SparkPeople Autoimmune Conditions Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=21402 If you have an autoimmune condition (Fibro, Thryoid issues, IBS, Lupus, Diabetes & More), this is your Team as we're here to share info, support & understanding on the path to wellness! SparkPeople Autoimmune Conditions Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=21402 New here. Any ideas to help me? Read more please.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x60067629 I have always thought I had IBS. My family dr put me on Bentyl a few years ago but I never really got any relief. The past couple months have been very horrible for me. Stomach aches and diarrhea every day. Feels like someone is squeezing my intestines. It always hurts a little above my belly button in the middle. Anyways, I saw a gastroenterologist and had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done. Plus biopsies. Everything looks great. So I was told I have severe IBS. The dr put me on a gi cocktail... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:27 EST Healthy Lunch Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x59895606 I have been doing a lot of research on brain health and learning for my job. Amazingly, I am also finding it helpful for me. I have been reading a lot about keeping the brain balanced with exercise and healthy eating. I am glad the changes I have made are coming so easily. I started by changing my breakfast to apples (or other fruit), and nut like walnuts and almonds. I am surprised at how filling these items have been. I was worried the fruit would cause me to crave more food, but I hav... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:07:32 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x59761562 Hi I'm pat from Maryland. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:43:44 EST Scuba Diving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x59744118 Do any of you scuba dive? <BR> <BR> I want to try scuba diving. It's something I've always wanted to do, but never got around to doing. I've thought about trying it lately, but am concerned because I have Lupus and my flare ups ebb and flow, so to speak. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? <BR> <BR> I've had some bad months( mostly) and am feeling, not so bad, right now. <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:26:18 EST New here and doing AIP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x59158332 Hi my name is Lacy. I am in the middle of a 2 wk elimination diet. I am eliminating eggs, dairy, grains, beans, legumes, seeds, soy and nightshades. I am by no means being perfect but I am making a concerted effort. I am trying many new foods and recipes in the process and am reading The Paleo Approach. I have Fibro and truly believe I can mostly if not totally reverse it through lifestyle change. Since Jan/13 I have adopted a clean eating diet, started running and gone almost completel... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:17:46 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x58943171 You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:30:39 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x58781185 Greetings, <BR> I am Lean211. I am 116lbs. overweight. I was diagnosed with Hasimoto's Thyroiditis when I was 14. I was placed on Synthroid. The doctor said with the medicine I should be go to go, but as I age I have noticed that my disease seems to be more active, and I have symptoms of RA and Sjogren's. I came to this team because I want to lose weight and regain my health. I want to connect with people who have similar health issues, not only for support, but also to hear your storie... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:53:48 EST thryoid meds and breast cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x58709414 Has anyone else heard of this <BR> <BR> <link>blog.drbrownstein.com/taking-thyroid<BR>-hormone-increases-breast-cancer-risk-<BR>by-200/ </link> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:04:41 EST Psoas muscle of the soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x58588263 <link>www.oneheartconnection.com/psoas-the<BR>-muscle-of-the-soul/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have you guys heard about the Psoas muscle? Its interesting the link to chronic conditions!!!! <BR> "“The psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, that a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system.” Thus, creating an imbalanced autonomic system." Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:52:30 EST Good Morning :) Intro... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x58581549 I'm Bleu, Rynae, whatever you want to call me. I have fibromyalgia, Guillian-Barre Syndrome flare ups, Osteoarthritis, Neuropathy and a whole list more. I'm on full disability. It's very hard for me to move, so I try to eat right.Move on good days. Lay in bed and try to stretch on the bad days. I am hoping I can stay motivated this time around and keep up with this. <em>521</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:42:33 EST CHANGES to SPARK PAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x58553998 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We'll be making a small change on the Start page tomorrow, and I just wanted to give you a heads up. Some of you asked about the wheel disappearing this week from the left side of the page. We are going to move the link to spin the wheel as well as the total SparkPoints for the day over to the right side of the page under Step 1. It will still be very visible and still serve as a good reminder to spin. <BR> <BR> To access your team bonus points, you will have to scr... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:02:17 EST Feeling better overall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x58491154 Went off of my methotextrate because I was getting really scarily depressed plus other side effects so mentally I'm feeling much better. Physically I'm feeling much better too. I stopped eating gluten and my lupus and migraines have gotten much better. and I've lost 3 more pounds! <em>224</em> My rheumotologist quit so I'm trying to find a new so wish me luck! <em>381</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:29:03 EST New to the team and finally found motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x58459800 Hi CC, new to the team joined the team after reading “The Wahl’s Protocol” a book about treating Ms and Autoimmune disease using Paleo principles, weather you are fat or thin, sick or healthy if you have an opportunity to read or listen to the Wahl’s protocol on tape I would highly recommend it (check you’re public library). Aging is inevitable and this book helped me see how important our diet is on our mind & body and as I get older I want to enjoy life not despair in it. Wahl’s offers 3 ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:13:32 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x58423714 I am new to SP and I am looking for friends who can help to keep me on track. I thought that this groups would be the most understanding since I have MS, Fibro, Chronic Miofascial Pain, CFS, IBS, and Immune deficiency disorder along with many other problems and dysfunctions. My greatest downfall is sugar, I love sugar and would rather fill up on sweets than to eat grains and fiber. It is easy to see where I have gone wrong, and much more difficult to change my ways. I am trying to eat mor... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:11:40 EST Recent changes to Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x58271407 For those who have not seen t this. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=a_note_about_recent_sparkpeople_cha<BR>nges </link> <BR> <BR> It was mentioned on another group there is no area for comments.. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:10:10 EST Fibromyalgia books I found http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x58261237 I was going through some of my mom's books this weekend & found 2 on Fibromyalgia. <BR> The Fibromyalgia Solution by David Dryland, MD with Lorie List & <BR> The Fibromyalgia Help Book by Jenny Fransen, R.N. & I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D. I checked & they are both available from Amazon.com. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:49:16 EST Anyone tried It Works Greens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x58068557 I'll start off by saying I have an aunt it is an It Works! Consultant. She's been telling me how great she's doing on Greens and how she's been able to go off her prescription allergy medicines and her BP and energy level is so much better. So of course she's convinced they'll help me feel better. She says it's full of natural based antioxidants that would be a great addition to my anti-inflammatory diet. Of course since she's selling it I'm hesitant to go by her word only. Has anyone els... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:18:47 EST Introducing Myself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x58015904 Hi - I am a 39 y/o single mom to an amazing 8 year old, and I was diagnosed with lupus over 20 years ago. I also have celiac disease, so I am strictly gluten free in my diet. There are a few other health problems thrown in as there always are w/ autoimmune problems, but I am working on maintaining a healthy me. Recently my asthma and chronically sprained ankles have been keeping me rather immobile. I went on xolair for the asthma, which has helped a lot. I am getting PRP (plasma rich pla... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:59:46 EST Methotrexate... Anyone know anything about it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57949589 I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia (that's the short list. I had blood work done on Wednesday and last night I received a phone call, that I missed, saying that my rheumatologist wanted me to call her tomorrow. I called this morning at 9am and of course she was busy but the receptionist told me that She prescribed methotrexate and wanted to talk to me about why i was on it and how to take it. the receptionist sent me to the back (whatever that means) and I left a message. My pharmacy already has ... Wed, 21 May 2014 10:48:44 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x57932172 Hi! I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, thyroid, IBS, & Chronic Variable Immune Disorder. Basically, my immune system's crap! I have pain from the AS & just recently enjoyed an IBS episode! I lost 3.6lbs this week though! I have a LOT of weight to lose. #steroids my friend & my foe! I like to garden & doing stuff w/my 3 dogs! So far I have 2 little tomatoes! My exercise has been house work, gardening, & deep cleaning. Happy to be here & looking for support from others with autoimmune dise... Mon, 19 May 2014 22:26:20 EST Baby’s coming lies in the hope of curing vitiligo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57877887 We have been married for over 3 years, but we haven’t had a baby, why? Because my wife was attacked by vitiligo 2 years ago. We do want to have a baby, but we are afraid that the baby will be infected with vitiligo, so we have to set aside the plan for having a baby. However, we can not delay the plan like this all the time. <BR> <BR> We went to many places for treatment of vitiligo, but in vain. When we heard about the good medical treatment effect on vitiligo in a chinese skin Hospital . ... Thu, 15 May 2014 00:26:10 EST Changes came to SP today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57703750 For those who have not noticed.. no more huddles, blogs are not showing up on the team page <BR> <BR> post a message went from 15 to 21 points to make up for the huddle points Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:13:24 EST Some things are better some new things have popped http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57664013 I'm on tramadol now which has helped with a lupus. I'm still fighting with my insurance company to send the forms for my lyrica. I'm calling on Monday to lay down the law lol. My migraines have lessened a bit and my neurologist is going to try to get my insurance company to help foot the bill for medical Botox. Unfortunately My right wrist is killing me, I think my tendonitis is acting up. And I have a rash and hives on my right arm and hand. No clue why. But overall I'm feeling better than m... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:13:46 EST Dermatomyositis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57632607 Hi Everyone! <BR> I am newly diagnosed with Dermatomyositis. I am still in shock. A month ago I was a happy and healthy and active 35 yr old mom of 2. Today I feel like a disabled grandma. I am overwhelmed by how quickly this disease has affected me. <BR> <BR> It all started in Dec'13 when I got a cold/pink eye that turned into dry eye syndrome. I went to my eye dr. in January because OTC drops did not help my eyes. The first thing he said is that dry eye syndrome in someone my age ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:45:09 EST Changes coming to SP next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57619708 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcqPQ<BR>i_75tw&feature=youtu.be </link> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:00:12 EST I cant' deal with this much more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57555200 My rheumatologist prescribed my lyrica for my severe fibro a month ago and my Insurance company won't send the paper work so I can get rolling with it and hopefully get relief. My doctor said my fibro is "out of control" . I also had to get a cortisone shot in my left shoulder and I need to get one in both knees. If I make the mistake of crossing my legs I have to physically lift my leg and unbend my knee with my hands. This is making exercise all but impossible. I'm going on tramadol for the... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:13:25 EST Hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x57372790 Hi Everyone! I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia nine years ago. It has been a very rough journey at times. A few years later I was diagnosed with Steatohepatitis, a disease that two generations of my family have died from. Four years ago I was diagnosed with a polyarticular form of Psoratic Arthritis. I remind myself everday I have these conditions but they are not who I am, they do not define me as a person. Its how I cope. <BR> Currently I am in my third year of College, Im studyin... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:58:10 EST second day of excruciating pain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x57282053 I'm house sitting for my boyfriend's boss and taking care of 5 cats and 2 dogs (and I'm allergic to them but I need the money). My lupus, fibromyalgia, and migraines are out of control. My joints, muscles, skin and head are killing me. I can barely type because my hands hurt so much. I really don't know what to do right now... I have so much I need to do around the house but it hurts to move (well it also hurts to not move). And my boyfriend's family is at full crisis mode so I can't say anyt... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:56:15 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x56815528 I hope I can benefit from this forum. I have SLE, hypothyroid (after treatment from hyper...), and fibromyalgia. I've gained weight and need to slim down and firm up. I need exercise. I broke a leg in multiple places and can only do standing exercises. No getting on the floor but can squat with no problem. I can use any and all suggestions that you have experienced in getting control of your lives. I missed up on day 8 of this plan. I have a hard time getting up in the mornings to exerc... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:25:34 EST IBS-D One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x56689889 Hi everyone, I am Linda. I am looking for support, active teammates that support each other, and just to know I am not crazy. I am about to see my third gastroenterologist in a year to find relief for chronic IBS-D with acute spasms. I also have Hashimoto's Thyroid with nodules growing, and Menieres Disease with Vertigo. Exercising is a challenge on a good day, and despite my IBS I am 100 pounds over weight. I have lost 22 pounds since I started really trying last year. I am working tow... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:07:04 EST Hello from West Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x56420378 I am a brand new member with an attitude of willingness to change my life. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have a history of Lupus (in remission), metastatic melanoma (in remission) and Fibro (never in remission) and rheumatoid arthritis (active frequently) and I have come to the conclusion that all but the melanoma are related (they have to be) and that inflammation is caused by many things, including what we eat. I was recently tested by my new boss, a chiropractor (she and h... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:42:22 EST New again and need encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x56404260 I joined SP in 2009 and have been in two car accidents with spinal surgeries since then. I am finally cleared to exercise again. I have RA, fibromyalgia, Sjogern's, spondylosis, spinal stenosis and 7 herniated discs. I was exercising - treadmill, bike and weights - for four months and enjoying it but am wondering if I overdid it or if the cold is doing me in. I helped move boxes from my garage for two hours last Saturday and then again while I unpacked some of them. We also got hit with a... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:51:27 EST Confused about autoimmune diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x56377285 Hi everyone, <BR> I haven't officially been diagnosed with a specific autoimmune disease yet, but dr. mentioned lupus yesterday, more testing to verify, but I do have high CRP and ANA. <BR> <BR> Anyway, she wanted me to start on 'the autoimmune diet' ASAP, so I've been searching online for the diet she recommended. She said she eats vegan - only veggies, fruit and beans (which is what she recommended I do as well), but the books I found about autoimmune diets include the paleo diet as well (... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:55:28 EST New to the Team Trying to get a diagnosis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x56370993 Hello, long time on and off sparkpeople member, but new to the sparkteam <BR> <BR> I'm currently trying to get a diagnosis for what is thought to most likely be an autoimmune disorder - soft tissue swelling in my throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, raynaud's phenomenon and a history of hypothyroidism. It's been frustrating since I've seen about a dozen doctors in the past year and don't seem much closer to finding an answer. Close to the end of last year, the local specialists finally re... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:54:05 EST Hi I new and would love some support :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x56288924 Hi I am De, and I am new to this team, but I am not new to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, which is a rare auto-immune disease with the combined features of Lupus, Scleroderma and Polymyositis. Because one rare auto-immune disease is not enough for me I was also diagnosed with Behçet's disease. Which is a rare disorder that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout your body- it's symptoms are definitely not a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> I live... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:59:28 EST Thryoid meds and coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x55896004 I was told no coffee only if there was milk/dairy products but this article is saying no coffee and thryoid meds at all <BR> <BR> <link>thyroid.about.com/od/thyroiddrugstre<BR>atments/a/Coffee-Espresso-Thyroid-Medi<BR>cation-Levothyroxine.htm </link> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:25:01 EST Can lulus cause massive skin infections? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55887538 After waiting over a week I finally saw my regular doctor. I have an abscess on my areola which have caused massive inflammation in my breast leaving me unable to do anything. Also I have an abscess behind my ear and 3 on my bikini line. All of them appeared between Wednesday the 25 -31st. I HAVE NEVER had so many abscesses at once especially the places 2 of them appeared. as on yesterday I'm on a high dose of Bactrim DS and 7.5mg Norco (it's like Vicodin but with a lot less Tylenol). Today ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:37:10 EST Redesigned Nutrition Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55719687 This was posted by Coach Tanya about the changes on the nutrition page that happened today <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest i... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:38:17 EST New welcome guide and 500 SP points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55623000 On another team, someone posted this below. I looked though the new way of doing the sight when they first changed it, but found this interesting to do a quick review today (& get 500 points!). Also they talk about a way to help your TEAM get points! I just found this last week! I make sure to get us all point each day! It's in step 3 of the new start page... <BR> <BR> TEAM BONUS POINTS: <BR> Selecting and rewarding your favorite teams with our Team Bonus Points section in Step 3 on the S... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:17:10 EST New forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55481809 New Team / Forum at: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=61564 </link> <BR> <BR> It’s listed private, but everyone is welcome. Please take a look! <BR> ~vicki~ <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 22:45:51 EST hello/goodbye? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55468124 I just would like to express my thanks and gratitude to those of you in this forum. I'm having some difficulties out in the open forums - not the first time - and I suspect it's likely to be a matter of getting "the punt" at some point not too far distant. I HOPE that's not the case... but who knows. <BR> <BR> In any case, for others with autoimmune conditions, or nutritional thoughts in general, I'd like to not just "poof" out. I'll be happy to communicate with anyone who cares to continue ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:07:21 EST changes coming to SP on the 21st Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55306149 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:51:48 EST EXERCISING WITH LUPUS and CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x55171714 I was checking on the Web, and found this great article! Check it out and I hope there are tips and ideas that you can use! <BR> <BR> <link>lupus.webmd.com/community-tv-lupus-1<BR>1/lupus-exercise </link> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 08:55:59 EST One day in our shoes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55143041 There's a thread going on the main boards about how to change attitudes about obesity. I had to smirk a bit about that - it's so much easier (no, not pleasant, but easier) to endure those attitudes than what we, here, encounter. <BR> <BR> I don't wish misfortune, discomfort, or distress on ANYone. But how I wish our doctors, who dismiss our symptoms as imaginary or "made the most of"; our families, who think we're not trying hard enough, or are just pandering for sympathy; our friends, who ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:52:44 EST greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x55139433 My name is Marie and I'm new to the team, I'm a bit of an enigma due to the vast symptoms suffered for as long as i can remember. Unusual rashes, extreme body pains, fatigue, sorrow, respiratory and stomach issues. To make matters worse my sensitivity to medicine that should help make cause issues that mean cant take. Being a guinea pig gets old just give up and tried to deal with the best I could, the last 15+ years been really hard. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:07:37 EST I'm in Autoimmune HELL!!! I need help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x55087357 Hello Everyone...... <BR> to keep this as short as possible - <BR> <BR> I have dozens of typical autoimmune disease symptoms (too numerous to list); I have blood anomolies - elevated SED rate; Antiphospholipid Antibodies; joint and muscle pain; medical strength fatigue--- etc. etc. <BR> I am also a lymphoma survivor. (16 yrs.) <BR> <BR> My current doctors cannot come up with a definitive diagnosis! Everything from Lupus, to RA, to Connective tissue disease to OA (which is a definite) ----... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:40 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x55017612 Hi! My name is Renee. I am new to this group but not to SP. My allergist diagnosed me with some sort of an autoimmune disorder, not sure what kind. I seem to be allergic to myself. I also have asthma. I am caring for my terminally ill mother and work full time, so needless to say I am under a great deal of stress. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:43:25 EST Team goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x54939267 Hiyas! <BR> <BR> Is is possible to put up a new team goal, please? As many of us would be tracking our gluten and sucrose consumption, or eliminating these items altogether, could we have a tracker to reflect this? I was thinking of something along the lines of: <BR> <BR> 1 gluten and sucrose-free treat a day (with a checkbox). <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> cheers, Mon Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:15:27 EST Another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x54871275 Hi All: <BR> <BR> I'm back on Spark after an absence of many months, and very glad to have found this community of fellow Hashi survivors. <BR> <BR> I've been aware of my thyroid issues for a couple of years, but very much in denial until recently, hoping that "clean living" would cure me. It wasn't until I was finally diagnosed with Hashi's a couple of monthly ago, got off the pity wagon, started reading, and taking the disorder seriously that I've felt improvement. <BR> <BR> My endocrin... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:58:06 EST HAS ANYONE HAD A PET SCAN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x54739060 I had an abnormal chest CT scan months ago, and I just had a follow-up, which showed further damage to the pleura area, along with additional masses that have grown in size. So, I had a PET scan to determine what's happening and to, hopefully, rule out cancer. <BR> <BR> The doctor said that he could see that inflammation over the years (relating to Lupus) definitely caused some of the damage -- so I'm wondering (and before I get my results in a week or two) has anyone else had a scan suc... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 12:02:58 EST How you doing today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x54734557 The last few days have been pretty good as far as not having much pain from the fibromyalgia. Now if I could get it to be like that a lot. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:18:10 EST Antiphos pholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS???) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x54657541 Hi All.... <BR> I've just been diagnosed with this autoimmune condition......and I know very little about it. I have multiple health issues autoimmune and not ---- and this is the cherry on the cake.. <BR> <BR> If anyone out there suffers from this condition --- can you please tell me something about it - and what you're doing to treat it? I will not be seeing my doctor for a few weeks......... <BR> <BR> Many thanks <BR> Libby <em>304</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:36:06 EST BYETTA? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x54655383 At my recent trip to my doctor he said he would like to start me on BYETTA. He said it is an injection and I would stop taking 2 of my pills, but first I have to get my cholesterol down. He and some articles I have read said there is fast weight loss with taking it. <BR> Has anyone taken it? Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:40:24 EST Back on the horse, looking for friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x54189238 Hi Everyone! <BR> I am giving this "living healthy" business another shot. Problem is, I don't stay with it very long. I tend to become bored easily with exercise and eating healthy. I need your motivational tips! Please add me!! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:12:18 EST I AM NEW-NEED SUPPORT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x54157693 Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for 12 years now. <BR> <BR> I am NOT in good shape. A friend was supposed to drive me the 50 minutes to the new primary care doctor yesterday but she cancelled so I drove myself and another friend rode with me. I was really in NO SHAPE to drive. Made it there okay but was exhausted after leaving 2 hour visit with doctor and had to run errand and drive home. OMG I was woozy and exhausted and it was scary but Thank God made it okay. <BR> <BR> It ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:03:19 EST New features on fitness tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x54067939 From SP Coach Jen <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming tomorrow to calorie and fitness tracking. A few things to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. These changes are TOTALLY optional to current members. So if you like the way things work now, you don't have to change anything. <BR> <BR> 2. Change is never easy, so we ask that you keep an open mind when reading the blog below and deciding whether or not this is something that might interest you. <BR> <BR> 3. If yo... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:30:55 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x53920889 Im very happy to be here and can't wait to learn more :-) Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:07:31 EST Webinar for those with fibromalygia and CFS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x53527611 They are sharing the natural ways to treat both <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.holtorfmed.com/webinar.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is for tomorrow May 30, at 530pm PDT <BR> <BR> join Holtorf specialist Dr. Karen Bullington during our live fibromyalgia webinar. Learn how to get an accurate diagnosis; the debilitating symptoms associated with it; and treatment options to help you regain your health. <BR> <BR> Thursday, May 30 <BR> <BR> 5 PM (PDT) <BR> 7 PM (CDT) <BR> 8 PM (EDT) <BR> <BR>... Wed, 29 May 2013 20:34:15 EST Hasimotos testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x53525817 Question I have been hypo for years and someone said I an an antibody in my lab results How do I get tested for Hasimotos. I have an appointment that was rescheduled to next Monday so need answer quick! no one seems to check out what the antibody is. I am taking thyroid meds but all the symptoms still remain I do have a small goiter that I have had for years. Wed, 29 May 2013 17:53:32 EST Recall of Levoxyl Produces Medication Shortage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x53489859 <link>http://www.mediguard.org/alerts/aler<BR>t/2407.html </link> <BR> <BR> This drug is for those with thryoid issues Sun, 26 May 2013 21:19:09 EST New with Hashimoto's thyroiditus + hypothyroidism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x53468024 Hi all, <BR> I was diagnosed with thyroid problems in 2005. I finally started on Armour thyroid in 2009....and it has improved my life. I still have thyroid problems and symptoms....e.g., occasional exhaustion, lower energy levels than many, and a benign tumor in my thyroid...but I am fortunate to have found a medication that has given me increased quality of living. <BR> In the meantime.....losing weight is a real challenge...one that I continue to work on. <BR> I am also a chronic pain pa... Fri, 24 May 2013 20:53:16 EST Homemade Sunscreen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x53416198 As a lot of us with autoimmune issues need to use sunscreens to not get burnt, this one is all natural and according to the person I got it from, safe to use <BR> <BR> <link>wellnessmama.com/2558/natural-homema<BR>de-sunscreen-recipe/ </link> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:30:41 EST Links for Prescription assistance programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x53397889 Here are links and articles for those who need drug assistance <BR> <BR> Macerick health drugs <BR> <link>www.maverickhealth.com/blog/entry/wh<BR>at-to-do-if-you-cant-afford-your-meds/ </link> <BR> <BR> Pfizer <BR> <link>www.pfizer.com/health/financial_assi<BR>stance_programs/patient_assistance_pro<BR>grams.jsp </link> <BR> <BR> Astra Zenica drugs <BR> <link>www.astrazeneca-us.com/medicines/hel<BR>p-affording-your-medicines/other-resou<BR>rces </link> <link>www.astrazeneca-u... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:30:28 EST Lupus w/o treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x53378831 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease about 4 years ago. I have the radio Iodine treatment done and am now low thyroid. I was also diagnosed (a year in June) with Lupus. I have several others medical problems (asthma, GERD, Hiatal hernia, blood clots) that doesn't help the lupus. I lost my medical (Medicaid) because my son is of age. My lupus has cause me to cut my work hours. I have no idea how to get medical treatment or anything else. Any suggestions? Fri, 17 May 2013 16:23:46 EST Crohns disease and C Diff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x53231856 can you pass on any advice if you have developed C Diff.. (see article) <BR> <BR> a friends 94 yo dad got it and now his daughter has it and trying to learn what is the best way of treating it and keeping it at bag <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/info/v1t00/c-<BR>diff?Msid=|s5lrajz1t|&gclid=CJjS5dH4_7<BR>YCFccw4AodOCUAUw&xid=g_dlp-v1t00 </link> Sun, 5 May 2013 18:27:33 EST getting support for hypothyroidism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x53168757 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/health-report<BR>/healthy-living-with-hypothyroidism/ge<BR>t-support.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWo<BR>mensHealth_20130430 </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:30:50 EST Hello from Kansas anyone out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x53128853 Hi I was told about this group and decided to check it out. I have been Hypothyroid probably all my life but it was finally diagnosed by the time I was 30. I had Doctors just give me pills without checking regularly my labs by the time I was 35 I was post menopausal but the Doctor that told me that said my TSH was so far out of range that we would need to get my TSH within limits and retest. I had one Doctor put Lupus on my chart but the other doctors cannot find out why it was put there. I d... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 14:33:39 EST for anyone who has ever wanted to fire their endro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x53127890 The one I wrote my doctor years ago was close to this, but this is good for the future <BR> <BR> <link>www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/2013/0<BR>4/22/tell-it-like-it-is-to-endocrinolo<BR>gist/ </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:23:12 EST Sofia Vergara and thryoid cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x53012896 Sofia Vergara opens up about her battle with hypothyroidism and surviving cancer. See a side of her you’ve never seen! Plus, find out Sofia’s go-to weapon for staying in great shape! Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:40:15 EST Old Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x52962814 I'm back after a two year hiatus.... never joined this team before but realize that I will fit right in. I have Fibro, IBS, and am a thyroid cancer survivor. Looking forward to "meeting" all of you and making some new friends who understand the pain we suffer daily! Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:35:57 EST help with prednisone and weight issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x52871054 HI.... <BR> <BR> I am really struggling with the weight issue and prednisone.... <BR> <BR> is there anyone else out there that has gone through this that can help??? <BR> <BR> will the weight come back off after I lower the dose? <BR> (I will be on it for life...but not as large of a dose) <BR> <BR> I just need a little encouragement....I am not small already....and this makes me feel absolutely huge....and people don't get it....even the ones I live with. <BR> <BR> I have to fly in a fe... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:12:13 EST Please help! Laxative for stool test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x52707183 Hi guys, <BR> My GI doctor needs to do a stool test for parasites to see if it's possible a parasite is causing my Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth. While I am having 3-5 B.M.'s per day...they are more fatty than watering, and not quite "bad" enough for this particular type of testing. Doctor insists we need to test for parasite so he told me to take some of the laxatives leftover from my colonoscopy bowel prep. Took two Senakot pills Sunday morning, and it just seemed to stop me up rathe... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:59:59 EST How to stay healthier with RA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x52417208 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis-pictures/how-to-stay-healthier<BR>-longer-with-rheumatoid-arthritis.aspx<BR>?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20130306 </link> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:25:29 EST The Complex Process of Diagnosing MS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x52281641 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-scle<BR>rosis/multiple-sclerosis-diagnosis.asp<BR>x?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20130225 </link> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:02:09 EST Mental Boosters for MS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x52126405 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/health-report<BR>/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/stayin<BR>g-sharp-with-ms.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHe<BR>althWomensHealth_20130214 </link> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:29:30 EST wrist exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x52094761 while these are on a site for knitters, crocheters a lot are saying these would be good for those with arthiristis and other conditions <BR> <BR> <link>www.freshstitches.com/wrist-exercise<BR>s-knitters-crocheters-easy/comment-pag<BR>e-1/ </link> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:46:16 EST any one had RFA treatments? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x52080209 I saw a new pain Dr and he feels that RFA or radiofrequency ablation might be beneficial. <BR> I have R A and O A as well as fibro and have strugled for 17 years. Only since 2009 has it started to progress until now I am limited in what I can do because of pain. I am 71 and a retired nurse who is using this site to monitor my food intake and hopefully lose weight. I have a wonderful husband who understands but a few friends that just do not get it Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:21:42 EST Adapting your home for RA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x51977941 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/health-report<BR>/guide-to-managing-ra/adapting-your-ho<BR>me.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHea<BR>lth_20130204 </link> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:26:22 EST myasthenia gravis folks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x51918141 Just looking to see if there are any folks here with Myasthenia Gravis that might have some information for someone newly diagnosed about diet and exercise! <BR> thanks....Meg Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:25:51 EST Seven ways to help manage MS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x51899876 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-scle<BR>rosis-pictures/tips-for-ms-management.<BR>aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth<BR>_20130130#/slide-1 </link> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:23:57 EST New From KC - Running and Sneezing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x51876084 Hi, <BR> I'm new to the team, but not to SP. A couple years ago SP helped me lose 40 pounds and I have since then kept it off. <BR> Now I'm in search of answers. I am trying to train for a marathon later this year. I ran 4.5 miles yesterday. <BR> <BR> The problem ... about 30 minutes after I got home I started sneezing. This morning I am still sneezing. My nose is horribly raw and I feel like I've got a couple bugs stuck up there. It's been runny and I can blow my nose. It doesn't seem l... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:18:26 EST AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE FATIGUE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x51863105 Hi all..... <BR> <BR> My diagnosis is Lupus, sort of.....and maybe RA. I'm being treated with Plaquenil, Prednisone, and Morphine.......for pain and inflammation. I take about 5 other meds.... <BR> <BR> My problem is fatigue.....24/7! Sometimes to the point where I can hardly stand up from my chair. Total exhaustion.....this, plus the pain, has taken over my life ==== and makes it impossible to lose weight.....or in that matter.....to have a decent quality of life. <BR> <BR> I wonder ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:18:52 EST What is your energy level today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x51771480 60% of normal Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:43:19 EST Your is your energy level today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x51771415 60% of normal Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:38:26 EST Hideous Horrible Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x51609458 Hi all, <BR> I joined this group because I need to find some way of coping other than eating. I have fibromyalgia, gout, sciatica, migraines, IBS and balance problems. We're having a record cold spell where i live and it's making it much worse. I've got a new problem of red, itchy/painful swollen fingers - doctor cannot figure it out but says it could be stress. Hmmm, ya think?:) <BR> <BR> Joanne Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:03:43 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x51577201 Hi my name is Kim. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and SE Lupus several years ago. The medication I was on seemed to make me gain weight and nothing else. I am off all medication now. So, its a good time for me to get the weight off also. <BR> <BR> Butterfly42D aka Kim Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:21:20 EST Therapeutic Knitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x51478235 I know this seems like an odd topic but when you read the article it shows how knitting/crochet can be good for helping with pain and lots of other medical issues <BR> <BR> <link> <link>www.knitonthenet.com/issue4/features<BR>/therapeuticknitting/ </link> </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:47:57 EST I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x51458293 Hi everyone. I'm new to Spark and super excited to have found this site!! I have been diagnosed as having POTS syndrome which is an autoimmune causing decreased blood pressure, a partial Fybro dx ( PCP thinks it is possible but so sick of specialists that haven't been to a rheumo), severe knee pain, recent colon- rectal surgery, blah blah blah. I went from being super healthy besides low blood sugar to all of these ailments within 3 years. Because of all these ailments and lack of answers on ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:49:08 EST Foods which aid inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x51072757 Anti-inflammatory Foods <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A balanced, varied diet can help ease the pain of arthritis by providing vitamins and minerals that keep your joints healthy. Avoiding “damp” foods such as dairy products and greasy or spicy foods also helps joints. <BR> <BR> Here are some healthy and delicious choices to include in your diet. <BR> <BR> Ginger - Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. A fresh ginger tea can be made by combining a half teaspoon of grated ginger with 8... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:28:41 EST Limiting Carbs to dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50949652 Saw this artcile on the facebook page of an Atlanta endrocrinologist. Not sure if it is true or not, but something to consider for a lot of us <BR> <BR> <link>www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/1<BR>1/121111153640.htm </link> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:11:56 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50882112 I have been recently diagnosed with the autoimmune diseases called GCA and PMR. I am taking high doses of prednisone to combat it and have now been diagnosed with drug induced diabetes. My PCP has decided not to prescribe metformin or any diabetes meds, so am trying to control the diabetes with a low carb diet. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:12:04 EST Cinnamon and Honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50828599 This is my I use cinnmaon capsules a lot and it really helps <BR> <BR> Cinnamon and Honey; Whoever thought? <BR> <BR> Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call 'turning to sugar'. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will "crystallize". When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy natura... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:38:26 EST Xeljanz Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50733772 This was in the health section of SP today <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=670475 </link> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 17:31:00 EST Green tea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50667620 I have decided to give up black tea, and opt for the healthier green tea. The problem is, I don't know where to start? I have searched the internet, and there are too many to choose from. I even went on amazon.com to check the reviews and try to narrow my search, but it didn't help at all. I'm looking for a simple organic green tea or green tea with mint. Loose leaf or bagged. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears. <em>304</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 04:09:48 EST Soothe Arthritis pain with cinnamon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50471528 This spice contains a unique compound proven to inhibit the body's production of nitric acid, a top cuplit beyond joint inflammation <BR> <BR> I also use it to control sugar cravings One teaspoon of cinnamon daily either taken sprinkled on food or in a capsule form (located in the supplement aisle in the drug stores) will achieve this Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:54:08 EST Living with RA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50442693 :Lots of times here on the what foods to avoid, to eat and other things that help <BR> <BR> <link>www.livingwithrheumatoidarthritis.co<BR>m/ </link> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:20:07 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x50434033 Hi, I'm Sheila (halohill), I'm new to this team, and new to SparkPeople. I have Fibromyalgia. I'm a wife, Mom, Grandma and artist. <BR> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:22:58 EST Hi I'm Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50362047 I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2004. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I turned 50 in January & on May 14th I hit a new all time high of 281 lbs. When I weighed in today I was back down 10 lbs. ( I was down before but gained part of it back). On Monday I will be starting the 28 day challenge that goes with reading the book The Spark. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:38:46 EST Trying something new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50269754 Ok, one of my goals for October is to step outside of my comfort zone, and try different foods. So far, all I've tried is Oikos strawberry greek yogurt, not bad. I want to try a recipe for stuffed chicken breasts that calls for feta cheese, but I don't know what feta cheese tastes like. Has anyone tried it, and if so how did you like it? I have never eaten squash or eggplant, and I'm kind of curious about them too. Has anyone tried them and liked them or didn't like them? And if you did like ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:16:17 EST Good skin moisturizer??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50269552 I had been using Aveeno as a skin moisturizer, and was actually very satisfied with it. But lately it has been making me itch, so I had to stop using it. I was leaning towards Gold Bond ultimate healing lotion with aloe, but when I went to Amazon to check the ratings, one of the users said that it has a lot of poisonous ingredients. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. <em>24</em> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:55:14 EST coping with myasthenia gravis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50230187 is there anyone out there who could help me figure out how tp deal with this Wed, 3 Oct 2012 19:56:26 EST Stress makes us hurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50192488 I find if I get stressed out, my body hurts more, the fibro flares up, the arthitis and diabetes flares up, then my lupus and stomach paresis. I am in a flare up right now and need painkillers to cope with the pain. But if I take the time to do my spiritual needs, then I find I have the strength to carry on. Right now doing chair excercises, its going well. Someone sent me a sparkmail with the suggestion of excercising in a swimming pool. The YWCA is not far from here so when I can walk it mi... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:57:15 EST SPARKS' TRIVIA (Question, Answer & Explanation!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x50185373 <em>38</em> True or False: Even if you are at a healthy weight, your risk for developing hypertension is greater if you do not exercise regularly. <BR> <BR> True! Sedentary individuals have a higher risk for hypertension than individuals who are active. Regular exercise can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, if you are overweight, your risk of developing high blood pressure is two to six times higher. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:18:47 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x50155836 Hello, I have fibromyalgia and IBS. There are so many things that can be common to go along with fibromyalgia I was amazed. Have several of them. I am sure many others are too. I find out more about this site everyday. Just joined sept. 20th. very glad I found this site. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 02:16:30 EST Gluten sensitivity test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50135153 survey for gluten issues as shown on Dr Oz <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.doctoroz.com/videos/gluten-sensi<BR>tivity-self-test </link> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:17:51 EST TIPS TO HELP FIGHT PAIN & FATIGUE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50084407 I read this article this morning and thought it may help us here -- check it out and see if there are ways that can help you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.realage.com/manage-fibromyalgia-<BR>pain/exercise-to-control-fibromyalgia-<BR>pain-fatigue?source=SMART&click=smart&<BR>kw=ist&src=smart&mag=RA&link=/manage-f<BR>ibromyalgia-pain/exercise-to-control-f<BR>ibromyalgia-pain-fatigue-SMT-RA </link> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:53:34 EST RA and Eye Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x50057102 Sure a lot of you with RA know this but good reminders <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis/rheumatoid-arthritis-eye-compl<BR>ications.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWom<BR>ensHealth_20120922 </link> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 16:11:59 EST anybody use the services of a chiropractor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x50036028 I just had the first visit in 25 years. <BR> sure hope it works this time. <BR> it did last time but I was quite a bit younger! <BR> <em>249</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:53:19 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x49961663 Hello everyone, I'm giving this a try. I need to loose around 100lbs. Everyone keeps telling me to lose weight. It's as if I wanna scream every time the words come out of the mouth. THey don't get it. The pain and fatigue keep me from exercising. The depression and lack of will power keeps me eating. I feel alone in this battle. No one around me understand what I am going thru. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:56:00 EST DRY MOUTH? remedies and such http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x49912698 today already, I have eaten about a cup of ice, used Biotene rinse and chewed Biotene gum. <BR> <BR> any other suggestions? Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:34:37 EST Hi IM New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x49875700 Hi everyone i am new to this board and site!!!! <em>30</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:37:56 EST Does anyone see a chiropractor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x49770657 Aside from my Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, I suffer from Early Degenerative Disc Disease. As of lately, my pain meds are not really helping, and my doctor is apprehensive about prescribing "narcotics" for pain. That's fine, so I asked about other options for treatment, only to be told that I don't have any. To make a long story short, she told me that because there is no cure for MCTD, that my symptoms won't get much better, and in so many words, to deal with it. <BR> <BR> Well while I ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 18:42:58 EST Vaccinations and autoimmune disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x49737483 I work in a hospital and we are required to get certain vaccinations unless we have a note from our Dr. or clergy stating we can't have them. On Friday I was vaccinated for the seasonal flu and diptheria, pertussis, and tetanus. I didn't feel good that night, but I kind of expected that. Yesterday my knees got very stiff and sore, today all of my joints are like that and I feel very tired. Given that immunization is, by it's very nature, an immune system event, I'm wondering if the vaccinatio... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:07:55 EST Not officially a "auto immune" disease but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x49461230 Here I am :) lol <BR> <BR> I have Hereditary Porphyria which while not an autoimmune disease can have autoimmune difficulties and has resemblances to Lupus in some ways, so I thought this might be a good fit. Rather than just lurk I decided to jump on in and see if its okay with you guys. <BR> <BR> I am allergic to 90% of medications due to my porphyria. If it affects your liver it affects your porphyria. Porphyria is classified as both a Liver Disease and Metabolic disease. I got it f... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:56:04 EST Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x48926798 I started sparking last Thursday...so I'm less than a week in to this. I'm eating between 1500 and 1600 calories a day most day. Dealing with late night hunger and a HUGE hunger period starting at about 4 pm. I have a planned snack (protein, fruit) at that time of day, but basically remain ravenous until Dinner time which is around 6:30 or 7:00 pm. <BR> <BR> Is there hope? Will my body ever get used to this, or will I have to just endure being so very hungry for 2.5 hours each afternoo... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:32:46 EST Sjogren's and Contacts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x48852710 I have just recently been diagnosed with Sjogren's, and have worn contacts for years now. Lately, I cannot wear them like I used to, and realize that at some point, I will probably have to give them up for good, but am not ready to surrender quite yet. I was wondering if anyone else out there has experienced this, and had any luck with any particular brand or type of contact lens. Fri, 6 Jul 2012 09:45:13 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x48613456 Hi, my name is Karenina (or Kay). I joined SP a few months ago and love it! After a 6 year uphill battle of going to one doctor to the next, I was finally diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disease. I'm sure some of you can understand when I say I was relieved when I heard the results. The mystery was finally over which meant I could focus on feeling better. Being a part of SP has helped me because it keeps me motivated to exercise and eat better which in turn, helps... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:14:52 EST Changes from SP on fitness points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x48612409 Oh interesting! I've noticed a few other changes today too. We can now get up to 15 points a day for tracking food. We loose the up to 10 points through for tracking other exercises <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_ individual.asp?blog_id=4934453 </link> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:55:01 EST Hi I'm new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x48357956 Hi, I'm Vicki I will be 59 next moth, and have over 100 lbs to lose. In the past two years I have learned that I'm Diabetic. Last year I learned I had RA, Fibro, Sjogren's, and face the possibility of others that cannot yet be determined. It's taken me awhile to digest all this, and I'm ready to start a journey to get myself healthy. I know that losing the weight will be a big load off my joints, but I'm really having a hard time. My whole body seems to ache. Pain in most of my joints. ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:17:09 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x48357728 Hello, I am Beader1231 and I have autoimmune conditions - low thyroid, sjogrens syndrome, raynards disease, and more. So far, I have been able to live a good life with only inconvenience and a couple of operations, few and far between. It will be nice to belong to a group who shares some of the same hurdles as I do. Hello to You All. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:52:48 EST hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x48118537 Hi, I'm Heather, 33, and just joined! I'm anxious to start this journey and get advice and support from others who have similar challenges! I have had hypothyroidism since 2004 and have been on medication since then. I have about 25-30 pounds to lose. Thu, 17 May 2012 21:59:46 EST Is anyone using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x47862633 I keep reading about this product and it sounds like it can help with a large variety of problems from HBP to IBS. Of course, they also recomment it to get rid of fleas on cats so I have a hard time wanting to ingest it. <BR> <BR> I would be interested in hearing about any experiences (good of bad) that anyone has had by taking this product. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 1 May 2012 17:19:41 EST Gluten Free Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x47532354 Does anyone have any experience with doing a Gluten Free diet? <BR> I've been considering trying it but it seems really tough since wheat seems to be hidden in everything!!! <BR> any feedback would be appreciated...... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:23:20 EST unusual symptom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x47371981 I have been experiencing something new and am wondering if anyone has had this symptom in the past. It's like someone has their hands on each side of a picture and is tilting it from side to side very quickly. That is what my vision is like. Another example is when the old tv screens used to roll. Any input is appreciated. I am wondering if it's from something I already have or if it is something new that I am acquiring. Thanks everyone. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:50:56 EST New to Team but not SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x47123979 Hi My name is Donna. I am a type 2 Diabetic non insulin dependent. Just 1 pill day. I also have Fibro and arthritis. MAy have IBS but not sure. Supposed to have Endoscopy & Colonoscopy 3/15. butt My luck the Prep did not take. Made me so ill with pains and Nausea etc. that DH took me to the ER. 16 hours after taking the prep, it started to work. was admitted to Hospital for observation and sent home yesterday after them seeing how I tolerated 2 meals. Gastro doctor is trying to figure ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:50:57 EST Exercising when your body doesn't want to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x46790572 I just wanted to throw this out to everyone. I have PA (Psoriatic Arthritis) and I have some days where I just don't want to move. My exercise of choice is walking...I have two dogs. Anyway for the past few months when ever I walk my back spasms. I have become quite the couch potato, Now I am in an unhealthy cycle. I need to exercise...my blood sugars are better when I do. I feel my body has stuck me between rock and a hard place.......any suggestions? <em>189</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:20:01 EST SO Tired of Fatigue!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x46706102 Hi team - in spite of regular sleep, exercise and eating healthy I cannot seem to shake persistent fatigue. I have RA, lupus and fibro along with autoimmune hypothyroid but am on medications and according to doctors tests all are being managed. <BR> <BR> Do any of you take a supplement/herb that helps? Any other suggestions? I really want to kick feeling like I need a nap an hour after getting up in the morning! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Any suggestions appreciated. <BR> <BR> Connie Wed, 22 Feb 2012 03:21:21 EST Follow Up on Senate Hearing on Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x46600004 From Karen Lee Richards on Chronic Pain Connection: <BR> This was an important hearing for those of us who live with chronic pain. Only 4 of the 22 senators on the committee attended but they seemed genuinely interested in what they, as lawmakers, could do to help improve chronic pain treatment. <BR> Four of the five witnesses emphasized the need for more research to increase understanding of the mechanisms of pain and to develop effective new treatment options. They pointed out the dispa... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:44:34 EST Senate Hearing on Chronic Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x46564530 Tomorrow the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a Committee Hearing February 14 @ 2:30 about having the Institute of Medicine study and make recommendations about the treatment of Chronic Pain. If your Senator is <BR> Arizona – Senator John McCain <BR> Alaska – Senator Lisa Murkowski <BR> Colorado – Senator Michael Bennet <BR> Connecticut – Senator Richard Blumenthal <BR> Georgia – Senator Johnny Isakson <BR> Illinois – Senator Mark Kirk <BR> Kansas – Senator Pat Rob... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 12:18:49 EST Interesting Lupus Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x46395489 Here is some interesting information concerning lupus and I thought I would share this with those who are interested. <BR> <BR> http://www.bettermedicine.com/lupus-heal<BR>th-center/11-tips-for-living-with-lupu<BR>s?did=t6_crptbmb <BR> <BR> If you find this information helpful or of interest please let me know. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:06:01 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x46286438 Hi my name is Cathy. I fell off the SparkPeople wagon a few times, but after 2 years of lupus meds I really need to get my butt moving! I am really glad to have found a group of people <BR> who understand! <BR> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 11:36:03 EST Hello I have Lupus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x46245819 Hello I am Vana and have been diagnosed with Lupus since I was 14. I have had my ups and downs along with flares but am doing well for now. <BR> <BR> I have had weight issues all my life and now with an aortic condition I need to get the weight off. It is not easy with an autoimmune disease and I know you all understand that. So I would like to join with you to get the understanding but also the support of a group that can and will encourage me along this journey to better health. <BR> <BR... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:55:51 EST Motivation Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x46188841 How do you motivate yourself to get through the day and get the week started since we all hate Mondays? <BR> <BR> <BR> I set my exercise dvd up Sunday night so I can get the kids off to school and get started. I also write my food down and lay it on the dish washer so I can see what my food intake is for the day and stick to it Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:10:04 EST Do you ever have.. I just can't get warm days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x46187695 Yesterday I had another, I just can't get warm days. I have these every now and then where I'm wearing 2 sweaters over my shirt all day and then I'm REALLY cold when I lay down for the night since I'm not moving around any more. <BR> It's not every day. They come and go. I was just curious if anyone else had these. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 06:12:06 EST Another new person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x46181980 Hi! I have fibromyalgia, I've had it for about 15 years, or been diagnosed anyway. Today is good, considering I've been sick since Wednesday. I teach part time at high school in Arkansas. Because of the fibro stress really gets to me and then I've been having problems with irritable bowel. I also have Mienere's disease and the tinnitus has been loud, but that helps me get to sleep. I've gained 90 pounds in the last 13 years, partly because of medication and just being lazy. My first goa... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:14:51 EST Hi, I'm new. I have fibro & CFS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x46164430 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 45 yr old SAHM w/ a 15 yr old son & a sweet husband. Due to some medical issues, I've been on various meds that have really thrown my appetite & emotions out of whack. I just don't get hungry that often; I know it may sound like a dream, but it's a nightmare! I haven't lost any weight, and the thought of cooking depresses me. In fact, I often feel blah. <BR> <BR> SO, I'm hoping to find some encouragement & support & occasional kicks in the butt to make me prepa... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 20:31:26 EST Cats claw and IBS and other intestinal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x46140628 issues. <BR> <BR> Just saw this natural food on the View today and the doctor said this is a great thing for folks with IBS and other intestinal issues. You can either go to the Views page on abc news or google cats claw to get more information <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:57:48 EST Hello - New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x46087027 Hi everyone - my name is Denise, I'm 55 and live in TX. It seems I have so many things wrong with me....but I won't complain! LOL! I have arthritis and fibromyalgia, I know for sure. My body hurts all over and I'm getting these bumps/knots on my fingers (like my mother) from the arthritis and my hands hurt so bad and are getting bent. My mom said her hands never hurt and mine hurt constantly. I had rt. side of my thyroid removed about five years ago, so I take thyroid meds. I've had knee... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:01:05 EST Want to hear from anyone with IBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x45928068 I am newly diagnosed with IBS and I would like to know what symptoms others have experienced and if anything works for you to alleviate the symptoms. <BR> <BR> I am not totally convinced that this is my problem but I would believe it if others have the same or similar experiences. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for sharing with me. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 15:24:25 EST My Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x45851172 Hi everyone! I am so glad that I found this team because I could really use the support. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Hoshimotos Lymphicidic Thyroid Disease. I had half of my thyoid removed last March due to a large Goiter that was bleeding into itself and now suffer from the other lobe not working at all. <BR> <BR> Besides all of the medication that I take on a daily basis, my symptoms include chronic fatigue, migraines, joint swelling and pain, anxiety, depression, and body temperatu... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 22:36:01 EST Long time Spark Person, back to shed the pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45799295 Good afternoon everyone! <BR> <BR> I started on sparkpeople back in 2009 and went from 220 to 130. Over the past few years I have gotten married and was diagnosed with lupus (July 2011). Well a few treatments of prednisone and I am looking to get fit again. <BR> The past 6 months have been spent lying on the couch and eating the only thing that wont make me nauseous (carbs). My dr. seems to have found the magic combination of pills and I have been able to exercise again. I was even able to ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:36:15 EST Hello - I'm a newbie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45782116 My name is Jamie, and I joined because I want to find like minded people interested in getting fit, being fit and staying fit. I jump rope and use elliptical machine as my main source of cardio. I especially wanted to find other people that jump rope for fitness as well. \ Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:56:56 EST Let's Chit Chat 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x45719286 Enjoy using this thread to talk about your day, discuss your challenges, say hi to friends and check in with our team! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:50:31 EST Hi, new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45702611 Hi! I have Sarcoidosis of the lung and am an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic. The first time I came to Spark I was too sick to really follow along. The next time I had just been diagnosed with Sarc and put on prednisone and frankly gave up. <BR> <BR> This time is different! My attitude has changed and I'm making a new start to recover what I can of my life. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:15:05 EST New To The Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45701605 Hi, I'm new. I have neuropathy and Fibro. I had bloodwork done yesterday and asked them to also check for Lupus. ( three of my father's sisters have Lupus, so I get checked every year or two) . They called me with my results and said that I am "on the high side of normal" in my Lupus test results..Anyone have any idea what that means? I thought it was either a positive (Yes you have it) or a negative (No dear, you don't have it). <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:46:37 EST Hi my name is Sharon = returning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45693864 I am returning after 4 months. I got introduced to SP through the 'Fitness' magazine and I could not believe the things that I could access and do without paying a dime. Here is my problem: I am a snacker - I created a fast break goal to eat 4 snacks per day - but I need fruit - 5 daily. Will that be a part of my snacks? I am confused but I want to do the right thing this time. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 07:47:26 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45672383 Hi! I am new to the group. Used to do Spark a long while back but quit. Had several bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia and back issues that put me on steroids over and over and i gained 60 lbs in about 6 months. It is not going off as fast as it came on! But, I did lose on SP before and think that I will again. I have arthritis, fibromyalgia and am pre-diabetic and have degenerative disc disease. I would really like to be healthy, at a normal weight and would strongly prefer to be pain free! ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:50:07 EST Vitamin D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x45552366 Most of my life I have been D deficent. I was also on supplements for it. Then after my thryoid was removed in 2009, my numbers became truly crazy. <BR> <BR> This year, my GYN tested my parathryoid and found I was in primatry parathryoidism. (this was confirmed by two other doctors). Treatment was to change me to Vitamin D3. In Aug 2011 after the first round of .25 of caltrol(sp) my level finally went over 32 to 33. BUT four months later after double the dosage by labs came back at ... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 19:09:15 EST Hello Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45322042 Hi everyone, I just want to send a quick hello to all of you on this team. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2004 at the age of 26 and have had my up and downs with this condition. I don't let it get me down just take one day at a time. I am on a journey to loose about 15 pounds by May. I love the support on Sparkpeople so far and I ready to meet a few friends that understand what my days are like. Can't wait to share with you all. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:41:32 EST LIVING A BALANCED LIFE WITH FIBRO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x45309213 Please click on the link below and you'll go directly to a great article entitled "Living A Balanced Life with Fibro." This is an article shared on the WebMd site and may be of help and interest to you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/fibromyal<BR>gia-pain-10/fibromyalgia-living-balanc<BR>ed-life?ecd=wnl_fib_112211 </link> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:13:21 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45109530 Just want to say hi! My name is Lori and just found out that I have Lupus! Pretty scary but I need to be strong for my little girl! I am have to keep this short since I am at work! Have a great day everyone! Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:42:21 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x45062257 my name is Brenda and I have lupus. I guess that I have had lupus most of my life, but I didn't discover it until about 20 years ago. 20 years ago I had a seizure and it took them about 5 years to discover that I have lupus. I was given seizure meds. and was fine until almost 4 years ago, when I started having seizures again. The meds stopped working. My new meds are working fine, but about a year and a half ago I had a serious lupus flare-up which has resulted in the development of seve... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:27:42 EST 2 weeks down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x45036701 Hi fellow travellers, I've only been on this journey for 2 weeks so am just getting started. So far so good. Today is the final day of a supervised detox which has given me a kick start. Have been eating well - high protein, lots of fresh veges and fruit, lots of water, no sugar and no dairy, and few carbs - and feel much 'lighter' inside, with evident weight loss - clothes are fitting better and more comfy. My joints are not as sore and I'm walking daily and enjoying it! <BR> The challenge f... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 21:38:15 EST De tox http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x45005106 Today is day 11 of the 'new' me and day 10 of a supervised detox program devised by a naturopath - involves drinking at least 2 litres of water with detox liquids for liver/kidneys/digestion,plenty of fresh fruit and veges; good quality protein, no sugar, no alcohol, limited carbs and low fat, I finish the liquid detox tomorrow and remain on the detox diet program for another 2 weeks and haven't felt hungry ot tempted to 'cheat' or comfort eat! <BR> I'm surprised how much more energy I have e... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 21:19:17 EST Hi from Sandy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44654652 Hi, my name is Sandy. I am new at this. I wanted to find a fun and free way to lose weight , but not have to pay for meetings, etc. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:22:28 EST MYTHS ABOUT TREATING CHRONIC PAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x44630116 I read this article and thought it'd be great info to pass along to everyone! Hope it helps and let's work together on keeping that pain on "low!" <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/pain-management/chroni<BR>c-pain-11/myths-facts?page=1 </link> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:21:18 EST Good Evening Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44617221 Hi! I deal with ongoing pain for days and months now and I have IBS, Acid Reflux, Diabetes and you name it I must have it. Took a bad fall a few months ago have an impacted sinus that no doc can get rid of, which is making me climb the walls and lose patience with people, esp docs. Have to see a Neurologist in a few weeks as they think I shook my head when I fell and no one will give me any shots or anything for pain, so I hope you don't mind if I join this group? I need all the help I can... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:00:08 EST Hi!! New here. Not familiar with how this works. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44594662 I'm new to the entire Sparkpeople page. I have RA. The doctor took me out of work. So I sit on the couch and eat my blues away. I need to lose 100 lbs. have no motivation and ofcourse am totally depressed and in constant pain. I'm glad to be in this group. I hope to make some good friends. I need some, that's for sure. <em>253</em> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 00:17:45 EST Fibro: Fears, Facts, and Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44592156 Meridian Magazine <BR> Fibromyalgia: Fears, Facts, and Feeling Better <BR> By Stan M. Gardner MD, CNS <BR> <BR> In my office practice, I frequently offer complementary lectures on various topics. But many people live out of state and would like to learn more about these topics from an alternative/ integrative medicine point of view. So, for all you Meridian readers that live outside of Utah, here’s my take on fibromyalgia. <BR> <BR> Fibromyalgia is not only a pain in the neck [pun inten... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:35:41 EST Chorella - Has anyone tried it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44572847 The flyer for Natural Health Breakthroughs has published a flyer for this natural superfood. <BR> <BR> It is used for: <BR> <BR> Healthy cholesterol and BP <BR> Easy digestion and regularity <BR> sharpen memory <BR> natural weight loss <BR> abundant energy <BR> healthy vision <BR> and so much more. <BR> <BR> NASA hails it as a superfood to keep astronauts healthy <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:10:47 EST hi! new to sparkteam http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44559563 Hi all! I am new to this spark page bbut not to fibro. I have had it for 10 years. My sister has it too and is actually disabled with it. I have learned to deal with it pretty well except for this time of year. the cold wet rainy weather really gets to me. hurt from head to toe! I work so i havee to keep moving and try not to feel too sorry for myself lol! I have three grown children..2 boys and a girl. and 6 grandkids who keep me very busy. I also work fulltime and sell llinen world. I love ... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 18:48:37 EST RA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44465238 Hoping everyone is having a good day. Just Starting to make a big change. Hoping to loose some weight to ease some of the pain. Any advice would be greatful. Thanks!!! Thu, 6 Oct 2011 20:40:31 EST Hi everyone. I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44438902 I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes. 15 yrs ago,I had a kidney transplant. I really don't want to take any more pills,so I'm trying this. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 10:40:14 EST Hello - New to Sparkpeople - Glad to be here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44400389 Hi <BR> I am new this week and picked a few groups that sounded interesting to me. If you don't mind, I will hang around awhile and see which groups are good fits for me and you. I picked 15 (they all sounded so interesting, I had to hold myself back!), so I think I will have to narrow my focus soon due to time constraints. <BR> So far, I feel very welcome here and am having a great time getting to know the site and a few new people. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 09:51:59 EST pain is too much http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44326520 I have fibromyalgia and want to change my eating habits and lose weight along the way. <BR> If anyone else has this ...please let me know what you eat....thanks Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:04:17 EST EFA Supplement? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44307941 Hi everyone, I currently take an all natural daily vitamin that I love, which I purchase from a health food store. Well today when I went in to get another bottle, I saw an EFA (essential fatty acid) supplement. It's made with natural ingredients that are supposed to help with lowering cholesterol, memory problems, blood sugar control, inflammation, and skin problems. Has anyone ever tried a EFA supplement, or do you just get them from the foods you eat? If anyone has tried a supplement like ... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:03:18 EST Hello, I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44261184 Hello! My name is Dawn and I'm new to this team. I am a 39 year old mother of two. I found out in August that I have Sjogren's Disease along with Raynaud's Syndrome. I'm glad to finally have a diagnosis and that I can move forward. For a while, I thought I was losing my mind and that my symptoms weren't real. I'm glad to be part of a group with similar issues. I hope to be a supportive member of this team. <em>247</em> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:12:35 EST Newbie from South Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44254231 I joined the team this evening. I have hasimoto's thryoid (finally diagnosed in Feb 2009 after 5 years of testing from idiots). My thryoid was removed in July 2009 and since then with the meds I alternate between hyper and hypo thryoid. <BR> <BR> Later that year it was discovered I also suffered from hyperadolosterism, Conn's and this year it was discovered I also have hyperparathryoidism. <BR> <BR> My meds change every 2 months based on labs .. I ususally end up with having labs an avera... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 19:48:02 EST me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44253697 I hope I'm putting this post in the right place! I'm new at this, so bear with me please! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I was diagnosed a few years ago with Chiari Malformation, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). I was just recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have exercise intolerance, meaning I feel sick if I exert myself. <em>46</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:59:01 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44253616 I'm new here to Sparkpeople. I'm really excited to see a group for autoimmune conditions! I have such a hard time losing weight because I can't exercise like I want to or need to. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how y'all cope with the limitations we have. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:49:32 EST STRENGTH EXERCISES DONE 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x44223135 <em>224</em> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:27:28 EST EXERCISES FOR LUPUS & OTHER CONDITIONS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x44182072 I read this article put on by WebMd and thought it may be of help to us -- so, click on the link below and see why and how exercising is soooo important for all of us to do! <BR> <BR> <link>lupus.webmd.com/community-tv-lupus-1<BR>1/lupus-exercise </link> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:40:12 EST Hi I'm new to this but i have a question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44169682 In you wonderful peoples' experience is it really that much harder for sick people to lose weight than healthy people... I have IBS, diverticulosis, pre diabetes, mrsa, polycystic ovarian disease and I need to lose at least 100lbs to curb some of my symptoms... Truthfully now is this going to be an uphill battle for me? <em>304</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:52:08 EST Alternative medicine and nutrition users http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x44142846 I found a magazine distributed by a company called Life Extension. It is chocked full of great information. <BR> I was reading Suzanne Somers books when I came across the link to her website. www.suzannesomers.com. There is a place on her site where you can get a free subscription to the magazine to decide for yourself if you want to get a paid subscrription. <BR> Suzanns and Life Extension gave me the information that I needed to make an informed decision about Bio Identical Hormones and how... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 09:02:18 EST Magnesium - Do we know enough about it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44142721 Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps the heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, promotes normal BP levels, helps maintain blood sugar levels and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. <BR> <BR> The recommeded intake of magnesium ito maintain vascular health is 500 mg or more a day. Are you getting enough? Sun, 18 Sep 2011 08:51:48 EST Crap! Gotta find a new doc AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44119208 I've been having some serious anxiety lately that I can no longer handle on my own. So I ring up my doc for an appointment. Apparently she's "no longer with the office" and they aren't telling me where she went. Crap! She was AWESOME! I don't like the other docs in that clinic so I'm off to find a new one again. Luckily my husband has a friend at work with similar issues (and the same health insurance) and her doc is just starting a new practice. Apparently New Doc Lady is very into tr... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:32:57 EST Fitness Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x44098707 Did you know that Sparkpeople fitness videos are available on YouTube? My TV system has internet access, so I can watch them on the TV. I'm doing the 20 minute dumbell workout. <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/results?search_query<BR>=sparkpeople&aq=f </link> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:52:50 EST SHARE 1 WORD ON HOW YOUR BODY FEELS TODAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x44098690 Others in our lives may or may not know how we feel on a daily basis, and when asked, "How do you feel today?", we tend to say fine or okay. BUT, how do you REALLY feel? Achy, tired, frustrated or doing good today! <BR> <BR> With our various conditions, our bodies can feel <em>48</em> and <em>42</em> and we sometimes we don't feel like we want to tell others, as those <em>42</em> can concern or worry them, etc. <BR> <BR> So, if I asked, "How does your body feel today?", what wou... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:52:02 EST road trip coming up, advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x44017709 So here is the situation (sorry for the novel), my aunt had been sick with terminal cancer for several years and she'd decided to leave my disabled uncle with nothing (she gave their home and all of their assets/money/bank accounts and the like to her daughter since it was all in her name). Once my mom learned of his situation she immediately decided that once Aunt passed she wanted Uncle (her brother) to come live with her. Uncle currently lives in Colorado, we are in Oregon. This move wi... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:21:36 EST I'm new, um... hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x44014388 Hello to all of you Sparkers out there! I just signed up yesterday and figured I should introduce myself. I'm 27 and a housewife from Oregon (in the US). I've got some funky health issues which the docs are leaning towards fibro and really off sleep cycles (which lead to a very interesting series of sleep studies which were useless to me but apparently quite useful to them. anywho) so I stay home where I like to take care of my husband, our two dogs (rescued Pit Bulls who also have health... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 19:28:14 EST Anyone else have MCTD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x43994618 I'm Katelyn. I'm 24. Been struggling with something I couldn't quite put my finger on for a long time. After monitoring and pinpointing my symptoms, I went to a rheumatologist. After lots of blood tests and 2 months of anxious waiting, I have been diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. <BR> <BR> Wondering if anyone else has this disease? <BR> <BR> Glad to be here. <BR> <BR> -Katelyn Fri, 9 Sep 2011 13:21:25 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x43990956 Hi folks - for most of you it may be Friday morning but I am ending the day in Bangkok, Thailand. Here with my husbands job for a few years. <BR> <BR> Diagnosed with auto-immune hypothyroid 16 years ago and 10 years ago (this month, right after 9/11 <em>39</em> ) was diagnosed with RA, lupus and fibromyalgia. Needing to lose pounds gained in the past few years of overseas life - not too much opportunity to exercise where we were before. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day! Fri, 9 Sep 2011 09:50:28 EST Hello! New Kid on the Block! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x43990496 I'm Mike and I am 45 years old. I Have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure & gout. I also need to lose 10 lbs. Because I have more than (1) of the conditions for Metabolic Syndrome it has become critical for me to get these conditions under control. Also, I was diagnosed with Crohns disease when I was 11 and had to undergo numerous surgeries and almost died. (Back when I was diagnosed with Crohn's it was though to be a disease that affected older people, so I was misdiagnosed at ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 09:29:08 EST WHAT R U DRINKING NOW? COFFEE, TEA or..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x43989850 <em>106</em> Coffee! Fri, 9 Sep 2011 08:52:35 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x43974881 Dear Spark Teamers, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be good to join this forum. I have RA, Fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and over weight. I'm here looking for a buddy to help me stay on tract and to encourage them on their weight lose journey. <BR> <BR> Thank You, <BR> Mrs LoseLbs12 Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:39:54 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x43974867 Dear Spark Teamers, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be good to join this forum. I have RA, Fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and over weight. I'm here looking for a buddy to help me stay on tract and to encourage them on their weight lose journey. <BR> <BR> Thank You, <BR> Mrs LoseLbs12 Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:39:21 EST new medical terminology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7684x21402x43955172 For those of use tired of the medical lingo <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470856 </link> <BR> Medical Term New SA Definition <BR> Artery - The study of paintings <BR> Bacteria - Back door to cafeteria <BR> Barium - What doctors do when patients die <BR> Benign - What you be, after you be eight <BR> Caesarean Section - A neighbourhood in Rome <BR> Cat scan - Searching for Kitty <BR> Cauterise - Made eye contact with her <BR> Colic - A sheep ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 12:16:27 EST Padma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x43954966 Has anyone here tried Padma? I'm thinking about trying it & am just wondering what your experiences have been. <BR> Here's some EU research info: <BR> <link>www.jle.com/en/revues/bio_rech/ecn/e<BR>-docs/00/04/06/7B/article.phtml </link> <BR> Here's some US reserach info: <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=pad<BR>ma%2028 </link> <BR> Sorry for the long link but it's pages from a book on Padma that talks about autoimmune disease studies with it. <link>books.google.com/books?id=_5PT... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 12:06:19 EST Hi, I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x43937753 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and am finally getting around to introducing myself. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease last April, which for those who may not know, is autoimmune thyroid disease, causing the thyroid to be overactive. Well, I've always been overweight (obviously my thyroid wasn't THAT overactive) and going on the meds to slow it down, thus slowing down my metabolism, too, helped me to gain about 20 pounds in less than 3 months. <BR> <BR> Then, because ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:34:16 EST 10 Foods that Cause Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x43805237 Our bodies are in a constant battle with inflammation when we have autoimmune disorders. Over the years, we have been told to cut lots of foods from our diets (nightshade family foods, yeast...)This is the most current information on foods associated with inflammation and it looks intelligent and based on excellent science. See what you think: <BR> 10 Foods that Cause Inflammation (From Shape magazine) <BR> 1. Vegetable oils: dietary imbalances can lead to inflammation. Since consuming too ma... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:31:07 EST Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Exercises to Try! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x43800031 Click on the link below and check out a few exercises shared by WebMd dealing with staying active, moving and with the least amount of discomfort! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/s<BR>lideshow-rheumatoid-arthritis-exercises </link> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:25:15 EST Does Anyone Take a DHEA Supplement & Does It Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x43653857 As alot of you know, I've been going to one specialist after another. And, due to insurance, it sure does get expensive! So, I've kinda decided to do a bit more research for myself as to lupus and in the advanced stage where I'm at and am now trying a DHEA supplement which is to enhance the mood and support the immune system. I'm not too big on certain supplements and, honestly, I haven't told my dr. about this one yet, but I'm going to the real specialists! All of you!!! <BR> <BR> Hav... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:55:17 EST New Icon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x43541712 Who else loves the new team icon? I love it and it makes me feel better every time I see it! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:40:46 EST JUST WONDERING...HAS ANYONE?? (Q/A TO SHARE!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x43410068 <em>38</em> With our various conditions, it seems as though so many of us are alike with some of our symptoms, but yet totally different with others. But, if you're like me, I always like to do my own sort of research before I go to the doctor, as I want to be prepared with questions and thoughts that are super important to ask in order to get the answers, help me handle and cope with the conditions, and learn! <BR> <BR> So, please feel free to share your QUESTION (Q) or ANSWER (A) that ... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 07:38:42 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x43339757 Not sure I am introducing myself in the right way here. <BR> My name is Sharon. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 8 years along with the good old IBS (D at the time, C now due to meds), restless legs and then was diagnosed with diabetes and thyroid problems for over 5 years. I am now in physical therapy for chronic sciatic pain and lower back lumbar problems. I have a new rheumatologist after 8 years with prior one due to insurance changes. Also have chronic tendonitis in hands/elb... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 23:19:46 EST 10 Daily Habits to Reduce Chronic Pain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x43274732 I saw this great info through WebMd today, and I'm passing it along and hope it is of benefit and help to you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/pain-management/chroni<BR>c-pain-11/slideshow-pain-tips?ecd=wnl_<BR>art_072911 </link> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:23:16 EST TRIGGER FOODS TO AVOID WITH IBS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x42905343 I just read/saw this video shared by WebMd this morning and wanted to pass it along to our friends here who have this condition -- and I hope it offers a few tips to help you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/video/ibs-trigger-food<BR>s?ecd=wnl_fib_062111 </link> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:33:14 EST Natural Hair Dye (henna) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42879416 I was wondering if anyone uses, or has used henna to dye their hair. I'll be 37 years young in October, and I have a little more gray hair than I'm ready for. Due to my Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, I have skin and scalp problems, so regular hair dye is out of the question. The last time I used it, I developed scalp sores and my face became swollen, I don't know if it's my MCTD, or that I've become allergic to it. Anyway, I've been searching the net, and henna keeps popping up. Before I tr... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 19:36:34 EST SKIN CARE INFO FOR LUPUS & MORE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x42731990 With the warmer temps and the wonderful <em>67</em> filled days, it can be a challenge for some of us! We want to be in the sunlight, but, yet, at times too much sun can set off a flare, cause a skin reaction and more! It sure happens to me, so I wanted to pass along a great article by WebMd to see if there are ways that can help you enjoy that sun, take care of your skin and with the least amount of discomfort as possible! <BR> <BR> <link>lupus.webmd.com/features/lupus-skin-<BR>care-m... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:12:39 EST HAVE U RESTRICTED ANY FOODS DUE TO YOUR CONDITION? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42472029 I'm finding out more and more that I need to watch that sodium intake. I normally don't care for too much seasoning in my foods and I think I'm more of a bland sort of eater, but I'm trying to keep an eye on how I feel after eating certain foods. Seems as though lately I can eat an orange one day, and break out with a leg rash the next. It used to be that I had the same sort of reaction after eating chocolate -- but, now I can eat chocolate again, but maybe not too much citrus or acidic fo... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:54:24 EST Sun Sensitivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42398334 The sunlight makes me get intense pins and needles sensations. I already have tingling all the time anyway on my legs. It also seems to make my Sjogrens flare up badly. Does anyone else have trouble with this and how do you cope with it? <BR> <BR> I am an "outdoors" person so this is hard. I try to go to the pool every day for my joint and muscle pain and it really helps. I have a UPF swim shirt, long sleeve shirt and hat and use gobs of sun block, but still have the problem if I am out ve... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:28:44 EST CGSTAR42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x42281166 hi, im me! i deal with me/cfs and other challenges, on spark 4 positive get heathy support not weightloss! Tue, 7 Jun 2011 00:17:13 EST Spark Anniversary: Share Yours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42211814 If today is a Spark Anniversary for you, let us know so we can celebrate with you! <BR> <em>236</em> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 10:39:47 EST EATING RIGHT WITH LUPUS - INFO TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x42122538 This is an article shared by WebMd and you may find it interesting and helpful! Click on the link below and check it out! <BR> <BR> <link>lupus.webmd.com/guide/nutrition-lupu<BR>s?ecd=wnl_lup_053011 </link> Mon, 30 May 2011 10:40:37 EST Hello Everyone- I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42105528 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the Spark People web site and was just so thrilled when I came across this group. I hope I can GIVE as well as get support from this team. <BR> <BR> Forgive me if I'm using the wrong message thread to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I have Lupus, Hypothyroid and Fibromyalgia. My thyroid is under control with medication. The Lupus is in remission, so I don't take any meds for that, I just have to avoid the sun like the plague! Sort of hard in the summer. And the Fi... Sun, 29 May 2011 11:11:02 EST QUESTION TIME? SLE/LUPUS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42102638 For those that have SLE/Lupus, how old were you when you were first diagnosed or knew you had it due to the symptoms, etc. And, if it was at an younger age, how has it improved or changed through the years? I'm just thinking if mine is worsening with the years? I'm not on any sort of medication specifically for it, but I know my blood ANA results had increased dramatically by my last blood work-up, and which is why I'll be seeing the rheumatologist on August 1st! Yup -- August 1st -- the ... Sun, 29 May 2011 08:05:47 EST Today I Hurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42091789 I'm going to take this moment to vent to a group that will literally understand my pain. The weather has been weird and I'm weaning off prednisone (my lifesaver/worst enemy) and so today I HURT! My knees are killing me and I'm SO incredibly tired! I just want to curl back up in bed and take a nap. Ugh! I really hope I feel better for my son's end of the baseball season party. OK enough of my pity party....I got it out and now I can move on. Thanks for listening! Sat, 28 May 2011 13:46:36 EST SSleep Problems? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42052725 Like many, I deal with pain at night which can keep me up or wake me when I roll over. I FOUND AN ARTICLE with good suggestions about how to get a decent night's sleep with pain, and thought some of you who might also be dealing with this problem could use its suggestions. See it at <BR> www.arthritisconnect.com/discussions/602<BR>-let-s-talk-about-sleep-and-arthritis?<BR>continues=5219&utm_campaign=ACN2011052<BR>6&utm_medium=Arthritis&utm_source=EmailNewsletter Thu, 26 May 2011 10:03:19 EST Dietician Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x42020837 Hi; <BR> I went to the Dietician, and basically she told me I'm doing everything right. <BR> She said I should watch my sugars more closely and not eat as much fruit as I have been. Also to stick to good oils and not use any butter, except occasionally. <BR> According to her the med's I take hamper my success with losing weight, and since my thyroid is bad, the med's I take for it keep me from losing weight. <BR> So from now on I am going to stop sweeting the small stuff, and just keep eati... Tue, 24 May 2011 18:40:54 EST 2.30 a.m. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41981427 Hi everyone, Well, it's just gone 3.a.m. here in the UK and here I am wide awake again! I live now near a beautiful river in the countryside on a small friendly mobile home site ... my neighbours are getting used to my nocturnal hours. Am sure they thought I was potty before they got to know me. Have just put a wash through and made some yoghurt lol! <BR> <BR> Thankfully I have an appointment with the pain clinic in London this week so am hoping they change my meds back... this "pr... Sun, 22 May 2011 22:15:16 EST HAS ANYONE USED A TOPICAL NERVE PAIN GEL/LOTION? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41970175 I just purchased a topical gel product at our local health food store and it is specifically for "nerve pain relief." It's not the usual sort of creme for sore muscles and that sort of thing -- only for nerve pain. So, I tried it this morning on one of my ankles due to walking a bit much yesterday, and I don't feel anything right now as I just rubbed it in -- but it's a homeopathic gel and I'm curious to see what it'll do. Has anyone else ever tried this sort of creme/gel and did it work? ... Sun, 22 May 2011 10:06:24 EST A little funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x41936619 This was published in a local newspaper years and years ago. I mean no copyright infringement and I don't mean to offend anyone. <BR> <BR> THE TWENTY THIRD POUND <BR> <BR> My appetite is my shephard, I shall not want. <BR> It maketh me to sit down and stuff myself. <BR> It leadethme to my refrigerator repeatedly. <BR> It leadeth me in the path of Burger King for a Whopper. <BR> It destroyeth my shape. <BR> Yea, though I knoweth I gaineth, I will not stop eating. <BR> For the Food tasteth s... Fri, 20 May 2011 09:11:35 EST Yoga for fibro & more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x41919283 Was looking for health giving exercise this rainy morn & came across this article. Thought it might encourage many of us to try or continue with this marvelous form of exercise, which I so wish I had continued with diligently, instead of dropping it after college for many years! <BR> See article at: <BR> http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/yoga-re<BR>duces-fibromyalgia-pain-symptoms-10101<BR>4-0554/ Thu, 19 May 2011 11:05:05 EST WHAT MEDS R U ON THAT WORK and WITH NO WEIGHT GAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41893392 Please share the prescription that you're taking and one that does NOT cause the swelling or weight gain! Also, please add the condition the med was prescribed for and how well it has worked for you. <BR> <BR> I mentioned Savella to my back specialist and she said that was a med for fibro, and she'd rather have me see a neurologist to see what help/advice she could offer as to nerve ending blockers. So far, nothing specific -- but tomorrow I'll have an MRI done of the neck and brain and ... Wed, 18 May 2011 07:33:01 EST Memorial Day plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41797428 I know its difficult to make holiday plans but has anyone made plans yet? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have had 2 invites for cookouts and haven't decided which one to accept Fri, 13 May 2011 08:21:34 EST Exercising too much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41762416 I am finally starting to get back on track after months of being too sick to exercise. I find I can exercise (elliptical or walking or bicycling) in the morning and feel fine, but am exhausted and need to sleep in the afternoon. I am tapering prednisone so that may be a factor, and finished cytoxan infusions last month, so those may be factors too. Do you think I need to cut back on exercise so I don't get so tired or just go for it and take a nap? I know I need the exercise but I hate wastin... Wed, 11 May 2011 13:50:18 EST HI! I am Sammie! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x41744188 Hi everyone! Like all of you I really wish I was not here, but I am so HI!!!!!! I received the official diagnosis of lupus and RA in January (talk about a good way to start the year <em>46</em> ), the docs have been toss around either RA or Lupus for almost two years now. I am a single super mom! I love running (5ks up to marathons) and triathlons, I refuse to let any stupid disease stop me! Tue, 10 May 2011 16:38:41 EST Tips to Keep Your Joints Healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x41669167 Please click on the link below and check out WebMd's slideshow on a few ideas and ways to keep those joints healthy! I think you'll enjoy it and maybe even add a few of the stretches, etc., to your daily routine! <BR> <BR> <link>arthritis.webmd.com/slideshow-keep-j<BR>oints-healthy?ecd=wnl_art_050611 </link> Fri, 6 May 2011 17:08:43 EST DID U PLAY SPARKS' TRIVIA 2-DAY? HOW DID U DO? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7684x21402x41547672 <em>224</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 09:34:10 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x41454660 Hello! My name is Jen and I am new to this forum. I have diagnosed arthritis, thyroid, and fibromyalgia. They are testing me for lupus &/or MS. <BR> <BR> It is frustrating trying to loose this weight. We just shut down our business so that I could stay home to be with my children and focus on getting better. <em>249</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:17:20 EST Chronic Pain & Vitamin D Connection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x41413998 I read this interesting article dealing with pain and Vitamin D and thought it may be of interest to you. Click on the link below and check it out! It may help! <BR> <BR> <link>www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.<BR>asp?articlekey=142901&ecd=wnl_cbp_042311 </link> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 14:04:04 EST Good and Bad Exercises for Low Back Pain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x41394180 Click on the link below and check out the exercises shown -- the good and the bad exercises for back pain! Hope you find the info helpful and we can lessen the aches/pains that we live with regardless of which autoimmune condition we may have. Pain is pain and I love sharing WebMd's info to hopefully relieve some of your's! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/back-pain/lower-back-p<BR>ain-10/slideshow-exercises?ecd=wnl_cbp<BR>_042311 </link> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 08:49:07 EST QUESTION TIME? HOW HAS LYRICA WORKED FOR YOU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41379617 Now, after 2 MRIs -- and the finding of the tumor -- I need to have yet another one, plus a CAT scan -- but the back specialist has prescribed Lyrica for me due to tingling, burning and uncomfortable leg feelings -- that I'm getting used to. And, I'm always so hesitant to mix my meds -- but, I'm checking with you to see what you thought of the med and if it worked for you. Also, I've heard that it is addictive in ways -- so, that really adds to the hesitant feelings -- I don't want to have ... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:51:07 EST THIS WEEK'S REMEMBER YOU CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41301842 Hi everyone! With Easter weekend coming up and the various activities that we may be involved in, I thought let's make this an easy one -- and, more so, a super needed one! <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> Give you a hint! Yup --you got it! <BR> <BR> The Challenge and one that so many of us don't take the time to do -- but we definitely should, so let's have fun and make it a challenge to do so! <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> <em>128</em> TAKE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES OF YOUR DAY AND REST, RELAX,... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:01:05 EST (Fitness) DID U DO SEATED DUMBBELL CURLS TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x41238615 Here is a fun and easy strength exercise that you may enjoy or are already doing! Give it a try and reply if you've done yours today! <BR> <BR> Seated Dumbbell Concentration Curls! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Begin seated on a bench or chair. Hold a dumbbell with an underhand grip, resting that elbow on the inner side of your thigh. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> INHALE: Curl the dumbbell to your shoulder, keeping upper body still. <BR> <BR> EXHALE: Lower the weight back down until your arm ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:59:11 EST Question About MRI's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41192719 Today, I go in again for another MRI, but this time they'll be using the contrasting dye. I've snooped around on the Net and even through articles from the Mayo Clinic, and I'm getting tensed about what I've seen as to the dye and the after effects. Hives? Problems breathing? Has anyone had these sort of effects after an MRI? <BR> <BR> But, we'll see if I do today -- it's coming up and soon this morning! But, just wanted to check with our friends here -- use of dye in the testing -- ... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 08:12:26 EST new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x41167016 Hi, <BR> I was just searching the teams and I was so excited to find a group for autoimmune disorders. I myself have had Raynaud's and Hypothyroidism since childhood. Being 65, I now have Osteoarthritis. Five years ago, I came down with Morphea or Localized Scleroderma.This was awlful as it made me feel like my skin was too small for my body and it led to Glaucoma. It has kind of slowed down but now I have muscle weakness of my legs and also my eyelids and my doctor is looking at more disorde... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:38:13 EST new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x41166975 Hi, <BR> I was just searching the teams and I was so excited to find a group for autoimmune disorders. I myself have had Raynaud's and Hypothyroidism since childhood. Being 65, I now have Osteoarthritis. Five years ago, I came down with Morphea or Localized Scleroderma.This was awlful as it made me feel like my skin was too small for my body and it led to Glaucoma. It has kind of slowed down but now I have muscle weakness of my legs and also my eyelids and my doctor is looking at more disorde... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:33:07 EST RA - R U GETTING THE VITAMINS, ETC., YOU NEED? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x41158843 I saw this article put on by WebMd and thought it may be helpful and interesting -- so I'm sharing the link with you. Click below and see if there is info to help you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/b<BR>iologics-10/vitamins-ra?ecd=wnl_din_04<BR>1111 </link> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 17:11:16 EST THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41129431 I hope all is well with Shell, but I wanted to post a challenge that is somewhat similar to one that we did last week! (Only without points, as I'm uncertain how Shell wanted to run the challenges for the month -- and I hope it's okay --but let's get ready and do it!) <BR> <BR> So, here it comes! <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Get in your fruits & veggies -- show us a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Enjoy 30 minutes of exercise a day -- show us a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Dri... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 11:01:15 EST How do you deal w/ Vitiligo spots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x41030500 I know Vitiligo isn't deadly, but those white spots on my hands and neck make people think I have cancer or was burned. <BR> <BR> The makeup just rubs off on my clothes. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there with Vitiligo? <BR> <BR> Please let me know. <em>304</em> <BR> Renie Tue, 5 Apr 2011 16:02:03 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x41026327 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for several years now & it did help . . . when I used it. My hubby just signed up (voluntarily!!!) and I've recently been diagnosed with fibro, chronic fatigue & pre/borderline diabetes, so I really need to make some serious changes in my lifestyle. I'm sick & tired of feeling sick & tired!! Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:41:15 EST DID YA KNOW! SPARKS HEALTH INFO TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40957527 Remember, to lose weight, you need to create a caloric deficit. You can do this by cutting calories from your diet, by exercising more, or by combining both diet and exercise. Because you need to give you body a proper amount of fuel for energy, nutrients, and to ensure weight loss, it can be hard to cut a large amount of calories by dieting alone. By adding exercise, however, you'll be able to eat more and still meet your goals. Just make sure that you account for all the exercise you do whe... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 11:19:48 EST April challenge chat room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40943907 Well it's the first day of the challenge and I hope that everyone is earning points for the prize goodies along with the health benefits of it. Fri, 1 Apr 2011 17:20:03 EST April Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40943844 Here's your template to copy and paste for this challenge <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE - April 1 Friday through April 7, Thursday <BR> <BR> PART 1: CHAT ROOM: Daily Post (5PTS) + Comment on other's previous posts (25PTS) ~ MAXIMUM DAILY POINTS (30) <BR> 4/1 Friday : <BR> 4/2 Saturday: <BR> 4/3Sunday: <BR> 4/4 Monday: <BR> 4/5 Tuesday: <BR> 4/6 Wednesday: <BR> 4/7 Thursday <BR> PART 1 ~ TOTAL POINTS: <BR> <BR> PART 2 FITNESS: Cardio <BR> CARDIO: 1 minute = 1PT (i.e., if you do 60 minutes of cardio, y... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 17:16:53 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x40923532 Hi everyone I'm new here. My best friend, Ms_Sweetheart, talked me into joining Spark. We will be starting our program on April 12. She is already a member, but due to an accident, had to put her weigh-tloss on hold. I have 165 pounds to lose, so wish me luck Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:09:07 EST Weather and Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40914357 During April. let's take Momma48's idea and track how we feel along with the weather every day! <BR> Rate your pain on a scale from 1- 10, one being feeling great and 10 being on your way to the emergency room! <BR> Also, rate the weather: rainy, cold, sunny , warm overcast, snow, whatever... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:16:28 EST challenge info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40902367 I took this idea froma nother group and thought it would be fun with this one. I don't expect evryone to be able to do everything , it is a do what you can do challenge. I hope that everyone likes the idea that i borrowed. I will calculate my points but I am not eligible for the prize goodies that will be given out at the end of each challenge/ Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:34:36 EST challenge time sign right up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40902292 I'm going to run challenges all through April but they will run one week at a time. I hope all can participate. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:31:50 EST APRIL CHALLENGE CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7684x21402x40902271 Here is the chat room to check in daily and to have fun with. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:30:52 EST April Challlenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7684x21402x40902238 Here's your template to copy and paste for this challenge <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE - April 1 Friday through April 7, Friday <BR> <BR> PART 1: CHAT ROOM: Daily Post (5PTS) + Comment on other's previous posts (25PTS) ~ MAXIMUM DAILY POINTS (30) <BR> 4/1 Friday : <BR> 4/2 Saturday: <BR> 4/3Sunday: <BR> 4/4 Monday: <BR> 4/5 Tuesday: <BR> 4/6 Wednesday: <BR> 4/7 Thursday <BR> PART 1 ~ TOTAL POINTS: <BR> <BR> PART 2 FITNESS: Cardio <BR> CARDIO: 1 minute = 1PT (i.e., if you do 60 minutes of cardio, yo... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:29:28 EST Cytoxan Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40888119 I think there are a few people that have had IV Cytoxan and I am hoping they can answer my question. My fatigue is worsening with each infusion. My doctor said the drug will keep building in effectiveness for months after I am done with infusions. I am wondering if the fatigue will continue to be a problem after infusions. What has your experience been after infusions? <BR> <BR> I have house guests coming to vacation here the whole month of April and I am thinking that was not such a good id... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:49:01 EST Newby here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x40863025 I am brand new to this website and just trying to find my way around. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the 90's. A few years later, Fybromyalgia was added. I became a diabetic in 2004 and in February I was diagnosed with PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I have been meeting with several doctors and I'm told I will be on steroids for a minimum of a year and a half. My problem, the steroids side effects. I fight a devil of an appetite and raging sugar levels. We are working on gettin... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:52:14 EST Lupus and Osteoporosis Connection Info! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40855307 <BR> Please click on the link below to check out the article on the possible link of lupus and osteoporosis put on by WebMd! It's interesting and always great to keep learning! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/lupus-and<BR>-osteoporosis </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:05:03 EST Today, I Will NOT let..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x40820842 ......my leg and hip pain to get me down! I'm determined to stay positive and as active -- just a bit slower -- but flexible and moving! <em>244</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:34:10 EST SPARKS' DIABETES WEIGHT-LOSS WORKOUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40820332 Click on the link below and see if this workout plan can be of help to you! It sounds like a super great plan, complete with videos, etc., and, even though it mentions, Diabetes, I think it's a great plan for everyone! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1587 </link> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:07:53 EST FIBRO MEDICATIONS! WHAT YOU MAY NEED TO KNOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40802105 I'm sharing the link and info from WebMed as to certain medications used for fibro! Please click on the link below and see if your medication is listed and, if not, what meds do you take and do they work well for you? <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/fibromyal<BR>gia-what-you-need-to-know-10/medications </link> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 08:33:36 EST Question: SHOES! Which Would You Recommend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40792888 Some of you may have known that I was having major problems with my right leg - and, through x-rays, etc., they are saying my spinal canal is narrowing -- which is somewhat normal, I guess, in my age range. I'll be seeing a specialist on Monday, and I'm thinking arthritis has settled in the joint. So, I went shoe shopping today and I don't want to spend a fortune...so I bought a pair of flat Dr. Scholls -- but what about walking shoes, etc.? Or, have you found that any sort of insole suppo... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:20:17 EST IMMUNE-BOOSTING FOODS! WHICH ONES DO U LIKE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40774559 I just love MedicineNet slideshows -- super informational and helpful! And, I hope this one is of help to you! <BR> <BR> Click on the link below and see what you think! Which foods shown do you like and do you incorporate them into your daily diet? <BR> <BR> <link>www.medicinenet.com/immune_boosting_<BR>foods_pictures_slideshow/article.htm </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 19:08:18 EST looking for healthy ways to manage RA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x40740805 I am 37 and have had RA for 6 years. I am incredibly lucky in that my symptoms are still relatively mild: sore/achy, stiffness, some tenderness and mild to moderate fatigue. Those symptoms are progressing a bit, however, and I'd like to find ways to manage it that might keep me from having to do the high powered drugs. I'm looking for people that have learned to manage it with a positive outlook and are vigilant without being completely obsessed by the disease either. I am a teacher with... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:45:15 EST Brain Fog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40738267 Want to hear about your experiences with brain fog, either funny or serious. Yesterday, when dinner was ready, I was wondering where my teenage daughter was. She had not come back yet from playing tennis. And it was 7:30. I waited about 15 minutes, then went in search of... Went round the complex, no kid. Around again, screaming her name this time, no kid. Now I was really getting worried. I went back to the apartment only to find she was there, AND she had been there the whole time. ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:40:07 EST 24 Surprising Causes of Pain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40726912 Here is a great slideshow put on by WedMd -- and click on the link below and see if there are a few surprises for you as to causing pain! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/pain-management/slides<BR>how-reasons-for-pain?ecd=wnl_fib_031511 </link> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:55:57 EST missjoanie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x40722734 Hello, it good to be here and I can't wait to get started. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:21:59 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x40672123 Hi! I'm Teresa and have been a member of Spark since last year, but stopped doing anything with it until this month. I am motivated now to get healthy. I am tired of being sick and tired. LOL I have fibro, hypothyroidism, arthritis and tendinitis. I hurt all the time. <em>39</em> I am 52 years old and am too young to feel so old. I want to feel better, I want to look better, I want to enjoy life again. Thirty years of being overweight is long enough. I am looking for as much motivation and ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:06:37 EST Disability hearing set http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40671984 Yay it's getting closer. I received news in the mail yesterday that my hearing has been scheduled for May 5,2011 at 9:15. I also received a packet in the mail from my attorney to have my dr fill out. I am getting excietd and worried all at the same time. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:58:37 EST HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS! DO THEY WORK 4 YOU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40669869 Here is a super article from WebMD that mentions certain herbs and/or supplements to "possibly" help with fibro and other conditions. Which ones "may" work and which ones have been mentioned as "no proof shown" as to their effectiveness. <BR> <BR> AND ALWAYS REMEMBER -- before adding any sort of supplement to your diet and day, ASK YOUR DR. IF IT IS OKAY FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below to read the article and let us know what you think. And, also, if you are able to ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 07:58:06 EST Need a good sunblock http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40656377 I know it's too early for most of you to think about this, but does anyone know of a good sunblock that can be worn all the time? That means it can't be greasy or smell but still be effective and hopefully not too pricey. With the meds I'm on, I need to keep every exposed inch protected all the time and it's way too hot in the summer where I live to wear long pants and sleeves. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:32:41 EST EATING WELL WITH DIABETES TYPE-2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40654534 I'm sharing the link to a Sparks' article dealing with Diabetes Type-2 and I hope it is of help to our friends here! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>articles.asp?id=881 </link> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 09:46:39 EST Here's a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40646392 Before I go to the dr over this I wanted some input. I have Sjogrens Syndrome and am already on meds for it but when I exercise I don't sweat now. My face turns blood red and I feel like I'm on fire. Any suggestions? Fri, 18 Mar 2011 20:08:44 EST WHAT WAS THE LAST HEALTHY FOOD YOU PURCHASED? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x40635667 Keep those grocery lists healthy and, don't forget those fruits, veggies and other super great foods! <BR> <BR> Please share -- what was the last "healthy" food you bought? It may also be a good way to pass along a "healthy" food item for others to add to their grocery lists as well! <BR> <BR> Happy and Healthy Shopping! <em>206</em> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:35:35 EST THE HUNT FOR HIDDEN SUGAR! DO U READ THE LABELS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40634625 Click on the link below and check out Sparks' article on Hunting for the Hidden Sugar in our foods! A great article and a great reminder to check those labels! <BR> <BR> <em>494</em> The Hunt for Hidden Sugar! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=616 </link> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 08:53:24 EST OSTEOPOROSIS! WHAT U CAN CONTROL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40604939 Here is another super interesting and great slideshow dealing with osteoporosis! The slideshow is provided by WebMd -- so it's a great one! <BR> <BR> Click below and check out: Top Story - Osteoporosis: What You Can Control! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/slideshow<BR>-osteoporosis-overview?ecd=wnl_day_031611 </link> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:58:37 EST (Fitness) DID U DO LEG RAISES 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40582800 This exercise was shared in one of Sparks' articles and it's a great one for strengthening our backs and hip muscles! So, let's give it a try and see if you like it -- Stay active and healthy everyone! <BR> <BR> HOW TO: <BR> <BR> Lie on your stomach. Tighten the muscles in one leg and raise it from the floor. Raise it as high as you can (approximately 30°) WITHOUT CAUSING ANY DISCOMFORT TO YOUR LOWER BACK OR LIFTING YOUR HIP OFF THE FLOOR. Hold your leg up for a count of 10 and return i... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:14:49 EST How You Can Identify Pain Trigger Points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40560814 Here is another great share of info dealing with certain trigger points and concentrates more on myofascial pain -- so, please click on the link below and see if there are ways to soothe a few of those aches and pains and keep learning everyone! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/<BR>myofascial-pain-syndrome?ecd=wnl_cbp_0<BR>31011 </link> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:02:35 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21402x40551320 I was so very happy to sign up on sparkpeople! I was finally going to take charge again! I am a procrastinator by nature, so I indended to "start" on Monday. Well, today is Monday...I am already breaking my own rules and not doing any of what I wanted to do...eat a healthy breakfast, do morning stretches...Where do you all get your motivation when you just don't feel like doing anything? Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:04:27 EST CAN OMEGA-3s CUT INFLAMMATION? CHECK IT OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40524979 Please click on the link below and check out the great info on Omega-3s! Plus, ways to incorporate them into your day! Keep learning and lovin' it, everyone! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/slideshow-omega-3<BR>-health-benefits?ecd=wnl_rhu_031111 </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:00:39 EST Hand Osteoarthritis? Ways to Treat and Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40507765 I'm sharing an article called, "Best Ways to Treat Arthritis of the Hand" -- and I hope you learn a few extra ways to lessen the aches, pains and more! (Please click below to check it out!) <BR> <BR> Are there tips or info in the article that can benefit you? <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/hand-os<BR>teoarthritis-degenerative-arthritis-of<BR>-the-hand?ecd=wnl_art_031111 </link> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 09:58:09 EST THE BENEFITS OF TAI CHI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40496061 I've tried Tai Chi and I have somewhat of a difficult time at it, as I think I'm too quick in my movements or something -- but to train one's mind to slow down and be aware of each move -- can be such a benefit to us and <BR> something that I'm not giving up on yet! <em>211</em> If you're interested in Tai Chi and the benefits of the art, click on the link below and see if you'd like to incorporate it into your daily exercises. Slow, easy moves and soothing as well! <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:33:46 EST SPARKS' HEALTH NEWS TODAY!!! MEDS FOR LUPUS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40464059 You maybe have seen this on the Start page of Sparks today, but, in case you haven't, here it is! <BR> <BR> FDA Approves 1st New Lupus Drug in More Than 5 Decades! <BR> <BR> Click on the link below and see what you think -- is it something you would like to try? What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=650740 </link> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:02:39 EST March: National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40432567 See the article by SP Coach Tanya about this! <BR> http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=<BR>march_is_national_autoimmune_diseases_<BR>awareness_month Tue, 8 Mar 2011 20:42:45 EST How do you handle bad weather? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40416740 We are all weather sensitive. When the barometer moves too rapidly (up or down more than 6 points) I ache. More than a 10 point swing and I'm in bed for a bit. How do you handle weather changes? What type of weather bothers you the most? Tue, 8 Mar 2011 08:14:03 EST BENEFITS OF WATER EXERCISES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40377371 <em>237</em> I know that we have friends here who enjoy their water aerobics and what a great way to feel the warmth and soothing movement in water with possibly a lower level of pain while doing the same! <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below and check out the benefits and more of water exercises and I hope the info is of help to you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/features/<BR>water-exercise-for-fibromyalgia-easing<BR>-deep-muscle-pain?ecd=wnl_fib_030111 </link> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:06:03 EST YOUR PERSONALIZED FITNESS TRACKER! LET'S DO IT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40369763 As alot of us are able to do certain exercises and others not, due to our various conditions, please share an exercise that YOU would like to track, and reply back with a <em>248</em> if you've completed your exercise challenge of the day! <BR> <BR> In this way -- we can personalize our exercises and do them comfortably. ALSO, you can change your physical challenge or exercise each week and keep track here by posting your goal -- the sky's the limit -- stay active and love it everyone! ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 09:41:24 EST HEALTHY REFLECTIONS to Share Your Thoughts on Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x40368742 <em>202</em> What are you investing your time in? <BR> <BR> Work is certainly important. Only those who are incredibly wealthy would tell you that money is of no importance. Without question, we need to work to provide for our families and ourselves. Most people don't stop to really embody the idea that work is not the most important thing, however. What is of more importance is family, friends, and investing your time in those relationships. Next time you find yourself toiling over your no... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 08:49:33 EST RA Joint-Friendly Fitness Routines to Share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40358002 Please click on the link below and check out the info on exercises that are joint-friendly for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis and/or other conditions, and see if there are a few you would like to try or maybe already do. Keep those joints limber and flexible -- but with the least amount of discomfort possible. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/s<BR>lideshow-rheumatoid-arthritis-exercise<BR>s?ecd=wnl_rhu_030411 </link> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 17:36:19 EST PREDNISONE PACK - QUESTION AND WONDERING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40350596 As alot of you know, I've been having problems with my sciatic nerve, but it's not so much the back where I have experienced it once before, but it is the inflamed nerve that connects to my right knee. So I was prescribed a Prednisone "pack" as it's referred to. I've been on Prednisone before due to hives that I developed due to a medication allergy, but I'm wondering for those that know more about the drug, is it normal to have numerous trips to the bathroom while using this "pack" as they... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 10:11:41 EST MOTIVATING & INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x40311467 <em>437</em> Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. <BR> - Louisa May Alcott - Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:57:55 EST What is your autoimmune condition? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40305703 We might be able to support each other better, if we understand what conditions we are dealing with. There are over 80 autoimmune diseases and although there is a lot of commonality between them - like pain and fatigue, there are also some big differences. We can find articles and information to share and start to create a larger reference library for our new members if we know what everyone is fighting. <BR> My autoimmune conditions are rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:42:16 EST 10 DAILY HABITS TO REDUCE CHRONIC PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40294964 Click on the link below and check out this great Slideshow of 10 Daily Habits to Reduce Chronic Pain! I hope you enjoy and find a few ways to try and ease that pain away! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/pain-management/chroni<BR>c-pain-10/slideshow-pain-tips </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:58:09 EST WHAT WAS YOUR LAST HEALTHY SNACK? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x40294315 <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>470</em> <em>291</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Please share the last healthy snack you enjoyed and, it may give another of our friends here an idea of what they may enjoy as well! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:34:34 EST DID U LOG IN YOUR FOOD INTAKE AT SPARKS 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40294109 We're living that healthy lifestyle and the food tracker here at Sparks is so great as it'll show your intake of carbs, protein and more! <BR> <BR> So, depending on when you post, please share -- did you log in your food intake 2-day or yesterday here at Sparks? <BR> <BR> It's an <em>345</em> way to stay on track and keep those healthy food choices coming! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:26:14 EST DID U ENJOY A WALK 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40292764 What a great way to get in that cardio and enjoy the fresh air as well -- just by taking a walk -- be it indoors at the mall, etc., or outdoors -- all depending on the weather! <BR> <BR> But, let's keep that heart <em>26</em> and you happy! Have you enjoyed a walk today? Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:30:18 EST Hives? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40279700 Does anyone else get hives as a result of their autoimmune disorders? I get bouts of them that can last months at a time and was wondering if anyone else has this problem. Wed, 2 Mar 2011 10:40:47 EST March Madness: Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40265972 Would you like to join me in working on a Team Goal this month? If you scroll down to the bottom of our team page, you'll see that we have a few goals but that no one is really participating in them. Let's go crazy and set one that interests us and see what we can achieve together this month. Let me know if you like any of these ideas or give me your ideas and I'll set it up for us and let you know how to track them. <BR> Ideas: <BR> Do something nice for yourself today. <BR> Read a motivati... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:59:07 EST Six Ways to Boost Your Immune System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40264131 For those of you who have not already read this SparkPeople article, it is a quick and easy review of things we can and should do to boost our immune systems. You can earn points for reading it, too. The tips are simple but valuable reminders! <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well<BR>ness_articles.asp?id=1216 <em>150</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 18:39:33 EST strengthening our immune systems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40246839 this was a good article I thought we all could benefit from <BR> <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness.ar<BR>ticls.asp?=1216 Tue, 1 Mar 2011 06:49:00 EST Basic exercises: Video Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40240152 Those of us with autoimmune conditions almost always must deal with a tremendous amount of pain and exhaustion. It is really hard to motivate yourself to exercise when you wake up feeling like a Mack truck ran over you all night. Although there aren't a lot of use out there doing Iron Man triathlons, we can all do something- even on those days when we need a day of bed rest. Keeping our mobility is tremendously important, so I have compiled a list of very basic, very easy stretching and exerc... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:17:21 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40239003 Have you decided your March goals? <BR> <BR> mine are drink 8 glasses of water everyday <BR> use my elliptical everyday <BR> and weigh in weekly faithfully Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:33:27 EST (Fitness) DID U TRY or DO THE TORSO STRETCH 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40232657 Here is another great feeling exercise and stretch to do, plus you can do it sitting on a chair if you'd like and you don't need to cross your legs or sit on the floor to do it -- even though that's part of the Sparks demo and description. But, here's the explanation of how-to and, feel free to click on the link below and see the demo (and remember, do only what is comfortable for you.) <BR> ..... <BR> Starting Position <BR> This exercise is performed in a seated position with the legs cross... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:47:16 EST year long motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40222714 I read this spark article and enjoyed it. I hope that you do as well. <BR> <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/resources.asp?id=159<BR>8 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:50:45 EST TIPS TO EAT BETTER FOR BLOOD SUGAR COUNTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40221602 We all should be aware of our blood sugar levels and to keep them in a "safe" range. And, as the article discusses, Diabetes (an Autoimmune Condition) is on the rise--so, click on the link below and check out an article that may be of help to you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.realage.com/tips/eat-these-3-foo<BR>ds-that-lower-blood-sugar?eid=10989320<BR>05&memberid=30169450 </link> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:00:58 EST (Fitness) DID U DO the NECK STRETCH 2-Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40214468 Here is a great exercise/stretch to relieve those tense neck muscles and I hope you all do and enjoy! <BR> <BR> The link is shown below for a demo of the exercise! <BR> <BR> STARTING POSITION: <BR> Begin in a seated position with your legs crossed or in the butterfly position. <BR> <BR> ACTION: <BR> Bring your left ear down towards your left shoulder and hold. Roll your head down towards the ground and bring your chin to your chest. Hold and finally, roll your head to the right and brin... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:00:01 EST favorite healthy recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7684x21402x40212363 My favorite is a weight watcher recipe that has been passed around <BR> <BR> 1 cake mix <BR> 1 can diet soda <BR> 1 small box sugar free vanilla pudding <BR> 1 small container sugar free fat free cool whip <BR> <BR> mix 1 cake mix with one can of diet soda <BR> bake according to directions. <BR> mix pudding and cool whip together and frost when cake is cool <BR> <BR> for chocolate cake you can use dark soda and for white and yellow use clear soda. <BR> <BR> * i'm addicted to desserts <... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:23:02 EST FYI - AS TO THE TEAM AND WHAT IS COMING AHEAD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21402x40202370 <em>213</em> Good morning everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know that we're in the process of shifting things around a bit, but we're still going to share info dealing with subjects that pertain or are connected with Autoimmune conditions, add a little more fun and games (as they help to keep our minds active, they can be somewhat relaxing and fun, and, even to help us think of the game and to get our minds occupied on the fun, rather than the aches that we may be feeling on a given d... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:55:42 EST TODAY, I WILL...... .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7685x21402x40201095 .....take care of this achy body <em>24</em> but mainly enjoy the day with my family! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:55:28 EST DID U HAVE A GOOD DAY YESTERDAY? THUMBS UP or DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40201029 <em>48</em> and <em>42</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:52:05 EST DID U HUDDLE WITH OUR FRIENDS TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7684x21402x40200930 <em>244</em> Yes! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:47:30 EST CAUSES OF FATIGUE & SLEEPINESS INFO TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7686x21402x40200632 I saw this slide show through WebMD this morning and thought I'd pass it along to you! Please feel free to click on the link below and check it out! They may have tips to help you as well! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/slides<BR>how-causes-of-fatigue-and-how-fight-it </link> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:33:31 EST