Thank you for hello. I have tried the Y but had to give it up when I lost my job. Too much $$$' it did help. Also acupuncture but I lost that with new ins.. trying to find my yoga arthritis DVD. Might help.
Sorry to hear about the job and insurance. The important thing about arthritis is to keep moving as much as possible in order to stay mobile. Did you have lots of therapy at the time you broke your hip and feet? If you like water, then try water aerobics exercises in a therapeutic pool.
MaryBeth from Ontario
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Have arthritis all through my body. Broke hip 16 yrs ago. Broke both feet same at time 21 yrs ago. Lost my job and that ins. End of last yr, so no longer able to go to acupuncturer now. New ins. Pays for meds only. Need inspiration to continue new exercise routine.
I just got my diagnoses late last year too. I have it in my shoulders and had been having difficulties for long enough I finally mentioned it to my doctor. I had had shoulder/arm problems a few years ago and thought it was that again.
So far I feel like I have felt; sometimes good, sometimes bad (like someone has ripped off my arms), which frustrates me a little as I can't really tell what helps and what doesn't. I have most of my trouble at night, sleeping, and I have other problems that contribute to that (thyroid, asthma, and general insomnia) so I sometimes feel discouraged about being able to sort and help any individual problems.
For the last 4-5 years I've known my arms/shoulders were very weak and have tried strength exercises but they never seemed to get much stronger.
I think it is very much an individual thing; I read that what the x-rays show is not necessarily related to how much pain you feel, everyone's different.
There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer
With regard to exercise, it is important to keep moving so that you don't stiffen up. Find what exercise works for you. If it is painful for your hip, then it maybe is something not to do. If you are a water lover, join in a water arobics class - the water resistance will not be hard on the joints. I don't like water so that is not something I do, but I hear it is very beneficial. If you go to an exercise club where there is equipment, you may find that an elliptical machine works better for the hip than using a treadmill. I found more pain after using a treadmill, but the elliptical did not cause added pain. If you can afford a personal fitness trainer, they are trained to help people with building strength and will adapt exercises geared to your condition. Do not be afraid to use a cane/walking stick as your disease progresses. You may find that the 'good' leg will compensate for the 'affected' leg. If you should need a hip replacement down the road, do not be afraid - I am amazed at how quickly I am recovering - it is hard to change back to the normal way of walking though, but I am determined to get it right within the next month or so! Take care. Hope this is helpful and does not get you discouraged. Remember, you are not alone and much help is available.
Thank you very much for your replies and for sharing your story. I have found in the meantime a society in my country that I can approach for information and support. I am still hesitant to read a lot about this topic on internet though, right now.
One thing is that I know that my kidneys don't function as well as they are 'supposed to'. I heard that the medications used for arthritis are a burden to the kidneys. So that is one thing I will need to inquire about.
Christina, everyone's experience is different. I can only share my own. I have had what you call 'good days and bad days' - it usually goes with weather and barometric changes. The only thing I have taken for pain is Tylenol for Arthritis but you are the one who will know whether you need more than that in time. I hope you have a good doctor - my doctor kept focusing on my knees being a problem and got after me about weight loss - easier said than done when you have pain. I began to notice that I was having some 'trip and fall' accidents and then a pronounced limp. I went for physiotherapy treatments to deal with some awful pain I was having going from a 'sit to stand' position or getting out of the car. Eventually I went to a chiropractor for help and he knew it was my hip causing all the troubles so I went back to my family doctor insisting on more x-rays and that he should check my hip, also refer me to a specialist. My walking got pretty bad and I started using a cane for support. When I saw a specialist I was told that my hip was worn out and needed to be replaced. Major surgery - but anyone I talked to said it is well worth having this done. I am hoping that I have not done too much damage to my 'good' leg because it has had to work so hard to compensate for the 'bad' one (which is my right side). So, Christina just take it one step at a time - concentrate on taking care of the hip which is hurting you. Don't be discouraged, because many many people are afflicted with this disease. Find out if there is an Arthritis Society in your area that you can contact for some added support. Take care,
I got a diagnosis of arthritis - in my right hip - the day before yesterday. I'm 48, living in the Netherlands.
My mother and my dog have arthritis, so I have some idea of what it is, but at the same time I'm totally new to this and have a lot of questions. I cannot talk to my doctor to get more info for about a week.
So I hope it's okay to post a few of the questions I have here and hear from people who 'have been there' what it's like. I am afraid to look on internet right now for fear of getting overwhelmed even more.
1. Do you have 'good' days and 'bad' days with the arthritis? Are there still pain free days (wihout medications I mean)? 2. Are medications necessary? 3. Does having arthritis in my hip mean I will have it in other joints too? 4. Are there tips, do's and don't do's with regard to exercise? Should I be careful not too exercise too much or use the hip too hard?
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