flare up stage, I walk on an indoor track or outdoors on a gravel path in a park. I use the pool and take aqua classes in deep water.

I am streamlining my work at home to make things easier. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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10/13/12 10:40 P

I tried aleve and it does nothing. Right now advil is the only thing that will work but I dont like to take it everyday. I will however try the mineral ice. Thanks for the tips. I wish you all the best on your journey.

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10/13/12 2:38 P

Have any of your doctors suggested anti-inflammatory medications? I have severe degenerative osteoarthritis in both knees. I just had the left one replaced on September 17th, and as soon as it's strong enough to climb stairs to get into my house I will be getting the right one replaced. There are a lot of NSAID (non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) available both over the counter and prescription. I had to use a combination of acetominophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen (brands you would recognize-tylenol, motrin, aleve). Ask your Doctor! Also mineral ice (icy hot, biofreeze) helped a LOT! And surprisingly, so did ice packs. 15 minutes on after a workout or any time it was hurting. Don't try anything, medication or otherwise, without checking with your physician! I'm sure you wouldnt , but I always reming everyone :-) good luck with your healing!

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10/13/12 6:13 A

Hi

I was doing the 28 day boot camp and walking at least 30 minutes daily.

My knees were really bothering me a lot, though there was no swelling, and Imdidnt remember a specific injury. I also always do stretches after my walks and all those good things.

I finally broke down and went to the doctor. I have bursitis in both knees now. So, I'm wearing knee supports from the drug store, I got a shot of steroids, got steroids to take by mouth, and ice and elevate them after every wak. I'm a wimp, so didn't do the shots into the bursa. I don't like pain at all, and figured those shots would hurt too much.

The doc recommended taking a couple days off. I admit I did not, as with my other issues, walking just makesmothermissuesmtoo much better, but I certainly do the ice and elevation and the meds.

If it feels like something is torn, ormif there is swelling, redness, heat in the area or things like that, please see your doctor.

There are exercises,you can do that don't use knees, unfortunately, I'm limited by health to mostly walking.

I just slowed down for a few days. doc said to come back if it got worse

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10/13/12 5:59 A

Have any of your doctors suggested anti-inflammatory medications? I have severe degenerative osteoarthritis in both knees. I just had the left one replaced on September 17th, and as soon as it's strong enough to climb stairs to get into my house I will be getting the right one replaced. There are a lot of NSAID (non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) available both over the counter and prescription. I had to use a combination of acetominophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen (brands you would recognize-tylenol, motrin, aleve). Ask your Doctor! Also mineral ice (icy hot, biofreeze) helped a LOT! And surprisingly, so did ice packs. 15 minutes on after a workout or any time it was hurting. Don't try anything, medication or otherwise, without checking with your physician! I'm sure you wouldnt , but I always reming everyone :-) good luck with your healing!

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10/13/12 12:42 A

I have all kinds of test done and all come back negative. The only thing my doctor and specialists link the joint pain to is the early stages of rheamatoid arthritis. Because of having Graves Disease it can attack the joints, bones and muscles. The early stages of arthritis can show a negative result on tests. I like to keep everything in a postive aspect so I exercise anyway to keep my muscles strong. I know this may sound crazy but if I dont exercise my muscles will become weaker. I have to work through the pain. I mainly exercise and eat healthier to strengthen my heart and lungs. This is why I joined this program. I don't care if a lose a lot of weight, as long as my body is strong and healthy thats good enough for me.

ASHAIXIM Posts: 2,611
10/12/12 12:11 P

If all your joins ache has your doctor looked into the possibility that you have fibromyalgia? I know a lot of folks with it that have other issues as well (including myself) and if you do have it treatment can help a LOT! I take neurotin (gabapentin) myself but there are other options as well. I'm about to start back on my celebrex as well as my osteoarthritis is to the point where my knees are waking me up every night :P

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10/11/12 11:27 P

I run into knee pain -- residual from athletic injuries as a teenager -- periodically. Two suggestions once a new injury is ruled out -- indoor walking (very low impact) and water exercise. Swimming (freestyle, backstroke), water walking, etc. is quite a workout and typically much easier on the knees.

Good luck!

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10/11/12 1:31 P

Thanks colleen for the postive feedback and support. I will not let this illness take me down without a fight. I have been a fighter all my life, never the simple life. Thank you so much for caring.

Sincerely
Diane

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10/4/12 1:02 A

good luck Diane, Living with any chronic illness always throws a monkey wrench in our best laid plans. Keep moving forward- always listening to the pain cues your body sends in order to protect and maintain what you have. Only you will be able to figure out the right program and balance of activity that is right for you on any given day.

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10/3/12 9:45 P

I want to thank everyone for the great advice on my painful knees. I rested them for two days but they didn't improve. I rested a week and still no improvement. I went to my Doctor and xray showed nothing wrong with knees. I continue to exercise, more low impact but do continue to power walk alternating with a light jog. I was told that my graves disease is attacking my joints as not only my knees are sore but all my joints, upper and lower. It doesn't matter if I sit or work out there is pain. I feel good after I exercise so I continue to do so. I watch what I eat, all healthy, the occasional cheat (can't pass up homemade apple pie). Thank you to all for responding and caring.

Sincerely

Diane

TPETRIE Posts: 11,044
9/26/12 6:48 A

Hi Diane, You need to rest those knees a little. Also use ice packs every few hours, for 20 min. each session. I have had knee surgery and I saw a pt who gave me exercises for strengthening the knees. You can find some of these exercises on line, by searching. I also did the 11 min. seated cardio and I use an encumbant bike. Start off slow for about 10 min. then increase as you get stronger. Good Luck.

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9/26/12 3:51 A

hi Diane, I find comfort in resting with my legs fully supported on cold pillows placed lengthwise from heel to thigh a couple times a day. You never want to create a bridge beneath you joints that lets you pass anything under them--that "bridge" effect hyperextends the joints putting pressure on the nerves and compromises circulation. Dont forget to add a "P" to RICE. and Protect your joints as you heal and increase activity. Good luck on your journey emoticon

Edited by: COLLEENROSTE at: 9/26/2012 (03:53)
DIANE7786 SparkPoints: (78,373)
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9/25/12 11:46 P

You might consider chair exercises while you're knee is healing. Sparks has several chair exercise videos that won't affect your knees.

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9/25/12 2:59 P

Diane,

It's best to RICE (rest, ice, compress and elevate) until you are pain free for a solid week. If you do not experience any relief than you may want to contact your doctor. Working with sore knees may lead to further soreness or an injury that could leave you side-lined for more than a few days!

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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9/25/12 12:09 P

Hi, Diane ! If your knees are bothering you, you need to lay off any exercise for a few days to see if the pain will decrease. Knee injuries are very tough to diagnose and even worse to try to get to heal. If you try to exercise while your knees hurt, you risk making the injury worse than it is.

What to do ? How long have you had the pain ? If this has been going on for some time, you should talk to your doctor. If it's fairly recent, take a few days off from your exercise routine. RICE. rest, ice, compression and elevation.

You will not hinder your efforts at weight loss if you have to take time off to let your knees heal. When it comes to weight loss or even weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. In short, if you watch what you eat, you will not gain any weight because you can't exercise.

Take time off. if the knees don't feel any better by the end of the week, talk to your doctor. don't let this go to long. No one should be walking around with chronic pain.


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9/25/12 11:55 A

emoticon Hi everyone. Just need some help or suggestions on how to continue with my workouts when both knees are hurting. I dont know if I over did it on some of the exercises but they are really sore. I just barely get through a day of work. I dont want to stop working out for fear I will go downhill on my journey to a healthier life losing weight. Please help.

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