hi Mari, Welcome to the RAD Team! Make free use of the resources here at the team site. Check out the Daily Chat and come get to know us there. The ladies here have courage and lots of support for each other with genuine concern ....we are more than happy to extend that to you as well.. WELCOME! Cynthia
Mari! Sorry I'm late but with the nice weather we've been having here, I'm way behind on my Sparking!
I always tell people that I can put up with the pain because I can usually ease it one way or another. It's the fatigue that is so overwhelming. I find that if I get 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night, I'm usually pretty good for the day. Other people find that a nap part way through the day is what works best for them.
I also take iron and Vitamin B12 pills daily to help with the fatigue. I have no idea if they work or not but I figured they couldn't hurt.
Joanna from Dundas, Ontario BLC20-26 - Amber Amazon Warriors BLC27 - Navy Ninjas Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Co-Leader of Living With Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD)
Mari! It's so nice that you came to us so that we can support you. We're all in some degree of pain all the time, so we can each help each other. Oh yes, we all can get so tired so much with any activity it seems. They say that the RA makes us tired and then the drugs that we have to take, make us tired too, because they're working so hard to slow down the disease. Good luck to you and I hope that you can get some good relief soon. You'll have to keep us updated!
Karen from Minnesota
"Little by little whittling my middle!"
Right TKR 12/15/14
current weight: 193.0
Fitness Minutes: (228) Posts: 8 7/17/12 5:02 P
Mari so glad you are back. I have found Chair Exercise is what has helped me. Even if you can only move your body a little for 10 minutes it does help. When I started I did 10 minutes of what I call wiggle in my chair. I could not call it exercise :). I was worn out by the end of doing that amount but after a while I could build up to much longer. I hope this might help you too.
181 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (228) Posts: 8 7/17/12 9:28 A
My name is Maribel, people call me Mari. I'm from Brooklyn, NY currently residing in Reading, PA. I am 30 years old. I joined Spark back in 2007 for about 2 years and then I began slacking off. I decided to get back on track due to some health issues. Three weeks ago my doctors told me that I have an auto immune disease but they are unsure of which one it is. I am currently undergoing tones of tests to determine what I have. It feels like it's taking forever. How my body is feeling, I think it might be rheumatoid arthritis. But I am being tested for diabetes as well since type 1 is considered an auto immune disease and it runs in my family. With that being said, I am over my weight limit for my height and this is not helping how I have been feeling. My goal is to lose 30lbs and reduce the amount of pain I have throughout my body. It's really hard trying to exercise while you are constantly in pain. This is all new to me. I hope to get support from my Spark friends, it's not easy doing this alone. It's nice to meet everyone!
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