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11/26/10 5:52 P

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Just want to thank all of you for you helpful and needed suggestions--I really appreciate them! I am going to try most of them as they are sensible ideas that really aren't that hard to do and I want to lower my pain so I can be more mobile.

Bless each and every one of you--You are all awesome!

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11/26/10 5:46 P

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I'm right there with you-just have a left knee replacement and will have to have back surgery before 2011 is over.

I found water aerobics helped alot-and a pedometer had helped me add just a few steps a day which went from 2,000 steps over a year ago to an occasional day now of 7,000. I would never have seen that accomplishment without the pedometer since I have added steps in 5 minute walks.

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11/23/10 3:51 P

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Doc is right - losing weight will help by taking the weight and pressure off your joints.
But you're right too - it's a slow and difficult process.
In the meantime, as already advised, drink plenty of water. If you don't like it, try what I advised my Mum: a cup of water, on the hour, every hour, as medicine!
Whatever exercise you can manage as well, will help. How about swimming, where the water takes the weight off your joints for you?
I look forward to hearing how you get on.

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Welcome to the group. These ladies & gents have great advice.

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11/22/10 8:51 P

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Yes, loose weight.

Anti-inflammation diet. Low in carbohydrates, especially simple carbs and grains. High fat intake, limit omega 6 and increase omega 3 and saturated fats.

Exercise. Increase range of motion, limit stress on joints. Walking (or running if you must) on softer surfaces, water exercises, yoga, etc.

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11/22/10 8:04 P

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Welcome to the team!

You are in the right place for some helpful ideas and support!

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11/22/10 6:38 P

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11/22/10 3:45 P

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11/22/10 3:30 P

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Try working up to 8 glasses of water a day. This will help with lubrication in the joints as well as keep numbers down like cholesterol, blood sugar, etc. It's a healthy drink. It keeps pain from hurting you. I drink it everyday and I hardly can tell that I have pain most days. I also take Triple Flex or Flex a Min. Their glucosomine and Hydrolic Acid and some other thing in it. Non prescription but very effective. Hope

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11/22/10 3:07 P

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Welcome Jill,
You have started on your way by joining this team. Trying to increase your walking will help -- I have found that some activity will help even if it is in a chair.
Good luck.
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Welcome, have you tried bio feedback? It works fairly well for me. I also use hot wax therapy on my hands, elbows, and feet. There are days I hurt so bad that chair exercises are extremely difficult but we have to do it anyway. My rheumatologist doesn't prescribe narcotics for pain. I like it that way. I don't have to worry about getting hooked on them.
Are you using the nutrition tracker? It can help a lot. I've also seen a nutritionist she put me on 1200 calories a day but my regular dr says that's not enough. She says it takes 1200 calories just to make ur heart and bowels work. I would check out the nutrition tracker and if that doesn't work you can print them out (I think) and take them to the nutritionist.
Anyway welcome, do what u can do exercise wise and good luck to you

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11/22/10 1:02 P

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Hi, I just joined the Team. I have arthritis in my back, knees, in fact just about everywhere. Looking for suggestions and help from Team members. My arthritis doctor said the best thing I could do for my pain is to lose weight--which has been very slow going for me. I'm lazy about exercising and can only do sit down exercises. Wow, I have around 100#s to lose that I've gained in the last 10 years. Thank you. emoticon

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