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RA Symptoms?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

My rib cage feels like it's suffocating me, like I can't breathe. My sternum hurts and my lower back hurts and my rib cage hurts and I just don't feel well. Is it RA or something else?

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BSHAHN569 1/12/2008 9:31PM

    R.A. affects your joints normally. The joints most commonly affected are the wrists, fingers, ankles, elbows, hips, and knees. If your back hurts it could be one of the other "itis" family.

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ROCKERCHICK07 1/10/2008 8:31PM

    Be careful with that....We're tender cats, us RA folks. How much weight are you using?
Maybe less weight and more reps would be better for you.
If it continues after rest and giving yourself a break..see your doctor. Do you have access to a heated pool at a YWCA? I know that is what my Doctor wants me to do.
Take it easy there darlin....but I admire your spunk. Just be gentle with yourself.
Keep in touch...

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MERNAN 1/10/2008 9:54AM

  in my opinion, this kind of pain can be associated with working out with weights. If you are new to strength training or have added more weight or reps that could be the cause. those of us with RA have to approach strength training VERY carefully and slowly. just a thought.

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Weighing in...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Well, Wednesdays are typically my weigh-in day but I've joined this new challenge and we're supposed to weigh-in on Mondays so what to do, what to do? I weighed in this morning but was the same weight as last Wednesday so I guess I don't have to make a decision about changing my measurement scale at this point. I'll weigh in again Monday and see how it goes.

I've exercised 3 days this week so far -- 20 minutes a day each, which is good for me because it's been a long time since I've felt capable of exercising.

This past weekend, I had a really bad rheumatoid arthritis flare where painkillers didn't even touch the pain. I'm feeling better now, thanks but still have pain.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/9/2008 2:45PM

    Hang in there! Good for you regarding the regular exercise, keep it slow and gentle and eventually it will help with the RA pain believe it or not. If you are having a flare try either ice or warmth before you exercise as well and make sure you stretch a lot- for me that has proved essential. All the best, you're getting there...MJ

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Today's Weigh-in

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I wasn't going to weigh in today because I knew I gained but I did and I only gained half a pound from last week so that's not too bad since I've been eating really badly and not exercising.

But, it's time to get back on track. Foodwise, first and then exercise. I want a loss at the scale next week!



Saturday, December 29, 2007

Well, I did 20 minutes this morning even though the phone rang part way through and then my iPod earbud got stuck in my ear. I was going to do half an hour but my legs were still sore from yesterday. Yesterday, DH and I went to an art gallery and then wandered around Toronto for awhile. We went to a Ferrari dealership in Yorkville! Our plan was actually to go to a Norval Morrisseau gallery in Yorkville but alas, it was closed for the holidays. There was one really nice Morrisseau at the McMichael Art Gallery. Does walking around art galleries and Toronto count as exercise?

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ROCKERCHICK07 12/30/2007 9:18PM

    Walking is about as close to exercise as it gets sometimes for us RA suffers darling....so YES in my book!

Good for you working outJoanna !!!! I'm so proud of you....I need to try to do something...anything. You do inspire me more than I was....GOD why is it like pulling teeth??? It shouldn't be that hard for me.....I'm so damned goofy like this.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/29/2007 3:18PM

    Greetings from the other side of Canada! (I live 50k east of Vancouver). You did much better than I did over Christmas - I gained 4 lbs! But am back at exercising too. I think that walking around art galleries could count as exercise. For mind, and body. Seriously though, if you wear a pedometer, you would be surprised at how many steps you can add to your day by doing things like that.

BTW, would you believe that a friend of ours owns two Norval Morrisseau paintings? He bought them years ago when Morrisseau was still unknown, but he thought he had potential. Boy was he right!

Good for you for the 20 minutes exercise today. Have you signed up for sparkEarth? I have, and your recorded minutes show up on the right hand side of your start page (under login points) along with your goal. I find it very good for motiviation.

All the best for 2008.

Irene (another escapers person, who also loves to read.)

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Today's Weigh-in

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Well, I gained 1.8 pounds from last week but all-in-all, that's not too bad considering I've eaten two Christmas dinners plus Chinese on Christmas Eve, plus lots of cookies and chocolate plus a couple of mugs of Bailey's Irish Cream.

I had a good Christmas (I've posted photos of my presents on my SparkPage) and now, I'm looking forward to a few days of rest before I have to head back to work on January 2nd.

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ROCKERCHICK07 12/26/2007 5:11PM

    Good for you....1.8 pounds ia REALLY good during this time....you are inspiring me. I'm feeling as inspired as you, so I will gather strength from you. Joanna. Thanks for posting adn weighing for those of us too chicken to do so.....I will try to do it Monday.....I don't know WHY I"m on this New Years thing....like it's magic or something. I will be the same person. ::shakes head:: "magical thinking" will not change that. Anyhow....I"m happy that you posted, so I could read about how well you did in the face of the "Holidaze"...May the great God bless your efforts, and honesty.

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