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MARYSLAVEK SparkPoints: (11,386)
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8/4/13 5:46 P

Water exercise is wonderful for arthritis.

SUEPERWOMAN Posts: 3,351
8/3/13 2:16 P

Be well,MGIESBRECHT. Sorry to hear that you have arthritis.

MGIESBRECHT SparkPoints: (4,331)
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8/2/13 10:20 A

Right now, just using Aleeve, which I hope to get tomorrow, and Robaxecet when the pain is really bad. Took one the other night but it left me doped up the next day and ringing ears, so I am just going to stick to Aleeve.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
8/2/13 8:46 A

My DS(12) was diagnosed with arthritis four years ago. We have tried various treatments from medications to injections. It can take some time to figure out what works. It is different for everyone. We found that Celebrex, cortisone injections and heat therapy (he uses a wax bath for his hands every morning) give him the best results. Also stayin active is helpful as it keeps the joints moving. Keep working with your doctors until you find a combination of therapies that work for you. Once you get it right you will feel much better.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/1/13 3:11 P

One thing that has helped my arthritis has been yoga. I did regular yoga for a while, and just started a more intense version called DDP Yoga. Helps my hips feel SO much better! Improved flexibility helps with the inflammation SO much, and it's zero-impact, so it's not murder on my joints!

MRSTIGHTWAD SparkPoints: (1,172)
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8/1/13 12:54 P

I agree completely with Susan Foster. It is absolutely correct that arthritis does not have to stop you. The key is building slowly and talking with your doctor about supplements to help protect your joints. As an arthritis sufferer, I very rarely have issues with pain (except when there is a cold front coming in, then the built-in barometer kicks in! lol) and I lift weights on a regular basis.

You want to start slow and keep the weights/activity light. It's ok to have some muscle soreness and that should be expected. However, because you have been "babying" your joints, you are actually causing more damage. By working the muscles, the joints are forced to become more lubricated in response. Resistance training also reduces the risk of osteoporosis and early onset Alzheimer's.

ANA also refers to an autoimmune disorder, so it would be wise to speak with a nutritionist to a) help you achieve your weight loss goals, and b) eat a diet that will help you control your illness. It's amazing as to what foods can help you with different issues!

Edited by: MRSTIGHTWAD at: 8/1/2013 (12:59)
LOTUS737 Posts: 4,380
8/1/13 11:00 A

The good news is you should be able to manage your arthritis with your doctor and proper medication. I think you should talk to your doctor about what exercises you should do- and when to stop. Maybe try some arthritis sparkteams to get support and info from others with the same diagnosis?

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
8/1/13 10:59 A

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 24. 15 years later, I run marathons. Arthritis doesn't have to stop you, you just have to be smart and listen to your doctors.

Are you going to be prescribed anything aside from Aleve?

MGIESBRECHT SparkPoints: (4,331)
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8/1/13 10:26 A

Hey all. So I injured myself way back in Feb. And we all thought it was a torn meniscus, but the docs were puzzled all this time. As both knees hurt, and the pain would come and hurt alot then it would be minor pain. There usually always is pain.
Blood-work finally came back last Monday and I have ANA Arthritis. I'm only 30 and was shocked, but that's life.
This is all new to me. I don't know what I can do and can't. For instance doing a Jillian workout would hurt my knees ALOT. I have been going for walks all summer, but was babying it because we thought it was torn inside.
Does anyone know what exercises I would be able to do? If I feel pain can I still continue on or should I stop? I'll be taking Aleve soon, so hopefully I feel my age soon :)

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