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5/26/14 11:57 A

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The more I see what Arthritis is capable of doing, and I do realize how important it is to keep joints moving but dealing with the pain is the biggest obstacle. I finally got my family doctor to give me something that is working so far ~ tiaprofenic acid 300mg twice daily. I am finding relief from aching and wearing a thumb/hand brace gave me some comfort and relief from the base of the thumb pain.

I had been on Celebrex for years, then stopped because of stomach problems. I just hope that my stomach will behave on this medication, as it's wonderful being able to be relatively pain free.

The hardest thing is resting ~ giving yourself permission to have 'quiet' days ~ I also have the pleasure of dealing with migraines, so I hate taking more quiet time if the head is not pounding...but I'm learning!

I'm not use to this site and apologize for not responding sooner or to each one of you, but it's wonderful meeting each one and seeing what tips and wonderful ideas you share. Thanks.

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5/26/14 11:16 A

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5/13/14 11:56 A
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Thanks for the replies. As far as my knees go, I get cortisone shots every 6-8 weeks to keep moving. They help for about 4-6 weeks. Replacement is eminent, but I am not looking forward to it. I have braces that I used for my knees, but since I have lost 80 pounds, they don't fit right or help anylonger. I need to get some new ones. But will let you all know what I find out on Friday. Thanks again for the support!

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5/13/14 11:25 A

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I have bad OA in my right shoulder and my surgeon has told me that I should keep moving it as much as possible, but not so that it is extremely painful. I have about 85-90% range of motion and do what I can with very light or no weights.

I also have minor OA in my knee and have found wearing a brace extremely helpful in allowing me to exercise.

RHOOK20047 - good luck on Friday!

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5/13/14 11:24 A

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Welcome back to sparking. It is hard not knowing what will come, but we can always be here to help each other out.

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I have been dealing with OA in both knees for years. I am too the point that replacements are about all I have to look forward to. I am losing weight hoping the pain in the knees reduce, but it hasn't yet. Now I have developed what they think may be carpal Tunnel in both hands. I have a feeling of like pins and needles in both hands, and at times my hand will lock up and shoot a pain up my arm. I am seeing a specialist Friday to get the results of a nerve conduction test. I guess then I will know.

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5/13/14 10:18 A
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I guess it's a matter of moderation in all things. Some exercise of the right kind is good, more exercise or the wrong kind is harmful? Or something like that. I find that aquacise classes at my local pool help a lot, since they allow me to move my arthritic hip without putting a weight-load on it. Plus stretches most mornings, a certain amount of walking and a stationary bike sometimes. It's a recumbent bike, which works better with an uncooperative hip. For my hands, playing an electronic keyboard (but not too much) helps - it's gentler than a piano, but keeps my fingers moving.

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5/13/14 8:59 A

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emoticon Newbie here ~ sort of, joined way back when and then didn't do much about it BUT this time I'm determined to stick to it and lose some weight, gain my confidence back and better health.

Dealing with OA & Migraines certainly can make being active challenging. I'm never sure what my day will bring or how much pain I'll be in. Just started taking Celebrex again, and hopefully I'll be able to enjoy more activities with less pain. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

I've been told that sedentary lifestyle leads to joints becoming 'frozen' or stiff and not as flexible and yet at the same time told to rest joints when they are painful?? So, this leaves me always questioning if I am making things worse by working through the pain or helping keep a joint from seizing up? oh, and to really confuse me, some of the joints that are affected, I was also told it was because of dancing, gymnastic and sports...so which is it? confused yet? Makes it just a tad difficult to know which way to turn when it comes to exercising and leading an active life.

Anyone with a thought on this? What is the 'right' exercise for people with Arthritis? Well, I'm off to my treadmill since it's a rainy day out there. Hope everyone is having a great day and Arthur is behaving for you. emoticon

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