to the team. Be sure to take a list of questions for the doctor so you don't forget to ask everything you want. Also include everything that's bothering you. The doctor might suggest you go see a RA doctor, don't panic they can tell you if you have Fibromyalgia, RA or anything else. It's better to know then not. Once you know whats wrong then you can work on dealing with it. We're all here to help you so I wish you luck. Be sure to let us know the out come. Sandra
The Best You Can Be At Any Given Moment Is Yourself -Elizabeth Alraune sosmegod
Thanks everyone, for your kind and encouraging thoughts. I'm a little slow getting back to everyone, but I read and think about each comment, and visit your pages too! I think I need to get into blogging more, so I can share with others and learn more in the process. I'm a little shy, perhaps, but making progress there. I invite you to visit my page for some bright summer color. I'll probably change it with the season. The license plates here used to say "Colorful Colorado". So true! (with a little Arizona in the mix)
to the team! I was diagnosed with RA at the same time my older daughter was diagnosed with lupus. That is something that your doctor will also test for, as they are related. I take fish oil and vitamin D on the advice of my doctor, and I can definitely tell when I don't take them! You've taken the first step in making an appointment. The Dr. should order an ESR (sed rate) and C-reactive protein (inflammatory marker) as well as antibody tests to rule out lupus. On the days you don't feel like you can walk, do some light strength training, like leg lifts, stretches, etc. It all helps. Feel free to spark mail me if you have any questions about stuff or just want to vent.
Blessed be. Becky
May I deal with honour, may I act with courage, may I achieve humility.--Dick Francis
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. --Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I have no advise that is better than what you can get from your doctor but I have found that things that work for one person is maybe not good for another. My sister was tested and was lacking vitamin D so her doctor upped her suppliment of it. It is an anti-inflamitory and the next time I get my blood drawn I want my vitamin D levels tested. In the mean time I am actually taking what my doctor advised. DUH! So keep searching for your answers.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal 2 COR 16-18
Doing nothing is the most perfect form of action, when I do nothing there is nothing left undone and there is nothing left to do.... The Way by Lao Tse
current weight: 165.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,218) Posts: 1,254 8/2/11 10:52 A
Welcome! Not knowing what is going on can be so scary! Glad you joined the team. I have RA and when I couldn't move or do anything else I joined water aerobics and it saved me until I could do more. Don't think about it, do it. Good luck and positive energy your way...
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James
Thanks for the encouragement Vicki. I usually feel guilty if I complain at all, knowing others often have more challenges than me, and yet, I need to acknowledge to myself that I need to pay attention to changes, good and bad, and ask for help when needed. I'm more used to being the helper, as a caregiver for two disabled family members. Sometimes moving does help with stiffness and pain. Lately, I wonder, when doing my two mile walk leaves my feet hurting more than before. I may have to learn to modify that sometimes, or do alternate exercises. I like the "can do" attitude of some of the members here. I feel encouraged just reading other's blogs.
You have taken your first steps towards getting healthier and making the appointment with your DR. is a good one. I have found that eating better and lossing weight will help the pain in the joints. I have OA in both my kness and hands along with several other places. I too have days I don't want to move because of the pain but know that not moving will not solve anything in fact it makes things worse. Or at least it does for me. Yes I do take it easier on those days but I still move. I can't take ibuprofen or naproxen because of allergic reactions ot them so it's either tylenol or a RX med.
I know this is the right team for you as there is lots of support and motivation here. Again welcome to the team!
I guess I joined this team for a little sympathy. I find myself with achey joints so often, I have a hard time committing to the exercise I need to make this better. I have a diagnosis of OA in my right knee, but that is old news to me, as I have had pains there since at least 30 years ago. The fish oil supplements seem to take care of that mostly, for now.
But, the achey joints all over, the inflammation feeling that I get all over some times, and the "flare ups", particularly in my feet and hands have me thinking something else is going on. I switched from ibuprofen to naproxen, which at times seems to do little good. I finally made an appointment with my doctor to start looking at all of this next week. I know it will take some time to figure it all out, and I'm not looking forward to an actual diagnosis, but I also know that treatment can prevent future damage, and hopefully improve quality of life.
It is scary to think of having RA or other similar conditions, but watching my life unravel because I can't do what I need and want to do is scary too. So I'm taking positive steps to figure it out and do what I need to make it better, and this seems like a good place to get and give support on my journey.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.