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Thursday, February 09, 2012

I WANTED to walk so bad last night but did not because as I've said before - my back has spoken so I decided to listen for once. I'm glad I did listen - my back is feeling much better today. emoticon

I haven't mentioned this much lately (haven't really blogged as much as I used to) but I've had some really BAD swelling in my hands/fingers and feet/toes!! Also, when I weigh, my weight will LITERALLY fluctuate up and down by 7 lbs. overnight. YES - I DO drink ALL of my water PLUS each weekday - probably only 1/2 that on weekends. I haven't changed my weight ticker in a while now because I truly don't know what it really is! I've been so disappointed in myself for not losing after tracking my food and exercising that it was too depressing and final to change it. emoticon

Today has been the WORSE day that the swelling has been - I had to take my wedding ring off!! This has really bothered me. My ring is normally ALWAYS loose - even when I was 40 lbs. heavier my fingers were never "fat".

I decided to do a little research and I'm glad that I did. It has prepared me even more for my visit to UAB's Endocrinology office next week in Birmingham. There is a checklist to complete and out of 50 items, I could check off 29 of them as "symptoms" I am having. While I'm not happy that I have an obvious thyroid problem, hence the reason my general practitioner is sending me to the specialist at UAB; I'm almost relieved that I'm not crazy! Does that even make sense?

For example, just to name a few items out of the 3 categories on the checklist:

1) I have a family history of thyroid disease (AUNT-thyroid cancer-deceased Nov. 2010).

2) I am gaining weight 'inappropriately'/unable to lose weight with diet & exercise (inappropriately is a nice way to put it!)

3) Pains in joints

4) Moody (poor hubby and kiddos)

5) Forgetful/can't remember things/difficulty concentrating (Thank goodness my boss hasn't noticed so much!)

6) Feeling fatigued/exhausted and run down, sluggish, lethargic (So hard to see the disappointment in your family's faces when you just CAN NOT do anything!)

7) Low body temp (feeling cold when no one else is-poor poor co-workers)

8) Hair falling out, skin is dry, eyes feel dry/gritty (was beginning to think I might have pink eye round 2!)

and so on and so on........

So according to just this checklist it is "highly possible" I might be diagnosed as hypothyroid with hashimotos (sp?). Not happy about it but feel "validated" for once and feeling that I'm nearing the finish line by going to the specialist Wed. and beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once I can get things regulated and back on track I know I'll continue losing and getting healthy then!! So I will continue to watch my diet and I'll even continue to exercise in the meantime!!

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BILLTMAN 2/10/2012 8:30AM

    My first thought was check your sodium intake but reading all the other symptoms on your list, I'm glad you're getting yourself checked out. I pray that it is something simple that can be controlled by diet.

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OWENZZOO 2/10/2012 7:35AM

    I've been on thyroid medication for 14 years and I can really tell if I miss a day (or a few, oops!). Hopefully your suspicions will be confirmed and you will be able to have a quick resolution.

Anna emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 2/10/2012 2:08AM

    It seems we have more in common than what I imagined! I've had Hashimoto disease since I was 20. I had to do an FNA biopsy on one of the two lumps because there was cancer suspicion but thankfully it came out negative! My antibodies have fluctuated up and down but never actually affected the thyroid hormones, so I've been able to stay away from medications all those years! Thankfully, my doctor is really careful when it comes to medications and only prescribes them when they're absolutely essential.
I really hope there's nothing wrong with you, even though your symptoms sound suspicious. If you have any questions I can answer, feel free to e-mail me. I have history in my family too and I can understand how you feel about it.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/9/2012 6:35PM

    I feel your pain! You might also want to watch your sodium levels. If you've been swelling and your weight has been up 7 pounds over night, aim for no more than 1300 to 1500 mg of sodium per day. I have been having a similar problem and keeping track of my sodium has really helped. I feel validated just reading this blog. I thought I was the only one who gained and lost 5+ pounds over night! I feel better knowing that others are experiencing the same thing since I thought I was just weird.

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My Back Has Spoken

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Well, today isn't such a great day. The start of this week as far as exercise goes began for me on Sunday - I decided instead of my Sunday walk I would clean house. I felt fine and spent about an hour and a half cleaning. Then. . . . .there's Monday. Don't you just love Monday's? A friend asked if I would walk with her around 7:00 PM last night and since I had planned to anyway, I did of course and convinced myself that since she wouldn't be there until 7; I had time to do my Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred Video FIRST!

My back has informed me that . . . . .

1) It is NOT in any condition to do more than 1 hour of exercise in the same 24 hour period

2) It's pain CAN and HAS become worse

3) It contributes to my standing up straight and walking upright

4) It prefers heat in the most painful area for some tiny bit of relief

5) It's too bad my appointment with the back doc isn't until tomorrow morning

I have posted here many times about my back and the problems I've had and that I still push on and try to get some exercise in because I NEED to lose 20 lbs. The pain I have been experiencing since I woke up this morning is nearly impossible to describe. Medication is not touching this pain! I tried to get my doc to see me today but he's booked solid so tomorrow morning it will be.

Can you believe I actually tried convincing myself that a little walk this evening after work might be a good thing?!!!!!!!!! My back is constantly reminding me it's just NOT gonna happen. . . no way, no how, no matter how much I want to.

WOW. . . .talk about learning a very valuable lesson - LISTEN, when your body speaks to you - I've always thought what a strange thing to say - honey. . . .I HEAR you!! emoticon

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 2/8/2012 11:12AM

    I thought I would reply to all of you here instead of trying to go to each page! THANK YOU all for your kind words and well wishes. Just got back from the doc - he says that he thinks it's a pulled muscle and the inflamation may be aggrivating my other back problems (bulging disks/degenerative disk disease). They gave me a shot of Toradol (sp?) so hopefully it'll kick in very soon.

THANKS AGAIN to all of you. Thank goodness I have you here! emoticon

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OWENZZOO 2/8/2012 9:38AM

    I'm hoping that your appointment today will bring you much needed relief.

Anna. emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 2/8/2012 2:01AM

    I'm so sorry you're in such pain. I wish your doctor could give you some magical advice or an instant relief treatment! I know these things don't exist for back pain but that's what I always ask when my back hurts like that! Get plenty of rest and try not to be sitting for a long time. Our back and spine can feel much more pressure when we sit than when we stand (about 30% more!).
I hope you feel better soon.

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    i'm so sorry you are still in such pain. i hope you can manage to make it through the pain until your dr. appointment. i think i would ask for the number of another dr. to see you if he changes his appointment again!!! good luck !!

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AUTUMNBRZ 2/7/2012 6:43PM

    You know I giggled a little reading your descriptions. Definitely not at your pain. That I am sorry you are experiencing. emoticon However at the end there- I TOTALLY get it. I woke up extremely ill this morning and I decided that I would do the 30 day shred anyway. What is wrong with us? lol

I hope you get some relief for your back soon. Big emoticon

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Updating My Plan

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I haven't written here in a while so really felt like it today. Basically, didn't get too much accomplished in 2011 as I had planned. But, when does anything ever go as planned?!

I would love to get 20 last lbs. off THIS year. That would be 1.82 pounds per month from now until December. The number looks really small when you look at it per WEEK - .42 per week to make that goal. That SHOULD be "do-able", right?!

I know WHAT to do - it's just DOING it; well, finding TIME to do it. I don't eat too bad - though I need to incorporate more veggies and fruit into my days. I drink more than enough water. Exercise is sporadic to say the least. With sick in-laws, back issues of my own, full-time job, doing bookkeeping on the side at home now, mother to 3 kids and 2 dogs and wife to the hubs I've been having quite a time fitting that in BUT I have here and there. I just need to make sure I plan at least 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes each time. I think if I could do that then I could actually lose 1/2 a pound every week.

Sunday felt great outside and all I could think about was jogging. I'm not supposed to do that with my back now but I just HAD to. I just jogged for about 2 minutes, then walked for 3 and did that for almost 30 minutes. It felt good. . . .at the time. Now, my back knows I did that! Monday, just did a fast walk for 30 minutes. Then nothing else so far this week - hoping to add something tonight - maybe the elliptical.

I got the Jillian Michaels 30- day Shred DVD for Christmas and I've done it a couple times right after Christmas - not since then. I just feel like the cardio is what I need right now and then after a couple months I want to incorporate that back in once a week and go from there.

That's the only "plan" I have for now. My goal is to get organized and have a planner where I put what I'm to do everyday from appointments to exercise!

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MBW209 2/7/2012 4:16AM

  What a wonderful, whacky, busy life you have! I am sure the weight will come off this year for you, especially if you are able to get those kids and the hubby to take care of themselves for a couple hours each week so you can take care of you!

emoticon Marcy

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BRE7482 2/3/2012 1:13PM

    You are always so busy. I know you can do it though. You can definitely get those last 20 lbs off this year. Maybe we can meet for a walk once or twice a month (since I work crazy hours 2 weeks out of the month). We'll both reach our goals this year!

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NUOVAELLE 2/3/2012 8:42AM

    I think you have set up a nice, doable plan for yourself. But allow me to add my own piece of advice. Your back needs you to do something for it right now. I've had problems with my back since...forever!!! Whatever I did there would always be a time that my back would start complaining. Even when I started losing weight, the pain had lessened but it was still there. I've been doing serious strength training for about six months now and the difference is huge! You can start slowly with only a few exercises that focus on your back muscles and your core. Before you know it, you'll be able to jog for 30 minutes and your back will have no objection to that!
Good luck with your plan!

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BILLTMAN 2/3/2012 8:21AM

    Life does get in the way sometimes, or in my case, I allow life to get in the way. Sometimes I think I have to do this or that right now, exercise can wait, or do I really want to take the time to do the healthy thing when I have so much to do. For me, that kind of thinking detracts me from reaching my goal more quickly.

Good luck though. It looks like you have the drive to make this happen.

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    I would also suggest doing Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone, easy on the body. I say this especially because you have back problems, what is more important than your body? Honestly, you have to take care of your body because what are you sick in-laws, your job, your kids, your pups, and your husband going to do if YOU get sick or in pain?! As important as all of those things are, your body has to take priority! Good luck, I know you can lose the extra weight!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I was on my way to work this morning and as I come to the end of the street in my neighborhood to get on the main road I see a woman jogging her way towards me. This made me jealous! I love to jog. It feels good and I feel so strong from it for some reason. I also lost most of my weight by jogging in the beginning. . . . . then, I was told I shouldn't jog because of my back.

I'm jealous that I don't have a normal, strong and healthy back. I don't like that I have to have nerve blocks that have steroids in them which has a side affect of weight gain because if there's a side affect - it'll be me that experiences it - and boy have I! I'm not happy about the weight gain AT ALL. Of course. Who would be. To top it off, I have to have another block this Friday.

So, needless to say along with the frustration, I now feel jealousy. I thought about going on a "little" jog this evening - my back hurts already anyway!? I mean really, what difference would it make?! HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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TOTALREDO2013 2/4/2012 10:58AM

    I can understand it is frustrating, BUT never be jealous of others, ever. You are only seeing them in a snapshot of time. You have no idea what their life is like at all or what it has been. She could very well have been seeing you and thinking...geez, I am so jealous because that woman is prettier than I am and can drive. Wish I could drive and so on, lol.

There are never greener pastures and other people have issues you don't and vice versa. So, be glad for the problems you have because it could be so much worse. Running leads to surgeries and foot and joint issues for many people anyway.

It's better to run shorter distances and do a variety of functional training. I never took up serious running because everyone always talked about how it ended up hurting I do a bit of everything to not over stress any one body part.

People love running, but think about all the injuries it causes down the be glad you can't do it too much and can explore cycling or something else.

Great blog!

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PSYCHBAMA 8/25/2011 10:43PM

    Just hang in there and do what you can! You're doing great and such an inspiration!!!
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JENNYFF 8/19/2011 3:14AM

  The McAbee center has water therapy sessions to do that and I think the Miller center actually has 2 pools to do that. Ask your dr. If little old ladies do it every day it should be safe enough.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 8/17/2011 5:42PM

    I have a lot of medical conditions that prevent me from running and other activities now and then so I understand the feeling. Are you able to run in the pool?

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Slow weekend - literally did not do much at all. But it felt good NOT to do anything really. I did have to get out and buy school supplies so that's over at least!

Something that has bothered me - when my doctor reviewed my chart and noticed my weight was up 6 lbs. he explained to me that the 3 nerve blocks I've had for my back probably caused a gain due to the "steroids" that are in the medication/block!! I did not know they had steroids in them. I have to have another on the 19th! VERY frustrated . . . . .deal with back pain and continue to lose, or get a block to get pain relief but gain?!

Just can't win! But I will continue to drink my 64 ounces of water (plus) every day and exercise as I can - maybe it'll all work out in the end and a loss will show up eventually!

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OWENZZOO 8/10/2011 11:24AM

    I'm sorry about that on the nerve block. How long have you had the back pain?

I started having back pain in Feb of 2008 and it was really bad for a few months to the point that when I went to the grocery store I had to use a motorized cart. I noticed that heat exaserbated it (hot shower) as well as just getting up in the morning and moving. If I sat for a little while, 15 to 30 minutes in the morning and then got in the shower that it wasn't so bad. I still have back pain but I only have to take a muscle relaxant a couple of times a month to alieviate it. I guess I'm hoping it is only a temporary situation for you and you will not continue to need that treatment.

Take care,
Anna emoticon

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BYEPOUNDS 8/8/2011 4:51PM

    Great attitude, and the best to you!

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