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4/13/14 1:06 P

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Does anyone know of an inexpensive joint supplement? Most of them are so expensive! Have Lupus which eats at joint cartilage throughout my whole body. Between doctor co-pays, meds, and supplements this all adds up so fast. I think I need to keep working just to pay for all these things emoticon

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3/24/14 10:17 A

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I WILL KEEP MOVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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10/15/13 2:38 P

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MaryBeth from Ontario


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started doing water aerobics and swimming - some friends and I meet at local YMCA and use the pool - have to go before work - to get it in which means up at 0500 and in pool by 0530 - I do exercises and swim some laps - not a great swimmer but just do my best - doing this M-F now for 3 months and feel much better - keeping active is important - and exercising in the water really helps emoticon



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9/1/13 1:50 P

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I look forward to seeing more posts on this topic, perhaps including my own, once I get fully started. I have had arthritis diagnosed in my knees for at least 25 years; did not cause much problem in the beginning, worsened slowly over the years to the point where I am creaky and have to take extra care on stairs, curbs, etc.

The real surprise came about a year ago with the sudden onset of problems in my left hip. Within 2 months, I was using a cane. The result has been increasing inactivity - which I hope to reverse.

I am trying to take appropriate supplements to reduce inflammation, then to reduce pain and hopefully nourish the joints. Had been used naprosin for the pain and inflammation (only 1 per day), but with Bromelain and another pill containing several enzymes, the inflammation seems to be under control, only take the naprosin on bad days now. Getting ready to start taking Sam-e with B Complex. Each added supplement has to be tested over several weeks, depending on impact on blood thinning medication, which I am also taking.

I am having a problem with getting moving. First you have to get looser than you are in the morning, and you need to know how much you can do before the reverse process takes effect - too much activity can make you stiffer and cause more pain. That little window of opportunity right now is rather small....... I will start with cycle - but can only do 5-10 minutes. Hoping to build up. Looking to loose total of 100+ lbs to be candidate for hip replacement. So far have lost 33. 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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8/29/13 10:34 P

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I take a supplement called "Osteo Move" which I get from a health food store. It seems to help my joints a little bit in order that I don't have to take a pain killer like tylenol on a regular basis. I only take pain medication when I really really can't handle the discomfort.
I try to keep moving throughout the day - if I sit for too long it is very hard to get moving. I also find that I need to change positions while sleeping at least three or four times.
I agreed with you Margo that what we eat can have effects on how our body moves.

MaryBeth from Ontario


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8/28/13 10:40 A

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I have the most trouble with pain in my arms or knee interfering with my sleep and a couple Advil before I go to bed often helps, and if that isn't enough, getting a couple more in the middle of the night will. During the day, if I am walking too much my knee or hip will complain sometimes and Advil will ease that some; I just don't like taking too much medicine though.

I've been looking at my diet and what seems to make pain better/worse and it is not quite a one-to-one correlation or very fast but I do know good diet helps more than bad diet :-) It's like when I drink too much and get a headache, sometimes I might eat too much sugar/junk/chocolate and I'll ache more. Everything is affected by my lifestyle, if I truly want to increase activity and feel better, I have to watch my diet.

Sitting in the sun often helps too; I need more vitamin D so it is no hardship to sit on my deck for 15-20 minutes and it does help other things feel better too. Forcing myself to just sit can get me more interested in action later, also, as I'll get bored with just sitting.

I try to increase my chore doing; I have plenty that always needs doing around the house and that's good for activity for me as well as makes me feel better and more comfortable, not have to ignore little messes all around. I've started breaking down the bigger tasks so I'm more likely to do them, cleaning one cat litter box at a time, for example, instead of both. Any activity I can do helps my asthma/breathing too.

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 8/28/2013 (10:41)

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8/25/13 8:23 P

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Please use this thread to share with team members. Is there anything that you do to help reduce your pain while trying to increase your activity?

MaryBeth from Ontario


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