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3/23/11 8:17 P

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I want to thank all of you for replying to me. Your advise is welcomed with open arms. I know my beautiful state of WA is not helping me with the cold right now, but I would not live anywhere but here and Oregon. Kris, thanks for the sites to visit. many I could use.
Have a great evening all. Hugs. Susan

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3/23/11 1:58 P

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I wish you all the best. Hang in there it sounds like your trying hard.

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3/22/11 10:46 P

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Just be aware the the bands and stability ball doesn't necessarily mean that all exercises you do with them are safe for your condition. Talk with your Dr or Physiotherapist about which ones are best for you and which are best left alone. My Pilates Instructor who is also a qualified practicing Physiotherapist has me me very light-weight dumb-bells in place of therabands with some exercises. I notice a huge difference - then of course there are some that I can only "imagine" having either in my hand, because to be using them WITH that particular exercise can cause further problems.

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3/22/11 9:24 P

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Welcome from the Oregon Coast! It sounds like you are working hard to be in control of your pain and your menus. Keep up the good work!! I find working out in a warm pool helpful and had physical therapy in a hot, salty pool and it really helped all of my joints.

Check the videos on here for exercises you can do and explore all of your options. The stability ball and the elastics are great for core strength and balance.

I had back surgery last May and it got rid of the numbness in my left hip and leg but my left knee is bone on bone and I have Synvisc-One shots in it. So far, so good. Good Luck!!

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Hi everybody,
Well the weekend went by, I am fighting pneumonia again, it is a regular thing with me, when I see my Dr. tomorrow I will go the abx and I will be good as new. I started the Atkins diet again on Monday and this time I feel just fine. So I am figuring it isn't going to work as well for me. We shall see. My DH eats along with me and then he has boston cream pie for desert.:) I have Diabetes 2, thyroid, hypertension, I really can't list them all. My pain has been my center of my life for 2 years now. It started in 1969 with a car accident, from year to year the arthritis set in and now the osteoarthritis has sent me to a pain clinic. I started narcotics 3 years ago against my better judgment, meaning I did not want to be an addict. Well I was told I am not an addict! There is a big difference between needing help with pain and needing meds to get high. It has slowly been increased over the past 2 years. I have been trying to avoid an increase, it has been a year and 1/2 now. The pain is increasing and the pain patch has not been helping as much. I have an other option in the future, a device that is implanted in my back. This one stimulates the nerves from wires up my spine. The last recourse is the same device but it releases drugs directly into the body. That is the one I would like only so I could stop taking the pill forms. 15 drugs a day. I will be 68 in May. I look at my life now and wonder what kind of a future I will have. Exercise is out of the question. That stopped last year. It is bone on bone now in the tailbone and upper neck, the knees are starting and my hip. My house work is what I do for exercise. I am going to try my big ball and the elastics for upper body strength.
The pain clinic is a life saver for anyone who has this pain. My doctor referred me to them. I started with the shots in the back until it didn't help any longer. They really have made my life tolerable over the past 3 years. I function pretty well. Weight is a little harder, but I put less in and eat 6 times a day. It works. Hope some of this will help you out there in agony. Hugs to all.

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