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5/18/10 6:52 A

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Hang in there Juneau! I am feeling the same stiffeness and pain...dont think it is from weather this time though as we are sunny and sweet in my part of the world (Upstate NY), at least for now. My neck and shoulder are becoming involved in this dance, and i am finding it difficult to move my head. Yesterday was a "go hme and lie on the couch" day as I was hit was incredible fatigue. Hopefully today will be less so, and I am able to keep up with the big dogs...or at least the medium ones!!
I have spondylitis of the spine, bulging discs and facet disease, and they are checking for ankylosing spondylitis, as well as a chiari malformation and a couple other goodies, so I can empathize with the multiple wammy of pain-givers. How do you handle your pain when it is debilitating?
I am going to try and force a walk out of me...around the block if i can!! Have an awesome, minimally painful day!! emoticon

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5/17/10 10:25 P

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Today I can hardly move with the wet front coming in! With arthritis, no other weather report is needed! Not only that, I have some other challenges so muscles can also be very stiff. Pain is a frequent companion, so I sure understand!

My walking is not very aerobic, but at least I move when I can!

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5/17/10 11:01 A

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I started walking five years ago this summer. It was ten minutes at first and only three days a week. I built up to an hour or more every day. Most days it works for me but I do have bad days when I flare up and can barely walk at all.

Then I have to listen to my body. Ice and rest for a while does work then I will sometimes even walk around the house at a steady pace for a while (timing myself) as it is often late in the evening when I finally can move.

When I'm walking I listen to a book and don't worry about distance or speed as much as consistency.

It is true that those who don't have pain don't understand. I am determined not to let my arthritis define who I am, so I keep plugging along.

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KARAMIA14's Photo KARAMIA14 Posts: 16
5/17/10 6:07 A

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HOw long have you been walking? On average, what is your regular distance or time? I would like to build to 30 minutes a day on the days I am up to it. Also, do you try to push past the pain or rest immediately? One thing that is tough is the messages that come from those around you...(you look normal so you cant be that bad...push through and you'll be fine, etc...) I do when I can, and try to ignore those negative messages...like I said, it is nice to be able to get and give support to those who understand those frustrations. Thanks!

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5/16/10 10:01 P

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Welcome. I have arthritis of the knees and other parts. My back is still mostly good, so it is just the other joints that are trying to keep me from walking.

Most of the time if I walk for a while it gets better. There are days I have a hard time, so I ice my knees and after a while will start out again.

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I deal with a lot of pain also, not from arthritis but spine issues and fibro. I try to do the best i can everyday...I also deal with acid reflux so thats another reason for getting fit




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KARAMIA14's Photo KARAMIA14 Posts: 16
5/16/10 9:24 A

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I am wondering if anyone else has begun walking as exercise to combat arthritis.I have severe spinal arthritis as well as bulging discs, and also have osteopenia. I am able to walk around the block on my good days, but would like to pair up with people who have similar issues or barriers, and want to continue walking, hopefully increasing distance over time. Support is everything!
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Mia

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