SparkPeople Living with Neuropathy Team Messageboard We are here to support one another. Neuropathy can strike anyone, not just diabetics. Our goal is to share our personal experiences with Neuropathy in order to be of service to others. SparkPeople Living with Neuropathy Team Messageboard Hello Everyone :} <em>213</em> I started 25 yrs. ago with Idiopathic Neuropathy, no known cause, and no cure. It started in my toes and now has progressed to just below my knees. I've had all kinds of tests but none show any kind of autoimmune disease to be causing it, and I am thankful for that. I don't take any meds just vitamins and supplements. Nighttime is when it rears it's ugly head but when I get out of bed and walk for a few minutes, I am able to get some relief from the pain. This past year I've... Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:14:58 EST I need your help! Dear Friends, <BR> I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes 9 years ago. I have worked hard at keeping Type II under control. It was just this week that I got honest with myself, and acknowledged that I've been experiencing Diabetic Nerve Pain for a few years. I am spending time studying the subject, and learning how to take control of something that may never go away. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:04:29 EST Hi! I am new! I am so glad to have found this group. i was diagnosed with Neuropathy two years ago. It is surprising how little I know about this disease. They do not know what has caused this but it may be due to the fact that I am celiac and for many years did not follow my diet. i am most uncomfortable at night. I take a small dose of Gabapentin at bedtime. At times I wonder if i should take more but I do not like how it makes me feel foggy. My biggest complaint is of pain in my 4th toe. it is H... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:32:55 EST Hello My name is Tony. I have Type II Diabetes. I was diagnosed in 2004 & at that time I was just using medications to control it. Funny thing, my feet went numb long before I was diagnosed but my doctor at the time said it was b/c of my size that my circulation was bad, hence, the numbness in the feet. And he never checked & I never thought to ask to have me tested for diabetes. <BR> <BR> In 2012 I got very ill with Sepsis. I near died. When I awoke in ICU 3 days later my left leg from thigh to k... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 17:52:02 EST Drinking fluids Does anyone else have a problem drinking fluids? My meds have given me hyponatremia. To deal with that I can only drink one and a half sports bottles a day or my blood sodium gets too low. That includes all of my fluids. It's tough but you learn to live with it. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:43:16 EST Hi, I d like to join ! I would like to join your group. I have bilateral trigeminal, occipital and glossopharangeal, neuralgias. I also have inoperable arthritis over 75%of my body so I have a lovely wheelchair. I have the best husband in the world and 2 great grown kids. Exercise is extremely limited but if try to eat a healthy diet. It will be nice to have people that understand. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:03:33 EST Victim of Shingles Hi!!! I'm new to the group. I'm glad there is a group like this, but sorry we all share the pain of neuropathy. I had the Shingles in March, 2014. Unfortunately, I was left with the nerve pain that follows my right bra line. Being overweight and big breasted has caused much misery. Night times are the worst, even air sparks the creepy nerve itching. I take Garapentin,. It does help somewhat. I have noticed my hands and feet tingle when it is time for another dose. I try to be upbeat, but it i... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:51:06 EST newbie Hi I'm new to this board. I am trying to learn all I can. If anyone has any new ideas for fatigue I'd love to here them. I am trying yoga and some supplements. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:38:37 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am so happy to have found this group. I am 39 and for a year I have been suffering from peripheral neuropathy. I am trying to find a way to live with my diagnosis. I look forward to reading the posts in hopes of finding some answers and I'm also hoping that I will feel a little less fearful. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:36:30 EST Hi Everyone My name is Renee', I have been a part of SP on and off for 3 years. Just came back because I really need to make a difference is my life. I was diagnosed with Pheriphal Neuropathy in January after being in constant pain since October. This pain controls my life totally. Then it still took me forever to find a doctor that wanted to find out what was causing it. I started last week taking 300 mg of Neurontin 3x a day and I am still in pain. I started taking Naproxen over the counter and i... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:49:01 EST strange symptoms didn't add up. I have had neuropathy for probably 14 years, but I just found this out a few weeks ago. My worst symptom is skin sensitivity and being cold. Just having my blood pressure checked sends me up a wall! I also have poor balance and weakness. I have fallen many times, but the last two falls sent me to the Emergency Room. After that I went to a neurologist and had an EMG. I have severe neuropathy, but I don't have diabetes. I guess peripheral neuropathy is the most common, but I haven't been told I... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:35:17 EST strange symptoms I have had neuropathy for probably 14 years, but I just found this out a few weeks ago. My worst symptom is skin sensitivity and being cold. Just having my blood pressure checked sends me up a wall! I also have poor balance and weakness. I have fallen many times, but the last two falls sent me to the Emergency Room. After that I went to a neurologist and had an EMG. I have severe neuropathy, but I don't have diabetes. I guess peripheral neuropathy is the most common, but I haven't been told I... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:21:13 EST I think I'm the newbie now --37 (as of 3/17) Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been diagnosed with neuropathy, RSD (CRPS), and radiculopathy for almost 7 years nows. They, combined with other neurological and orthopedic problems ultimately resulted in my neurologist saying the words in April of 2012 that I'd fought so hard to try to keep him from saying: you can no longer work right now, likely never again. But soon you'll start a new marathon and I'll be running next you in the whole time. <BR> <BR> I feel fortunate that he quickly, sharply, a... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:29:26 EST Can I help? Hi, my name is Penny I live in Stoughton, WI. I’ve had neuropathy for over 12 years in my feet and the right side of my face. A year ago I developed neuropathy in my hands, and 4 months ago I was diagnosed with Gastro paresis. I am amazed that I have 89 percent feeling loss and still have the sharp and constant pain. People don’t understand when I try to explain. I hop that I can help and give my support to you any way that I can. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:06:13 EST Song A - Z A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:40:19 EST Medications What medication works for your neuropathy? I have tried Lyrica, Cymbalta, Neurotin, and can't take the Savilla. Finally my new neurologist asked if I was allgeric to sulfa drugs, I am not. <BR> He prescibed me Zonigram. It did the trick for the pain, my headaches, and sleep. I take 300 mg with supper instead of bedtime cause it takes my body a little longer to process. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:17:26 EST My Neuropathy I have Periphial Neuropathy in my feet and hands. My feet feel cold much of the time, but when you touch them they are warm. Sometimes it hurts really bad. But then again, I also have spurs and plantar faciaitis, and fibromyalgia. <BR> <BR> I never know when the pain will hit. My rheumy gives me Tramadol and Skelaxin that I take three times a day and that seems to take the edge off, but when I have flares, nothing helps. <BR> <BR> I have filed for SS disability the day after I was dx and hi... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:53:22 EST How do you feel about exercise? I have never been much into exercise. Several years ago I joined an exercise club and after several weeks, it really aggravated my shoulders. I also had the same affect on other parts of my body while taking physical therapy when I had a knee replacement. Well, now I know why. <BR> <BR> My neuropathy, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and all the other crap I am dx with that causes me pain. Exercise aggravates it, even my heel spurs which I have lived with for years and that is why I shy away wi... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:47:11 EST Jan-Feb-March 2014 Chat Hello members! I have created this topic for anything you may wish to discuss in the first quarter of 2014. <BR> How was your day? <BR> <BR> Mine was uneventful. Had my monthly appointment with my rheumatologist and he gave me a new rx called mobic, an anti-inflamatory agent. My left knee has been swollen and he said if that did not help than we would discuss steroid injections for it. <BR> <BR> He has given me the dx of oteoporosis. On top of that I have Fibro, Arthur, and Neuro...among o... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:27:01 EST Newly diagnosed neuropathy I have just found out I have severe neuropathy. I have had symptoms for years but physicians seemed to have no answers. Finally I was told to connect with a neurologist. I have had an EMG that was quite bad. Anyway, I have been a member of Sparkpeople for years. My exercise is almost zero. I am starting to do my recumbent bike. The doctor suggested 3x a day. I can only do two minutes right now, but I will try not to let my depression stop me. I would like to find a connection to other people.... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:39:24 EST the Earthing Mat Has anyone heard of the Earthing mat. You can find them on I have a Sparkfriend that just got them, and is going to try them both on her bed and on her feet or under her feet I should say at the computer desk, for pain and inflammation. I don't do drugs, so something like this is more appealing. Anybody try this? Or even heard of it? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:56:36 EST Strange happening Hi any of you experience having to strain whe urinating? I have noticed this in the past month and it takes forever. My research duggest autonomic neuropathy. I have been dx with periphial neuropathy so this is new to me. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:26:53 EST Hello everyone! I am new to the group but not to SP. I have recently been dx with Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Firbromyalgia, and Periphial Neuropathy. <BR> <BR> I had a time finding doctors that believed me when I told them about my pain. I finally get relief now on the meds I am taking. But the pain hangs around anyway, just not as strong. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know more friends! <em>304</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:30:35 EST new and need advice or tips... Hey guys, <BR> I am new to the neuropathy group, and I have reached the point of not being able to handle it anymore. My legs and feet feel like I am standing to close to a fire. ALL the time. Sometimes it gets to the point of me not being able to handle the pain. I am on gabapentin 800 mg 4 times a day and it doesn't seem to be working. Have tried Cymbalta, didn't help. I also have pain meds to go along with it, which takes the edge off, but I want to be pain free. Does anyone have any ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:27:45 EST Charcot Marie Tooth Hi~ <BR> My name is Beth,43 and I've been diagnosed with a form of neuropathy called Charcot Marie Tooth. Actually it's the closest they can come to a "type" of neuropathy because mine is unique that it effects both motor and sensory. They say it's hereditary but no one in my family's history has it, well my mom has neuropathy but hers is from diabetes. Also, a week prior to this diagnosis, I was told I had Melanoma Cancer. That has since been taken care of, twice and I'm happy to report that... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:06:57 EST keeping the feeling alive Hello everyone....yes I am new , not new to Neuropathy but new to Spark People...... I have had neuropathy for three years now.....most started because of dialysis and progressed from that.....Because diabetic after kidney transplant ( which was not due to diabetic conditons..) anyway....learning to live with this and most of all learning that I can live with this..... I use to be active and now I need and want to become more active..... <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 15:10:07 EST new to the group, and could use a little support! Hi All, I'm Glenn, I'm 51, I'm out of shape, depressed, not happy with the way things are turning out. I don't exercise as much as I should, I'm in so much pain, it's hard to do, bulging dics, bone spurs, arthritis , neuropathy. Now i'm taking so much medication I feel like a zombie, but its taking care of the pain. I could use a little motivation and some support. And I need to get moving, that's why I joined the group. Glad to be here! <em>213</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:10:00 EST Hello everyone Hello. I'm new to this forum and I am very happy to know that it exists. <BR> I'll tell you, after suffering from pains in my legs and arms, and wish to die. <BR> I decides to go to the doctor to explain what I could not explain. I thought as I tell I feel pain in my bones (if the bones are bones and not hurt). How I tell him i feel tingles in my head and that I have not slept for weeks of pain and I fell asleep at work because I do not sleep at home. And that scares me the idea that my boss... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:30:41 EST Hi All Hey there - <BR> <BR> Looking to take off some weight and find a suppotive group to be a part of in the process. I have turned into the stay puff marshmellow woman compliments of being pumped full of steroids this last 6 months and being on high dose beta blockers. Due to CIDP, Cervical spinal cord compression, hypothyroidism, asthma, complex, migraine, and chronic fatigue syndrome - exercise is pretty much out of the picture. I am 37, was a very active person, an RN, critical care flight... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:57:36 EST SPRING 2013 Chat Hi Everybody <em>213</em> <BR> I thought since spring starts Wednesday, that I would start us a chat for Spring!!! <BR> What are you enjoying, doing or looking forward to doing this spring? <BR> <BR> I am enjoying warmer temps. It has gotten me in the mood to do some light yardwork. Such as weeding flower beds and planting bulbs in containers on the deck. I am looking forward to maybe getting to go fishing sometime soon. In a boat. I can't walk the banks like I used to could. <BR> ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:33:14 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:31 EST VENTING THREAD This is your spot to just vent/ blow off steam about everything. No need to respond to these unless you feel you can really help. Kind words are wonderful, but this thread is just for venting. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:16:11 EST Getting to Know You. This thread is for letting each other know more about you and building friendships. <BR> Go for it!!! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:10:14 EST IDEAS FOR THREADS,etc.... Here is the thread to give us your input on what this team needs to be better. <BR> I look forward to reading your posts. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:57:28 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:35 EST Hello I have CRPS (RSD) and have been diagnosed since 2006. I have gotten better and then relapsed in 2010 and was back in a wheelchair. I have worked my way back to a walker and with water aerobics, it has gotten easier to walk unaided after 3 years since by relapse. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 01:46:39 EST Winter Chat Hi !!!!!! <BR> Winter is now half over, but it has been mostly fall/ springlike here. We have had a handful of freezing temps, but not many. <BR> <BR> So, how are y'all doing? Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:20:11 EST Death of your leader My name is Cynthia (Dedicated2Him) and I was best friends wiht VXWALL1942, your leader. After a long illness, Vicki went home to be with Jesus yesterday. My best to your team ....I know you guys meant a lot to Vicki. Make her proud. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:33:38 EST shoes I live in my crocs, summer and winter. I put another sole in them to cushion them especially if these have little bumps on the inside. What do other people wear? Sun, 11 Nov 2012 14:10:22 EST New and need support! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Im new to these forums and i need both support and help! I am following SCD diet to help neuropathy. I fell down stairs 3 years ago, and symptoms getting worse. I noticed if i dont eat right i have more pain. Im a nutrition consultant, not a coincidence. I took training to heal myself as Dr did not believe there could be a food connection. I am not a diabetic, but i am healing from leaky gut. I have bad heel pain! Also achilis tendon pulling sensation. Not doind an... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:48:26 EST fall chat Hi all~~ <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team but not to Spark. I just joined this team today and got my Welcome Email. Thank you!! Glad to be a part of your team! I noticed that the last post in a "chat forum" was in July so I thought maybe I'd open up a fall one and see if anyone comes in to chat. I've got questions about neuropathy and looking for some help and answers. Also looking to help others with what I know...which isn't a whole lot at this point. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:10:29 EST having surgery on Halloween Hi all~~ <BR> <BR> I just found this team and I am SO excited to have found it! This completely fits my situation. I am a 37 year old female from Mass. who is going to have surgery for severe ulna neuropathy on Halloween. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I am extremely nervous and anxious about this. I woke up one morning about 7 months ago and it felt like my pinky had fallen asleep and I thought nothing of it. I let it go all that time. Then when I went for my physical in June, he asked the ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:51:38 EST For those taking Tegretol Are any of you here taking tegretol? If so, what dosage? <BR> <BR> I am currently working up from 200 mg day to 300 mg/day and I am just feeling awful. <BR> <BR> It is just making me so tired. I can't get enough sleep! <BR> <BR> I have been running more and trying to eat right. Nothing helps. <BR> <BR> My neuro upped the dosage of the meds as I wasn't getting enough pain relief. <BR> <BR> He wants me @ 400 mg/day by early September. <BR> <BR> I hate this aspect of the neuralgia. ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:59:20 EST ready to begin again hi my name is cyndi and im ready to make a lifestyle change once and for all Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:15:19 EST Drs appointment this week Sorry for posting this here, its more of a blog, but I am hoping that others who have had a similar situation can share their insight and put my fears to rest. <BR> <BR> I am nervous but at the same time excited for my appointment with the specialist this week. <BR> <BR> I am nervous because I looked him up on one of those sites where you can read ratings on doctors. He has a lot of bad ratings from people who were very unhappy with him. I told my other half and he berated me for even... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:23:00 EST Facial Neuropathy/ Trigeminal Neuralgia Is there anyone here that has Trigeminal Neuralgia or facial neuropathy? <BR> <BR> I have Trigeminal Neuralgia. I've been living with this condition for a little over a year. <BR> <BR> I am learning to cope but my one stress reliever (running) brings on a lot of pain. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone else in the group has this. <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:37:14 EST its time i am so glad i dont have to do this journey alone, thanks for having me and letting me share this journey with all of you Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:22:04 EST some help please Yesterday my skin actually hurts! This happened once before but left as fast as it came. Now even clothing is painful. I googled it & one link mentioned Neuropathy. Does anyone else have or had this? Sun, 1 Jul 2012 18:49:47 EST Night Pains and Unable to sleep Not sure if this has been discussed here before or not, but how does everyone deal with the flare up of the neuropathy at night, unable to get comfortable and sleep? <BR> <BR> My arm has been in quite a bit of pain these past couple days, which normally isn't anything out of the normal . Last night I was quite bad. I ice it, I'm taking my meds. But I couldn't sleep last night. I finally got up and took and Elavil (25mg) - even though I know I was going to be super groggy today. ANd of ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:20:31 EST Another Newbie Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a new member of SparkPeople since Monday, and just joined this team yesterday. I am glad to have found a group for people with neuropathy. It just helps knowing that there are others who are coping with the same thing. <BR> <BR> I have type 2 Diabetes and had a 4 level lumbar spine fusion in 2005, and have had neuropathy in lower legs and feet since then. Having diabetes only makes it worse, and I have also had trouble getting doctors to take me seriously about the... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:31:49 EST newbie I am so upset I didn't get more curious about this site earlier. Can anyone assist w/exercises that are not so taxing but will get results? You have no idea how thrilled I am. Thank you Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:18:28 EST I have won the battle and I will win the war!!! So I really have no other place to share this, if I post it on my SP Page- I don't think that my SP friends will share the same joy as you all will. <BR> <BR> I got a call today and my appeal to the compensation board has been completed. They are sending my case back to the lower level so it can be determined if I have chronic pain. (like duh!!! of course I have pain, that's why I'm taking Gabapentin, that's why I have had ulcers from the NSAIDs, that's why I had a bone scan and a x-ray..... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:44:02 EST RSD or CRPS victims wanted I would like to get to know more people with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) which is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). <BR> <BR> I was injured while training a horse on March 19, 2011. The horse bucked and slipped in the mud. She reared up and fell over backward landing on me. I was sure my femur was broken. My right leg was crushed (but not broken). The saddle horn and prommel pressed into my inner thigh which caused crush syndrome (I still have a large dent). As th... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:39:20 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK THE PURPOSE OF THIS THREAD IS TO GET TO KNOW YOUR TEAM MATES BETTER! <BR> <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>========================== <BR> <BR> WEEK OF JUNE 20, 2012 <BR> <BR> When did you get your diagnosis of Neuropathy? Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:04:46 EST SHARE YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCES THIS THREAD IS FOR ALL MEMBERS TO SHARE THEIR FAVORITE RESOURCES - WEBSITES, NEWSLETTERS, MAGAZINES. <BR> ========================================<BR>=========================== <BR> <BR> DIABETIC and magazine has healthy recipes for diabetics, and articles on medical issues frequently cover diabetic neuropathy. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:36:40 EST Dealing with Family, Friends and/or Co-workers Okay, here is the question I have. <BR> <BR> I realize that alot of you here are suffering with the Neuropathy due to MS or Diabetes; mine is from a injury. My injury was May 7, 2011; for alot of you I'm sure you have suffered eons longer than that , do you find the support is from family/friends/co-workers with your pain levels. Do you find that you get alot of the "suck it up, it can't be that bad" mentality. (It is truly an invisible disease, I tried to post a picture I was... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:21:59 EST How many people had an EMG? I had an EMG but it came back negative that the Ulnar nerve (the funny bone nerve in the elbow) was causing my pain- DESPITE ongoing and increasing pain in the same area. <BR> (I asked the neurologist and she suggested that the pain may be caused by muscles or ligaments- even though I have "textbook" Ulnar nerve compression symptoms) <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had a false negative with an EMG, were you retested or how was it diagnosed ? Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:27:36 EST SUMMER CHAT Here you go. Summer Chat now in effect. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 19:26:32 EST Neuropathy Awareness Week 2012 Neuropathy Awareness Week is the week of May 14 - 18. <BR> <BR> Be sure and take a moment to let others know there are 20 million people with Neuropathy. That is 1 in 15 who suffer with this disease. <BR> <BR> To keep yourself in the loop, join the Neuropathy Association. Mon, 14 May 2012 15:07:29 EST Nightshade sensitivity Jas any one tried eliminating nightshade foods (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, chiles, eggplant) from the diet for neuropathic pain relief? Read something about that sometimes heing nerve pain and arthritis. It's a pain eliminating these from my diet (ESP. As I live in Mexico) but my pain has become so intracti le that it's worth a try. Just wondering if anyone else has experience with this. Sun, 6 May 2012 02:16:47 EST Illinois Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I wanted to share the work the Illinois Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group is doing. My name is Jenny and Im a volunteer coordinator for the group. I have had neuropathy for almost 3 years and was very dismayed when I could not find any information on how stay active when living with neuropathy. I am not diabetic, or an Aids patient, nor am I vitamin deficient or a cancer patient. My neruropathy symptoms came about through tarsal tunnel or nerv... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:41:51 EST About to begin Running with Peripheral Neuropathy Hi, I just joined b/c I thought this might be a helpful forum for me. <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to be a runner, but have been overweight my whole life. I topped out at 245 about 2yrs ago now and was diagnosed with Type II diabetes at the age of 33. I was mortified and felt like it was a death sentence. Then I began having unexplained severe pain. I was diagnosed about a year later at the age of 34 with Peripheral Neuropathy caused by the Type II Diabetes. <BR> <BR> I thought I was goi... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 14:49:23 EST SPRING CHAT ROOM Although a few days late, here is the Spring Chat Room for discussion, support and encouragement, questions, sharing and venting. <BR> <BR> I look forward to seeing a lot of you here. Let others know if you don't see them on here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to an article about Neuropathy that I thought you might find of interest. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> THE TOPICS ON THIS FORUM ARE MEANT TO BE INFORMATIONAL ONLY AND... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:43:33 EST New but not new.....Intro Hi everyone! Thought this would be a good time to jump in and quit looking around..... <BR> Hubby and I live in southern Indiana. We own 5 horses on 60 acres of ground. We built a new home 2 years ago an plan to try an get into our new home this summer. <BR> We both suffer from neuropathy. It sure is no fun either. Back in December I got started on a new supplement. It has done wonders BUT... always a but, right? LOL <BR> I am completely off of my prozacs, prevacids and xanaxs. After 25 yea... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:37:36 EST NEUROPATHY RESOURCES There are a multitude of resources for those of us with neuropathy. Here's a link to an extremely informational newsletter I thought you might want to subscribe to. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>­ /releases/2012/01/120123174830.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> As you come across materials of interest please include them on this thread. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:25:56 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK HAS YOUR NEUROPATHY IMPROVED OR GOTTEN WORSE OVER THE PAST YEAR? TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THE CHANGE? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine has gotten a lot worse. I think the problem is that the meds I take are handling the symptoms (ie, the pain is not as bad) but the cause hasn't been addressed. And that is because my peripheral neuropathy is of 'unknown etiology'. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 22:34:09 EST DAILY CHECK IN - HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Hope to find everyone checking in and letting us know how its going. Tell us of your needs for support and encouragement. This is where its at every day. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:00:04 EST Feb chat room Hi all, still working with the neuropathy pain.. the zoloft worked for a month then upped it .. then it wrecked my thyroid... hypothyroid and it made my numbers go from 0 that I feel best at to 6- read that zoloft is not good if you have a thyroid problem... I use the pain patches at night and my foot doctor got me nsaids gel... it was for bone spurs on my ankles.. yea... just another problem... but helps take the edge off the pain during the day... can only use a drop or it makes me sick...... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:35:35 EST where are you all where did everyone go is this still a team Thu, 9 Feb 2012 09:49:20 EST Hope for us yet! Found this article in about new developments in nerve repair. Worth reading and hoping they make it available to us soon! Here's the link: <link><BR>2/120203092423.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Tell me what you think. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:18:33 EST LIVING WITH NEUROPATHY BIRTHDAY LIST--Pl add ur Lets put them on the board so we don't have to go searching.. <BR> <BR> Please COPY & PASTE the previous post, and then add your name & screen name & Birthday in order into the month and then post it, so that way each person will be added and it will all be in order at the top <BR> <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> February <BR> <BR> <BR> March <BR> <BR> <BR> April <BR> <BR> <BR> May <BR> <BR> June <BR> <BR> <BR> July <BR> <BR> <BR> August <BR> <BR> <BR> September <B... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 23:41:27 EST Looking for suppport Hi. I'm living with neuropathy by taking care of my mom. She has had pain for years and would not go to the doctor. I finally got her to go last January. She could walk without a cane. We didn't have a good experience with that doctor so she wouldn't go back. Now we are seeing someone else and found out she has neuropathy. She is in constant pain except when she is sitting or sleeping. I am trying to get her to use a walker. I hope by being a part of this group I can learn more about ... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 03:06:00 EST A Bit of a Shock to the System Hi, I'm Ross, 28 and I've very recently been diagnosed as type 2 diabetic. I am just under 300lbs at the moment - at my heaviest I weighed in at around 347lbs - but I've hit a rough patch in the road recently thanks to an inability to use my right leg. <BR> <BR> According to my Neurologist I'm suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy (a complication of diabetes) which is causing very acute pain in my right calf which runs around to the shin and down to the top of my foot. It makes even simple ta... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:44:59 EST Newbie to the group! Hello everyone, My name is Cherese and I was diagnosed with nerve damage and chronic neuropathy several years ago after experiencing spinal issues that lead to a multi level lumbar fusion. I have been on various medications that I hate quite frankly as I am sure most of you feel the same as neurological medications do not leave you the way you were before. After various unsuccessful treatments I finally had a spinal cord stimulator implanted with takes about 50% of the constant pain away but ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 23:28:29 EST Pick Your Source Hi! I'm a lucky girl. I have three possible sources for the neuropathy I get to experience. B12 deficiency, diabetes, and possible brain damage from a benign pituitary tumor removal (which by the way, the tumor has grown back!). But that doesn't really matter, because the fact is that my hands and feet tingle, and sometimes they disappear for a while. <BR> <BR> OK, who am I? I am 45 years old, married almost 28 years to a wonderful, quiet man (he has to be, wouldn't stand a chance anyway in... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:55:00 EST Back After Being Gone 9 months I was a Sparker last yr....Did great until Neuropathy got worse....Maxed out GAB 3 months ago,then the burning started...This week started 3rd med in 2 months....1st 2 made GERD really bad...Now on Lyrica 3 days now....burning has let up....still have tingles and numbness. <BR> <BR> Looking for help in exercising when I can't feel my feet.....Glad to be here...My name is Maura.....My friends call me Mo <em>252</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:34:41 EST Hello I have diabetic neuropathy and when I am on my feet for even short periods of time my feet burn and hurt so much I can hardly walk. I also have hip dysplaysia so my hips hurt when I walk. How can I get any exercise? <em>252</em> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:43:52 EST I'm Back! After a trip to the doctor's this week and long talk about my long term health......I'm back! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:21:27 EST How to Treat Neuropathy Article of interest from a diabetes e-magazine. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>um.html?id=275&utm_source=Update-20110<BR>520&utm_medium=eNewsletter&utm_content<BR>=Update-newsletter&utm_campaign=dLife-eNewsletter </link> Fri, 20 May 2011 14:12:44 EST NATIONAL NEUROPATHY WEEK, 2011 The week of May 16 - 20, 2011 is National Neuropathy Week! <BR> <BR> We are looking for voices at the National level and in legislative circles.There are 20 million people with neuropathy. Give our world a chance to be heard. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 19 May 2011 10:37:21 EST Natural Pain Relief <BR> Neuragen is a homeopathic blend of ingredients specifically designed to help reduce neuropathic pain on contact. It contains hypericum (St. John’s wort) and Aconitum napellus (a flower extract), along with geranium, bergamot and eucalyptus oils. Remarkably, up to 80 percent of people get some relief from Neuragen. Many have found that it is more effective than anything else they have tried. <BR> <BR> Suggested dosage: Apply a few drops on the skin in the area where you feel pain. Reli... Tue, 10 May 2011 17:12:24 EST Hi there! Guess who's new? If you guessed 'kithlyara', you're absolutely right! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Admittedly, I'm not new to SparkPeople, however I am new to the whole 'giving it a sincere, serious try thing' which is why I joined this team. I know from past experience I can't do it alone. <BR> <BR> I'm also not new to living with neuropathy. Yes, I too am one of the lucky few who struck it big in the cosmic lottery of life by drawing the 'Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy' card. I've been ... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:47:59 EST LOOKING FOR A HEALTHY ME HELLO MY NAME IS DENISE <BR> <BR> I NEED TO WORK ON MY WEIGHT ISSUES. ALSO THE NEUROPATHY IN MY FEET. I WILL BE GOING TO MY 3RD FOOT DOCTOR NEXT WEEK. I HAVE CORNS ON MY FEEET THAT KEEP COMING BACK. I CURRENTLY HAVE 3. I AM ON MY FEET MY ENTIRE WORK DAY, <BR> <BR> I AM MARRIED AND HAXE 2 CHILDREN IN COLLEGE Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:55:50 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Birthday to ANNIECOX and many more. Hope your celebration of the day was grand and you have some neat memories to carry through. <BR> <BR> Everyone send a bunch of good wishes her way for April 2! <BR> <BR> <link>WWW.SPARKPEOPLE.COM/MYPAGE.asp?id=AN<BR>NIECOX </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2011 21:47:55 EST Peripheral neuropathy and running I have neuropathy in my feet, which is partially controlled by medication. I'm still tingly a bit and I have numbness with my medication. <BR> <BR> I have been looking online for information about neuropathy and running, but haven't found much. I'd like to try the C25K program, but wonder what problems it could create with the neuropathy. <BR> <BR> Does anybody have an experience with this? Any good information anywhere that you know of? Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:56:07 EST Just saying Hi Not sure how to talk to people here yet. Thank you for saying welcome to your Spark team.I am not sure who posted about people not understanding neuropathies. I know what you mean. People can not see anything. Your hands,feet and legs can look normal to them. They do not know how bad it can get. I think you have to have it to really know that. Hope to get to know you all along the way. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:11:28 EST Hi All! Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I have Neuopathy in my hands and feet. Sometimes its hard to walk and do dishes. I really feel it when it is hot outside and my hands and feet get hot. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:18:11 EST Physical surprises? Hi team, <BR> <BR> Sometimes I get really down and discouraged if I feel like my pain limits my life. I think too much about the things I can't do (yet), such as go for a jog, and it just makes me feel sad, angry, defeated, miserable.... you name it. <BR> <BR> I am trying to focus instead on the things I can do which I am grateful for. The recovery process is a long road for some, and accepting the fact that I may never run a 5K will only be as difficult as I allow it to be. <BR> <BR> One ... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:58:27 EST So glad there is a team for this!!! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm happy to join this team. For over a year I've been treated for peripheral neuropathy associated with spinal cord tumor, scoliosis, brachial plexopathy, twisted pelvis syndrome and hip dysplasia. If it wasn't for *FINALLY* breaking through with the help of a year's worth of physical therapy, injections, acupuncture, massage, water therapy and a do-or-die attitude I don't know if I would still be here today. I'm so glad I tried to see the light at the end of the tun... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:49:41 EST The Letter E energy Mon, 7 Mar 2011 16:04:06 EST hi im new here living with severe neuropthy pain would like to hear from others with same and any one know where to get beat neuropthy ribbons and books or personal remedies for severe pain from neoruopthy my name is gary im 55 diagnosed with motor sensory priphel polyneuropthy i live in consatant pain need to here from others also living with neuropthy Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:20:20 EST What's in your junk drawer This will be easy, so no point in limiting it to 100! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> scissors Fri, 4 Feb 2011 16:31:36 EST A lesson in Neuropathy Hi team mates, I know it's been a while. Been busy with the crocheting. <BR> <BR> Wanted to share some important info with you. Today would have been my MIL's 85th birthday. She passed in '96 due to a massive heart attack that went untreated for almost 2 weeks. The reason....the pain she felt was more of an indigestion thing than heart attack pain. Why? The doctors believe it was because her neuropathy was so bad, she did not experience the true extent of the pain. When she went to the ER t... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:37:55 EST Thank You Thank your for the congratulatory goody. <BR> I do huddle on this team but I don't follow all the threads. It is not because I am not interested but because I am a co-leader of another team and I have felt overwhelmed at times with it. I did cut out some of the teams I was on so I could be more faithful to the ones I have. I am also sick right now so please bear with me. <BR> Thanks <BR> Jean <BR> (2BEATIT1) Sun, 30 Jan 2011 13:26:12 EST How Many Total Points? 18,000 total points for me... <em>104</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:05:56 EST Hi all I'm back It's been over a year since i last posted on here and what an 18 months its been. <BR> I'v gone from 172lb to 154lb. wow you may say, but the weight loss was not done the right way. I have had 3 major flare ups lasting 6 months each. during these flare ups i find it hard to eat and thus the weight has fallen off. i have managed to stay at 154lb for the last month now as doc was getting very worried about me. i'm 167 tall and was starting to look very ill due to weight loss. So now i have ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:54:59 EST What exercise did you do today? I thought we could use a little motivation to get our butts up and move them! Why don't we keep a note of what we did today? Come on, girls, we can do this!!! :D <em>188</em> Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:34:46 EST Sharing some info and need some A while ago, I mentioned that I had a blanket lifter for the foot of my bed. The other day, I got the catalog that I ordered it from. I wanted to share the info for those of us who can't stand blankets on their feet. You can go to "" and it's called the Sheet and Blanket Support. Their price is 14.99, item number 310583. This catalog has a number of items for the disabled to make life easier. <BR> <BR> In return, I ask if anyone has any info about bed padding. I sleep on a ho... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:02:00 EST People With Chronic Pain Face Complex Dilemmas Coping with chronic pain can affect every aspect of a person's life and cause conflict between what their mind wants to achieve and what their body allows them to do, according to research in the December issue of the Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness. <BR> <BR> Swedish researchers carried out in-depth interviews with ten people who had experienced chronic pain for between four and 32 years and were taking part in an outpatient rehabilitation programme. Nine of the patient... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:52:39 EST Hi I'm new here with a ? I developed peripheral neuropathy 3 days after a case of the shingles. It is still affecting my legs and feet 10 weeks later. Has anyone else ever dealt with this? BTW, I never got the rash with my shingles - only the pain and then the neuropathy. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:11:57 EST thank you so much Thank you to all my SPARK family, you have given to me the will and motivation to press into the new year with hope that I will meet my healthy goals, thank you all for your support and encouragement!!!!!! xoxox Fri, 24 Dec 2010 05:55:00 EST 100 Things in a purse wallet Sun, 19 Dec 2010 16:50:01 EST What is White smoke Tue, 7 Dec 2010 20:48:25 EST So happy I found this! I have just gradually started looking at spark. I saw the quote 'chronic pain of neuropathy' and am so happy that I may have found some people who understand. May not understand this disease, but at least the pain. I am so tired of the pain. My 21 year old daughter told me one day, "This old man was in the shop today, he said he had neuropathy. But he had no problems walking and didn't say anything about pain." I was SO mad. But I 'have to tip toe', with every word I say to her. I can't make... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 01:39:16 EST Thanksgiving How many words can you make from 'THANKSGIVING'? <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:10:13 EST Secondchance51 Barbara I just heard from a Spark friend that Barbara collasped on the way to the Doctor and put in the hospital.. She died Friday Nov 12,2010. Please pray for her and her family... <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 23:41:35 EST Are you OKAY? HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND MUCH LATELY. WORKING HARD. IF ANYBODY WROTE ME AND DIDN'T GET AN ANSWER, THEN, I AM HEARTILY SORRY AND APOLOGIZE. NOT PROGRESSING HERE. HOW'VE YOU GUYS BEEN? NEUROPATHY BEHAVING ITSELF? BESIDES MY FEET AND HANDS,THERE'S A NERVE ON THE TOP OF MY HEAD THAT'S BUGGING ME. FOOEY. <em>212</em> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 23:22:22 EST 100 Things Found Under the Kitchen Sink 1. garbage can Fri, 12 Nov 2010 18:12:14 EST The Letter 'D' divorce Thu, 4 Nov 2010 11:37:04 EST Sparkpeople Tips & Tricks Did you know that if you hover your mouse over the title of a thread, you can read all or most of the first post of that thread? It's a time saver, for sure. For instance, if you hover over any of the game titles, you can read the directions for that game without having to go all the way back to the beginning to see how it's played. <BR> <BR> Come and share your own tips! <em>58</em> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 22:51:27 EST Weekly Team Digest I need to know how many, if any, of you receive the team digest every week? I don't care if you read them or not, (well, I do, but not for the purposes of this ?)I just want to know how many are signed up to receive it. If you're a reader and non-poster, please email me a simple yes or no. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Your response is appreciated! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 18:51:36 EST Celebrations! Please list your your birthday, just day & month, so the team can wish you a happy day when it comes around! <em>224</em> <em>107</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> We'd also like the date you joined SP, so we can celebrate these, too! <em>30</em> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 15:49:19 EST What is Green? money Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:53:54 EST 100 Things found in your car 1. cd's Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:23:51 EST Mirapex update & need advice It's been a month now that I've been on the Mirapex for the neuropathy and I have to say it works well for the pain. Not doing much for cramping though. For the last couple of weeks I've been getting these bad cramps(to the point of malformations of the area) that wake me up 5-6 times a night. Anyone have any suggestions? Sat, 16 Oct 2010 10:19:51 EST Anger Increases Pain in Women Negative emotions such as anger and sadness increase pain in women who suffer from fibromyalgia and in those who don’t, according to a new study. <BR> <BR> Researchers in the Netherlands conducted experiments on a total of 121 women, 62 with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, and 59 who don’t have the disorder. <BR> <BR> Both groups were asked to recall a neutral situation, then recall anger and sadness-inducing conditions. The effects of these negative emotions on pain responses were ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:31:57 EST Passing of a Team Member It is with great sorrow that I have to report the death of a team mate. GoodSargent1226 (Dee) suffered from COPD, diabetes, and asthma. She was fairly active in the early days of the team but her health problems took over. Her spark page is still up. <link><BR>ODSARGENT1226 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't know exactly when she passed, but it's been about a year. Prayers go out to her family and friends. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:05:16 EST Foods that can help neuropathy Does anybody know of foods that help or hurt neuropathy? <em>41</em> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:14:48 EST What Is......? What is BLUE? Fri, 8 Oct 2010 17:17:48 EST The LOO Challenge Okay- This is going to be a little different. The challenge is to do some type of stretch or exercise every time you use the facilities. Wall push ups, running in place, calf raises, squats, lunges, the list goes on. You're only limited by your imagination! <BR> <BR> Keep a total of each exercise you do, and post your totals for the day. At the end of the week, goodies will be sent to the top 2 LOO Movers & Shakers! Thu, 7 Oct 2010 19:43:56 EST Nutrition Mix and Match Menu Today SparkGuy introduced an enhancement to the Nutrition Section. Following is a link to the blog which introduced this Mix and Match Menu planner. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 18:20:33 EST Post a Positive! Just as the title suggests: post something positive! It can be a word, a thought, an experience, etc.. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 21:37:54 EST exercise with neuropathy Does anybody have some good ideas on exercising with neuropathy? My feet hurt if I am on them to long. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 22:23:07 EST Mirapex use Just wanted to drop a note and let everyone know that the Mirapex seems to be helping a bit. We may need a dosage adjustment, but for a drug you only take once a day, it does seem to be better than the Neurotin that I was taking. Don't know if it will work for everyone, but it really seems to be helping me. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:29:54 EST TEAM CO-LEADER SEARCH!!! I am looking for a co-leader for our Living with Neuropathy Team. In the past it was very beneficial to have 2 leaders to be sure there was continuity of care if someone was ill or out of pocket. <BR> <BR> Send me a Spark Mail if you are interested, or post here if you want to suggest someone for this important role. <BR> <BR> Many thanks in advance. We need to keep the team ACTIVE and it takes constant communication and effort. <BR> <BR> vicki <em>211</em> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:38:07 EST Hi, I'm new but not to Neuropathy Hi everyone, my name is Gayle and I have had Neuropathy since I became Diabetic 10 yrs. ago. At one point the pain in my feet was relentless. I remember calling and telling my Dr. that I would rather be dead than to be tormented like this. How much more miserable can it be at bedtime an still no relief. I take Lyrica twice a day, it helps a lot for me. Once I realized I was eating the wrong things and ate better I got better. I still have my flare ups. Ouch. <BR> Thanks for listening. <BR> Ga... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 22:23:00 EST Types of Neuropathic Pain Types of Neuropathic Pain <BR> By Mark J. Lema, M.D., Ph.D. <BR> <BR> The definition of neuropathic pain is fairly straightforward. As the name indicates, it is a ‘disease or disorder’ involving the nerve itself as the source of the pain. Neuropathic pain, however, is part of the larger syndrome of ‘neuropathy’ which is a disorder/dysfunction of peripheral nerves. Peripheral neuropathies include motor, sensory and autonomic fiber derangements that feed into the central nervous system. Centra... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 15:04:02 EST ADVOCACY - Women with Chronic Pain Improving Health Care for Women With Chronic Pain <BR> <BR> As many as 50 million American women live with one or more chronic pain conditions. When seeking treatment for these conditions, women are often dismissed by doctors and told that their health concerns are "not real." <BR> <BR> The Neuropathy Association recently joined several advocacy groups in writing a letter to Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) to assert that chronic pain conditions are, in fact, very real, and to urge her to re... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:36:54 EST Just started a new med. (Mirapex) When I went to my doctor this morning, I was explaining to him the problems I was experiencing with Neurotin. I'm nauseated in the mornings, my mouth and lips are sore though there are no "sores" present, just very tender. I'm having major problems with weight loss and I find it's not working for the pain. He prescribed Mirapex. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this medication? I' not familiar with it and just wondering. Any help would be appreciated. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 15:09:34 EST Can Smoking Pot Be Helpful For Neuropathic Pain? A recently-published report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that smoking marijuana, or “pot,” can reduce symptoms of pain, improve mood, and aid sleep in patients with chronic neuropathic pain. However, this study actually provides only a smidgen of valid evidence and much more research is needed before patients are advised to “light up” for better pain relief. <BR> <BR> Investigators from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, conducted a randomized, controlled, cross-o... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:54:06 EST Tips for Talking to Your Doctor Taking an active role in your health care can help you get the best care possible from your doctor. One way to do this is to improve your relationship with your doctor. The following are some tips to help you and your doctor improve your health care together. <BR> <BR> 1. Talk to your doctor <BR> Be sure to tell your doctor about any current and past health care issues or concerns. It's important to share any information you can, even if you're embarrassed. Give your doctor the following inf... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:51:57 EST The Best Foods for Every Part of Your Body Today's busy, high-stress lifestyles often lead to a diet of convenience—one that's lacking in vitamins and minerals, and overloaded with sugar, fat, and calories. The result: a body that never realizes its full potential. But you can fight back with food; start today and you'll hit your peak from head to toe. <BR> <BR> Skin: Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which helps balance the pH of your skin's surface, making it just acidic enough to fend off harmful bacteria. Plus National Cancer In... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:42:32 EST Foods That Fight Pain A healthy diet doesn’t just help you fend off obesity—it can also help your body function at optimal capacity. While an ideal intake of the perfect foods won’t keep you 100 percent free from sickness, eating well can work as a preventive measure against various types of bodily ills, aches and pains. Your best bet in the battle against body pangs, from migraines to muscle soreness: Consume foods that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Here, the... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:22:50 EST The Letter P Any word that starts with 'P' <BR> <BR> <BR> punt Sun, 12 Sep 2010 18:27:35 EST The A to Z of Snacks Almonds Thu, 9 Sep 2010 18:53:47 EST Counting for Goodies Count by 3's. When you get to one with 2 or more of the same number, give a goodie to any team member. <BR> <BR> 3 Thu, 9 Sep 2010 18:52:07 EST Help:( Diabetic Neuropathy is the pits <em>39</em> This is how I feel most of the time now. I was diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy in my right leg about two months ago but am finding that living with the pain is really hard and could use some help, support and suggestions of how others do it. I am taking 900 mg of gabapentin three times a day and 150 mg of Lyrica twice a day and sometimes 600 mg of Advil all for the pain and still have it. They ordered me a Tens unit and I find out how to use it tomorrow afternoon at physic... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:01:41 EST LOOKING FOR 1GREEN THUMB, MOW HI THERE, 1GREEN THUMB! I hear you are a deserving Member of the Week. I have such a hard time progressing that I really admire PROGRESS. It's just great that you are moving right along that way. Sending hearty congratulations for earning MEMBER OF THE WEEK! <em>209</em> <em>205</em> <em>306</em> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>292</em> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 20:50:41 EST Stepping Down It's been a great run, guys! But it's time for me to leave SP. Be good for Vicki! <BR> <BR> Those of you that know me outside of SP will be hearing from me. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 19:20:53 EST THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING I went to my back specialist today and he was amazed at the progress I have made. <BR> Though I have the occasional setback, the pain of neuropathy certainly has toned down since I got serious about exercise and weight loss. (19 lb). <BR> I am one happy camper. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:48:40 EST MEMBER OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCEMENT We are pleased to announce TRISHAANN56 as the first recipient of the Living With Neuropathy Member of the Week recognition. <BR> <BR> Please drop by her page and leave a goodie or comment to let her know we appreciate her participation and support on the Team. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ISHAANN56 </link> <BR> <BR> Dee and Vicki <BR> Living with Neuropathy Team Leaders Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:22:47 EST What's The Funniest.....? What's the funniest: <BR> <BR> bumper sticker you've seen? Fri, 20 Aug 2010 22:08:15 EST New to this team Hi everyone, I started a neuropathy group not knowing this one was in place so I am doing all I can to get our team members to join this one. <BR> I am from Western Canada for the last 5 years. I came back to SP in Apr. and so far have lost 17 lb. <BR> I am turning 70 in 1 1/2 months and knew I had to get desperate with my weight loss especially since being diagnosed with neuropathy. <BR> I have been married for 43 1/2 years. Have 2 grown children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. <BR> Grew u... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 22:04:26 EST Healing Touch Helps Restore Normal Energy Balance Greenwich Hospital surgical, labor and delivery, and oncology patients are among those who have received a healing boost through a form of energy therapy known as Healing Touch. <BR> <BR> The hospital, known for its reputation of service excellence, is among a growing number of medical facilities utilizing Healing Touch, which is a gentle, noninvasive therapy shown to facilitate the relaxation response to enhance the healing process. Research shows that, in addition to inducing a deep sense ... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:25:25 EST Hello I am a new team member, glad I found you Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a new team member, and I am dealing with neuropathy. <BR> <BR> Neuropathy got me into hospital about a year an a half ago, for about a month. I had to deal with PT, and so on, but refused to surrender to the condition. <BR> <BR> For about 2 months now, I have been taking my life style to a new level, make sure I exercise and watch what I eat, etc, and managed to get rid of some pounds. <BR> <BR> My MD saw me last week and she was really impressed I was doing so well... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:47:02 EST Going Global How many of us are on facebook here? Would anyone be interested in forming/joining a Neuropathy team (under Sparkpeople) on facebook? I think it could open us up to a wider range of information. Anyone interested? Thu, 5 Aug 2010 20:17:10 EST Team Member Needs Our Prayers I wanted to let everyone know that our dear Barb (SecondChances51) was hospitalized last week, with some serious medication problems; her sodium levels were very low, and not good with her existing heart problems and diabetes. She is at home now, but is confined to bed rest, so she won't be online for a little while. Please help me to pray for her quick recovery! <em>458</em> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:17:34 EST Just diagnosed My legs have been feeling funny, so my dr. recommended that I go to a neurologist. She said that it looks like I have mild neuropathy. I have to go back for a nerve test (yeah, the one with the needles). <BR> <BR> Even though my recent blood sugar tests (fasting and A1C) have all been normal she also wants me to have a blood glucose test. I'm fine with that. If this is diabetes I want to be in control. <BR> <BR> I guess I just feel so scared. I don't really have pain now, it's more a... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 15:13:52 EST 7 Tricks to Suppress Your Appetite Slash calories and you will drop pounds. Seems simple, right? Just one problem: Your stomach inevitably stages a protest, rumbling until you give in. The reason, scientists say, is that when your body senses food is in short supply — even if you're restricting it on purpose — it goes on the offense, pumping out more of the hunger hormone ghrelin to coerce you to eat. But just because your gut is biologically anti-diet, it doesn't mean you're doomed to become a bottomless pit. Give these trick... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:21:54 EST Nutritional Value of Fruits, Veggies is Dwindling <BR> I found this article on my start page this morning and thought it would be a good topic for discussion. What do you think? <BR> <BR> While we've been dutifully eating our fruits and vegetables all these years, a strange thing has been happening to our produce. It's losing its nutrients. That's right: Today's conventionally grown produce isn't as healthful as it was 30 years ago — and it's only getting worse. The decline in fruits and vegetables was first reported more than 10 years ago... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:17:01 EST Rewarding Your Progress What are some of the things that you reward yourself with for meeting your goals? Fri, 9 Jul 2010 16:54:26 EST Overdone it? Ginger Can Ease Your Aches and Pains. Eating ginger can help ease muscle pain caused by heavy exercise, research suggests. <BR> A daily dose of the spice can relieve the aches from sport, or even gardening and heavy housework, by as much as a quarter. <BR> For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, such as colds and upset stomachs. <BR> And scientists have long known it has painkilling properties. <BR> But now it has been shown ginger is particularly good for staving off muscle pain. ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 01:21:10 EST Neurology on the Net : Neuropathy Caregiver Blog Angela Macropoulos recently launched a blog, “The Circle of Care: Considering the Neuropathy Caregiver” to share her caregiving experiences—which are, in Angela's words, “routine, but sometimes feel like the world without end.” <BR> Angela's mother, Josephine Macropoulos, has chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, an autoimmune-related neuropathy characterized by progressive weakness and impaired sensory function in the legs and arms. For six years, Angela has been assisting Josep... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:57:04 EST 50 No-Sweat Ways to Burn Calories Women with great bodies have a dirty little secret. Sure, they work out and eat well — but they also sneakily burn hundreds more calories than everyone else. From the outside, they don't seem to be doing anything particularly strenuous. "You wouldn't believe how many straightforward ways there are to burn calories," says Lauren Slayton, director of "But it's easy to miss the opportunities if you're not looking for them." <BR> <BR> Research has shown that swapping sedentary... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:50:00 EST Neuropathy News I'm opening this thread for news and articles pertaining to Neuropathy. Check back often for updates. <BR> Feel free to share any such info that you run across. Let's make this a TEAM effort! Thu, 20 May 2010 21:57:06 EST Hello to you all Hi, I'm Shirls and this team looks like the right place to be. I just got back from yet another neurologist (the first one was not the right fit) and he has ordered some xrays and blood tests. The nerve pain has been going on for a couple of months and is around my waist on the left side from my navel round to my spine. It could be a post shingles thing (though I never had any blisters) or a diabetic thing. I really don't think I have diabetes as my blood sugar looks normal whenever I test it... Wed, 12 May 2010 14:06:33 EST The Pain * Stress Connection *Due to the length of this article, I'm only going to post the first section. The remainder of the article can be found at the link provided at the bottom. <BR> <BR> <BR> PAIN FEEDS ON STRESS. STRESS FEEDS ON PAIN. BREAK THE VICIOUS CYCLE BY TAMING TENSION ONCE AND FOR ALL <BR> <BR> Let’s be clear up-front: Almost no one denies there’s a link between pain and stress. “Pain activates stress; stress activates the pain, so it’s a vicious cycle,” says Rollin Gallagher, M.D., director for pain... Mon, 10 May 2010 19:49:19 EST Team Leadership I'd like to let everyone know that Vicki (VXWALL1942) has agreed to become a Co-Leader of the team! Finding someone to help me lead this team has been a long process, and I believe she will make an excellent leader. <BR> Welcome and Congrats, Vicki! <em>224</em> <em>242</em> <em>213</em> <em>243</em> Thu, 6 May 2010 23:07:06 EST Names A-Z Names from A to Z but let make it interesting and we start with 3 letter names, then 4 letter names.... If we all cry uncle on a letter we skip and go on to the next. <BR> <BR> Ok here goes: Abe Tue, 4 May 2010 13:19:24 EST How To Meditate Your Pain Away On March 15, a new study published in the Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed journal of the American pain Society, found meditation an effective tool in reducing pain and anxiety. Here are some tips to meditate your pain away. <BR> <BR> MeditationGeek, a user-friendly meditation blog, recommends these simple steps to meditating minor pain away. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Stabilize your mind <BR> <BR> Step 2: Identify the area where you feel pain. <BR> <BR> Step 3: Focus your mind to the pain sensa... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 22:21:24 EST 6 Eating Rules For Faster Weight Loss Your body needs fuel to exercise, and the source of that fuel is food. That's why some people report feeling hungrier when they start to work out. If you're trying to lose weight, this could be counterproductive — unless you find the right balance of healthy, filling foods. <BR> <BR> The typical American diet is loaded with refined or simple carbohydrates such as white flours, rices, and pastas; pastries; and sodas and other sugary foods and drinks. These carbs, which lack the fiber found in... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:27:22 EST The ABC's of....Food Like the other game, a-z food/drink. No brand names here, please. <BR> <BR> <BR> Applesauce Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:20:00 EST Food Beginning With 'B' biscuits Wed, 7 Apr 2010 17:52:49 EST Hello My name is Andrea, I'm 25, and just recently diagnosed with polyneuropathy. It started about August 2009 when I went outside to get the mail and bring the trashcans in. I ended up burning my feet on the pavement (I normally walk around barefoot in the Spring and Summer). It seemed like both feet felt like I'd burned them for a day or two, and the feeling came back in my right foot, but my left foot has been partially numb since then. <BR> <BR> I finally broke down crying to my husband abo... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 18:08:30 EST DTour Diet I was checking to see if anyone has heard of or currently using the DTour diet? Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:54:34 EST Has anyone used benfotiamine to lessen hand neurop Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Lorna and have never sent a post. Has anyone tried using 150 mg pills of benfotiamine for chronic hand neuropathy? I have just started. Has anyone had bad side effects or great results? I have read many super success stories saying B eliminated neuropathy pain. Since I have just started with Diabetic hand neuropathy, I am looking for help so bought B online. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 13:59:06 EST Depression and Pain : Break That Vicious Cycle It’s common for people with chronic pain to be depressed, but did you know that depression can also worsen your pain and make it last longer? Pain and depression can take over a person’s thoughts and feelings, with more pain leading to more depression, leading to more pain… it can be a vicious a cycle that’s hard to break. <BR> <BR> About one out of every three people with pain has significant depression. And people with pain, especially the elderly, have a greater risk of developing depress... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:32:40 EST Online Program Helps Manage Pain A personalized, online self-management program helped patients with pain syndromes improve coping skills and reduce stress and depression in two studies reported here. <BR> <BR> Patients randomized to the self-management program demonstrated significant improvement in multiple social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes after six months (0.05 to 0.01). Improvement in some parameters occurred within one month. A control group that was not exposed to the program showed no significant improvemen... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:57:42 EST Purchasing Medication At Discount Please provide your comments. <BR> <BR> I am looking for the first time at sellers of discount medication. It seems that once you qualify, you mail in prescriptions from your doctor, and then order a 90 day supply of medication. I've always just bought my medication from the local pharmacy. <BR> <BR> Have you had experience with this? What have you found? <BR> <BR> Do you know RxOutreach or Xubex or another? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:11:06 EST Anyone have Breast Pain from the Neuropathy? Hi, <BR> <BR> For more than 6 months I have had a lot of breast pain on one side. I have been checked by my regular doctor, and the ob/gyn, had a mammogram, and everything seems fine. So it is probably just another neuropathy or Fibromyalgia symptom. I have so many! LOL <BR> <BR> Just wanted to see if anyone else has a similar problem. <BR> <BR> Sally Sun, 14 Mar 2010 19:14:56 EST Taking Time I wanted to let everyone know that I won't be around for awhile. My life and my 22 year marriage are crumbling around me and I need some time to figure out how to put it back together in a way that makes sense. <BR> If you could help welcome in new members it would be appreciated. I'll do what I can, when I can, but it will likely be hit & miss. <BR> You guys have all been doing well, so just keep the ball rolling! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 19:11:23 EST Disability Insurance I would appreciate learning about Disability Insurance, what's available, how to apply for it, etc. Thanks. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 10:07:47 EST Just to Introduce myself Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Fran, and I've been diagnosed with autonomic neuropathy for now more than 10 years. It affects in me, everything from my blood pressure to digestion, to tingling head to toe, etc. It is not due to alcoholism (I don't even drink alcohol!), nor is it due to diabetes (I've been checked several times), and they have no clue why I have it. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've developed pains in my legs that are just about intolerable. I'm starting a medicine-an anti depressant... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:30:48 EST The ABC's of U.S. Cities Starting with 'A', list a city in the U.S. beginning with 'A', then a city starting with 'B' and so on. If we make it to Z, we'll start over at 'A'. <BR> <BR> <BR> Aspen Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:01:08 EST Count Your Blessings Daily! Today I'm THANKFUL for: <BR> <BR> Online tax forms. Being able to do so much from the comfort of my bed. I'm also thankful for a working laptop, for as long as it lasts. It's been doing some not-so-pretty things lately, and it cannot be replaced anytime soon. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:12:07 EST New game Animal Group Names Ok, here is what your challenge is, think of animal group names. You need to list the group name and the animals that go with it. An example is a murder of crows. Anyone up for it? Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:13:22 EST Word Association I'll post a word, and you answer with the first word to come to mind. <BR> Example: I say 'mother', you might answer with 'father'. The next person plays off 'father', etc. <BR> Ready? GO! 'DIET' Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:46:03 EST U.S. City Beginning With 'J' Jackson, MI Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:42:17 EST Is Exercise Worth Your Time? Genes Tell What do you think? <BR> <BR> Your capacity to get fit may be predetermined by your heredity, study says <BR> <BR> When you put in hours at the gym, you expect to get fitter. It turns out, that assumption doesn't hold true for everyone. A new study suggests specific genes may determine, at least in part, how much we really benefit from exercise. <BR> <BR> While "benefit from exercise" can mean plenty of things, from slimming down to boosting one's ability to complete a marathon, the resear... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 18:47:15 EST 3 Things Name 3 things we would be surprised to know about you. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:44:15 EST Dealing with being cold!?!?!?!?!? Has anyone got a cure for being cold and totally numb, "dead," feeling. Can hardly type here. Just had to ask for any new ideas and sure would appreciate. This afternoon when I lie down to takie a nap I am really temped to put the heading pad under be and be comfy for a bit. Have a great day. Hugs, Barb. <em>129</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:46:33 EST pain and diet I am at present going through a very rough stage with my pain, and during the last week only managed to log on 3 times i think. Even though i tried to watch what i eat i find that when i am in a lot of pain i tend to eat more. <BR> <BR> Does any one have any hints or tips that can help me resist the goodies even though they are weight watchers they still add up and are not giving me the correct nutrients i need. <BR> <BR> i can not prepare a meal at these times and even though i have pre ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 04:53:21 EST New Game: Word Mine Ok find all the words you can out of Psychedelically, must be three words are longer. First word obviously out it: psychedelic <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:22:16 EST 5 Snacks for People With (or Without!) Diabetes When your stomach starts to rumble, you need a snack that can curb your hunger without blowing your blood sugar. Just like meals, snacks should be a combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Aim for one that consists of 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrates and 100 to 200 calories (depending on your meal plan and medication). Here are five that typically get a seal of approval from diabetes educators and nutritionists. <BR> <BR> 1.Whole-grain crackers, grapes, and cottage cheese <em>277</e... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 01:09:34 EST Food Beginning With 'C' Cantaloupe Tue, 19 Jan 2010 18:36:31 EST How long did you exercise today? Let's hear it! <em>231</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:48:20 EST Pain Facts & Figures ~Incidence of Pain, as Compared to Major Conditions~ <BR> <BR> A hallmark of many chronic conditions, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. <BR> <BR> ~Incidence~ <BR> <BR> More than one-quarter of Americans (26%) age 20 years and over - or, an estimated 76.5 million Americans - report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration. [NOTE: this number does not account for acute pain]. <BR> Adults ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 02:45:44 EST Food Beginning With 'W' Whole Wheat Bread Wed, 13 Jan 2010 00:26:55 EST SMART Goal Setting I encourage you to pick up a pen and a piece of paper and jot down the goals you want to reach. Look at each goal and evaluate it. Make any changes necessary to ensure it meets the criteria for SMART goals: <BR> <BR> S = Specific <BR> M = Measurable <BR> A = Attainable <BR> R = Realistic <BR> T = Timely <BR> <BR> Specific <BR> Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going t... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 10:49:30 EST MOTIVATION M- MAKE SHORT TERM GOALS <BR> O- OUT WITH THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS <BR> T- THINK OF WHY YOU WANT THIS <BR> I- IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL FEEL <BR> V- VISUALIZE HOW YOU WILL LOOK <BR> A- ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SUCCESSES <BR> T- TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT <BR> I- INVESTIGATE NEW IDEAS AND FOODS <BR> O- OBSERVE YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE <BR> N- NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN <BR> <BR> My thanks to 2BFREE2LIVE for the above. <BR> <BR> What's motivating you? Mon, 4 Jan 2010 03:45:28 EST 10 Steps in Becoming an Informed Patient Becoming an informed patient means embarking on a path of continuous learning when it comes to matters concerning your health and well-being. It also means meeting the challenge of adopting a healthy lifestyle. While there is no "best way" to become better informed about nerve diseases, there are a number of steps everyone should take as part of the process: <BR> <BR> 1. Prepare for visits with your doctor <BR> <BR> 2. Learn as much as you can about your medical diagnosis <BR> <BR> 3. K... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:07:19 EST Food Starting With 'T' Triscuits Thu, 24 Dec 2009 13:07:21 EST New Years Resolutions? Or New Goals? Let's hear them! Putting it out there for others to see makes us more accountable. It also makes it easier for others to support you when we know what goals you're working towards. <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 00:12:43 EST Sharing Prescriptions Can Bring Harm, Not Healing Sharing prescription medication with a family member or friend who needs care may seem like the right thing to do, even an act of kindness. But new research highlights the potential hazards of passing these medicines around. <BR> <BR> Of people who borrowed a medicine prescribed for someone else, 25.1 percent experienced some sort of side effect, researchers reported Wednesday at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Philadelphia. <BR> <BR> While 77.3 percent of prescript... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:21:31 EST 10 Tips To Reduce Calories At Holiday Parties As much as we look forward to holiday parties and dinners, many of us fear enjoying it too much – and packing on the pounds. <BR> <BR> Indeed, the average American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And that doesn’t include breakfast, lunch, or late-night snacking on leftovers. <BR> <BR> Studies show that the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season. And, those extra pounds tend to become permanent bag... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:29:26 EST 7 Pains You Shouldn't Ignore Experts describe the types of pain that require prompt medical attention. <BR> <BR> Whoever coined the term "necessary evil" might have been thinking of pain. No one wants it, yet it's the body's way of getting your attention when something is wrong. You're probably sufficiently in tune with your body to know when the pain is just a bother, perhaps the result of moving furniture a day or two before or eating that third enchilada. It's when pain might signal something more serious that the in... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:02:28 EST Methadone Has anyone ever tried taking Methadone for pain or known someone who has? My pain doc has asked me to consider it because it's so much cheaper than the morphine and percocet I currently take, and is also supposed to be stronger. A friend of ours doesn't recommend it due to the way it interacted with her neurontin; which I also take. But I'd like to hear what others have to say about it. If you know someone who took it, how did it affect their behavior? mood? Anything else? <BR> <BR> A BIG ... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:36:36 EST Food Starting With 'A' apples Sun, 13 Dec 2009 18:04:40 EST New again. I joined Spark a couple of years ago and fell off of the wagon. But, I am ready to do this for the long haul now. <BR> Since I was last doing this I found out I have Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy along with some other heath problems. But, I won't let it stop me from become a healthier me. Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:00:01 EST Holiday Tips, Traditions & Treats! Share your tips for staying on track this holiday season. <BR> <BR> Do you have any special traditions? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite holiday treat? <BR> <BR> Is anyone having a party? Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:18:48 EST Message From Coach Jen During the holiday season, I know a lot of people like to send out SparkMails to all of their friends, wishing them Happy Holidays. <BR> <BR> Many times when someone gets that SparkMail, they click "Reply To All" and send a response back. If the list of friends is quite large, it creates a cascade of SparkMails- which can become annoying and time-consuming to continue deleting. <BR> <BR> So I would ask that you spread the word about using the "Reply To All" button very carefully. Please l... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:37:32 EST Lyrica and Cymbalta I have been taking 5 Lyrica a day for a couple of years now but have recently added cymbalta 60mg. I am wondering if anyone else is taking both and what experience they have with it. I am dealing with sedation effects from either the cymbalta or both together. It seems to be the only real side affect that I'm dealing with. Has anyone noticed whether it makes a difference what time of the day you take cymbalta or if you've found ways to deal with the side affect. <BR> <BR> I can say that usin... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 22:33:22 EST Year End Challenge Beginning Dec 1 through Dec 31, the challenge is to get as many sparkpoints as you can. The member with the most points at the end of the month wins a spark goodie worth up to 5000 points; your choice - my gift. <BR> <BR> LET'S GO TEAM! Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:57:12 EST Hi, I'm Tracy from BC-Canada Hi there, <BR> <BR> I have not been diagnosed with neuropathy, and as I read through your stories I don't know if this is the best diagnosis either. However, I do live with nerve pain, numbness & tingling (stemming from my neck down my left arm and hand) that no one (neurologist, GP, RMT, PT, OT, ND) so far seems to have a "how come" answer. <BR> <BR> I joined SP in June and have been active nearly everyday since then. I joined to lose the weight that I gained while on disability... I als... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 18:34:41 EST Spark Points I'm not sure what's going on, but the more our team grows, the farther we fall in the standings. Only 3 months ago, our team was holding at 5th place. 10-15 new members later, we are at 7th place! So here is what I'd like everyone to do: Click on the 'See Team Leaders' button under the team name (below the team stats). If you find your name on the list, great! You're all set! If your name is NOT on the list, then you'll need to go back to your START page, and click on the link for 'account/e-... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:07:24 EST When Pain Makes You Feel Old Before Your Time Having chronic pain can affect every aspect of a person's life, making daily activities a struggle. It may even make people feel older before their time. <BR> <BR> A recent study validates those feelings. It found that people often troubled by pain may have the same level of functional limitations as those who suffer no chronic pain but are two to three decades older. <BR> Researchers looked at data from 18,531 people ages 50 and older who took part in the 2004 Health and Retirement Study. ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:19:32 EST Food Starting With 'D' dates Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:26:40 EST For Better or Worse: What's Changed? Since you began this program, what has changed; aside from a number on the scale. <BR> <BR> My thighs don't rub together anymore, and I have more energy. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 01:17:23 EST Simple Techniques To Take Control of Pain When you’re struggling with chronic pain, sometimes it feels like your life is out of your control. <BR> <BR> But you can take that control back. “Pain is a tough symptom, particularly chronic pain, and many patients feel their only recourse is chemical interventions,” said Dr. John Nicholson, Walton Pain and Headache Center, part of Walton Rehabilitation Health System. “However, there are a number of simple things that patients can do to take control and feel better, not just emotionally b... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:19:54 EST Diabetic Nerve Pain Impact Questionnaire Pinpoint how your diabetic nerve pain impacts your life. Many people with diabetic nerve pain have a tough time with this. Maybe they don’t want to think about it. Maybe they already feel in over their heads with diabetes management. Whatever the reason, if you have pain, your doctor needs to know how it affects your life. <BR> <BR> Why? Because treating your pain is an important part of overall diabetes care. <BR> <BR> And remember, diabetic nerve pain is a very common problem. Your doct... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:53:12 EST Minimizing Risks of Diabetic Neuropathy Background: Diabetic management goals are focused on maintaining a near-normal blood sugar level with the use of diet, exercise, medication as needed, and glucose monitoring. Exercise can help the diabetic patient remain more physically fit and can slow the development of peripheral neuropathy but poses some risk for foot ulceration in those who already have neuropathy. A team approach including the patient, an exercise specialist, and the primary care physician is best for ensuring that prop... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 17:29:26 EST New Study Regarding Diabetic Nerve Pain DEL MAR, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new online survey, eighty-five percent of people who experience diabetic nerve pain said that their pain was one of the top three most bothersome complications of their diabetes. Despite the fact that people with diabetic nerve pain recognize the condition's impact on their lives and eighty-four percent of those surveyed said they have discussed the condition with a healthcare provider, just slightly less than half of respondents (49 percent)wer... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:15:05 EST Food Starting With 'H' hot dog Wed, 21 Oct 2009 09:51:43 EST Monthly Challenges Beginning on or about Nov 1, I would like to start posting a different month-long challenge for the team. But first I need to know who might be interested. If there isn't enough interest, then I won't waste my time. Example: which member loses the most inches; most fitness minutes, most steps, etc. <BR> So let's hear it! Reply back to this post to let me know if you might might be interested. <BR> <BR> Also, if you have any good ideas for such a contest, please share! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:51:29 EST Thanks Thank you for the goodie. Sorry I have not been here. I am up grading my computer and I have borrowed a old computer so I only have one power cord so it is back and forth to one computer to the other. <BR> Tue, 6 Oct 2009 15:46:51 EST Movies Starting With 'N' Never on a Sunday Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:17:54 EST Food Starting With 'S' Shrimp <em>498</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:08:44 EST Song Titles Beginning With 'G' Georgia - Ray Charles Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:31:18 EST U.S. Cities Beginning With 'K' Knoxville, TN Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:27:57 EST U.S. Cities With Food in the Name ex. BACONton, GA Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:25:57 EST Scales Can Sabotage A Diet <link><BR>n/scales-and-diets.aspx?xid=nl_Everyda<BR>yHealthManagingDiabetes_20090924 </link> Thu, 24 Sep 2009 08:54:23 EST Check out my Doctor Visit from Earlier Today Check out my blog for stats on my visit with the Dr today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2421033 </link> Tue, 22 Sep 2009 20:06:40 EST what is your best advice.... <BR> for dealing with foot and leg pain pain (tingling, sensations of heat, and numbness)? <BR> My Dad has already tried lidocaine patches, is on Neurontin, uses a topical <BR> gel, and has been to a pain management doctor (after an internist, neurologist) and is now undergoing (past three months) acupuncture. He was tested for <BR> diabetes. Is there anything he's missing?? <BR> He wore terrible orthotics which is believed to have caused his neuropathy. <BR> He seems almost afraid to w... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 22:10:57 EST U.S. Cities Starting With 'F' Florissant, CO Sat, 19 Sep 2009 17:11:56 EST My First Gain since March It’s official, my FIRST GAIN!! YIKES! It was ONLY ½ a pound, 198 to 198.5 so it’s not a big gain. I’m doing everything right and still had a gain. So, it goes to show you, your body definitely rules in this area of the scale. I am losing inches, feeling so much better, blood sugars are in range for the most part. So, it’s on to another week. Maybe, my body lost the fat and it’s still sitting in my body, waiting to be emptied out? Either way, this coming week, I’ll try to juggle thing... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:19:24 EST Name a Food Under 100 Calories Please list the calories along with the food. <BR> <BR> <BR> Seedless grapes 15 for 28 calories <em>277</em> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 15:16:49 EST Total Spark Points Yesterday? 108 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:41:41 EST U.S. Cities Ending With 'Ville' Belleville, MI Wed, 16 Sep 2009 19:31:24 EST Name a Song That Mentions Food (or Drink) Whether in title or lyrics. If the food is mentioned within the song, include the verse, or at least a couple of lines. And artist,if known. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:39:34 EST Weigh In Today I weigh in on Fridays. Stayed the same today. 198 <BR> <BR> Still under 200. For ALWAYS! Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:54:16 EST Check out the calorie calculator! <link><BR>lculator.htm </link> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 17:17:46 EST What Was The Last Fruit or Vegetable You Ate? Raspberries, Strawberries, and Grapes. (my breakfast) <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 13:24:34 EST High-Octane Caffeine May Trigger Headaches Caffeine, known to help alleviate headaches, may cause them if consumed in large quantities. <BR> <BR> That's the finding of a study of more than 50,483 people who were questioned about caffeine intake and headache frequency as part of the 1995-1997 Nord-Trondelag Health Survey (HUNT 2) in Norway. <BR> <BR> The study was published recently in the Journal of Headache Pain. <BR> <BR> People who drank large amounts of caffeinated beverages each day had 18 percent more non-migraine headaches t... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 13:51:22 EST Hand Exercises For Rheumatoid Arthritis You need your hands to cook, clean, type, and do just about everything else. But you probably don’t think much about how important manual dexterity is unless you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or another type of arthritis that attacks your hand and finger joints. <BR> <BR> RA is a disease in which the body's immune system engages in friendly fire against the joints. It often starts in your hands before spreading to the other joints. <BR> <BR> “The hands and the feet are usually hit first, a... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 13:28:52 EST How have your Fasting Blood Sugars Been? Mine were: <BR> <BR> 95 yesterday <BR> 94 today <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 6 Sep 2009 07:56:37 EST Today's Healthy Reflecton If you missed it. here it is! Worth the read. <BR> <BR> Winning victory against yourself No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one ... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 13:15:59 EST Food Starting With 'L' Lemonade Thu, 3 Sep 2009 15:49:46 EST What Was Your Biggest Temptation Today? So far it's been the 2 boxes of Klondike bars that hubby brought home today. I've been eating grapes instead. (Keeping fingers and toes crossed) <em>20</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2009 16:29:50 EST What Do You Keep Handy To Snack On? Besides the usual carrot sticks and celery, what other foods do you keep around to munch on? Mon, 24 Aug 2009 18:34:15 EST !!! Major Wahoo !!! Since I did not have my scale with me Friday & Saturday, I brought it back with me to where I'm staying. SO I decided to get on it this AM to see how much progress I am making. Just didn't want to wait till Friday........ <BR> <BR> !!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 9 9 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> This is a new day and new dimension! I can't believe I lost 2 #'s, two weeks in a row!!! As you can imagine I am totally excited and haven't stopped smiling and thanking God for HIS help in this battle. ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 08:12:06 EST Prescription Painkiller Addiction: 7 Myths Prescription pain medicine addiction grabs headlines when it sends celebrities spinning out of control. It also plagues many people out of the spotlight who grapple with painkiller addiction behind closed doors. <BR> <BR> But although widespread, addiction to prescription painkillers is also widely misunderstood -- and those misunderstandings can be dangerous and frightening for patients dealing with pain. <BR> <BR> Where is the line between appropriate use and addiction to prescription pai... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 18:33:47 EST Song Titles Beginning With 'K' Knocking on Heaven's Door - Guns & Roses Wed, 19 Aug 2009 16:47:25 EST Food Starting With 'F' Fig Newtons Wed, 19 Aug 2009 16:40:55 EST U.S. Cities Starting With 'O' Osseo, MI Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:12:35 EST Has everyone read this.. Very helpful, to me <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1080 </link> <BR> <BR> 8 Lessons from Biggest Loser. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 18:02:41 EST Share Your Weekly Weigh-Ins Here! Let's use this thread for accountability. Are you weighing in every week? Post it here. Have you lost an inch or two off your waist? Post it here. How about climbing those stairs? Are you still out of breath when you get to the top. No matter big or small, I want to know how everyone is progressing towards their goals. I do my weekly weigh ins on Sunday, so if I haven't posted my progress by Monday-please remind me. <BR> <BR> Actually, why don't we start this thread by just posting what day... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 18:08:24 EST Chronic Pain: Are You a Victim or a Victor? Many thanks to Mark for this article! <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought about your relationship to chronic pain? Are you a victim of it or a victor over it? When you are suffering with unrelenting pain day after day, it's very easy to slip into a victim mentality. <BR> <BR> Below are two descriptions of life with chronic pain, each given by a fibromyalgia patient. See if you can tell what makes one patient a victim and the other a victor. <BR> <BR> Patient #1 – “My life was great before... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 16:22:38 EST Has anyone had problems with hamer toes? I have one toe that has been at a weurd abgke fir years (wore really pointed toed shoes for too long). I now am having problems with it pointing down. The last couple of days it is really starting to give me problems. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 14:58:59 EST BOUNCE The US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. <BR> <BR> Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really works. The insects just veer around you. <BR> <BR> All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer! <BR> <BR> 1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. <BR> <BR> 2. Spread sheets around ... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:52:24 EST Shoes affecting neuropathy? Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I have been having a lot of pain from my thigh lately. My doctor said it is due to my posture or my weight affecting my posture (abdomen pulling my back forward, putting pressure on the nerve in my hip). <BR> <BR> During a workout yesterday I noticed my toes getting numb, even though I was wearing the same shoes I always wear. My toes don't usually feel "numb," I just have decreased sensation, if that makes sense. Just for grins I tried doing my walk last night co... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 15:37:32 EST U.S. Cities Starting With 'C' Cincinnati, OH Sun, 2 Aug 2009 13:03:30 EST Food Starting With 'G' Grapefruit <em>474</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:38:21 EST Song Titles Beginning With 'P' Proud Mary- Creedence Clearwater Revival Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:35:37 EST Today My Goal Is... Finish dusting. And 5 more push-ups. <em>30</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2009 06:37:18 EST What Did You Have For Dinner Last Night? Pizza Rolls. Bad I know, but I stayed in my calorie range. Who can only eat 6 of them anyway? <em>20</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2009 14:32:43 EST Protecting Your Job When You're Chronically Ill It started with an odd sensation in her right hand and a feeling of exhaustion so profound she could hardly get through an hour of work, let alone a full day. <BR> <BR> After numerous tests and countless doctors’ visits, Natasha Frechette, then 27, learned she had multiple sclerosis, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and can cause numbness, blindness and eventual paralysis. <BR> <BR> In addition to grappling with the diagnosis, Ms. Frechette was concerned about keeping her j... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 16:18:05 EST Hi From NJ <em>213</em> Everyone. I hope your weekend went well. I am in NJ on vacation and Spent the weekend in Altoona, PA (A 5 hr drive) at a family reunion on my sister's side of the family. I had a really nice time. Ate out a lot and till managed to come in under my allotted 1600 calories per day. <BR> <BR> It takes a lot of planning, making Wise Conscious Decisions and making you are aware of life's little twists and turns in the road. <BR> <BR> Miss you all, especially my Brevard Buddie... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 20:06:44 EST I;m In NJ <BR> Left Monday morning for NJ from FL. Arrived yesterday. Uneventful trip. Will be here 2-3 weeks at least, as planned right now. <BR> <BR> I do have computer access but not as much time as when I'm home. <BR> Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:43:34 EST Relief for Aching Backs About 80 percent of U.S. adults have at some point been bothered by back pain. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who had lower-back pain in the past year but had never had back surgery. More than half said pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer, and 88 percent said it recurred through the year. Many said the pain interfered with sleep, sex and efforts to maintain a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> Back pain can be toug... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:43:18 EST I need to make some money, can anyone help? First I apologize for what I am about to ask but there are so many cool people in these teams I just might get a glimpse of something I can do to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I understand that probably no one in this Team lives by me so that is a bit of a stumbling block. I am absolutely desparate and need some ideas on what I can do to make money working from home. <BR> <BR> I have over 25 years of typing legal documents for attorneys in all the fields of law. I am an expert in Word which i... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 15:37:23 EST Food Starting With 'R' roast Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:39:54 EST Cawthorne Exercises for Dizziness You suffer from dizziness, unsteadiness or vertigo. Physical therapy can greatly diminish these symptoms. Cawthorne exercises are a form of physical therapy that has been used successfully for many decades to help patients with your problem. These exercises may provoke an attack of dizziness; if this happens, try to continue the exercises despite the dizziness. <BR> <BR> Do one set of exercises in the morning and one set in the evening. Begin at 5 minutes per set, and gradually (over several... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 13:29:39 EST Take a look see - excellent article! <link><BR>tness-training-and-sports/8-helpful-ea<BR>ting-tips-for-jumpstarting-a-healthy-diet/ </link> Mon, 6 Jul 2009 20:25:29 EST GOAL MET! FBS 113 @ 6:10 AM <BR> <BR> Had a great day. Calories / fats / carbs / protein / cholesterol / Sodium all within allotted range. <BR> <BR> Also <em>248</em> . I just completed day 50 of my new eating schedule to reduce weight and bring my sugars down. They are now withing great range, lost 14.5 #'s in 7 weeks and working on the next 50 days of keeping my calories in check. <BR> <BR> Check out my blog if you would like to see my figures for today and some of the previous ones. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 20:39:33 EST Name a U.S. City Starting With 'B' Please also include the state abbreviation. <BR> <BR> Birmingham, MI Thu, 2 Jul 2009 17:19:32 EST Thought - Worth Passing On Someone sent me this today and I thought it was quite worth passing on: <BR> <BR> <BR> Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life..... Things are to be used and people are to be loved, But the problem in today's world is that, People are used and things are loved... <BR> <BR> During the day, be careful to keep this thought in mind: Things are to be used, but People are to be loved ... Be yourself....This is the only day we HAVE. Have a nice day Watc... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:37:45 EST Movies That Start With 'R' Rainman Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:47:12 EST Team Challenge Hi Everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good week. I have a challenge for the few of us that are active on the team. First of all, we now have 21 members! <em>244</em> <em>220</em> We've doubled our size in less than a month! <BR> <BR> Your challenge, if you accept it, is to introduce yourself to another member of our team. Leave a comment on their page; offer support, say something encouraging, motivate them, etc. and welcome new members. <BR> <BR> Let's all t... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:05:56 EST Song Titles Beginning With 'H' Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:34:35 EST Having Any Problems Learning New Eating Habits? How is everyone doing with managing your calorie intake? Controlling those carbs and fat? <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> This is the place to post if you're having any difficulties, need support, or just want to ask a question about Nutrition Tracker. Got a calorie saving tip you'd like to share? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Let's hear how you're all doing! Thu, 18 Jun 2009 19:08:38 EST Name A Food Starting With P Pickles Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:02:18 EST Guided Imagery Each of the exercises offered here is to help you relax. You may very well experience an improvement in your comfort as anxiety and tension decrease. These guided imagery exercises may also increase your comfort directly through suggestions. Practice brings the best results! <BR> <BR> Each exercise will take about 20 minutes and will help relax both your body and mind. The first exercise uses imagery of special water that increases your comfort. The second exercise uses the imagery of a... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:52:59 EST Relaxation Exercises Each of the exercises offered here is to help you relax. You may very well experience an improvement in your comfort as anxiety and tension decrease. Practice brings the best results! <BR> <BR> Basic Relaxation Exercise <BR> <BR> This exercise will take about 20 minutes and will help relax both your body and mind. <BR> <BR> To get started, sit up straight in a comfortable chair, with your feet on the floor. If there is a more comfortable position for you, certainly use it. ... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:47:08 EST Movies That Start With 'J' Jumping Jack Flash (Whoopi Goldberg) Tue, 16 Jun 2009 01:33:56 EST Breathing Exercises Each of these exercises offered here is to help you relax. You may very well feel more comfortable physically as anxiety and tension decrease. Practice brings the best results! <BR> <BR> There are several ways to use these exercises: <BR> <BR> ~Read through the exercise and then do it from memory – it doesn’t have to be done exactly as I’ve written here <BR> <BR> ~record the exercise and play it back for yourself to do <BR> <BR> ~have someone read the exercise to you <BR> <BR> If y... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:46:43 EST Chronic Pain and Sleep Issues Unfortunately, sleep difficulties often go along with chronic pain. Even in people without pain, occasional sleep problems are common – 75% of people report occasional sleep problems. But for people with chronic pain, sleep problems can be worse, for reasons which include… <BR> <BR> Pain. Falling asleep can be difficult because pain keeps you awake, or pain can wake you up in the middle of the night. <BR> <BR> Decreased activity. If you aren’t able to do very much during the day, you m... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:13:05 EST Treating Nerve Pain at Home Living with nerve pain can be a long-term proposition. Some neuropathic pain gets better with treatment or on its own, but that can take months or years. Other nerve pain stays the same for years or worsens slowly. Some nerve pain can't be reversed. <BR> <BR> Your doctor can help you identify and treat your neuropathic pain with the best available therapies. But there are also plenty of things you can do on your own to take care of yourself and your pain. <BR> <BR> What Causes Nerve Pain? <... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:04:29 EST HELP! I WANT YOUR BRAINS, SYMPTOMS & ADVICE I need your help, I was so glad to see a Neuropathy Team. <BR> <BR> I was in the hospital for 8 1/2 months due to a botched surgery that almost killed me. But that's another story. <BR> <BR> While in the hospital I think I was diabetic for 5 minutes when I contracted peripheral neuropathy in my feet. I do NOT have diabetes. The pain is much, much better but it was so bad for over a year that I had a hard time walking to the bathroom or kitchen to get water or eat. <BR> <BR> Now my fina... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 22:51:36 EST Team Polls Tell me what you prefer: <BR> <BR> When I find articles to post, would you rather I copied & pasted into a post OR would you prefer I just add a 'Link' (and bump off the blogs.) <BR> <BR> I know sometimes I'd rather not 'click' a link taking me to who knows where. Another problem with links, is that if the website moves the article (like to the archives), the link changes. <BR> <BR> Or does anybody even read them? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Please give me your input. <BR> <em>30</em> <em... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:49:49 EST Eight Effective Pain-Relieving Methods Experts say pain sufferers should rely on several strategies instead of just one. <BR> <BR> Chronic pain is a relentless affliction that has the power to disable the body and mind. Some experience immobilizing lower back or neck pain. Others suffer blinding headaches and migraines or facial aches. <BR> <BR> These are the most common forms of pain, according to a 2006 survey by the National Institute of Health Statistics. Such conditions affect 76 million Americans and cost an estimated $10... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:02:23 EST Ways to Sneak in Exercise Since I can't really stand much, and my balance is crap, I have to use a shower chair. For most of the time I'm in the shower, I do Seated Leg Extensions. I can usually do about 3 or 4 sets of 12. It all adds up! Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:20:28 EST Song Titles Beginning with 'A' Against the Wind - Bob Seger Mon, 8 Jun 2009 18:12:44 EST Favorite current TV shows Ok. I'll start this one - <BR> <BR> I could spend a good part of the day between the style network and DYI. I especially enjoy Design on a dime, and any of the organizational and design shows. The one with Nicey Nash (Clean House?) Is also one I watch over and over. <BR> <BR> Of course I have to see Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and love my Cubbies, Bulls, and Blazers. Sun, 7 Jun 2009 21:24:05 EST Daily Trivia.. ..How DId You Do Today? I was only at 60% today. Some of these questions are tricky! <em>40</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2009 15:45:17 EST Spark Points Are most of you doing your SPARK POINTS for the day? There is a lot of stuff to track and it helps you get in the things you need to do to improve your overall health. The nutrition tracker, points for all kinds of things. I never see many people Huddle. It's a great way to say hi and inspire others and yourself. <BR> <BR> Have a sparky saturday Sat, 6 Jun 2009 08:12:13 EST Thanks for the Invite Hi Dee <BR> Thanks for the invite to the team. I like your pictures. My youngest son is a Harley Tech down in St Augustine. The picture of your husband reminded me of my son. I ride a Valkyrie. I am having troubles with the shifter because I cant feel my feet. I'm going to put a toe heel shifter on and see if that helps. The numbness is starting up my legs. I take neourontin but it doesnt help the numbness. It helps with the burning feeling. Geting old sucks ! Fri, 29 May 2009 22:17:47 EST Name something you like about yourself Forget about the negatives. Let's concentrate on the positives! <BR> <BR> I like my feet in the summertime. When they're a little tan and the nails are painted, people tell me how cute they are. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 May 2009 17:43:52 EST *******What's your favorite song? ******** I can't pick just one. American Pie, or Fools Fall in Love, or Everybody Hurts.... <BR> <BR> What does everyone else like to listen to? <BR> Are you on Blip? Wed, 27 May 2009 15:55:33 EST Saving $$$ at the grocery store I posted this on another team but everyone here could use it too! <BR> <BR> Everybody knows about the store loyalty cards; which give you lower prices when you use the card. Did you also know that there are websites that offer electronic coupons that get stored on your card? I know of 3 of them, if there are more, I'd love to know about it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's possible to get coupons on each card for the same items, and even duplicate coupons in some cases. These all apply as you make y... Tue, 26 May 2009 16:36:39 EST What's Your Biggest Weakness We all have them. That certain thing that we just can't say no to. Fess up! Let's talk about it... <BR> <BR> Lately, my weakness has been chocolate ice cream. I had about 2 cups of it for breakfast a few days ago. I went for years not eating it; it just didn't appeal to me much. Somewhere along the line that changed. I think about it all the time. I had hubby buy some sherbet thinking it would be a little more healthy. Boy was I wrong. Now I've got even MORE ice cream to get eaten. <em>40</... Tue, 26 May 2009 13:41:13 EST Chat Room Had a pretty good long weekend. Went to a BBQ on Saturday and a long bike ride today. And just chilled! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a good one too! Did anyone do anything exciting? Go anywhere? Mon, 25 May 2009 20:15:22 EST Team Goals Our team has 3 very simple goals to track. One is to drink your 8 glasses of water <em>194</em> ; one is to get 8 hours of sleep <em>102</em> , and the last is to reward yourself every day. See? All fairly easy to do, with little effort on your part. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So, come on team! Let's track those goals and get our numbers up! And if you haven't joined any team goals, please consider doing so. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your participation on the team! <em>224</em> Mon, 25 May 2009 14:48:29 EST