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1/9/14 7:57 A

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I'm up in Bay City Michigan myself, it will be a heck of a winter here, right?

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1/8/14 9:38 P

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LOL there's shoveling pret' near everywhere!!!! Stay warm!

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1/8/14 6:28 P

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Hi BECKYSRN, I will. So far I have not gone to the senior center due to the road conditions here, but there is always shoveling! lol (not when the wind chill is -25)

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1/8/14 6:26 P

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Hi TWEETYKC00, um, looks like we are going to have a snowy, cold winter here. I just shoveled today, only half the driveway. I will have to do the rest tomorrow. Our snow blower broke (I believe from the first ice storm we had). I like to outside exercise, but there was so much snow due to drifting, that I could only do half and it took an hour! I'm in Wyoming, MIchigan.

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1/2/14 6:08 P

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SheBee, let me know how it works!

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

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1/2/14 5:15 P

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Yes, living up here in Michigan is a pain with the weather, but I hope it isn't to bad for us the rest of the winter.

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1/2/14 3:12 P

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Hi TWEETYKC00, I have looked at some here and I should look again now that I have more time to give them a try. I live in Michigan, so I have been shoveling all of Dec already! I want to try water aerobics too. Thanks for all the suggestions Sparkpeople! Shebee

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1/2/14 3:05 P

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Hi BECKYSRN, The Senior Center here has water aerobics available. I signed up already for their aerobic program. I'm of a mind that the aerobics at the Senior Center will be easier than the Jane Fonda tapes I have here! LOL. I will check out the water aerobics when I get there! Thank you, Shebeeplus3

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1/2/14 2:59 P

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Hi, Thanks so much for your story. It sounds quite similar! Since I stopped working a very demanding, on-my-feet 11 hours a day job, my knees hurt more. That makes no sense at all! I know that aerobics are very different than walking and running after children. But I didn't expect the pain during my aerobic video. Its mild at first then gets worse, so I stop.

I love all the comments from everyone, so I can make better choices for my health and weight-loss goals. I also have begun an anti-inflammatory diet-no sugar at all (using maple syrup in my tea). This has been only a week so far. Again thank you very much! shebeeplus3

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1/2/14 2:37 P

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Thanks 2B, it's a month before appointment. I will see about mild exercising during that time and curbing food intake!

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1/2/14 2:35 P

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Hi CAROLE914, I did not have surgery, but I tried to do low-impact aerobics with some stretching in the beginning. I couldn't continue because of the knee pain. Best of luck to you!


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1/2/14 2:33 P

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SBECKER526,
Thank you for your advise and encouragement. Warm up exercise sounds like a good idea. I did sign up for the stretch challenge daily. I used to go, go, go with my daycare now I am putting weight back on due to pain and my sit, sit, sit!

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1/2/14 7:25 A

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There are some good chair exercises here that could help you. There are plenty of low impact things to do to help keep the pain to a minimum and still keep moving. I would suggest looking at the exercise videos here.

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1/1/14 4:50 P

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Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't have access to a pool. I live in a retirement home that has a gym, but no pool. Cannot afford gym fees for pool. Walking on the treadmill has really decreased my pain.

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1/1/14 3:52 P

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Have you looked into water aerobics? The water helps support you and it takes a lot of the stress off your joints. I always feel better after it, and I have both osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis (RA without the factor). It's worth trying.

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.
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1/1/14 1:52 P

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I am in the same boat. I used to walk at the park and go to the gym regularly. My knee is now bone on bone. It hurst very much to exercise. However, I did have Synvisc injections which worked for a little while. Then got worse and had to have cortisone shot. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT- I was just doing PT and the recumbent bike. But I really missed walking. So, my daughter, who was a personal trainor and is about to graduate as a physical therapist, worked with me to get back on the treadmill. I started back very slowly. (5 minute warm up, 20 regular, and 5 cool down) I worked through the pain, and now I very rarely have pain. I do 30 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the bike. (10 forward and 10 backward) It is like a miracle. I totally believe in working through the pain! I know it sounds contradictory, but it works. Another thing that works on OA pain, is no sugar. I find when I eat a lot of sugary things, my arthritis is more intense. I have arthritis throughout my body. Good luck, I know this is very difficult to deal with.

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1/1/14 1:12 P

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I am going to agree with what Sandy advised ............. letting your physician advise ......... Then he or she can decide about PT if you have not had that .......... emoticon Wishing you speedy recovery ........... 2B

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1/1/14 1:02 P

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Shebeeplus3,
I am with you with respect to knee pain and exercise. I also commend you for asking our experiences prior to a doctor's appointment. Whatever you do, let your physician help you determine what is best for you.

I have both RA and OA. I need to move. I find a stationary bike at the gym helps to loosen my quads and get me moving better before I do anything else. My fall back is the crossramp or ellitpical. Both machines are lower impact. Treadmills and the track can hurt if I am at the beginning of a flare.

I have a personal trainer who guides me also. I had her work with me on balance and flexibility. Coach Nicole has excellent videos that I would try. There are some exercises that she does while sitting on a chair that can help stretch the quads, etc.

Don't give up. Keep communicating. Best wishes, Sandy

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1/1/14 11:57 A

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I just had surgery on my left shoulder(arthritis). I am to do these exercisers till I start pt. They really hurt.

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1/1/14 11:41 A

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I joined Sparkpeople two years ago due to knee pain. I lost 40 pounds by diet alone in six months. I was able to keep it off for a year but now it is creeping back. I find it hard to exercise due to my knee pain. When I do low-impact aerobics both of my knees hurt. I wonder if I do leg exercises first to strengthen my legs, perhaps I will be able to do more aerobic activity. Now that I have stopped working as a daycare provider, I find myself with more knee pain. I believe the activity before helped with the arthritis. I wonder if I should "work through" the pain and keep moving. I do have a doc appointment for medical advise. I'm just thinking out loud here to see the response I get. I would like to know if others are dealing with the same issue! Thank you, shebeeplus3

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