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2/28/13 9:18 A

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2/25/13 11:50 A

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Just goes to show how good something like that can be for arthritic hands! More power to your mom, Mary Alice!

Blessed be.
Becky

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2/25/13 9:26 A

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Mom won awards for knitting. She was in a car accident and broke every bone in her right hand. The dr said she would get 17% use back, but with therapy she might get more. Therapy said with knitting she might make 25%. Mom went back to her knitting. She couldn't do contest knitting, but caps, socks, ponchos, her great grandkids love her. Oh yes her fingers are bent and crocked but she has 95% use back.

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2/25/13 9:11 A

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Thanks for the knitting advice. I use to knit but haven't in years. I have an afghan to finish and I think that is a plan for later today after I come from visiting my dad in the hospital to destress. It use to work great for that. It's time to pick up the needles and get stitching again. THANK YOU. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/22/13 8:59 P

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Hi and Welcome to the team!

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2/22/13 5:07 P

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Welcome to the team!

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2/22/13 10:34 A

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That is a good idea. I have been playing violin for 15 years and piano for 10. I have found that it helps. I was recently diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome in both of my wrists so I have been less and less able to practice as often due to the pain. I will look into those exercises for knitting though. Sounds like a fun past time as well. Thanks for the advice!

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2/21/13 11:43 A

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Welcome to the team!
There are exercises that us knitters use for our hands, you might check out some websites and see if they're ok for you.
Also, if you play the piano or any instrument that uses finger motion, just practicing scales can help keep things limbered up.
A friend of my dad's had very crippled hands from RA, and he crocheted granny square afghans to keep his hands limber enough to keep farming! He was able to work up until about a year before he died, so he did good.
Let us know how things go!

Blessed be.
Becky

May I deal with honour, may I act with courage, may I achieve humility.--Dick Francis

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2/21/13 11:04 A

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Ok. Thank you! I appreciate your advice. emoticon

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2/21/13 11:01 A

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Play dough works pretty good, Also children's nurf balls there are other children toys that you can squeeze but I can't remember their names. I just know they are easier to find then stress balls.

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2/21/13 10:49 A

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That is a good idea. I don't have a stress ball but I used to use one all the time. I have been doing yoga like stretches that seem to help as well.

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2/20/13 5:40 P

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Just sitting on the ball and gentle bouncing gets your blood moving and I find that helps in getting the stiffness out. A stress ball helps loosen the fingers. I have exercises the Dr gave me for a frozen shoulder, I found the exercises helped when I had whiplash.

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2/20/13 5:26 P

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I have it in my toes, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck, elbows, fingers, and wrists. So...everywhere pretty much lol. I have heard that exercise balls are great for flexibility as well. Has it helped you with the achy feeling in the mornings at all?

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2/20/13 5:07 P

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emoticon I'm MaryAlice. You didn't say where our RA was. I have arthritis in my knees, ankle and back because of injuries. I have several exercise DVD's for people that have problems standing for bad days and low impact DVD's for good days. I also made a routine I came up with siting on an exercise ball and another one of floor exercises. The exercises I use are on SP fitness.

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2/20/13 4:48 P

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My name is Kaylamarie. I am 20 years old and was diagnosed with RA in 2002 (9 years old) I have been dealing with frequent pain ever since. At first I was able to exercise through competitive swimming but my lungs collapsed from the chemicals and I was not able to do that anymore. Since I have discovered spark people I have decided to workout more on an appropriate level to which my body can handle. Any exercise suggestions are greatly appreciated. :) Good luck to you all in your goal to get fit while dealing with arthritis. emoticon

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