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emoticon to the team, Kristye. We look forward to getting to know you.

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4/6/13 8:08 P

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Hi everyone!

I just went to a seminar on Chi walking and Chi running. It was awesome! I didn't know I could run. Lol. It's so so SO low impact that I can actually doing it without my back bothering me. I know I"m going to be sore and a little swollen tomorrow and the next day, but oh well. It was so worth it.

If any of you are interested in Chi walking/running, there's a SparkPeople forum for those that do it or are interested. Just ask.



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4/6/13 6:32 P

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HI Kristye,
welcome to the RAD team. Check out the RAD resources threads to get lots of info on living with the disease. If we can answer any questions you may have, let us know. Also please join us on the daily chat.
It'sa blow to get this diagnosis. IF we can help you in any way please feel free to let us know.
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3/31/13 7:01 P

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Thanks for all the responses. I am glad to see this is an active team, I'm sure I'll have loads of questions in the weeks to come...

~~Kristye


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3/31/13 4:31 P

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Kristye emoticon it is very overwhelming when you first get the news but at the same time a sense of relief that one knows what is going on with your body. Listen to the rheumy and yes important ot move when ever possible Good luck in 2 weeks

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3/31/13 12:14 P

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Hi Krysty,

I've had RAD for approximately six months and have been a member here on and off for about a year.

Right before I got diagnosed, I finished PT for a bad back. I have bulging lumbar disks. I did very well in therapy. I learned a lot of "activities of daily living" like how to garden, etc. I got stronger and developed more balance. Thank goodness I had this therapy, because right after this I got my first flare (I'm not in remission yet). The pain and stiffness of RA is very unpleasant, I'm able to deal with it fairly by seeing a pain specialist. He has prescribed a pain medication that really works. Well, enough to help me continue being active. It's a viscous circle, if you don't move you get more pain and more stiffness, but the pain prevents you from moving. The medicine interrupts this cycle. Before I left PT I asked my therapist what I could do to continue therapy at home. I knew I wouldn't be motivated to do therapy at home. It's rather boring. He told me to take Tai Chi. which I did. It's been amazing! I can't tell you how much it has helped me. It has lessen the stiffness and the pain. I do it every day at home and take lessons twice weekly. I would really look into it. It is not an activity that is very expensive and it's so worth it! Besides it's actually fun! It's like dancing, but better! I also swim twice weekly and am increasing it to three times weekly mid April. It is an exercise that is joint friendly. What ever level you are on, it's helpful to swim. Both activities have given me more energy, better sleep and an outlet for stress, besides being helpful with the effects of RAD.

If you need any advise about test results, let us know. Also, you can use me as a resource, I am an RN and can help you look up medical terms.

Try your best not to be overwhelmed.Take it one day at a time and step by step. If you can focus on the now, it will be so much easier. Focus on the whole picture can leave you not only overwhelmed but very demoralized. There are so many great treatments that can arrest and reverse RAD, just be patient and your doc and you will find the best treatment.

Good luck and many prayers...



Love life!

Never, never give up!

“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense” Winston Churchill

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
~Albert Einstein

"Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your word


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3/31/13 11:14 A

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emoticon Kristye!

Happy to have you here. If you do get that dreaded diagnosis of RA - or some other autoimmune disease, this message board will be a good resource for you.

Wishing you all the best in your weight loss and "back to health" journey!

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3/31/13 12:05 A

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Hi, Kristye!

If you're looking for help and support for RA, you've come to the right place. I was diagnosed 9 years ago when I was 37, so it's good that you're discovering it while you're still young enough to (hopefully) prevent long-term damage.

Eating healthy and losing weight are ways that you can begin to have some control your pain, and once your test results come back, you'll know what path you need to take to manage whatever is causing your pain.

This is a great group (if I do say so myself emoticon ) and we are all here to answer questions, provide info and support. Ask any questions - chances are, someone in the
group has gone through what you're dealing with.

As sorry as I am that you may have RA, I'm glad you found us, and hope that we can provide the advice and help you're looking for -
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Kris
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3/30/13 10:16 P

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I've been a member of sparkpeople for 2 months and I joined because I knew I needed to get healthy. However, over the past 5 months I have been struggling with severe joint pain. I just recently saw a rheumatologist and he believes I have RA. I am 31. I feel very overwhelmed by this information and am struggling to both lose the weight I know I need to and staying active despite my pains. Hopefully this team can lend me some advice and direction. My Dr ordered some more tests and I return in 2 weeks to determine treatment.

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