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Struggling with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I usually do pretty well with workouts despite having rheumatoid arthritis. I'm always proud of what my body can do despite my chronic illness.. I try to be positive about it, but it's been hard lately.. stress with changing and ever more expensive insurance and worrying about how I will feel/act without medication.

I've always thought of my diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis as kind of a secretive blessing because I think it's what turned me on to regular exercise, but sometimes it can be stressful too..

Tonight all I wanted to do is sleep so I did take a brief nap and then got on the treadmill and worked out.

Doesn't it feel better when we have to push ourselves?

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DEDICATED2HIM 3/22/2013 9:24AM

    Yes, we can take an extra bow for our own benefit and applause. Having this disease makes every move a challenge....but to keep moving we have to face the pain and...KEEP MOVING. Congratulations for a great attitude and for the courage you show in facing your disease.

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_LINDA 3/21/2013 2:39PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I have had the disease a long time, since age 6.5! Five joint replacements later, I am very experienced at starting over from scratch after each major flare and surgery. You really do have to listen to your body as rest is as important as surgery. Before I used to gain weight with each exercise layoff, now thanks to tracking with Sparkpeople, I no longer have that excuse, and also thanks to the wonderful, supportive people I have met on here. You certainly do have the right attitude to be a survivor of this dreaded disease that puts one third of the people it strikes into wheelchairs. I keep up with my workouts because that is what makes me feel good. Sitting around or laying around doesn't do it for me, especially now its attacking my lower back, right hip, feet and both shoulders. Keeping moving, doing the best you can with how you feel is the key. What you have to be aware of is exercise can be uncomfortable and even painful at times, but as long as the pain doesn't last longer then two hours after your workout, you are okay. What you should do anyway is ice any hot spots before and after your workouts. At one time I had as many as eight ice packs going ;)
I am sorry your have to deal with medical insurance hassles :(( I don't have to deal with that in Canada and its kept me independent with a small pension. What you might try is look for studies with the latest medicine trials and trials for people with RA in general, for the annoyance of being regularly tested you get free latest breaking treatments, just google clinical trials and search for any in your area. I got in on a Remicade trial that way and it was one of the best medicines I ever had, but unfortunately I developed a anaphylatic shock to it and had to discontinue it.
I wish you all the best in beating this disease and leading a healthy lifestyle!!
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LYNNWILK2 3/20/2013 9:58PM

    congratulations for pushing yourself to owrkout and yes, the accomplishement of having pushed your way to and through a workout does feel great. I hope that you continue to move and keep yourself moving.

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