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10/1/11 6:15 P

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Good luck, Jennifer...if you can manage your pain that will be a big start. Work slowly into the exercising, and for now don't do any machines that cause pain when you use them. And just remember that it takes time, and you'll have good days, mediocre days, and absolutely horrible days, but you have support here to help you through everything.
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10/1/11 1:17 A

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According to all the programs I have ever used, or read about, you are supposed to eat every 2 hours to keep your metabolism in high gear, and eat a high protein diet, and eat all the calories assigned, even f it's too much. I have, more than once, heard friends say that WW makes them eat too much, but they lose weight doing it. My DD is with Nutrisystem, and they absolutely insist on her heating every 2 hours (just a little something - healthy of course). The absolute is that you must eat breakfast - it starts your metabolism for the day. She lost over 20# in about 8 weeks, which for her is a near miracle because she has CFS and the medi she takes causes her to gain weight.

Much luck on your journey
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10/1/11 12:56 A

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SWEETLDYJ's Photo SWEETLDYJ Posts: 141
9/29/11 11:56 P

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I have put myself on a 1200 calorie diet, and have found a unique problem. At least it's a problem that feels unique to me. I have only hit 1200 once, and that day I went slightly over. Today, I still need 218 calories, and I'm not hungry. Help!!!!!1

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9/29/11 8:49 P

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Jennifer, I am sorry you have so much pain. But you have taken steps in the right direction by coming here and begining a journey to a better and healthier lifestyle. I know that with weight loss you will ease the pain. I have only lost 14lbs but I can tell the difference. I too am facing knee replacement and don't want it. So I am holding out for the time when there is no other option.

We will be here and will try and help you all we can but exercising and a healthy diet can make a huge difference. Joining curves will be a step. You can do lots of exercies sitting down. Try and walk a little each day. Maybe just to the end of your driveway and back and try to increase it as you lose. Before long you will be moving better and the pain should ease.

But I would follow other here and see a pain mamagement DR so that you don't have to take so many pills. Arthritis will never go away but it can be managed. Good luck and know we are here for you.

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9/29/11 7:19 P

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Jennifer so sorry about the pain your in. Unfortunately pain will be a part of your life. I think losing weight will definitely help you but your probably going to still be in pain. I would see a PT and have them help you start exercises you can do. You might want to see a pain doctor that can help you manage the pain with techniques that won't require drugs all the time. I wish you all the Luck in the world.

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9/29/11 7:00 P

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Hey all I regained some weight when I was in a lot of pain from the weather and feeling really down. When the MD prescribed new meds and I felt I could go back I was like WOOHOO in aweek 3 pounds down and she was like WOW look a your arms!
Even I had not noticed how much defintion had come back so quickly!
But yes even that little loss makes it easier on my joints

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9/29/11 5:03 P

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My experience is to go to a physical therapist and get the exercises I am able to safely do.
I cannot do any postures that have me putting weight on my wrists.
etc.. Physical therapists will let you know which machines at curves you may be able to use with your limitations.

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
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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


 
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9/29/11 5:03 P

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Jennifer, I so empathize with you. I agree with Tappie, weight loss would help a bunch. I am going to suggest, for a quick way to lose weight that you think about Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem (if you can afford it). My DD went to Nutrisystem, and she lost 20# in about 8 weeks, and was always on a healthy diet, continuously monitored. Just a thought.
Fran

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9/29/11 4:04 P

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Hi Jennifer, I know how you feel, I've been there. I am so glad that you have decided to try to loose weight, it will make such a big difference. I have had RA for 11 years now, the past 5 I have been pretty much pain free due to meds. I have been yo yoing with my weight and when I gain, I hurt, so I am now starting in again. Good luck on your journey, we are all here to support and encourage you.

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9/29/11 1:57 P

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Hi, My name is Jennifer. I am 37, almost 38 years old, and have recently been smacked in the face with a huge reality check. I have had arthritis in my knees since I was a teenager. I was told at 25 that if I was older they would be looking at knee replacement. I told them, when I can't walk anymore we'll discuss it. My knees have good days and bad days. About two months ago, I started having sharp pain in my right foot. It took me about a month to go get x-rays. The x-rays showed an old fracture. I have no clue when that happened, but no other issues. The doctor at the prompt care I went to told me I had Plantar Fasciitis, which I knew was wrong. He told me to buy arch supports and deal with it. I did. Didn't help. Went to my doctor a few days later to get released back to work, with no change in pain. I told him the diagnosis, and told him that I knew it was wrong. I was in tears. He didn't want to send me back to work. I forced the issue, and went back to work that day. He referred me to a podiatrist.
I went on September 1st to see the podiatrist. New x-rays showed arthritis in both feet. I told the podiatrist that I knew it wasn't Plantar Fasciitis. The pain in my foot is on the top and inner side, not on the bottom. She poked and prodded for quite a while. I guess the injury I have is pretty uncommon. She had an aha moment, and asked does it hurt here, and poked. I gasped, and then I gave her a really dirty look. She diagnosed me with Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis, and told me I need custom orthotics. She told me store bought orthotics, like I had already purchased, weren't going to do me any good because I have an unusually shaped foot. She then fitted me with temporary ones that were supposed to help. For the first couple of hours they did, but then my feet swelled like they always do, so the adhesive ace fabric around them stretched. The temporary ones didn't stay in place, thus did me no good. During the last two weeks, I came to the realization that something had to change or I would be in a wheel chair soon. I cried for a whole day. Then I decided it was time to seriously diet. When I went back to the podiatrist yesterday, she attatched a temporary orthotic to the insoles in my shoes, so they wouldn't move around, and it feels amazingly better. I started a 1200 calorie diet four days ago, and except for yesterday, have felt no hunger. I called my doctor and asked him to order bloodwork, just in case I haven't been eating much more than that anyway. I want to make sure my thyroid is ok. I thought I weighed 309. That's what I weighed in July. I went to Curves yesterday to weigh myself on a real scale. The good news is, I'm at 292. Woo hoo. I am going back tomorrow to join curves, although, until I get my orthotics in, I'm not sure how much exercising I will be doing, but I will take my 12 year old with me, so that she can work on getting fit too. I am so scared about not walking that I think I am going to need all the support I can get.

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