HII I'm new to SparkPeople, and just found this team. I am 58 years old, and for most of my life, I was overweight, but still pretty fit. I walked everywhere! Then came RAD! It hit me in my late 40's and it hit hard. All of a sudden, I hurt all over, and I did not know why. It took me years to get a firm diagnosis, and even more time to get proper treatment. I've been on methotrexate for a couple of years, and it was good. Still, during the years that I did not have treatment, I lost every bit of fitness I ever had, and my weight just went up and up. I also did not have much energy. A couple of months ago, my doctor added Humira. For me, at this time, this seems to have been the magic bullet. I feel so much better! I even feel better in places that my doctor said could not be affected by RAD.
I got myself a FitBit One, and I am making an effort to move more, even though I have a sedentary job. FitBit led me to this site, and I just amazed at the amount of information here. My first goal is to loose about 5% of my weight, using a combination of eating better and exercising more.
Pounds lost: 3.2
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Chris, aboard, and you'll find that this team has so many supporttive members and we're all here to help each other. Any questions that you might have will be pretty much answered right away! Good luck to you with your RA and hopefully you'll just keep feeling better and better! Karen
I've been on spark people on and off for 3 years, and am just starting another on stage. I've had RA since I was 15 (24 now) although it spent several years in remission. Mine doesn't follow a lot of the traditional RA trends (most of my painful joints aren't symmetrical, my "flares" stay pretty constant as long as I'm not in remission, and I'm generally not too fatigued).
I was very into running late 2010-early 2011, but got out of it when I got married March 2011. I tried to start again, but the RA decided it wanted to come back with a vengeance. Whereas previously it was mostly just my hands that hurt, it's now in joints all over... My old rheumatologist wasn't doing very well for me, and even told me once "I don't know if what you're feeling is actually arthritis" after months of sulfasalazine and prednisone (low doses) weren't helping. I got put on a 5 month waiting list and finally got in with a new rheumy who actually looked at my blood tests (high sed rate, RA factor, and etc. with everything that shows RA), and she has been so amazing with working with me that I just want to hug her!
I'm now on methotrexate and it's doing wonders for me. I find myself able to exercise again for the first time in nearly a year. I'm not really overweight because I eat healthy, but I am very out of shape. I am alternating the 30 day shred and yoga, with many modifications of course, and taking my pups on more walks, and just taking everything as slow as I need to. I'm really glad to have found this team, and hope it will give me more motivation to continue on with things!
Anyway, with that LONG intro, hi everyone and I look forward to getting to know y'all!
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