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Happy Easter everyone.
Good to see you on the thread Diana. April 15th will be here too soon for many, but I bet you are looking forward to passing that date so you have some more time for all other things.
Thank you ladies for your support. The positive thread responses are most encouraging.
I'm looking forward to checking out the video on exercises.
Have a great Sunday!
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Good for you Diana! Julia and Sylvia I so can imagine your pain. If I though what I go through was bad I am totally ashamed of thinking that. Plus something happened to my back while I was arching it in bed to get comfortable a couple of weeks ago, it felt like something flew off and there was big feeling of something thudding together and this intense pain I had been going thru for the last 9 years, every every day, just stopped! Like somebody threw a switch. Can't wait to talk to Dr about that on next visit. Its been that way ever since though joints around it still hurt and ache and I still need painkiller for them too. At least am back on my feet from my stomach operative procedure which although has been rough recovering, as pain in my stomach is my weak point. The operation was absolutely nothing compared to what you have been through. I pray God heals you of your pain this Easter most Holiest of Days !

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Hi all,
Wishing a Happy Easter Day to all. We are going out for brunch (no leftovers!) since it is just mom and I this year. We finally have 50 degree weather and the snow (we had 9 inches) has melted. I think my daffys will bloom soon!

This up and down weather has made me sore. And I tend to have sleep problems too-I get stiff after a couple of hours lying down, so have to shift positions. Then takes a while to get back to sleep.

Only a weekend or two left at the tax office-Yeah! Then maybe I can get back on track with my life.

Take care and enjoy! Diana

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Sylvia weight gain of that little can be from as simple as no bowel movement for a day or so, to extra liquid in your body from sitting up too much and swelling a little, or the shoes/clothes you wore when you weighed. Or how close to weighing your last meal was. On the other hand not eating enough can send your body into fat storing mode because it thinks you are starving. Just working out doesn't keep the weight off. You have to eat regular meals and even possibly snacks to keep your body working to lose weight. Maybe pack some good foods to snack on with you to take to work. I get so busy on the computer, or at what I'm doing that I set a timer to go off every hour so to take a 10 minute break and exercise/walk or eat if it is meal time. Something that beeps like your task manager on computer or phone can work too, or the alarm on your phone. Hope this helps
Oh!! found a great core work out on You tube in the spark vids its gentle and seated and does not look to be back painful.
SEATED ABS/CORE WORKOUT 12 MIN
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Hi there everyone,

I am wondering where my last post ended up in cyberspace. I posted after Julia's post about the Krispies treats and well, it just isn't here... Hard to say what button I incorrectly pushed that day, lol.

We have today off for Good Friday. I am glad because this first week back to work has made me very tired. I have slept better this week than I have slept all year. That is a nice problem except then, I wake up between 2 and 3 and don't fall asleep until after 5 when it is time to get up and start getting ready for work. Geesh, it would be nice to simply sleep and be awake like the rest of the world.

Julia, Kacey sure explained the issue of the Krispies better than I did. Go easy on yourself--even with chocolate, there are far worse treats as far as nutrients and empty calories go than Krispie treats. You are doing fine. I gained 1.2 pounds yesterday and have no idea how to explain it--which for me means that I haven't been eating enough again. I often gain when that is the case and I am guessing that I have been trying too hard. I need to look over my nutritional tracking and see what it says. I don't always pay attention to the feedback because I always get red print that fusses at me for not eating enough of this or that. When I work, I often eat little but a piece of fruit until after 3 in the afternoon--bad habit, but I am so busy that getting to the bathroom or eating or other personal needs just don't happen.

Exercises that help my back are those which work on the core--that starts with posture and holding in my tummy as I do some leg kicks to the front, side, back. I do some gentle squats as well. Lying down lets me do things like where I squeeze my bottom (I cannot think of a polite way to say that I squeeze my butt cheeks in... It's the lying down that causes me a lot of grief--that's why I sleep in a chair.) Walking of any type also helps me as long as I work to stand up straight and to hold my tummy in. Those are starting places. There is also a website called "Collage videos" that is well worth anyone here checking out. They sell a variety of exercise videos that they let you preview. They have some for people who are wheelchair bound or who have limited mobility. You may find a good match for what you can do and what you want there.

I have a lot of errands to run today--I haven't had time nor money to buy anything for Easter yet and although I won't have a lot today, I can plan our family dinner and the things Micah needs for his band trip to Atlanta next week. Wow, Marissa went to Dallas a couple of weeks ago, Mitchell went to San Francisco, Micah is going to Atlanta and I had to stay here in the land of too much snow and too little warmth. Good for my kids and their opportunities this year!!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend--Take care of yourselves!!
Gentle hugs,
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Hi all! New to this team but not to Spark. Sylvia said to ask questions in here about exercises so I'll repeat the one in my intro. I am presently looking for some gentle exercises for the lower back that will build some strength and maybe relieve some of the constant pain. I cannot stand for more than about 3 minutes because the pain to my spine and hip joints is too awful but hope to help that with the loosening up of the joints and the building strength. I can do bed exercises and sitting in a chair exercises. Some standing if they do not include bending or squatting. I do not have access to a pool so water exercises are not for me, as I am an amputee as well. If anyone has some suggestions I would really appreciate them emoticon
Julie while you are journaling be careful not to beat up on yourself about your slip. It won't help, and will likely lead you in to more eating. Emotional eating is well Emotional eating. The root cause is a stressed or emotional state. It can stem from a ton of things like being too tired or stressed or just it was one too many dietary no nos and you ate. The more we say we can't musn't ought not should not or can not to ourselves the more we tend to fight it. Try to find reasons why you can pass the Krispies by next time, or plan a time when you will have one or two occaisionally and plan your days eating around it. The longer we say we can't have something at all or never the closer we come to a binge out on it. I'm not a therapist but I did 7 years of Psych training and 8 years of fighting with binging and emotional eating with a therapist, so I hope this helps a little.

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I am doing so much better since the injections. I slept through the night last night. Now I need one for my knee and then maybe I can get some walking in this Spring. Looking forward to warm weather and seeing flowers. Take care and congrats Julia!

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Well, I don't eat sugar very often but "the monkey" is on my back.
I made rice krispie bars with chocolate top for a celebration as well as surprise treat for children.
Well, I had more too.
It started with licking my fingers that had chocolate on them instead of washing it all off.
One lick started a compulsive action of eating the pieces of cut treat.
I had a choice and picked poorly. I repeated over and over again. No precision tracking. No portion control. Old habits kicked in.
Today is a new beginning, and I can choose to make healthier decisions based on tools rather then compulsive actions. I also can choose to journal about yesterday, and continue to uncover the root cause of this emotional eating.


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One more week to go before Spring break. I'm hoping the weather will be "Springing" by than.
I just got home from the pool. 31 months ago I could not walk very well or do much of anything. I am making progress mostly because of aqua therapy. The weight loss is wonderful too emoticon Nola, I sure hope the pool helps you too!
I would not have been as motivated if it were not for all you on this team. Everyday I look forward to seeing you all on the threads.
I hope everyone has a healthy day.
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Julia I hope that you can enjoy some family time as the kids are gone and grown before you are ready. I was hoping for warmer weather this week but it looks like it will be a couple of weeks until we are out of the 30's and 40's.
Trying to do some home chores today. I am thinking of trying to get back to the Y again for water walking in the next couple of weeks. I am trying to add some very low impact exercises to my day. very small movements and very few at a time. emoticon to all.

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Nola, I'm hoping for warm beneficial weather for us all. It good that you have a plan to help with your back+. I sure hope the treatments help!
Today is tough because of the weather. I'm going to try to clean some because an appraiser is coming tomorrow, but, if I can't, I can't. We do our best.
I'm excited that I was able to get my DD tax returns done. I will be mailing them out for her soon. The job isn't finished till the forms get to the IRS, so I guess I should say the difficult part of the returns are accomplished.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable St. Patrick Day today.
One of my DD is on her way to a State DECA competition. One more week and Spring break for my girls. Hopefully my DH can take some days off and we can spend some time together as a family emoticon

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No back surgery for me but injections and ablation of the nerves. The hips are both in bad shape and another injection for the knee next week too. I have not had any success with being able to handle most oral medications so I am using the Volteran Gel and my Cymbalta. The warm weather helped so much although it was only here for a couple of days. It will come again and I will feel so much better I know. emoticon

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Happy St. Patrick Day!!!! emoticon
Diana, so good to see you on the thread.
Sylvia, keep searching ... gently. Medical professionals are as varied as the color grey. I'm glad your pain doctor knows you and treats you with dignity.
I think of my experience too and know chronic pain issues are not able to be addressed. I went from a specialist saying he won't risk his reputation on me to someone that would and fused my neck. The same surgeon doesn't feel comfortable fusing my back because in would be from side and stomach and not real sure it wouldn't maybe increase the deterioration that my spine is experiencing.
I am starting to get some relief now that the disk has totally evaporated ( less nerve impingement) and its down to bone on bone. Just a matter of time for the next one to go.
My DD in high school that is studying engineering plans to invent an exoskeleton for me someday. I love her attitude. I know she will share it too.
I say "pain can drive me insane". Somedays ... Week's ... Even months I have had to curl up in a ball in bed and hang on to life. I was grateful I was able to crawl to the restroom with minimal help. We do what we have too in order to get thru.
It took me 17 years to find doctor willing to fuse my neck and it has been a life saver literally. So, the rest of my spine will be in God's hands.
I rattled on too long. My intent is to give you hope. I sincerely want you all to continue to live life within our individual constrains.

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Howdy all,

It has been a tougher week than I expected. That is what a flare with my back can do. I did get in to see my pain doc and he was wonderful as always. My appointment there started with his nurse who gave me a bad time. She asked me why I called for an injection and I told her that I called for help with my pain, I had not requested an injection. She then asked me when I had my knee done. I told her that I had my knees done about ten years ago and that I had my hip replaced on December 17th. She told me that I couldn't have an injection in my back because it was too soon. I was telling her that I didn't ask for an injection, but I wanted help with the pain (and I had been so wiggly, trying to get comfortable in the chair I was sitting in that I had tears in my eyes anyway) as my doctor walked in the room. He knows me well--He was my anesthesiologist when Micah was born 15 years ago and has been with me for every major surgery I have had since then. He saw me and gently asked me to stand up and show him where my pain was at. I showed him the area--the quarter of my back around my lower right quadrant. He said it seemed as if it was my S-I joint and he felt on my back and made three little touches and then pressed a place that almost made me go through the ceiling. Oh my that hurt, and I grabbed myself and told him "Don't ever do that again!" He said that is your S-I joint and I am going to use the x-ray machine to place an injection right into that place to try and get the inflammation out. He also told me to double the amount of vicodin that I am taking. The injection was a bit difficult but we made it through that. I had a tough night as well and of course, couldn't get to the pool after the injection, so I was left to wiggle myself in a medical haze, trying to be comfortable.

It is still sore. My PT wouldn't work on my walking or my hip yesterday because my walking is so distorted due to the pain and issues in my back--he had plenty to do with my shoulder anyway. I am sore enough there that helping it is helping me to use my walker anyway. I am a mess, but unlike all of the stuff when I was sick with the flu and pneumonia, this is what I do and am used to. I will get past this and I have a lot of tools in my box to get to feeling better from pain. I had to look up information on the S-I joint and treatments for problems with it are pretty sparse--injections seem to be the thing that are done when it needs treatment, which doesn't seem to be often. I wish I knew why I keep having all of these problems with my joints. I am thinking I need different eyes on my body and I am thinking about doing a self-referral to Mayo for the summer. I will look it all up online and ask my friend whose husband goes about the length of time it takes to be seen so that it corresponds with my summer break. I need an answer and I need it as soon as possible.

As for what Diana was discussing--my fusion surgery was combined with two other procedures--one was an arthritic debridement to clean up the mess left from the emergency surgery I had to clear out the infection in my spine two years prior to the fusion. (Quite honestly, I cannot remember the third component to that surgery anymore. I remember that it took over nine hours and involved 4 surgeons who went in through my side and had to move all of my organs around to get to my spine to put in the bars and screws that fuse my spine in one piece. It did solve the numbing problem in my left leg, as Diana explained about her leg. However, my surgeon told me that this procedure would reduce my pain issues. I understood that I might still have occasional pain, but when my pain started increasing, that is when I became concerned. I made an appointment with my back doc and he ran a couple of tests on me, to make sure that I didn't have another infection--and then, he gave me my diagnosis--I won't ever forget it word for word: "There's nothing surgical I can do for you. You have back pain." and he walked out of the office, seeing me for about 2 minutes. Back pain is not a diagnosis and he left me with nothing to do or try or anything. I had to go shopping ofr a doc and I found a wonderful doctor at another hospital's "spine clinic." She listened to me and cared for me and then--after a dispute between her and the hospital, she disappeared. They found four guys to replace her and the one that they expected to take her place wasn't a good match for me or my needs. I am back to not having a doctor for my back around here except for my wonderful pain doctor. Treating the symptoms is not going to get to the bottom of what I need to feel better. At my age (57), I don't feel like I can allow myself to be disabled, even periodically like now. I want to be rid of my walker and live my life a a woman, a mother, a teacher, a Christian--the person I am. I am not going to accept that I have "back pain." I don't believe that routine back pain needs the kind of treatment that I need and I think there may be a better solution for me if they can find out WHY all of my joints are breaking down at the rate they are breaking down.

I have a plan and some possibilities for myself. I am still looking for answers and I don't want to accept this as what the rest of my life will be like. I think that this is fair and that I may have a better future. If I don't come up with a good or better solution--at least I tried.

It's time for me to get going--my son has an awards program for his bowling league this morning. I am going to be a bit busy for part of today, but most of it will be mine. I am having a busy but reasonable break that is based on me, my needs and my wants.

Take care of yourselves . Happy weekend!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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Hi all,
Dropping in to say Happy St. Patty's Day in honor of my ggg? grandma McNutt. Also a month left until the end of tax season. And Spring. Woo Hoo!

Sylvia, this weather has been bugging my arthritis and back like crazy. Warm one day, storm the next and then cold. Crazy!

Unlike Sylvia's doc, my back doctor did not promise pain relief from the back surgery. He did promise to stop the pinching of the nerve which caused my leg to go numb and then I fell. I waited two years before doing the surgery (it got progressively quicker to go numb when I was walking) and the surgery did fix that. (osteoarthritis, slippage of disk, pinching of nerve, ect). It also helped some with the pain-I use mostly over the counter pain meds and tramadol at night. But I do still use a walker since my muscles are weak and my one knee needs surgery too. I am taking a break from the surgery. But I will say the back surgery was easier recovery than the knee. I had complications (based on my weight) that took longer to heal, but I felt better. If anyone wants more specifics please ask!

A day off tomarrow-want to sleep in and just rest. I think the cats are also wanting some attention so should be a nice lazy day.

Hope everyone has a couple of good days-and spring comes soon! Diana

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Date night was fun. My DH stayed home and made a wonderful meal on the grill. I also had asparagus. Fancy emoticon just steamed in a little water.
My youngest DD had her first robotic competition. It started Thursday and goes thru Saturday. She is having so much fun and learning so much. Engineering is her thing and I couldn't be happier.
My other DD heads to DECA State competition on Sunday and will be gone thru Tuesday. Her thing is business and I couldn't be happier. I am so proud of all my girls!
My oldest DD ran a show at The Blue Man Group in Chicago. She works in wardrobe, and it's been their slow season since New Years, so she hasn't ran a show in a month. They have made a few changes to the show so she was a bit relieved that all went well.
It is a beautiful day here today. I only spent a few minutes outside with my dog because I am working on doing DD tax returns while the big computer is running. Hope it keeps running to get thru the State returns. I thought there would be 3 but Florida doesn't have state income tax ... emoticon .
One less to do. So on to New York and Illinois.
Next year it will be W2's & 1099's, so I better enjoy 2012 filings.
I hope everyone has a lovely day. I was able to get into the pool again this morning so my day has been so good.
Amazing what the therapy hot pool does for my reduction in pain level. I will take these days as often as I can get them.
Sincerely, Julia


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Oh Slyvia, I can so relate to frustrations with insurance companies.
Gentle emoticon to you.
I did do something fun today, I got into the pool emoticon .
Also the emoticon finally showed a slight weight reduction. Finally. Date night is at home tonight. I am so happy not to go out. My DDs will be part of the evening on and off. It is a real blessing to have a family that loves me.
Take care everyone.
Sincerely, Julia

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Howdy from the team grump--
My back is bugging me a great deal. After dealing with my shoulder and my healing hip/knee at the same time,I am feeling like a hypochondriac of some kind. I called to talk with my pain doc and they put me on voice mail. That really made me angry. If I don't hear from someone there today, I will call him at home. Nothing is working and that is why I am grumpy.

We went to the Lenten book study at church last night and had a very good time. We are enjoying the people and the content. I am so glad that I talked my husband into going. He is having fun too.

I had my EMG yesterday and the doc asked me if my left arm was really worse than my right. He found some issues in both, but I am guessing that since I had carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand that my right hand is sending some stronger messages. When I had my last EMG, they determined that I had nerve problems in both hands. I see him again in a couple of weeks to get the report on the results.

I had a really unpleasant conversation with the insurance agent from the car accident we were in last July because they aren't paying the bills. They told me that nobody just pays bills and that they needed releases from the doctors. I accused her of holding us hostage to say everything was okay by not paying the bills and she said that that was policy and then gave me a lot of lip service. She emailed the paperwork to me, but now I have another appointment with my PCP to address the paperwork. I'm wondering if some of my new found aches and pains are due to that awful accident and when I see the doc, we will discuss that. This agent was so condescending and kept telling me that they would be paying us for all of our "pain and suffering." Yeah, right.

Only one appointment for me today. Only one for tomorrow too--yay. It's been a week of stuff to do and I am glad to see it all winding down.

Take care of yourselves--do something fun today!!
Gentle hugs,
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Life is complicated. I wish there was a "silver bullet" out there to fix everybody's back and joint problems.
Enjoy your day everyone.
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Hi all,

Nola, I am not sure whether to congratulate you on the news or not. I am not a huge proponent of back surgery after what I have been through, but I am totally aware that other people have better out comes than I did. If I could reverse the clock, I would not have had that second, long and scary procedure that included a fusion. my doc promised pain relief that I did not get. I was having problems with my left leg numbing up before that surgery and that stopped, so "officially," my surgery was successful. It's a complicated procedure. Every other surgery I have had has had a solid outcome and I can say that I am glad that I did it, but not the same with my back. I also know that if the right doctor told me that there was a procedure that could help my back, I would probably be the first one in line. The only relief I get is short term relief from my trigger point injections and they aren't exactly fun either. Something more permanent would be welcome. (I think I sound wishy-washy here, but that explains the complexity of the lower back.)

As for me, I am on break and spent yesterday decluttering my closet, working on my afghan, at physical therapy and at the pool. This is my plan for my break. I have two doctor appointments today, arghhh. One is with a urologist to check on my bladder and the other is with a neuologist to check on my left arm and shoulder to see why i get tingling and numbness that I shouldn't be feeling. I had a carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. Anyway, my PCP wants to figure this out. I am also thinking that the cortisone injection in my shoulder is not helping the problem and that my shoulder pain is going to be a long term issue.

I probably should get myself ready for this day full or appointments--have a great day and please, if you haven't looked at the spring survey, check it out. I want to get to the challenge and the more information I have from as many team members will help me to create something that meets almost everyone's needs.

Gentle hugs,
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I saw the Neurosurgeon today and I am not a good candidate for back surgery. My arthritis would not benefit so we will just be concentrating on pain management. I will receive more facet injections with facet ablation to burn the nerves at some point. There will be one more x-ray tomorrow that may change the decision for back surgery and that is if there has been enough degeneration to cause major slippage and then they will have to do a fusion. I am relieved about the surgery but there is major damage to the facet joints. I am digesting it all and will be researching and learning so as to make this as easy as possible on myself and those I love. I'll be back soon.

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3/11/13 9:54 P

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Nola, so good to see you back! I sure hope you can get some relief soon.
Welcome Sue. I'm so glad you have joined the team.
Thanks for the link "Candy". I'm wondering why the cottage cheese .... It's impressive how this oil has helped your DH.
Sylvia, I hope you are getting quality rest and I'm thinking you are on Spring break this week. I hope you are having fun.
Take care. Julia

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3/10/13 5:03 P

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emoticon to all!

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3/10/13 1:46 A

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Hello everyone,

Nola, it is good to see you. I haven't been too consistent due to illnesses lately and we all understand the back thing. Good luck with things, keep in touch and let us know what is going on.
Sue, welcome to our team. I cannot blame you on the back surgery. I cannot consider that as an option after the two I've had. My last procedure included a fusion, an arthritic debridement, and something else that escapes me at this moment. It took 9 hours with four surgeons who went through my side and had to move each of my major organs out of the way so they could do what was needed. It was a life changer in many ways. I was promised that my pain would be reduced if I did this and quite honestly, they lied. Today has been one of the worst pain days I have had even after my hip replacement, a fall, pneumonia and two bouts with different types of the flu. I would need a couple of good references and a written agreement that a back surgery would help. I do think I'm overdue on injections and am thinking about getting some of those soon so I can have a pretty good summer.
Candy--I'll have to look up your information when I'm a bit more awake. Thanks for sharing.

I need to get myself really ready for bed and maybe some relief.
Gentle hugs,
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Take care of yourselves!!
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It is nice to see some new names here. I have been away from Sparks quite a bit due to severe back pain. I see a Neurosurgeon on Monday and hope he has some new ideas. emoticon to you all!

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emoticon New to the team. I am 65 soon 66 and have OA in the metatarsal part of my right foot with spurs. I have it really bad in my low back + herniated discs, pinched nerves and bone on bone. The OA is getting worse, so I am trying to get moving. My pain mgmt DR gave me heck for not doing my aqua aerobics.

I missed Weight Watchers meetings for 2 weeks, gained 3 lbs. Today I have planned all my food and am tracking. I did 20 min of stretching and want to walk my rescued greyhound today. He is very gentle and doesn't pull or rush.

I have been having headaches and extreme dizziness, but it is better now so will walk with walking stick.

I have been married almost 46 years, have a son and daughter. 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I am retired due to back issues. Almost retired 1 year. Wanted to knit and crochet, which I do, but sitting is a problem. I can lay down and do some of my projects, but now that the OA is really back it is uncomfortable on my back.

I see back surgeon next week, but really don't want another surgery!! So as my son says, Mom if you don't use it you will loose it. have to get my act together.

Sorry for going on and on, but so glad to be with the team. Am checking out the different post to get ideas and support, + meet new friends. emoticon emoticon

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Thanks so much for the huge welcome mat I found on my spark page and here on OALB Team!!! I'm so glad I joined this positive, helpful team and I look forward to getting to know you better in the days/weeks to come!

Sylvia, I don't know much about health foods and supplements. But an older gentleman we knew 15 yrs ago (he was in his 90's then) was real into this stuff and cured his wife's bad eyesight and his gnaraled fingers straightened out profoundly with taking cold pressed flax oil. My husband has been taking 12 cold pressed, organic flax oil (1200mg) softgels with 1/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese for years and he doesn't have prostate problems and has lowered his bad cholesterol and upped his good cholesterol and brought down his high BP. (he is still on BP medicine as he has a genetic based problem with it)

I just started taking 12 softgels a day (with a meal & the cottage cheese) yesterday. (I HATE swallowing horse pills, but my health needs it) So I'm not a judge on how it works for me, but I'll give it a month before I start assessing the results in my body.

The reason I push cold pressed, organic flax oil is Dr Johanna Budwig's research as a pharmacologist, chemist and physicist with a doctorate in physics who worked as the chief expert-consultant for drugs and fats at the former Bundesanstalt fur Fettforschung (Federal Institute for Fats Research in Germany). I am including a link to her webpage so you can see for yourself if you indeed want to try this. My husband and I just use the Spring Valley Flax Oil you can get at Wal-Mart as it is cheaper.

Here is her webpage:

www.budwigcenter.com/johanna-budwig-
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I hope all of you have an AWESOME day today!!!

Edited by: CANDYCANE2B at: 3/7/2013 (14:52)
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Hi all,

Welcome Candy--We have some things in common... I am 57 and my husband and I have 8 kids too--we have 6 sons and 2 daughters, no grandchildren yet. Our kids ages are from 15 to 30. I have had so many issues lately, but things seem to finally be calming down. I ate last night and had a pretty intense reaction, but I ate tonight and things are better. We went to church and shared in a meal before the book study we are having for Lent. That was a nice time for my husband and I to share without our children.

Physical therapy has been going okay, but my shoulder isn't responding as positively as they would have it respond. My new hip seems to be doing okay--my knee is still a bit of a stinker, but I am praying it will come around. My shoulder has an area almost 3 inches long that really hurts to the touch and that causes me pain when I lift or move my arm around. I see my ortho on Friday to address this--and hopefully, we will also look at my hip's progress to save me a trip on the following Friday.

I haven't bought flaxseed or flaxseed oil as part of my diet, but I do buy oatmeal that is enhanced with flaxseed. Flaxseed really helps my vision to be more clear. Maybe I should consider doing more with this. I'll be glad to pay attention to more of your thoughts on this.

I am tired enough tonight and should wrap up my sparking so I can get some sleep. I hope that you all enjoy the rest of this week and get past the flares. There is a lot of pain when the precipitation and cold are running rampant. We have had quite a lot of it recently.

Take care of yourselves!
Gentle hugs,
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3/5/13 11:21 P

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Hi, Julie, thanks for the welcome. Cold Pressed Flax seed oil does help, I hear. But it has to be taken with low-fat cottage cheese for it to work right. Also you need to take 2 TBS a day, that if you take the seeds, you need to have them ground very well. It's the oil that helps your body. I hope that helps some.

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Hi Candy,
So glad you introduced yourself! emoticon to the team. Sorry to hear about your flair up. I'm glad you have a way to manage with exercises. Pain meds had negative side effects for me too. You reminded me I need to get to a store to buy flaxseed. I love grinding it in my coffee grinder and adding it to just about everything. I even like it as cereal covered in almond milk. It's one of those items that I thought is suppose to help the OA.
Sorry to hear about your cat. I am allergic too, and it is frustrating. But I never owed a cat, but my dog acts a lot like a cat emoticon .
Keep posting and it's really good to have you as part of this team.
Sincerely, Julia
Sylvia, so glad you had a snow day. You need a little break. I'm also glad you rested so well last night. I hope this is a start of a healthy streak of rest, good eats and healing.
Come on Spring break. The schools around here start the 22nd of this month. I am looking forward to the prediction of sun for the weekend, but I best just enjoy the today having a warm home that's a shelter from the strong winds outside.
I'm going to keep praying for you girl. Sending you gentle emoticon

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Hi Team, I was looking for a new team and since this wknd I had a flair up, I thought this would be a perfect team to join. I didn't know if this is the place to introduce myself, but here I am!

My name here on SP is Candy. It's my dear cat's name and I chose it because she was a fighter. I had to put her down this last summer because I developed severe alergies to cat dander. I still miss her a lot. Here is a little about me: I'm 55yrs old, married to my very best friend for 31ys, we have 8 children, aged 29 - 15 yrs old and 3 grandchildren so far! Two married sons and my only dd just got engaged!!! We have 3 teenagers living home, one is in his first yr of college, the other two are still in high school. Also my dd is temorarily living home and I am NOT looking forward to her leaving even though I am very happy for her engagement!

As for my health...I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago with osteoarthritis in my hips, spine and shoulders. I was on several prescription pain meds, but quit them as I didn't like the aftereffects and it didn't help much anyway. I went to a physical therapist for 6 months a yr ago and it helped a lot. Now when I have a flair up I do 2-4 exercises he gave me to do. I'm just starting to take Cold Pressed Organic Flax Seed Oil with low-fat cottage cheese and I think that will help over the long run.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Tuesday!! emoticon

~Candy~

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Hi all!
We have a snow day here in Rock Island!! It's our first in five years...We never have them and the reason seems to be that the roads are 100% covered with snow and the snow is still falling. We did just run to the store for animal food--kitties and doggies have to eat--and the main roads seemed just fine.

I am glad to have a day at home--I am trying to recuperate--I ate a meal last night and I slept hard, only waking up once after midnight. That never happens for me. I am still light headed and a bit odd, but I am coming along. I think all of the vomiting and such just emptied me out and my body cannot function until I get some things back in it and get my body going again.

Yesterday was a hard, hard workday for me--I was overly tired and dizzy much of the day. My back was screaming along with all of this residual flu stuff going on. I'm still a bit loopy and I am wondering when, if ever, this is going to let up. My morning meds--probably the savella--make me sick and then I gag. Arghh, I have a life and want to function. I got woozy at the store a few times and had to take a break. Its creepy, that's for sure.

I wish I had more to report--I need for team members to take the survey under our challenges threads so we can GET READY FOR SPRING!! I have 20 more pounds to lose and need some support. I will look pretty good in my swim suits--hmm, they will have to be NEW swimsuits if I lose 20 pounds, tee hee. I have summer fever my friends!!

Gentle hugs,
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Thanks for the email and starting up the March chat thread thru all your illness. I sure hope the light is bright and the tunnel shorter than it appears from here to you Sylvia. emoticon very gentle.
emoticon to all the new members. We can really help each other if we stay active on the team.
Take care everyone.
Happy Monday.

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Hi there,

Welcome to March and the idea that spring is coming soon!!

Personally, I have been sick for the past ten days--On top of influenza type B and pneumonia, I picked up a gastrointestinal bug that my sons shared this past week which put me totally our of commission for the weekend. It's been quite a struggle for me and I am ready for something else. I did eat a bit of soup and some crackers a bit ago, and I am doing okay. Yechhh, what an unfair deal to get hit by all of this stuff at once. I need some nourishment so I can work tomorrow--things are a bit fuzzy right now after the way this weekend has went.

We have one more week of school this quarter and then a two week break. I am looking forward to a break that is really a break for me. I don't want to be sick or in pain, just to have some free time so I can do a few things around our house which desperately need doing and to maybe crochet and swim and play a bit.

I lost almost ten pounds at weigh in last week over the past two weeks. I guess there is something to being sick. It doesn't help the mood or demeanor much. I hope to get back to my healthy eating plan--maybe tomorrow, it depends on how sore my tummy stays after this weekend.

Please stop by and say "Hi" to our other team members. It is a good time to get our team alive and shiny for springtime! I am going to send out an email to the team and encourage everyone to get active again! I think this old, cold winter has gotten everyone out of the habits that are helping them.

Take care my friends--hang in there! It's a good time to reflect on your goals!!
Gentle hugs,
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