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3/18/13 10:10 A

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Hey Linda!

Ya, Mom suffered with the back thing for a long time before she relented and got surgery. She was using a walker and had that neuropathy something terrible... she couldn't sleep for the pain... drugs didn't help... she also had terrible leg cramps. It got to the point were she was saying that if she had to live this way for the remainder of her life, she'd prefer to end it.
So at that point, ANYTHING was better than what she had.

We thought it ironic that she couldn't feel her feet, but she could feel cramping and nerve pain. Hhhhh. It really makes you appreciate what you do have left, let me tell ya!

Ya with a hip surgery I'd ask my Doc if it was even appropriate to DO Zumba in the first place!
As for surgeries of any kind, I hear ya... if you knew for certain what the outcome was going to be, it would be easier to make that choice. I've been stalling on getting a cracked crown replaced for that very reason.

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3/18/13 1:14 A

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Sounds like your Mom and I have a lot in common! I need to go back now to the neurosurgeon and see about surgery on my back now that my hip has healed. I think that they would do the same surgery your Mom had. I just have to get my nerve up since, as you said, back surgery doesn't always solve the problem. Hello to your mom from me! I am glad she is doing better. That not feeling your feet is a real problem with this. I can only walk so far before my feet and legs say 'Enough!''and go numb. That is the problem with doing much Zumba. I loved to dance and hope that after surgery I might be able to do it again!

Thanks for telling me about your Mom. Maybe I will be brave and call and make an appointment one day soon.

Hugs, Linda

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3/17/13 11:42 A

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hey Linda!

Ha! Mom has spinal stenosis, too, she had an operation last year... aw jeez where's my brain when I need it... I've got aphasia of the fingers this morning ha... okay, a laminectomy! Whew. Too early to be thinking apparently!

So Mom had a lumbar laminectomy and the installation of a stainless steel cage to keep her spine erect and her vertebrae from squishing her spinal cord and nerves. UGH! Her sciatica was being pinched and she was bedeviled with acute leg pain, inability to "feel her feet".

The operation helped but didn't eliminate the problem .
Quite the ordeal for a 80+ year old woman.

Of all the kids in the family Mom and I are the most similar in terms of physical appearance and health tendencies... she also has hypothyroid disease, no one else in my family does.

So with this in mind I've used both my parents (I've already outlived my father) as a predictive factor of my Fate... and seek out healthy ways now, while I can... modify my behavior and eating habits in an attempt to forestall my genetic heritage.

ANYWAYS... enuf about me!
Keep at that Zumba... you may have to find an instructor that isn't as highly choreographed at first to work your way into it. Or keep doing what you do... sample a little at a time, work your way into it.

The most popular instructor at our gym has fun music and simple steps anyone can do, LOTS of repetition (less thinking... I like that in a Zumba class!)... we even get kids in our class which is so much fun... they're so cute! You might enjoy a class that's set up like that... one that has a greater sense of community.

Until then, as the song goes: Wiggle wiggle wiggle!
Have a fun Sunday.
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3/17/13 1:26 A

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Thanks! Backs can be a problem. Yoga really can help. I have spinal stenosis and something else I can't spell without looking at it but not scoliosis. Mom does, tho... so am lucky to not have it, I think. I have to get back to doing Yoga again. I tried Zumba a couple weeks ago and need to get in better shape before doing that. A few minutes was all I could handle. Know I couldn't do a class in it! I will stick with yoga for now! ...Linda
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3/16/13 10:55 A

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good morning Linda!

Ugh, I hear ya about the back... I've got mild mid thoracic scoliosis which generally results in one painful "incident" every couple of years in my lumbar spine where I also have a compensatory subluxtion.

I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to lessen my curve and keep my spine flexible... yoga's really been helpful for that. I stopped it for a couple of years... just walked 4 miles on a track 5-6 days a week and lifted weights 3x a week... the deterioration in my back on this routine was nothing short of scary...a xray revealed all sorts of calcification... thankfully I got most of my flexibility back after resuming yoga. But it did take a year of work.

I've been doing Zumba now, quite the challenge for me initially, again because my tight back and hips. My spine might look like a snake on an xray, but it sure doesn't move like one! haha

Lovely day here today, Spring has Sprung a week early!
Have a fun day...
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3/16/13 12:15 A

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Thanks, Mzzchief, for the good thoughts! Yes, one of these days I have to take care of the back problem which will help the walking... I hope. Just waiting to be sure it is the right thing to do.

I also appreciate all the information! The idea that we have to/can pick and choose what information will be most beneficial to our own bodies was the thought I had hoped to put forth. The more we can learn about our body, mind and spirit as well as the nutritional and medical possibilities the better off we will be. As we share what we learn we all can grow.

...Linda

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3/15/13 3:15 P

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My pleasure.
Good to get a lot of information so that you can cherry pick what's appropriate for your own body...

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3/15/13 7:38 A

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Good grief! If it isn't one thing then it's another.

Thanks for the article Mzz.

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3/15/13 2:30 A

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Sounds like the benefits of taking glucosamine outweigh any risks for you, Linda.
It also seems as if you're not pursuing a high carb diet... which along with obesity seems to be the combo that creates the risk.

Sorry to hear you're having problems with balance and walking... Ugh this aging business ain't for sissies!

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3/14/13 4:42 P

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I think this is a case of we have to do the best we can with the knowledge we have. For instance, I know I do better on proteins than on carbs. I try to keep my carbs to fruits and veggies. I also know that when I am not taking glucosamine I tend to have balance and walking problems. I walk like I am 90 something instead a such a young 60 something!! I prefer to stick with glucosamine and proteins and the weight loss and hope the diabetes 2 takes care of itself. I am sure what I do won't work for everyone but we all have to read all these tests and figure out which need to be taken for truth and which need a grain or two of salt with them... :)
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3/14/13 3:11 P

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Insulin resistance is often the first signs that your body is having problems with blood sugar... that you may be heading towards a diagnosis of Diabetes 2.

If you take glucosamine or aches, pains, joint issues/arthritis you may be interested in this article.

Here's an excerpt:
"Grounds exist for linking insulin resistance to a high-carbohydrate diet. An American study has shown that glucosamine (often prescribed for joint problems) may cause insulin resistance."

Here's the full article:
www.news-medical.net/health/Causes-o
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Insulin-Resistance.aspx


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