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One Day At A Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'm quite sure some of you younger members who may read this blog will wonder exactly what I mean by "one day at a time." Sure, you understand getting tired, but usually a good night's sleep will take care of that. You can even relate to the sore muscles, etc. that may come from an especially long hike or an activity that used muscles you weren't used to using. But..... to face your life that way? It's hard to understand what it could really mean until you are face to face with it.

The last few days I have been feeling very good. Not much arthritis pain, and any I did experience was just a quick little jolt due to moving the wrong way. Some of you out there can relate to what I'm saying, because you are in the same shape as I am. I have been lucky for several days now that I have not had to use pain medication. Who wants to take pain prescriptions if they can avoid it? And you know that old saying "The more you exercise when you have arthritis, the less pain you will have." It's a wonderful saying, and probably true -- but tell that to the person who hurts so bad she can barely make it to the bathroom and back. She's not likely going to try walking a mile or two because you say she'll feel better. In fact, each step feels like you're going to do yourself in.

So, basically, when I say "one day at a time" I'm referring to those days when you do feel like you can take a few steps, and then a few more, until, like tonight I walked about 1.5 miles. I know I can't do it every day, but every day I can is one more day that I got my exercise in, and my arthritis will ease up a bit more. Sure some movements are not as easy as others, so do what you can. You don't have to look forward to a whole month of pain and misery -- only one day! There is always the chance that when the next day comes your body will be feeling a little better, it's happened to me, and it can happen to you. So all of you out there who suffer from arthritis, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU! Every day is not going to be a killer. And every day is not going to be a walk in the park. But when you face them one day at a time, they're manageable.

And in the meantime, check with a nutritionist or someone who knows. Tumeric is very good for arthritis. I take two tablets each and every day, and I buy it at Sprouts and for the pain you suffer on those bad days, ask your doctor about Tramadol. It is a prescription, but it does not upset your stomach the way some pain relief does, such as ibuprofen. And now my dear son-in-law (almost) has me taking SAMe. I can't really say if it's doing much yet, but I'll give it a chance because it certainly isn't making me worse.

Force yourself out of bed. Laying in bed isn't going to make you feel any better, and your body needs to move around. If you don't feel a bit better after an hour, you can always lay down again (but chances are you'll feel a bit better, just by being up).

Heads Up! We can beat this! It's just another bump in the road.
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  • SKATER787
    Eve, here is an alternative to SAMe. I have SAMe but I think it's too expensive. Instead, I take TMG Trimethylglycine which is a precursor to Methione which is a precursor to SAMe. So I get to SAMe too.

    Here is where I first got the idea. Take care of your liver with TMG:

    Watch this 5 minutes video. Very important to help your liver especially for people with arthritis.

    Swanson Price List:

    $4.50 per 90 cap. 6 caps per day for 6 months according to Dr Stokes, then 2 per day the rest of your life. You'll need 12 bottles for the first 6 months, then 4 bottles for each 6 months afterward.


    $4 per 120 caps. Take 1 per day. 3 bottles per year.


    $14 per 180 tablets. Take 1 per day. 2 bottles per year.

    The cost for SAMe 200mg at one per day comes out to about $96 per year. Swanson's price is $16 per 60 tablets.

    The TMG solution cost a little more but I think it does a whole lot more.

    This is what I'm doing. I'm taking 3000 mg of TMG per day. I've also listed Homocystene formulas (B6-B12-Folic acid). You'll also need Magnesium and Potassium to help with the conversion of Methione to SAMe.

    It's best to take a blood test to see what is your Homocystene level so you can make a comparison after 6 months. I have my numbers which I will make a comparison several months from now. Good luck.
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    Comment edited on: 3/16/2014 4:54:57 PM
  • JACK714
    Way to go girl.... And toss in a little prayer.
    1314 days ago
    Thanks for the tip on turmeric. It is used in East Indian cooking as one of the spices in curry. I buy it by the bottle so I always have it on hand. emoticon

    1315 days ago
    I am so grateful I have not been brought down by arthritis! I have a little here and there, but no kind of debilitating. When I don't get out there and walk, it's usually b/c the weather is too cold for me ( I have asthma & breathing the cold air makes it hard to breathe) or I'm having a lazy funk. And of those two, unhappily, is the latter most often. Guess I need to keep in mind to be thankful for being able to walk and go do it!! Lazy won't get me anything but sick and debilitated and I surely don't want that!
    I never heard of Turmeric being good for arthritis, but I have heard of Tramadol. Many people like it b/c, works, but it's a non narcotic & non addictive.
    Hope your arthritis behaves itself so you can get up and out and about every day! Great blog, Eve!! Wish we could walk together!! ((((HUGS))))
    Love to Amber!!
    1315 days ago
    Maybe not going to beat this, but we will persevere. We all make choices. Not all choices are fun, but when they lead to a better life, they are worthwhile doing the best we can.

    And turmeric is a magic potion. I can't take most meds due to bad reactions, but the turmeric works for me. I take a concentrated version twice a day with food. While I have some osteoarthritis, my primary issues are related to other inflammation problems not only in my joints but all over. If I miss a dose of turmeric, I spend several days returning to a functional state.

    Thank you for being a great example.
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    1316 days ago
    some days I would like to just stay in bed for the pain is not there but as soon as I get up have a hard time getting in the bathroom and I am only 56 but I have those pains already but like you said we have to keep moving to make the pain go away so that is why I keep getting up and keep moving - one day at a time
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    What good advice !
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    Comment edited on: 3/13/2014 2:39:51 AM
    Eve, Eve, Eve….. you have echoed exactly my feelings on being able to move with the pain….. yes I know I am at least 10 years ahead of you….. but that's how it all began & I succumbed to the pain…. it took a lot of grit and determination to come back & the fear of being wheel chair bound that I am now being able to put one leg before the other and keep moving, my walk is painfully slow with the walker but I do have a supportive and encouraging family and caregivers who stand by me…. I make sure I am up and on my feet for at least an hour a day, I don't measure the distance or the steps I take…. and I also have a physio therapist who puts me through exercise of 60 to 90 minutes, works on balance training as well.

    Yes I do have turmeric every night with milk and it keeps me going……and the aches and pains at bay…. But again Eve, have a lot to be thankful for as we age, as they say growing old is not for sissies…. we are the strong ones who deal with our aches and pains and keep going….

    Have a blessed day and may Uncle Arthur never visit you (That's a fun names my children have given my arthritis…. the question is always, Grandma hows Uncle Arthur doing?)

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  • DALID414
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  • LIS193
    My DD has had RA since she was 14, so I can relate to having to exercise through the pain. There were days I had to zip up her jeans as her hands weren't capable first thing in the morning...
    1316 days ago
    maintaining an active level of " exercise" is a goal of mine. I do not like to exercise and the thought of a gym depresses me but I try to just get in my 10,000 steps, do some dancing around the house and make sure I go up and down the stairs.
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