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Update on My Health

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

For the last week and a half, I have been having pain in my sternum and shoulder blades and it sometimes feels like my rib cage is squeezing the air out of me so that it's hard to catch my breath. Because of this, I had an appointment with my GP on Monday and he sent me for a chest x-ray. Also, because of this, my rheumatologist has made an appointment for me to go to a local hospital tomorrow morning for a ECG. He wants an ECG done to rule out the possibility of pericarditis (essentially inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart). Another possibility for this trouble I'm having is the Humira that I take bi-weekly so he has suggested that I stop taking it until we figure this out.

  
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ROCKERCHICK07 1/19/2008 12:22PM

    I wish you the best....it's scary to have that feeling I'm sure Joanna. How are you feeling now?
Sending you healing energy!

Akasha

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BECKH888 1/17/2008 12:06PM

    Keep us posted. I hope everything goes well and it is nothing serious. God bless, Beckie

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MOLLIEMAC 1/17/2008 8:33AM

    Glad to see that you and your doctors are being proactive- good luck!...MJ

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Official Weigh-In Day

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I belong to a challenge where the weigh-in day is Monday so I can't change my weight tracker (below). So, I thought I would just post my weight here in my blog just like I do every Wednesday.

I'm down 2.6 pounds. Woohoo! So, officially I'm at 214.4 this morning. Bring it on, baby. Oh yeah... :)

  
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OKANOG 1/18/2008 2:46PM

  WOOO!HOOO! YOUR DOING GREAT BKWERM!

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MOLLIEMAC 1/16/2008 2:34PM

    Well done! You've started the ball rolling, now keep that momentum growing...MJ

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My Post in Basic Monthly Challenges

Friday, January 11, 2008

I just posted this in the team named above but I wanted to post it here, too.


I just want all of you to know that I'm having a really bad week and I'm not normally like this. Normally, I'm a fairly happy person who eats reasonably well. But, this week...

I have rheumatoid arthritis and I've been very sore all week (it's been very damp here). And, my husband is working afternoons this week, which means I don't see him except for when I get up in the morning before work and then it's basically a hug and kiss and then on to my day while he sleeps before he has to go to work. And, at my work, they're negotiating a contract for us but the deadline for the negotiations to be finished is next week and I'm worried that I might have to go on strike, not that I want to or anything but because the membership voted in favour of strike and because I'm a member, that means I would have to go on strike, too. And, because it's a sister weekend this weekend with my sisters but I'm not going because I just didn't feel up to it and because after my husband worked afternoons all week, he told me yesterday that he was working tomorrow too and frankly, I was just depressed and stressed and sore and eating bad stuff makes me feel a little better.

But, tonight on the way home, I had to stop to pick up a prescription and I thought to myself, I should get myself a treat like a bag of chips or a chocolate bar so I perused the aisles of the drugstore looking for something that would be tasty but then I decided that instead I would pick up a pre-cooked skinless, BBQ chicken and take that home and I'd fry up some onions (which I don't usually eat because they give me gas but what the heck, hubby's at work so who cares) in cooking spray and little olive oil and I'd bake some frozen french fries and even if it's not the healthiest food in the world, it's better for me than the chips and/or chocolate I was thinking about getting so that's what I did. And, I cranked up the tunes and read my book and felt not quite so depressed. And, then my husband called from work and told me that his overtime for tomorrow had been cancelled and even though, I know that he was disappointed, I told him that I was glad because I missed him and that meant that we could hang together tomorrow and he agreed and said that was good, too and wanted to know what I wanted to do so we're probably going to see a movie and go to our local bookstore to spend some of the gift certificates that we got for Christmas. And, even though I'm still pretty sore, everything else seems a whole lot better.

And, next week will be better because he's on days.

  
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MOLLIEMAC 1/13/2008 9:17AM

    I hope next week is better for you. RA is definitely affected by stress - sounds like you need to deal with that in order to get your physical health improved. I was employed in a high stress job for many years- when I finally left there was slow but immense improvement in my health. I wish you the best...MJ

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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...
Akasha

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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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