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Hello there, I'm Anna.
I was reading through quite a few of your posts, that address very similar challenges. So I am curious whatelse I can do to make my weight journey a success. For the last year I was unable to loose any weight, can't even say that I was merely maintaining it either, though I tried so hard. My biggest enemy is swelling and water-retention, which can amount to up to 8lbs of weight gain overnight - very frustrating! And I can't seem to shake it. By the time I see my number decline a little, I have another spike. Even if I only look at the low numbers, there is no clear tendency of even a slight loss, despite carefully sticking to my mealplan/choices and most of the time the low end of my daily calorie allowance. Any ideas anyone?
My special challenge is the fact that I teach Karate to 3-6 year olds, which requires a lot of physical involvement, stiff ankles or not. On my personal training, my Senseis work with me around rough days. Very seldom do I pass a training session due to pain or fatigue; my techniques are just that much slower (preventing to jerk) and sometimes a little sloppy (due to restricted movement in my shoulders) and I usually don't participate in take-downs on a rough day.
I hate my RA medicine (it works alright when I take it though), because it is so tough on my kidneys, so I try to take it as little as possible, when I'm not dealing with other infections (sniffles etc.)

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10/20/13 10:31 P

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Surgery and recovery is not the greatest thing on earth to go through. I've had a total hip replacement (Feb. 2013) but because I am still quite young (59) it was easy to bear. I am forever grateful to be walking so much easier now.
Losing weight is easier said than done. Hang in there and take it just one pound at a time, and one day at a time.

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10/20/13 5:19 P

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No I haven't been to a specialist yet but that's the next stop. My Dr. says because of my weight that replacement isn't an option. That's alright with me, I don't relish being cut on. emoticon

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10/19/13 3:42 P

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Hang in there. The weight loss will help you in the long run, especially if you are headed for a joint replacement down the road. Have you been to a specialist yet? emoticon

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10/19/13 12:53 P

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It's odd but it seems that the more weight I lose the worst the pain and stiffness gets. My hip joints are giving me fits. I'm not giving up but unfortunately I am going to have to slow down for awhile until I can better deal with the discomfort. That includes my knees and my fingers.

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I am going to see if I can start doing some exercises for my knee(s). I swear I get sharp pains that are tendon/muscle related instead of all arthritis. The knowledge that arthritis pain in individual (how much one hurts depends on the person, not the amount of arthritis) gives me hope that I can influence it individually?


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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9/8/13 8:50 P

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9/8/13 4:42 P

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Thanks! I am getting ready to do some exercises.....

One day at a time; slow and steady. I just wish I were more steady and that the weight did not come off so slowly!!


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Keep trying Donna. It's important to keep moving as much as possible. emoticon

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9/8/13 12:16 A

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Just re-started exercising after an absence - very stiff, very slow, pain. I am hoping repeating the exercises regularly will help at least some of this go away........with bad OA, I cannot tell if it will harm or help. It remains to be seen. emoticon


One day at a time; slow and steady. I just wish I were more steady and that the weight did not come off so slowly!!


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9/4/13 10:24 P

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Interesting. I'll have to see if I can get onto that Accuweather.

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9/4/13 7:30 P

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FYI. I find checking the weather helpful - that is, Accuweather, set to show the extended forecast, and with "arthritis" clicked, so you can see the predictions for how the weather will affect arthritis. On the days that are predicted to be a problem, I will know I should take Naprosyn proactively. Other days may not require medication.

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One day at a time; slow and steady. I just wish I were more steady and that the weight did not come off so slowly!!


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Way to go - a positive attitude! I love using those wonderful slogans from the twelve step program. oh, I guess the slogan is "One Day at a Time" but it can be broken down to one step, one hour, one minute. I don't take anything for pain unless I really have to either, and it is important to keep moving as much as possible - sitting for too long makes it really hard to get up and going again.

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7/25/13 10:44 A

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If I don't stretch my muscles and joints every morning it will be a really rough day. Cloudy days are the worst. I take naproxen and parafon forte {a muscle relaxer} for the pain. But I only take them if I absolutely have to. I refuse to have to rely on medication to function everyday. I also have a severe herniated disc in my lower back that was so bad that it took me four months to walk again so quite honestly I look at the joint pain and think at least I'm up and moving It could be worst. "ONE STEP AT A TIME" !! emoticon

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Hang in there Margo.
I've had trouble with my left knee ever since my right hip surgery. Been going to a chiropractor who has been somewhat helpful. Also been getting a little bit of vertigo - I think it all boils down to balance - relearning how to walk properly. Tomorrow I see my family doctor about my knee - probably will get an x-ray done to see what stage of arthritis I'm at, hoping he will refer me to the ortho surgeon to see what can be done for me. I really hope I don't have to get a replacement knee. Getting a hip was bad enough!

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Weather changing and front going through; I wish my arthritis and asthma didn't act up at the same time! Waking up not breathing and feeling like someone has ripped off your arms is not pleasant.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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Welcome Karla! I wish you all the best. Take it one step at a time. Do not be hard on yourself.

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5/21/13 12:28 P

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hi Everyone I'm new here My name is Karla and I'm from Kansas ... I am on a journey to lose 100 pounds I know it will not happen over night and exercising is hard due to arthritis and a damaged sciatic nerve.. and often times pure laziness...

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Interesting.
My knee is doing a bit better since I have been getting the physio to put the muscle stimulator on both legs.
I am not using the cane quite as often now. It is good to be feeling like I am close to normal again.

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I read about the nighttime bathroom thing and apparently as we get older, when we go "flips" and we go more at night than in the day whereas when we are young we go in the day instead of night. But another things says it's just as we get older, we lose the ability to hold it as long :-)

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Funny how our bodies do such strange things. I'm thinking I may need to have a knee x-ray on my left to see if something is going on there. I'm finding it to be a bit troublesome. Guess it has worked hard to compensate for the right hip.
I find I have to change position quite often through the night as I am sleeping, or else I get quite uncomfortable and have a hard time moving when I get up. Why is it we women always have to go to the bathroom through the night as we get older?

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I'm glad you're progressing well. I have to get an x-ray of my knees this quarter for my doctor; just to see what they look like inside. I fell Christmas Eve 2010 and really wrecked one of them (but didn't break or tear anything) and there are still numb spots, etc. so I'm just curious, I've never had an x-ray of them and fell on them as a teen and growing up, etc. so that they still work and are only occasionally/oddly painful, I'd like to know what is going on in there. My hips are good though, I think.

I'm trying to work with my shoulders, use them more and sit typing less. I think I hold my arms/shoulders stiffly and I know I don't use them enough so I have no muscle and that doesn't help, I've heard. My doctor offered physical therapy but the last time I did that it wasn't much use and I can't see how it would be now; they only hurt when I'm trying to sleep, when I'm awake and up-and-at-'em they are fine; it is so weird. When I wake at night I sit up for a moment or get up and go to the bathroom, and they go back to being less painful, I go back to sleep and start over. It's truly weird.


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I am doing very well, thank you. I'm still having trouble with the gait but it comes in time so they say at physio. I am two months recovery now and the doctor has given me the OK to go back to work and that I can pretty well do whatever when it comes to bending and exercising. He says that the side movements with the leg are important to get the gait going correctly. I think some of the problem is that it has been ingrained in my head on how I walked for so long, that my brain has to stop and think how to do it normally. The machines they use at physio are helpful to get the muscles working better. I am still using my cane - someone told me that three months is the usual amount of time for using it after surgery. It helps with the balance - I don't always use it at home but know that I really do do better when I use it. I get another x-ray done in five more weeks when I see the doctor again. So glad that I am out and about again. That first six weeks is a long time without being able to drive!
I hope you are able to get some relief with your shoulders. Have you tried going to a chiropractor, or getting massage therapy? Those treatments are always beneficial for me.

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How's it going MaryBeth? I've heard the exercises afterward are brutal/painful and it takes a while to get back to where one wants to be in the first place.

I have such puzzling difficulty with my shoulders. They only hurt when I'm trying to sleep and not necessarily at the same time/degree or if I'm laying on them or not, etc. I still think there's something going on with my normal "tenseness" in my body, that my posture and the amount I sit has something to do with it all. I'm starting a new plan tomorrow and am going to try to address that, get out there and swing those arms, etc. :-)


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Hi there everyone.
Well, my penguin walk may start to change in a few months. I am having a total hip replacement on Feb. 25th. I think I am ready for this challenge. Its been four months in the waiting. I know its a long recovery time but I am determined to make as short as possible so I can get back into a normal routine.
I will try to keep you informed on my progress.

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My rheumatologist recommended tumeric and fish oil as far as natural remedies go.
I'm also sold on accupuncture.

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I too suffer from alot of stiffness throughout my body and it's really bad first thing in the morning and after dinner or any period of inactivity.

A warm bath before bed helps me and also to exercise..without my exercise I hurt alot more.

I have celebrex on hand for those bad days, but only take it as a last resort as I don't like the long term side effects.

I take 3 caps of fish oil and one tablespoonful of ground flax seed daily and it seems to help me.

Everyone is different, but one thing we arthritics all have in common is the dreaded pain and stiffness!

Keep moving everyone, even if it's just armchair exercises.

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I really hate the way I've been walking - I have been described as 'walking like a penguin', which is probably true. My left knee is bad and right hip so I suppose one is compensating for the other to make me walk the way I do. Well, I am seeing a different chiropractor now and he likes working with me as I am a challenge. He is is an older guy and gives me a one hour treatment wherein he is working with the muscles to help me loosen up and let go. Hopefully this will get me to the point of having better mobility. I am going to make an appointment with my family doctor to see if it is perhaps time for me to be referred to a arthritic specialist. When is it time to consider a hip or knee replacement anyway? I don't think that age should matter if it is something that will give me better quality of life.

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I know when my arthritis gets flared up, it gets me in my hands, neck and knees primarily, a good soak in the tub helps a lot. Granted when it decides to seize me up completely and I can't even get into a tub, all I can do is take Celebex (can't take Naproxen anymore, or advil, aleve) and try to get myself in some sort of sit position. Sometimes all it takes to work out a small flare is just to push through it with low exercise first and then move on to the regular stuff, it's also a good gauge of 'yup I can do this' or 'so can't do this today'.

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I too have stiffness in my knees. I also take Alieve for my pain and stiffness. Moving definitely does help. But I can't say what foods help. I wish I knew too. I am also concerned about the long term effect on my kidneys.


Sometimes in life a little rain must fall. Just remember that when you cry, the angels cry too!


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We do have to keep moving in order to alleviate that stiffness. I have just been taking Tylenol for Arthritis. Was trying to only take it once a day but seems I need more of it now to keep going. I am not an orange juice lover. I have heard that pineapple is good for arthritis.

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I am suffering with stiffness in my left knee from the osteoarthritis. After learning that taking Naproxen for a long period of time can have an effect on your kidneys, I am searching for more homeopathic remedies for inflammation and swelling in which I have both. I know that orange juice because of the vitamin C helps with inflammation. Anyone else have any suggestions? So I have begun drinking it everyday. I just begun taking the Naproxen and only take it periodically. (I have a high pain tolerance) because I mainly suffer stiffness. I am trying to exercise more as per my doctors request. Somedays it is difficult especially when there is a lot of stiffness but I perservere emoticon

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