SparkPeople Challenged by Arthritis Team Messageboard This one's for everyone challenged by arthritis - let's discuss our pitfalls and successes! SparkPeople Challenged by Arthritis Team Messageboard Hello Hello everyone!! I can't tell you how much I need an Arthritis group today. I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Tue, 19 May 2020 17:32:51 EST H.A.L.T. This came to my e-mail today: <BR> <BR> Halt Emotional Eating. <BR> <BR> Using food as a source of comfort is something most people struggle with at some point in their lives. It’s also something we don’t like to discuss (Food, Politics &amp; Religion – Am I right?). Emotional eating is personal and for some painful, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Although it may seem impossible, there are strategies to work through it. <BR> <BR> First, be aware of your “trigger” times. The most commo... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:01:27 EST The Healthier Direction Came across this today: <BR> <BR> Here's Today's Tip... "The Healthier Direction". <BR> <BR> Most people “know” what it means to eat healthy (at least in a general sense). Most people “know” that the majority of processed, packaged, fast foods are not as healthy as vegetables and fruits. Most people “know” that sugar-sweetened beverages (i.e., sodas) are not as healthy as water. Most people “know” that stuffing themselves with typical restaurant-style meals and desserts is not as healthy as... Fri, 7 Feb 2020 11:16:25 EST Just Do It You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.” <BR> <BR> — Sharon Bothma, Johannesburg, South Africa <BR> <BR> I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 50 (not diagnosed until 55) and while I am in remission, pain is still a part of my everyday life due to other issues besides RA,... Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:25:24 EST New challenges Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to navigating the world with arthritic pain in one knee and frequent plantar fasciitis pain in both feet. I'm in my 30s and work a very physical job outside. I miss my typical workouts that will only cause these issues to flair up like hiking, running, or playing volleyball. Looking for tips. Just bought a kayak and hoping that could be a part of the solution. I want to lose 20 percent of my body weight so hiking feels more doable. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:15:10 EST Knee Replacement Hello, my name is Larae and I have bone on bone OA in both knees. I was told I need both knees replaced. My concern is recovery time. I work part time and can't afford to not work. I am trying to get a feel for what recovery will be like. <BR> Has anyone had the surgery and returned to work? How long were you out of work? <BR> TIA Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:28:12 EST Rejoining SP after years away Hello all, I have rejoined SparkPeople after years away. Life since I turned 40 went kind of crazy and I ended up caring for both my parents and my dad's older sister until they passed away while working a very physically demanding job. I quit that job thankfully because it was tearing up my body SO bad, etc. <BR> I find that all of the caregiving and the ex job have done a number on my joints. I've had arthritis since my early 20s in my knees, but now it seems to have spread to all of my joi... Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:29:26 EST poor balance Hi, I have been away for a bit. I have fallen a few times due to balance issues. I have hip replacements in both hips but i need advise for what exercise i can do that will help with this. Thanks. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:51:25 EST Has Tumeric helped? What about CBD oil? I am currently taking tumeric to help with my OA. I am curious about cbd oil. Has anyone tried either? Wed, 5 Dec 2018 15:55:11 EST New here From Edmonton Good morning all, I've just joined this group. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and rheumatoid when I was 15 years old. It was a bit of a shock, my late teens and early 20s where extremely painful. By my late 20s I had taken myself off all my meds and was doing great. I had my 3 children and really didn't have any problems now in my mid 40s I'm back to having issues again. My joints ache and there are many days when my back is so bad that it hurts to breathe. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:59:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 5 May 2018 20:59:30 EST New Hello. I am a wife and mother of 5 amazing children. I have multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and type 2 diabetes. I look forward to being a part of the team. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:52:55 EST Weight loss surgery Hi. Has anyone had surgery for weight loss or no someone who has? Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:12:35 EST Back again and need your help again. Back in 2012 I lost almost 70 lbs with the help of SparkPeople and the support from its members. I have unfortunately gained 50 of it back. This time around I now have arthritis in my ankles which is posing quite the problem. I don't post very often, but read every entry. Thank you for your help in the past and the help I know you will offer again. Hugz to all. Sat, 2 Dec 2017 12:38:53 EST Finally some ideas! How nice to find a place where I can get ideas for moving with OA. I use Doterra cream and essential oils! Tue, 28 Nov 2017 02:04:31 EST What do you do for your pain? What are some of the things you currently do to help with managing pain? <BR> <BR> Whether meds, supplements, complementary therapies, heat or ice or anything else Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:50:12 EST After arthritis struck, regained all of my weight Six years ago, I lost 60 lbs and was the smallest I've ever been. I was fit and looked fabulous. Nothing felt better than getting up at 4 am to work out, and losing all desire to eat junk food. <BR> I felt free for the first time. Then arthritis struck (osteo and then rheumatoid). I could no longer exercise and started to gain weight. I was so discouraged that I completely gave up, and eventually gained every single pound back. One would think that I if I'd lost weight before, I could... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:25:11 EST Newbie Hi folks, I am a newbie. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 20:26:29 EST October thru December 2017 milestones.and chat moving to green smoothies <BR> starting a "dry" month <BR> Will be ramping up exercise <BR> hope to lose 500g/week for remainder of the year. starting weight 172.5kg <BR> <BR> Cheers Richard <BR> Who is with me? <BR> Please list your objectives <em>381</em> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:08:20 EST Anybody on Hydrochl roquine? I have been put on Hydrochloroquine now as disease modifying drug and am struggling with side effects. <BR> It gives me: <BR> - carbohydrate cravings <BR> - nausea about 3 hours after taking it which seems to be reduced by certain carbohydrates <BR> - diarrhea <BR> - gas <BR> - acidity - if I have a low carb meal with it. <BR> - weight gain <BR> I need to find a way of dealing with this and am not sure what to do. My next appointment is in 3 weeks. Will try to call the doctor today, but am no... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:04:35 EST HELP ME PLEASE Help me please, I need to lose over 150 pounds and I am having a real hard time losing my weight. I have severe arthritis in my sine, hips, and shoulders I also have fibromyalgia. I can't find exercises that doesn't feel like it is killing me. I tried walking but I can't even make it across the street without my lower back just burning. On top of this I have to watch what I eat because I'm allergic to citric acid and that seems to be in everything because it is used for a preservative. So if... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:03:29 EST Is premium membership worth the cost? I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for quite a few years. Getting back to it now and wondering if anyone can shout out their opinions of whether the $30 premium membership is worth it. No way to preview without adds and see whatever else it gets you. Let me know. Thanks! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:33:37 EST New to Arthritis Team Hello, I have been on SP for a long time and have lost just lost a bit over 13 lbs -30 lbs to go. I am 62 years old and have had osteoarthritis issues for about 15 years off and on. <BR> I have Degenerate Disc &amp; Joint Disease in Lumbar &amp; Cervical Spine. I have tried all that was available to me; steroid injections, RFA etc. Helped for a while and then Jun 1st had Lumbar Micro Disectomy L4 &amp; 5. What a huge difference - 50% less pain and no sciatica. I couldn't be happier. ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:10:08 EST June 2017 Chat Cold down here in Melbourne, Australia <BR> Keeping warm to minimise impact on arthritis <BR> Cheers Richard Fri, 9 Jun 2017 23:19:57 EST lost 19 lbs from knees replaced Recovering from having both knees replaced in last 1--last one 6 weeks ago. Challenge is not being able to exercise much. Mon, 22 May 2017 13:47:55 EST May 2017 Chat , starts now. For those who would like to share news and views. <BR> Cheers Richard Thu, 11 May 2017 23:14:57 EST Hello and Smiles First time on the Spark site , also re Arthritis, Mon, 1 May 2017 20:45:14 EST Has anyone had the Radiofrequency treatment? Last week I had the Nerve block and this week I had the Radiofrequency surgery on my right knee. Doctor told me it would take about 2 weeks to feel total impact of the treatment. Just curious has anyone else had it and was it successful? He is scheduling me for the left knee next. I am not a candidate for replacement yet. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:56:33 EST Can an old med work again? I used Orencia for 6 years. It took a few months to work but when it did it worked great! Then the last year it quit working. I've been off of it over a year now and since then my Rummy has tried me on lots of new meds that have given me all the side effects. <BR> Rituxan gave me UTI's that went to my kidneys and then my blood. Actamera blew out my guts. I had emergency surgery at the end of Feb and went into a comma for 9 days. Lost tons of muscle and am now crepe skin and bones. I we... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:58:57 EST New to the team but not new to OA I'm 38 and have had arthritis since I was 26. It has been really bad the last year. Every year I put on more weight but the dr can not figure out why 20+ pounds a year. I do diet and exercise. I am gad I found a board with people like me. Hopefully I can find new ways to exercise without so much pain. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:17:16 EST Ready to loose I have been gone from Sparkpeople for several months only to realize I need to be involved in something. I have lost a few pounds but still have many to go. After a trip to the Dr.'s yesterday and serious talk about the terrible state of my knees due to OA degenerative joint disease I meed to seriously,consciously, with much effort loose weight. I have checked out some chair exercise and am hoping that helps as walking is painful and somedays near impossible. Anyway here's to success for all ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 15:41:09 EST Be Encouraged Today - You have Courage within you. Moment to moment, just feel it. <BR> “The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.” – Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:01:12 EST New to Arthritis Team Hi. My name is Janet. I have arthritis in my knees, hands and hips. It hurts to use stretch bands, grip dumbells, do planks, push-ups (regular or modified). Walking, jogging, climbing stairs hurts. Anyway, the arthritis came on in the last two years and I've pretty much stopped exercising because of the pain. If you can recommend any beneficial exercise programs that don't require a pool, please let me know. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:43:58 EST Whole30 I'm new to this group and have RA and OA which is managed by methotrexate and Nabumatone (NSAID) that got me off prednisone . I have started the Whole 30 eating plan on Jan.1st. One aspect: it's supposed to help, by avoiding certain foods that contribute to inflammation. It also requires you to abstain from dairy, grains,legumes, certain fats, and sugars/sweeteners for 30 days. After 30 days you incorporate each group in separately to see how one's body responds to that particular food group... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:58:12 EST Supporting yourself when using the foam roller I realised I am having lots of cramped up &amp; stiff muscles. So I pulled out the good old foam roller - runners best friend. But I realised when I use it the way I used it before for rolling out the back of my thighs and the ST Band area my wrists really hurt trying to support myself. Any ideas how to do it differently so I don't put so much strain on my wrist? Fri, 6 Jan 2017 23:01:59 EST Have you tried Magnesium? Today I celebrate 6 months pain medication FREE! Not even an aspirin for headache in 6 months! That being said, allow me to share one of the therapies I use to manage pain and inflammation from arthritis and fibromyalgia: Magnesium Oil! <BR> <BR> Product name is Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil. I bought it off of Amazon just as a test and WOW! was I impressed! It's a topical spray that goes on oily and dries fast without odor or heat. It's recommended that within 20 minutes the treated area ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:59:06 EST New Member from Tennessee I'll keep this short and sweet. I'm turning 50 this year and taking a new path in life. A path of extreme self care which involves learning more about the multiple diagnoses I have lived with for 30 years: seizure disorders, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rosacea, and the list goes on. In my quest I have fallen in love with research and as a gift to my friends I pass the research on through groups like this one. I am a life long learner. I have no support online or offline outside of Sparkpeop... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:42:54 EST Anyone doing "high intensity interval training"? I've love to connect with anyone who's been trying any sort of HIIT, knowing it will need to be adapted for arthritis. <BR> <BR> I've been working my way through a workout plan I found online and i like how it's increasing the intensity each week, but I don't like how much they expect of my knees. I'm making adaptations where I can and substituting knee-friendly exercises where I need to. <BR> <BR> If you have resources you have used or trick's you've found to work, I'd love to learn about... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:19:24 EST Took a few years off from Sparkpeople & "reducing" Greetings to my new friends! I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time and have always found it to be so useful and practical. <BR> <BR> I've been away from the idea of losing weight for a few years, and in the intervening time I have gained some weight, although it's been slow. I am back with strong goals and focus because it's time. <BR> <BR> And now, I'm back with arthritis that is very bad in one knee. I am doing everything I can to make sure I'm successful this time, so I'll ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:12:58 EST Am I still arthritic? I had osteoarthritis in my right hip hand had replacement surgery at the end of August. Am I still arthritic, and can I stay in this group? Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:24:38 EST hi everyone, hi, excited to join and learn to deal with my arthritis. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:25 EST logging Calories - Strange question? 10/4 <BR> <BR> I have a strange question. Yesterday after I ate lunch I felt sick and ended up (no nice way to put this) throwing up lunch. When that happens do you bother to count those calories? Thanks for your responds. <BR> <BR> Take care <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:11:39 EST new here hello team Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:08:50 EST Newbie here Hello friends! I'm on a quest for fitness and good health at age 56. I now have some spare time for me and am trying to put it to good use. I have arthritis in my neck, knees, and some of my fingers. I may have it in a few other places but these are the ones that trouble me the most. I'm determined to get fit even if I have to do it sitting in a chair, lol! Anyway, it's nice to meet you and I look forward to a fun and exciting fitness journey. <em>381</em> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:59:42 EST How is Everyone doing today? 7/18/16 <BR> <BR> Good morning all. <BR> <BR> It's Monday morning and I getting back on track from a busy weekend. I hosted a party for 40 people on Saturday. It was the 20th Annual gathering of friends that I have done. Food, Fun, and Friends, what more could you ask for. Had a great time catching up on news. Sunday I spent the time resting. Not as young as I once was. <BR> <BR> Here it is Monday and I was able to pull myself together and do 1.2 mile walking laps around the basket... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:46:29 EST A little laugh for you I do walking laps around an indoor basketball court in my building where I work. Along with my VivoFit I have also downloaded a pedometer to help track the workout. The other day I took a look at the map tracking of the app and this is what my workout looked like. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was just doing laps around the court never went out of the building. And NO I was not drinking! <BR> <BR> Hope e... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:02:34 EST New member, I'm Abbey I have arthritis in my hips, and have joined this group for support, encouragement and tips. I hope to be supportive and encouraging to other as well. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:33:20 EST This is me Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've been away for a few years, but I'm back again. A lot has been going on the past few years. Gone through a mess of stuff the past few years but trying to get back on track now. <BR> <BR> Last July had surgery on the left knee. So both knees have had some corrections but I still have the original parts. Had a big scare in January and was in the hospital for 3 days. Now I've been told by the Doctors that I need to drop the pounds. So here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm do... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:34:50 EST Hi new to group Hi everyone I am new to this group. I am trying to figure out what type of excercise I can do. I already walk and am going to physical therapy for as long as my insurance covers it. I have a re-evaluation on Friday. I also started chantix today to quit smoking. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:32:51 EST goodies Thanks so much for the team goodies. <BR> I must admit, several of my exercise minutes are with chair exercises, esp on inclement days, as these can be done without excess pressure on the knees. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:47:27 EST Has anyone had experience with arnica? I had a nurse practitioner recommend it for use with (in addition to) NSAIDS. It's supposed to be easier on the stomach and kidneys to reduce pain--not the inflammation. <BR> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:47:26 EST Anybody had this happen?? Has anyone on the team had arthroscopic knee surgery that failed or went horribly wrong and the doctor is blaming it on arthritis and now saying (just two months after surgery) to have a total knee replacement?? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:55:04 EST Weeding and kneeling to keep hip joints healthy <link><BR>ingadvice/9790491/Get-weeding-to-keep-<BR>your-hip-joints-healthy.html </link> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:06:43 EST New here! Hi! My name is Nicole. I am a 30 year old divorced mother of 2. Over the years I have struggled with my weight and found a lot of support and success with sparkpeople in the past. I reached my highest weight in 2004 at about 309lbs and gradually went down to 260lbs over years of yo-yo dieting. In 2009 I had my second child and by the time she was a year old I had climbed back up to 290lbs (I was 23 years old).. right before my 24th birthday I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis (I had pain ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:24:58 EST Hi - I'm new here too Had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee in Sept and have since been made aware that I have osteoarthritis in that knee. Have been in physical therapy to recover and rebuild the strength in my left knee/leg since the beginning of November...PT ending next week. Still working to rebuild the strength in my left knee and leg. Can ride the stationary bike, but not walk as yet. Frustrating, but working on it ... want to get back to walking by spring ! My doctor mentioned last week that she ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:55:00 EST Hello! Hello! I'm new (again)....that says it all. I have played with weight loss, SparkPeople, WeightWatchers for a long time. 10 years ago, I created my page. Lots of things have happened. I can't bring myself to change it, though. But enough of that. I lost 30 lbs. in 2015. I need to lose another 30 this year! Here we go!!! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:57:51 EST Hello, new member Hi, I joined SP back in 2009 and explored a little but never stuck with it. Forward a few years later and now trying it again. I am uncertain how the spark team works but just recently been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis a condition I have been struggling with for the past year and a half. My weight has skyrocketed and looking for any kind of advice to help deal with exercise and arthritic pain. Thanks! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 19:03:04 EST Hi, I'm new to the team Hi, I've been a member of SparkPeople a long time, but am new to this team. I hurt every single night of my life - it really interferes with sleep and I also hurt a lot during the day, as well. I'm seeing several orthopedists for various issues with my knees and back, but am also wondering if I should see a rheumatologist or some other kind of specialist. I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. I've also had severe depression and anxiety since age 12. I'm 61 now. I'm tired o... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:13:52 EST Sort Of New My name is Gayle and I am from West Coast BC. Was a member many years back but didn't <BR> stick with it. This time I am determined to commit. With degenerative disc and an arthritic hip <BR> exercise sometimes seems so daunting. Also wanting to lose at least 30 lbs and get fit. <BR> I am in my sixties and still working full time so hoping for <BR> lots of ideas that will fit into a somewhat hectic schedule at times. <BR> Looking forward with connecting with you all. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:18:24 EST New to this team but really need the support I have osteoarthritis and the weather patterns lately are becoming hard for me not to take a pain pill. I try to exercise to alleviate the pain in my joints but it has been bad this year. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:32:12 EST Flares and Food? What foods, beverages, and supplements have y'all found that either alleviate or inflame arthritis? <BR> <BR> I sit here with a two-week long flare in my right hand (mostly thumb) and am wondering how others tame it when it gets 'out of hand' - no pun intended. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 13:51:43 EST So frustrated Hi everyone, <BR> I live in Kansas and when the humidity rises than my osteoarthritis flares up in both knees. I'm frustrated because it makes me feel so handicapped. I have to teenagers and I feel like an old lady when I'm only 43. The doctor tells me that I have to lose weight and suggest moving somewhere that is dryer and less humid like Arizona, Denver or Colorado Springs? Has anyone tried moving somewhere like this and it has helped? <BR> The shots worked but I can only get three and fe... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:41:57 EST Hi another newbe Fighting arthritis pain as hard as I can. Looking for an pro active group not a place to complain. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:24:19 EST ORTHOVISC VS. CORTIZONE, WHICH IS BETTER K, I HAVE MODERATE ARTHRITIS IN BOTH KNEES I AM 42 YEARS OLD <BR> WHICH INJECTION IS BETTER ORTHOVISC OR CORTIZONE IN YOUR EXPERIENCE Sat, 15 Aug 2015 21:06:26 EST Rheumatologis? I have arthritis (OA) from my neck down and am suffering. I have had my first knee replaced and probably will have to do the other one plus both hips. The stiffness is getting debilitating. Would a rheumatologist be able to help me? Has anyone here been to one and is there any treatment for OA? We don't have a rheumatologist here, I would have to go out of town but don't want to if there isn't any treatment available. Seems research and drugs are for RA. Any thoughts or suggestions would be ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 23:32:52 EST JUST TRY & STAND & MOVE AFTER SITTING FOR AWHILE! Hello Everyone, I'm Joanie. I am new to this forum but when I found it I knew this might help me. After I have sat for an hour or so, I try and get up from my chair and I am so stiff. I actually have to just stand and not move for a good minute. Once I do move it is with effort because I am still stiff. <BR> <BR> Once I start to go for a walk I am pleased that I really can move. Still, on a daily basis stiffness never stops. It happens over and over again even though I can really mov... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 15:21:29 EST Viking what is the maximum carbs a person should eat daily and be able to lose weight Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:14:37 EST Hi, New to the Team <em>524</em> I'm Angey <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SparkPeople <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Been on here for years but just really active and finally pushing myself to give my all and not give up this time and have gotten really active this year! <BR> <BR> About 20 years ago I tore all of the ligaments on the outside and back of my left ankle. It never healed properly, though I was a pre teen at the time and didn't do the proper things to make it heal right stupid me, and then spent years th... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:31:30 EST Hello you all Not new to spark people. Have not been here for the <BR> last three years. I had given up. I am going to try again. <BR> Need all the help I can get. <BR> Yolanda Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:21:26 EST feet Does anyone have trouble with their feet. I have terrible foot pain, especially in one of my feet. I just bought a strap that seems to help somewhat, but i have to take a lot of motrim for the pain. I have flat feet and the pain will be on the bottom of my feet and my ankle of the foot that gives me the most trouble. Trying to find the right sneaker to wear but not having much success with that. Any information would be helpful. Janis Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:07:15 EST Welcome New members It is tough to lose weight with arthritis; yet it is so important. I had bad times with flares of RAD. I started to use my Silver Sneakers benefit and go to my pool at the gym. I do water walking and deep water aerobics. I have less pain with my back and knees. <BR> <BR> I also found an exercise DVD entitled Back at Pain. It involves stretching and strength on the entire spine. I'm worried about the back getting worse. <BR> <BR> I also eat more salmon, mangos, and other foods bett... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:15:33 EST new to group Hi everyone <BR> Just joined I have been with SparkPeople for a few weeks but just found this group; my biggest fear is not reaching my goal and being able to exercise because of the problems with Arthritis; my back, fingers and knees are the worst. I was hoping losing weight would help some; but no luck so far Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:42:07 EST Not new to SP, but new to the team! Good Morning- <BR> <BR> I'm Jackie. I'm just shy of 33 years old with 2 young crazy kids (3-1/2 & 2-1/2) and I've been dealing with RA for over 15 years and I'm overweight (I'm not fat, I have fat - it doesn't define me) <BR> <BR> I've had numerous flares (right knee, right elbow, right pinkie finger, right thumb, left middle finger (that's what I think about RA), middle toe on both feet, spine (sacroiliac), and I'm going through the 2nd flare in my left knee. <BR> <BR> Thankfully I've be... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:41:08 EST Introducing Myself Hello, my name is Tracey. I have recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and it has been mistaken for sciatica for quite some time (years to be exact). How does that happen? I wonder. I think I could have both actually. The favorite spot for it to hurt most in my ankles and knees but it does seem to originate in my left hip. My husband has arthritis and my daughter has rheumatoid arthritis which was diagnosed at 17 years old for her. I have listened to them lament about their pain and... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 05:20:50 EST hello Hi, my name is Carletta, but I go by Charlie. I was diagnosed with RA and osteo arthritis in 2013. I am currently taking methotrexate, nabumetone, and gabapentin (neurontin). I have had lots of problems with my feet, especially planter fasciitis. After going through about 6 months of steroid shots in my feet (no fun!!! <em>46</em> ), I was diagnosed with the arthritis, after going on the meds for it, about 80% of the feet problems are gone. <em>41</em> I still can’t stand for long p... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 21:15:43 EST AS (Anklyosing Spondylitis) Hi. I was diagnosed with AS about thirty years ago. I started teaching aerobics which kept me very active and kept symptoms to a minimum For about 15 years. After a huge flare up i stopped teaching and gained a lot of weight! The pain and other symptoms have worsened. I am seeing a Rheumatologist but would appreciate moral support from other AS sufferers. What works for you? Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:41:54 EST I'm thankful... I'm thankful my cat act weird sometime. My Mom has stage 3 Mesothelioma and doing good. In addition God love me. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:56:34 EST Green diet? A friend recommended I go green. As in a spinach/kale smoothie twice a day and a Paleo type diet. She says this will help me feel so much better! That I am full of inflammation. This, I already know. I don't know if this way of eating is the magic bullet she seems to think it will be or just another fancy diet. I have been wanting to try the smoothies anyway but tend to think her enthusiasm is a little exaggerated. I just want to know if anyone here has tried this or any other diet that has h... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:27:07 EST Body Pillow Has anyone ever tried a body pillow. I'm thinking of getting one. I asked my PT and she said, it would be a good idea. A good thing to have to support my back. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 23:05:38 EST Dry Climates like Arizona: does it help DH and I are considering spending next winter in the Southwest to see if it helps my joints . . . anybody have any opinions yes or no? Fri, 6 Feb 2015 17:15:03 EST Hey nice to meet y'all Though it sucks that we all have arthritis! I have RA, and my left elbow will not straighten!! <BR> But if that is the least of my worries it has not hindered except for when reaching for things, everyone laughs at me at work!, but that is Ok cuz it must look funny!! <BR> <BR> Ok well that is it!! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:45:23 EST Just joined this team Hi everyone! I am 63 years old and have had arthritis in my knees since I was a teen. It is now stage 4 in one knee and stage 3 in the other. Despite this, I kept up on long walks with my dog(s), sometimes 2-3 miles per day. Last year I started having pain in my lumbar back on the right side of the spine. It kept getting worse and as soon as I had insurance I started going to doctors. Was just diagnosed with arthritis of the lumbar spine but with no nerve impingement yet. I also have d... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:15:46 EST Here for the first time Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a pain free day. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:57:30 EST quote A new year, a new day, a new moment. They are all good chances to begin again. - Bob Perks Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:09:34 EST Following a Plan/Program I am great at staying on track when I have a specific plan. This is what I do on day 1, this on day 2, etc. However, my arthritis is mostly in my ankle and some days it hurts so bad I can't even walk. How do you guys stay on track when you may not be able to follow a specific plan due to limitations? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:20:24 EST clean chuckles New Years Poem <BR> <BR> T'was the month after Christmas, <BR> and all through the house <BR> Nothing would fit me, <BR> not even a blouse. <BR> <BR> The cookies I'd nibbled, <BR> the eggnog I'd taste <BR> At the holiday parties <BR> had gone to my waist. <BR> <BR> When I got on the scales <BR> there arose such a number! <BR> When I walked to the store <BR> (less a walk than a lumber). <BR> <BR> I'd remember the marvelous <BR> meals I'd prepared; <BR> The gravies and sauces <... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:07:56 EST Also had the PF I also had that, bad shoes (waited too long to replace them) seemed to be the main culprit. The thing that helped the most with that morning pain was to keep good shoes by the bed and NEVER walk barefoot. Towel (or band) stretches before bearing any weight in the a.m. and straight into shoes. Even if I had to get up to use the bathroom in the night. Hope you get mending. Foot problems are so hard to deal with, especially when you're trying to keep your exercise regimen intact. The only ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:04:03 EST just joined here Hi. I'm Trisha and I have degenerative joint disease in my right foot and osteoarthritis pretty much everywhere else. I have to wear a boot on my right foot and walk with a cane. I'm having other health issues because I've gained 50 pounds in a little over a year....since I've been out of work. I Have TO Do Something to get myself and my life under control. I hope to learn from all of you how you deal with this and get some ideas and encouragement too. I'll return the favor....thanks Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:42:45 EST Just Introducing Myself I joined SparkPeople a few days ago and am working my way through the tons of information and discussions here. I have had arthritis as a diagnosis since 2009 but have actually had the symptoms for many years. I am a retired nurse so I always expected to have some back pain but I did not expect to have arthritis since there is none in my family of origin. I'm 62 so I am fortunate that I am not finding it too debilitating yet. I do require more rest and can't sit or stand for long periods anym... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:46:20 EST Exercises that hurt during and after. Hi all, I am having difficulty trying to figure out which exercise best fits my needs. I have lower back arthritis. I've been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, etc. Recently I had an epidural shot given for Facet Joint syndrome. For spinal stenosis. Since July 17th there hasn't been much change. Tomorrow will be 1month ago. <BR> I tried doing some of the exercise the Dr.s office gave me! But, while doing them and afterward, I hurt worse. <BR> I don't kno... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:00:49 EST 100 day challenge I just began an interesting little procedure called a "gong". It is a 100-day challenge, and if I slip, I am required to go back to day 1 and begin again. It is meant to be a spiritual practice as well as a habit changer. <BR> <BR> For 100 days, I am giving up fast food and junk food. This is for my health, for my finances, and to put an end to a nasty little activity used by employees and extended families of a junk food warehouse manager and a perennial candidate suspected of being in th... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:12:31 EST What to do during flare ups? Hi! I have a question to one and all. When you have a flare up, what is the best thing that helps with pain & tiredness?? Do you push through it? Do you take extra pain medication? Rest? Splints? What do you do when your family physician tells you ~ there is nothing anyone can do for you, deal with it? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:48:39 EST Hello Hi my name is Nola. I have been a member since July 21st. This is a wonderful site for information and encouragement. I also have arthritis. I am told that exercise will will alleviate some of the pain! Oh how I wish! :) <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:14:53 EST Relative newby Hi, everyone. I joined SP (again) last week, but I'm really trying to shape up. <BR> <BR> I'm 70 years old, and plagued by arthritis of the hips and one knee. I know I need to get both hips replaced, but due to my husband's health, that is out of the question at this time. So, I'm hoping to ward off the worst by exercising and keeping my weight down. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know some people in my age group. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:30:55 EST New Member Hi! I am new to sparkpeople (joined yesterday). My new years resolution for 2013 was to lose weight and get my health under control. Since then I have lost over 100 pounds. I could have lost more, but I fell off the diet wagon so many times. I joined sparkpeople hoping that tracking my food will help me stay on track this time. My new motto is "If I eat it log it". I also purchased a fitbit to help keep me motivated. I was recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the spine and hips. I also h... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:03:50 EST Pain, meds and weght... Hello everyone, finally a place were I do not stick out like a sore thumb...which also hurts among other parts of me :(. <BR> Attempts at staying active and not go to food for comfort when in pain, not to mention dealing with people who cannot grasp what it is like to live from day to day not knowing how artritis/migraines will determine what the day will be. <BR> Finally, people who understand... <BR> I am wondering if anyone is or has taken Tiprofen Acid for arthritis? Switch from Celebr... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:09:40 EST Son-in-law life flighted My son-in-law, David Fitch, was in a serious auto accident <BR> yesterday. You can see the car pictures that were in the news. <BR><BR>tail/id/574862.html <BR> He was life-flighted to the trauma center. He got out of <BR> surgery at 10:30 PM last night. He is stable, but in a lot <BR> of pain. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:47:13 EST Hi Hello , <BR> Ive joined the team as l suffer from severe osteoarthritis and looking for support imformation <BR> from others in the same boat also to be able to soialize with others facing the same battle , lm somewhere near havin a knee replacement on my left and my right is giving me a lot of trouble also , the orthopaedic surgeon has told me l have to lose weight before he can operate <BR> and this is such a battle . <BR> I also hope l can be a support you guys however and whenever l can . Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:28:51 EST pain Last night before the storm hit here, my knees and back were in insane pain. then of course the severe thunderstorm hit and I knew why the pain had started even though I had taken my meds. Being a waitress I am on my feet ALOT so the pain stayed with me all night(I work graveyard shift). Made for a long shift. Decided to take it easy today. My knees are still hurting but not as bad. My back is much better. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:56:17 EST Hola Hi, I'm Lizzie. I'm only 19yrs old but I have arthritis in both knees (due to trauma). Its killer. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:43:50 EST New here Hi: I have just joined your team, I think. I am very new to this site and so far am getting so much information it is overwhelming, but much needed and appreciated. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis a few years back and am living with that as best I can. I find that water exercises helps me tremendously and I look forward to that each day. <BR> <BR> Appreciate any feedback. Tue, 27 May 2014 11:27:17 EST How many steps today? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> It was brought to my attention that we should have somewhere to record our daily steps and that we should be striving to move. My personal goal is to increase my steps. At some points I have hit plateaus and am still happy with the number I have. So, I also think that given this team is Challenged by Arthritis, we should also tell if we are happy with our step count. <BR> <BR> You don't have to enter a lot, just three basic facts: <BR> # of steps: any number; st... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:49:10 EST Back to exercising with my 'friend' Artie I forgot how sore I get when I become active and I'm finding out the longer I've been away from exercising, the stiffer I am! <BR> <BR> Just going for walks will make my joints angry! I realize I have to take it slowly as I've been away from any activity in ages ~ discovered the less I did, the less pain I was in BUT the boredom and weight gain was not acceptable nor healthy.l <BR> <BR> How do you deal with constant pain AND exercising? Pain was the biggest reason for stopping ~ any help wi... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:19:17 EST Move it or lose it with Arthritis? <em>2</em> Newbie here ~ sort of, joined way back when and then didn't do much about it BUT this time I'm determined to stick to it and lose some weight, gain my confidence back and better health. <BR> <BR> Dealing with OA & Migraines certainly can make being active challenging. I'm never sure what my day will bring or how much pain I'll be in. Just started taking Celebrex again, and hopefully I'll be able to enjoy more activities with less pain. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one. <BR... Tue, 13 May 2014 08:59:23 EST Frustrated and want answers For the past 6 months, I have been experiencing joint inflammation in my hands. Several finger joints swell and my fingers look bloated. My right thumb will pop out of joint at the base when bent but will quickly re-align when straightened. When pressed, the swollen joints do not hurt, when moved, they do. The swelling will go down a little bit but is never gone. Here is what I have done to figure out what is going on... <BR> <BR> 1. Used the Anti-inflammation diet for 6 months. No ef... Sat, 3 May 2014 10:00:02 EST Osteoarthr too Found out last year when I sprained my ACL that I have it bad in my knees. Back in 1996 I had an arthritis debridgement done on one of my knees...made it better but still to this day can't bend down on my knees ....was taking just over counter arthritis pills up to 2 months ago. What is helping is the fact that I have started to exercise with my "chair gym" and I ride my exercise for 25 min and the other for 10 thing I have noticed that since I quit eating bags and bags o... Sat, 3 May 2014 00:36:19 EST New to team Hi all, I am Karen, aka elf3000. I have osteoarthritis in knees hips shoulders thumbs and I believe it is starting in neck. I have hip replacement coming up and want to get fit and lose more weight. The pain has been getting to me as is the realization that this is a progressive disease with me and pain will continually have to be dealt with. Yikes! Looking forward to sharing what works at alleviating pain, keeping motivated with spirits up, and of course losing weight and keeping fit wi... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:39:48 EST Has anyone tried Natural Eggshell Membrane? I had been taking Osteo-BiFlex for a number of years, and gradually developed GERD. After doing some research, I found out that Osteo-BiFlex has something in it that causes GERD. I did more research for an alternative, and discovered Natural Eggshell Membrane. It does the same thing as Osteo-BiFlex w/o the side effect of GERD. <BR> Well, I have been taking it for about a month now, and not only do I have more flexibility in my knees, but the pain is gone as well as the GERD. Has anyone else ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:52:35 EST Hello everyone Nice to meet all of you, I just turned 50 and spent most of my life living in pain, both physical and emotional pain. I spent most of my life self medicating, and that is now a thing of the past. I have finally been diagnosed with lumbar arthritis, DDD, spinal stenois, bone spurs on my lumbar vertebra, depression and panic attack. Today I gave myself a huge pat on the back I walked in and join the YMCA for the first time in my life. I had never even saw the inside of a gym. I learned how to u... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:24:28 EST Hi new here I have knobby knuckles on my pinky and am stiff in the mornings and after sitting still for too long. - early stages of osteoarthritis - self diagnosis. No pain yet! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST New & from Colorado Hi! I just joined this team & my name is Peggy. I am 66 years old & have osteoarthritis in my knees but the left one is a lot worse. I am in so much pain but I will get an injection Monday morning. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:40:23 EST Anti-Inf ammatory Doeit What do you eat an an anti inflammatory diet. I have done some reading but I am curious as to the practical application. Are you successfully losing weight? Any help would be greatly appreciated and I am sorry if this has been asked before but I didn't find it in the threads anywhere before. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 07:53:41 EST Hello my first post... Hi, this is my first post on any team... I identify most with Challegned by Arthritis group, because I am not able to run anymore (for more than 5 yrs) and I've not been able to find any exercise to replace it. I've gained 15 + pounds and every day I wish I could run... I am looking for support to help me choose to exercise everyday and maybe some suggestions to feeling better and being capable of doing more. Thanks for being here! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:49:00 EST Best tips for dealing with arthritis? I'm 49 years old and relatively new to the diagnosis of arthritis. <BR> Last year an x-ray showed arthritis in the right hip, I may also be getting complaints in my right hand. <BR> <BR> I wonder if you would share your best tips for dealing with this? I'd be grateful! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:55:00 EST UK sufferers - ironing help please. I have recently been diagnosed with arthritis in my right thumb, this is an addition to the arthritis I already have in the fingers. I am finding ironing rather painful because of gripping the iron. I wondered if any UK Sparkers with arthritis had found a good comfortable iron to use with enough cushioning in the handle to make ironing easier and more comfortable as I am looking for a replacement iron. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading this. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:46:43 EST I'm a Newbie too Hi all, Newbie here. I too have OA, I have had it since I was 15 years old. I was diagnosed with RA 12 years ago and Fibro last year. My body seems to have a mind of it's own. I guess we all have our crosses to bear. I am working close with a new doctor who is really great. I try only to take pain meds at night so I am not in a fog during the day. I have under gone many knee surgeries due to a surgery a doctor had done that was botched up badly. I was on a wound vac for over a year. He really... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:03:29 EST Any advice welcome for this newbie Hi team mates <BR> Well, just got back from the doc who said I have Arthritis in my left hand and shoulder. <BR> The pain, which has since subsided a lot, started after DH and I were moving a panel of weights for my multi gym while decorating my soon to be gym in our new home. He raised his end of the supporting poles without warning and the entire weight hit my hand. <BR> The air turned a lovely shade of blue I can tell you. <BR> So my question I carry on as normal but take heed... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:51:48 EST I cant Reply Any one else having trouble not being able to reply tonight ?? SO many ads it's disgusting !! Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:11:55 EST Chair exercises - this guy is HILARIOUS!!!! Hi All - I am still pretty new to the SparkPeople family, so I am not sure if this is where I should post this link. However, I couldn't WAIT to share it with all of you!!!! <BR> <BR> I really struggle finding exercise regimens that are modified for me. I have two factors at play in this.... <BR> 1) I am very overweight (I know all of you can relate), so even the Beginners stuff can seem daunting <BR> 2) I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so my flexibility is a real challenge <BR> <BR> Anyway, I... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:15:18 EST Daily goal of steps: 5000 I get so discouraged seeing the challenges of 10000 steps a day - that's double what I can do and still move the next day. Anyone else feel like that? I started wearing a step counter and have moved my average up to 4000-5000 steps. I know I can add a few more steps each day, but not too many - the pain goes up fast, even with the drugs. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:05:35 EST Hi New here too! My arthritis has surely slowed me down, and when I had recent knee surgery the surgeon found considerable arthritis in my joints making recovery even more difficult. It has been 10 months since my injury and 7 months since my surgery and I am still in much pain. Using the swimming pool to exercise! And using my new Tracker to monitor the steps! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:00:53 EST Happy new year... I am Paula Griffith and am new to this team. I am also new to SparkPeople. I am learning lots in a short amount of time because everyone has been so helpful. This past year I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in my right hip and left knee. The hip is the worst and the surgeons tell me I am too young for hip replacement--I am 56. I did the research and understand these surgeries last only about ten yes, I decided to wait. However, I REFUSE to live on pain meds. I go without a... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:41:45 EST I'm back with new resolve! I haven't been on the page in a long while. I am committed now to improving my health, losing weight, and living a more positive, healthy lifestyle for me and for my husband. We are retired and not in the greatest shape, but want to get started on a healthier, more active lifestyle. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:50:12 EST Hi Everyone. Exercise difficult with knee pain I joined Sparkpeople two years ago due to knee pain. I lost 40 pounds by diet alone in six months. I was able to keep it off for a year but now it is creeping back. I find it hard to exercise due to my knee pain. When I do low-impact aerobics both of my knees hurt. I wonder if I do leg exercises first to strengthen my legs, perhaps I will be able to do more aerobic activity. Now that I have stopped working as a daycare provider, I find myself with more knee pain. I believe the activity... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:41:17 EST New Here Hi, <BR> I am a student, and last semester we used spark people in science class, Personal Fitness and Nutrition. I decided to stay with it after semester was over. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 6 years ago. And Psoratic Arthritis three years ago. I am a mother of three older children 21,19, and 18, and a full time student. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:46:45 EST Prednisone Hi Everyone, Just wondering if anyone on this site uses prednisone? I have been taking it for the past 1 1/2 years and just recently told the Doctor I wanted to try without it. I have slowly weaned off of it and now I am in so much pain. I do not like medication!! Is there anyone that has tried to go without your medications?. I have polymyalgia rheumatic, erythroymelalgia, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and chondrocalcinosis. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:12:18 EST You have Arthritis?!?! But you're so young. I hear that often. I'm 28. I had Lyme disease about a year ago and it triggered all sorts of things, Fibromyalgia, CFS, and of course Inflammatory Arthritis. Bone Scan showed it in my feet, knees, hips, shoulders, and my lower back. Fun right? My hands bug me the most though when the weather changes. I try not to dwell, but sometimes it's hard. I work full time as a Preschool Teacher Assistant as you can guess, that alone is pretty trying on the body, but it keeps me from... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 03:16:02 EST Need Some Pointers Hi All !! I am 57 years old, and there are days I feel like I am 100 !! I am so tired of aching and being in pain --- that's why I'm here. I know you all are going through the same as I am, and its no fun !! I have learned there are over 100 different forms of arthritis.I have been diagnosed with Polymyalgia rheumatica, chondrocalcinosis, fibromyalgia, and now erythromelalgia, and of course Osteoarthritis.I am so glad that I found this site. I will have to take time to go through and check ou... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 23:24:17 EST Just joined the team Hi everyone! I just joined the team today. For years I let fatigue and joint keep me from being more active. Now I have a lot of extra weight from sitting on my rear too much, that just makes my joints hurt worse. I've tried dieting in the past, I usually lost 10 lbs before I stop losing. This time, I want to reach my goal :-) Fri, 6 Dec 2013 18:30:28 EST New here I am just joining you in this forum. I have suffered from arthritis for years. My knees are now hurting, I am 70 but still very active and use the treadmill regularly on a fast walk speed. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:16:22 EST Your expertise needed Hi. I never post on message boards but am close to my wit's end. Did any of you develop arthritis when you entered menopause? I have been healthy and active all of my life, never more than 20 lbs overweight, and now, at age 51, all of a sudden my joints are aching (mainly hips and shoulders) and I am having trouble sleeping due to pain. There isn't enough under-eye concealer to cover my Addams Family-like dark circles! If I keep moving, all is well, but the minute I stop to sit or lay do... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:38:53 EST Not new but getting involved Hi everyone! I'm 24 with arthritis, most of the pain is in my hip on my left side-but rainy days I have issues with my knees, lower back, and right ankle, and I know that losing weight will help me ease pain and help me get off some of my medications (hopefully!). I know that a pool and a personal trainer are the best ways to get my achy body in motion but I'm also a graduate student, so I do not have the funds for that at the moment. I'm in school to help me get a job where I'm not on my fee... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:06:02 EST New to this team and loving it! <em>240</em> <em>465</em> <em>524</em> <BR> I live in Reno, Nevada and totally love this place. It has grown to much, but we are surrounded by mountain, are 4500 feet, a high desert, Lake Tahoe is about 20 minutes, Virginia City,with all its old time gold rush places, a little longer drive due to the road. The weather is perfect and people friendly. <BR> I am 61 years old, almost 62 (Jan.21), married to Dave for 34 years, have 2 daughters, 1 son, 4 grand-children, 5 cats, and 1... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:52:39 EST Hello! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> By way of introduction, my name is Lynda. I was diagnosed with moderate to severe ankylosing spondylitis (AS) about a year ago, and it mainly affects my hips and lower back. My diagnosis came after almost 20 years of doctors telling me that they didn't know what was wrong with me, asking me if I had been in a car accident, and pretty much putting me on a pain pill temporarily until it got better. Until the next flare up, anyway. <BR> <BR> Since my diagnosis, I have ha... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:46:42 EST New EOA? Hi - I'm new to this. Have joined out of curiosity as I am in middle of being diagnosed for Inflammatory Erosive Osteoarthritis and cannot find out much about it. I would like to know if anyone else has experience/knowledge of it. Goes up and down with me - but at moment I am on prednisone, naproxen, imiprimine to tr and minimise pain/stiffness/inflammation. The fatigue is the thing that annoys me the most as it can be uncontrollable and I sleep a lot. When I'm feeling better I spend a fair b... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:03:38 EST *tap tap* Is this thing on? Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this group and thought I'd introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I'm a 37 year old single mom with autoimmune arthritis (cuz the only thing strong enough to kick my ass is me!). :-) <BR> <BR> I've always been overweight, but had always been active, until I was about 32... (which was when I started to have joint problems). My weight has since crept up and my arthritis has since gotten worse... which makes it even HARDER to remain active! <BR> <BR> My toes and b... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:59:04 EST New To the Team I am in my late 60's and have arthritis in both knees. I am so frustrated that I cannot do what I want to do because of knee pain. I do physical therapy almost every night so keep my muscles around my knees strong and am not overweight. I am looking for support in how to manage the pain. <BR> <BR> - Ellen Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:44:03 EST Top GMO foods and petition for labeling On page 3 of the article, you will find two petitions: one for US and one for Canada. Please sign. This is so very important for our well-being! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nkenfoods-to-avoid.html?page=1 </link> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:14:15 EST New to your team Hi! I'm new to your team and looking forward to making many new friends. I had a total knee replacement of my left knee due to osteoarthritis and the right knee is soon to be replaced. I've got various joints also in my body which hurt as well. But I would have to say my knee really challenges me when it comes to exercise. But I'm exercising!! I'm 40 something years old, married, kids grown and gone and I have two fur babies (kitties) at home. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:15:20 EST Hi I'm new 2 your team Hi! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sandie and I'm 48 years old and live in Springfield MO. I have arthritis in my right knee (knee scope surgery coming up soon) and my lower spine. At the age of 46 I had a total knee replacement of my left knee due to osteoarthritis. It can be a challenge to just do daily tasks. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone! Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:57:42 EST New to this team Hi, My name is Tina. I am new to the team and was recently diagnosed with OA. I am trying to find natural ways to beat this. I have already lost 22lbs this year at about 1lb per week. I am trying to do things naturally without drugs but had to take tylenol today to ease some of the pain. I was taking Glucosimine/chondrotin but have read in different studies where it can raise your blood pressure and cholesterol. I guess the results show that it is in my L5-S1 in my back - worst on the right ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:15:55 EST Has anyone had success by changing their diet? I've had many people tell me - and I've read tons of literature - that eliminating sugar and processed foods from your diet can greatly reduce the inflammation of arthritis. Has any gone to a whole foods diet? Did it help? Thanks for any input <em>252</em> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:22:15 EST Walking Injuries I was reading the SP article today on the 5 most common running/walking injuries. I have 3 of the 5. <BR> Since my big toes are fused due to arthritis I have plantar fasciitis, over-pronation of my feet and have to wear orthotics in my running shoes when I go walking. This has worked well however, my doctor wanted me to increase my walking to aide in weight loss so I did increase slowly (I thought) but ended up getting ITB syndrome and shin splints! <BR> I am doing special stretches/massagi... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:13:29 EST Newbie Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I just joined the ¨Challenged by Arthritis¨ team in hopes to get some support and feedback from others who also suffer from Knee osteoarthritis. I am 28 years old and had two knee surgeries in my teens due to sports. Now, 12 years later, I have been diagnosed with this degenerative disease and just finished my PT. <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople on July 4, 2010 and by September 1, 2011 I had dropped 62 lbs. I had never been so happy, energetic, motivated and confident ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:10:17 EST Newbie Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I just joined the ¨Challenged by Arthritis¨ team in hopes to get some support and feedback from others who also suffer from Knee osteoarthritis. I am 28 years old and had two knee surgeries in my teens due to sports. Now, 12 years later, I have been diagnosed with this degenerative disease and just finished my PT. <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople on July 4, 2010 and by September 1, 2011 I had dropped 62 lbs. I had never been so happy, energetic, motivated and confident ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:06:14 EST New to the team Hi, I'm old to SP, but new to this team. Diagnosed with OA earlier this year. Knees, mostly, but also hands, feet, elbows. I'm not ready to feel hopeless about OA and looking at a few posts here has already been encouraging. I've changed my workouts over the years as my pain has limited my mobility. currently, I'm swimming, biking and walking. I want to add yoga back in for strength and flexibility, but my old yoga dvd's are not friendly to may aches and pains. I'm also eager to hear how ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 01:07:25 EST Newbie intro Hi! <BR> <BR> I've had osteoarthritis in my knees for what seems forever. I'm middle-aged and the other day I was watching an elderly woman who could triple my walking speed! I want to stop the progress of this disease and have come here looking for ideas (and it doesn't hurt to know I'm not alone with this). <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here! <BR> Tatiana Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:20:32 EST Help - how to clean walker wheels? Hi - <BR> I'm hoping someone will have a suggestion for me - I've recently had to start using a walker, the kind with wheels in front and skids in back, and after I've been outside, especially crossing a parking lot, the wheels have picked up all kinds of black gunk, which comes off on my vinyl flooring. I've tried alcohol wipes to get the stuff off, but they don't work very well. I can't imagine I'm the only person in this predicament, but I haven't been able to find any info on the web. ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:02:09 EST Rosster Comb shots Ok there are many brand of shots that have the rooster comb in them for the knee. The Dr today says that I have a 50% chance of this working on my knee. He says that he don't think the one shot treatment will work so I have to try the set of three (one shot a week for three weeks). I am not to king on more shots in the knee but I am not ready for total knee replacement just yet either. So I am going to try the shots if they can get them paid for me to have them. They cost a nice amount they s... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:23:36 EST Hi I am new to the group and just starting bouts Hi everyone I am new to this group and to bouts of arthritis. I had one small bout 6 or 7 years ago; it started in the summer and the result was a nodule on knuckle of my middle finger of my left hand. Well it's back, surprise surprise. Same hand, knuckle on the ring finger. <BR> <BR> It really hurts to make a fist, but I do it over and over and over again because I am so afraid of losing motion in my fingers. I am a business teacher (teach 3 sections of keyboarding) and am keyboarding al... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:15:01 EST knee Hello everyone. I have to fuss some about my knee this morning. Its bee hurting bad the past 3 days even when i try to sleep. i have done everything I know to try but it still hurts. I was told that I was not old enough for knee replacement and I am 43. I dont think age should have anything to do with it. I am going to try to find a different Dr. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:58:24 EST New Member Hi everyone: <BR> I have Osteoarthritis in my hands, feet and a bit in my spine, and knees. Every time I have started an exercise program I have had to give it up due to pain. I am taking it very easy this time but will not settle for defeat due to pain. <BR> I have very rarely taken medication (i.e. Advil) for my pain but with more physical activity I find it sometimes hard to sleep due to my aches and pains. My doctor said it would not hurt me to take an Advil occasionally so when my exe... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:31:00 EST New Hip for My Birthday Friday, June 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> Well after years of dealing with what I had originally been told was tendonitis, with early onset of arthritis. It's time for a replacement. Walking around with pain I thought was a tendon, is now bone-on-bone arthritis. Tried cortisone, but it only worked for a day and a half. Saw my Doctor on June 12 and am scheduled for a THR on July 11. Just received the information regarding signing up for pre-op therapy on the 19th. First available session is July 1st. ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:04:09 EST Anyone try joint supplement I've started using Ostro Bio Flex. I've been seeing a difference. Anyone else try this? Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:51:22 EST New here <em>39</em> Hi. I am new to the team. I was diagnosed with Arthritis in both my elbows. I take pain medication but need to learn how to cope and exercise with this.....I am finding it hard. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:05:45 EST Musclle cramps/ charlie horses Hi, I don't post here often but do "lurk" but I have a question. <BR> <BR> I may have brought this subject up before, but feel the need to readdress it. Lately I have been getting muscle cramps, I don't mean mild ones but ones that bring you to your knees, bring tears to your eyes or make you want to amputate the appendage. Most of the severe ones happen at night while I'm in bed, These are usually in my calves, (they sometimes will happen when I stretch.) my thighs, and ankles, that one was... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:10:13 EST Just took my first short walk :( Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Debbie and I have arthritis in my hips and knees. I live in the Louisville KY metro area, work as a secretary at IU in New Albany, IN. I'm 62, married (42 years today!) and have one adult daughter still at home. I also have my 88 yr old mom in an assisted living facility nearby. I'm interested in a variety of things, but slowly getting to the point where I avoid things because I hurt. <BR> <BR> I just took my first 10 min walk with my dog and I am surprised ou... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:04:04 EST Need Tips for Dealing with Arthritis Pain I took the anti-inflammatory Meloxicam for a few months a couple of years ago without incident. However after not taking it for a year or so I took it again when arthritis in my knee flared up again. This time I experienced periodic erratic heart rate. It only occurred 2-3 times a day and lasted only a few seconds. I tried taking them again and the same thing happened. This worried me so I quit taking them. I should mention that I don't have any heart problems. I am wondering if anyone... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:46:36 EST Hello from San Diego As they say "misery loves company" which is why I joined this team. I am only half joking as I I injured myself around 14 years ago and ended up having a lateral menisectomy in my left knee. I am told I need a TKR but trying to hold off to see if "stem cell" or other less intrusive procedures might become available. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who might know more about new procedures coming down the pike. <BR> <BR> Thanks Everyone! Wed, 29 May 2013 21:56:13 EST joined all of you- hoping to be more regular on SP My name is Catherine. I am 56 years young and have arthritis in my right knee...probably both knees and my feet. I lost 25 lbs and the pain in my knee seemed to dissipate with doing yoga, meditation and spiritual mind treatments. but shortly after the pain in my feet came raging forward and I have gained 8lbs back because I have significantly slowed down and I know I am eating for comfort again. I have tried cortisone and hyalgen. They worked for 4 months and I have not even been able to pay... Tue, 21 May 2013 10:10:55 EST New Poster to teams rnmaryann, age 56, live in Minnesota. 2 knee replacements, allergic to the world, but my brain is pretty sure I am 34. Fri, 17 May 2013 14:04:27 EST Hello Hi - I'm somewhat sporadic about using the web for my weight loss. I know that having a community to help is supposed to make this easier, but to be honest, checking in every day always seemed like a chore to me. So I guess that's why I haven't been on the Spark website in about 5 years. I figured I was getting the emails and that was enough. But it clearly wasn't. It's not that I haven't lost weight in that time - I've actually gained weight. So much that my doctor said I had to lose about 4... Wed, 8 May 2013 18:13:16 EST Do you use glucosamine? .... And do you feel it helps you? How? Tue, 7 May 2013 06:57:53 EST hip replacement Hi everyone, <BR> I'm back, I've been neglecting my diet and for a year have been in extreme pain with old Arthur, but now the end is in sight, I am going for a hip replacement in about three weeks. <BR> Any advice or tips about this would be appreciated. <BR> Regards Thelma Tue, 7 May 2013 06:51:54 EST Coming back Hi everyone. I am glad to be back here at SP. I have missed everyone. It has been almost a year. My name is Roslyn, but my username is Carrie. I live in Baltimore, MD. I have been with SP for some years, starting and stopping. However, I am praying that this time, I will accomplish the new goals I am setting for myself. Mon, 6 May 2013 12:52:22 EST Just joined team! I have been a Sparker for years but dropped off the radar for 6 months when I started a new job. I came back a few days ago and checked off the box to get information on arthritis - that generated an email that lead me to this team. I'm so happy to have found you all. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I have not had an "official" diagnosis of arthritis but my Internal Medicine doc said she was sure that's what I have. I also have a neighbor who does therapeutic massage and she swears I have Fibromya... Sat, 4 May 2013 11:07:11 EST Having a rough morning I am a returning Spark member. I am 48 and my knees are both bone-on-bone. Had euflexxa injections in December 2012. Really helped my left knee, but the right one has always been the bigger problem. Suffered some setbacks in my weight loss journey due to some medication and becoming really discouraged after my youngest child moved out last summer. Trying to get back on track. Have lost 3 lbs. (I need to enter that on my page) Going to have some lab work done to check my thyroid a... Wed, 1 May 2013 07:40:42 EST A Great Garden Tool With signs of spring starting to show we're fining ourselves finally able to be outside and starting to do springtime gardening. I found this a few years ago and ordered one, it's a weed puller that works great and I don't have to get down on my arthritic knees to use it. I bought one for my daughter in law in New Mexico to use on the goat head plants that were overtaking their yard and I use it to pull out dandelions. It works great on anything with a tap root. Here's a link: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:18:47 EST Exercise and stretches for arthritis! I would like some suggestions for exercise and stretches for arthritis! Please help me! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:39:26 EST Inspiring blog entry about arthritis and exercise <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312178#c<BR>omments </link> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:33:01 EST Hello, Just joining the team I am Roger, age 59. I am to have both knees replaced and possibly one hip. I began tearing up my knees in athletics when I was 14 and finally fell badly enough about a year ago that I have had to quit working ( Construction Contractor). Picked up a lot of weight over the years which has not helped and have had 4 additional injuries that required surgeries. Walking to compensate for the knees has one of my hips jacked up. I have lost 42 lbs since Christmas 2012. I need about 10 more to satisfy... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 01:38:37 EST haven't been on here for such a long time <em>24</ Having so many ailments just gets me down but I am trying to get motivated again. I have had several surgeries to my rt elbow ended up removing one bone, arm doesn't straighten, then my knee has gotten bad had a cortisone shot several days ago and it is helping some. still need surgery though. Anyway sorry for the complaining, I have finally been able to get 20 minutes in on the gazelle today, feel like that was a BIG start. Hoping to increase it everyday and start walking the trails now tha... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:59:01 EST Happy to have found this site Hi, my name is Dennis and I started with sparkpeople on 1/8/2013 because I liked this sites goals of helping people lose weight and in the process change peoples lives for the better. My goal it to lose 60 pounds over this year which would put me under 200 pounds for the first time in 20 years. I started playing tennis which has been a great aid to my weight loss to date. In the first three months I've lost 22 pounds which puts me a third of the way to my present goal. I hope to meet ma... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:58:58 EST hello all I am joined spark people to lose weight,I learned I have diabets my goal is to lose 150 lb so i can fell better Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:16:54 EST What do you do when you have overdone? I really overdid it at the gym the other day and am really suffering. The hot tub, the shower, and analgesic balm is not helping. Any ideas? Sun, 31 Mar 2013 02:42:33 EST New to Team Hi, I am PrairieMimi from the Land of Oz. New to team. Joined Sparkpeople in early March. Overall, in good condition at 56. Retired last year after 25 years in state government. Have arthritis in my spine. Had spinal fusion about 6 years, ago. My health has improved since retiring. I am no longer sitting at a desk for hours at a time, or driving across the state for meetings 2-3 times a month. I enjoy water exercises, hiking, gardening and my numerous pets. Grandchildren are a joy, but they l... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:12:15 EST Asking prayers for DD Hi everyone, <BR> My daughter Johanna has lupus and fibro and is quite ill, always a lot of pain and has a hard time doing anything. She has filed for disability and keeps getting denied, but tomorrow (after 2 years) she finally has a hearing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers that it goes through. I'm sure the stress of all this as well as the financial burden of her not being able to work has exacerbated a lot of what she's going through. <BR> Thank you all...and I will update af... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:20:06 EST A Yummy Breakfast Idea I don’t usually do things like this but this morning I found a SparkPeople Recipe I want to share. I’m not much of a fruit eater so when I buy bananas I always end up with some over-ripe ones I have to figure out what to do with. I’ve also been looking for ways to get more protein in my diet. I bought some protein powder and now am on the look out for other things to do with it besides just drink it. This is a recipe for Banana Blueberry Protein Muffins. Besides the fruit they’re made wi... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:09:54 EST Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes Someone emailed me a couple of days ago asking my opinion of Digestive Enzyme Supplements and/or Probiotics to aid digestion. I thought the answer might be of interest to others so decided to share my reply with my teams. The information I’m providing is educational only, I’m a retired biology teacher, NOT a doctor. I’m not attempting to offer medical advice. Also, SparkPeople has an excellent Diet and Nutrition forum. This is a great place to ask questions related to nutrition, fitness... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:26:58 EST I'm a newbie! I've lost 55 pound on Jenny Craig and over Christmas to date have gained back 10. I am really struggling with these 10 pounds. It is hard to exercise when you are full of arthritis! <BR> I really could use some motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm 72 years young, divorced, one son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. <BR> <BR> I'm still working because the weekend is boring and that's when I graze!!!! <BR> <BR> Help!!!!! Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:27:22 EST Exercise Hiyas I have arthritis in both hips and knees i am 47 married and have two kids a teenager and a 9 yr old with autism i can do over 30 minutes a day on my exercise bike wud love to loose 2 pound a week how much would i need to burn of to loose this? thanks. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:02:14 EST Exercising Ideas? Working around limitations. Ever since I joined on Feb. 4th I've been really careful with what I eat and dutifully recording every bite. I know I'm not eating too much but I'm not loosing either. I lost 3 pounds somewhere around week 3 but now seem to have gained all but 6 ounces back, a 6 ounce loss in 6 weeks really isn't what I was hoping for! I have tried to do at least SOME exercise every day, even on bad days. I'm now starting to think I need to find some more vigorous exercises I can do to burn more calories ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:47:58 EST Frustrated? Grumpy? Try this! OK everyone, <BR> I started out the day in a real diet (excuse me, “lifestyle change”), exercise funk. I feel like I’m going nowhere fast and am getting frustrated! Daylight Savings Time is making me grumpy! I even wrote my blog today about it. Since I prefer to be a positive person all this negativity was only making me grumpier – can you see the beginnings of a cycle here? So I decided to look online for some weight loss jokes, hoping I could cheer myself up a little. I’m not sure my... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:27:54 EST Swelling Ankles? The Sodium/P otassium relationshi I recently had a problem with my ankles swelling, some of you followed the posts and I thank you for your input and suggestions. What finally solved the problem for me was simply recalling a concept I used to teach, the relationship between sodium and potassium in your cells. I’m a retired Biology teacher, NOT a doctor so this information is from an educational standpoint, not medical advice but I thought it might be helpful to understand a little more about how this part of your body works... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:57:30 EST Climbing the Mountain This was my blog today. I wanted to share it with other people on this team. So here goes: <BR> <BR> A month or so ago I found myself standing at the base of a very large mountain looking up. I was trying to decide if I wanted to start climbing or just give up and go home. It looked like a really hard climb, and the mountain was SO BIG! I decided to start climbing. How could I ever move forward if I continued to return home? For the first 3 weeks I did pretty good, I made some progress and... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:55:27 EST Hi I am new to this forum and feel you will be a big help ....Have osteo and am having a few challenges coming up in my life, use to be active but definately slowin down alot.....You will problaly see me on this site alot and lookng forward to meeting and chatting with alot of you, Have a beautiful day ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:32:37 EST Dietary helps There's a lot of hype out there that drinking more/special water, taking this or that nutrient or following different diets will help with arthritis pain. What have you tried? Check out this slide show from a medical perspective on various possibilities and see if you want to do your own personal test on any. I'm going to try the green tea one: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tures/the-oddest-arthritis-food-cures.<BR>aspx#/slide-1 </link> <BR> <BR> I'll let you... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:52:13 EST Exercising with BenGay OK, I guess I just have to vent a little here. I have extra strength BenGay rubbed into both arthritic knees, something called Salonpas patches stuck to all the sore areas on my feet and I just took 800 mg of Ibuprofen (prescription) just so I could try to do what has become my daily exercise routine. The Salonpas were recommended by my aunt who has the same foot condition I do. She also suggested Gold Bond Pain Relieving Foot Rub which evidently is different than regular Gold Bond. What's ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:26:05 EST Swollen Ankles - Suggestions???? Hi everyone, I'm at my wits end and am really hoping I can get some suggestions that will help me with this. Ever since I started having problems with my feet and can't go on the long walks I used to take daily I've had a big problem with my ankles swelling and general water retention. Does anyone have any suggestions of "natural" ways to deal with this? I'm reluctant to see my doctor about it yet because I feel like once my feet are better and I can start walking more the problem will reso... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:23:50 EST How to Access SparkPeople Links that Don't Work Since I began posting on SparkPeople I've noticed that sometimes the links don't work. I’ve had people reply to me, “I’d like to read that but the link doesn’t work”. If that's the case all you need to do is this: <BR> <BR> Highlight everything between the <link> on both sides (put your cursor on the right side just before you see <link> <BR> Hold down the left mouse button and drag to the left until everything you want to highlight is blue – make sure you stop before highlighting the ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:47:00 EST EOA Erosive Osteoarthritis (aka Inflammatory Osteo I was just diagnosed with EOA. Kind of scary. Any one else have it? What are you taking for it? She gave me plaqenil and mobic. Please share your experience. THanks! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:16:32 EST The Guilt of Cheating Yesterday was a good day – and a bad day. I “cheated” on my diet and treated myself to a BIG bowl of popcorn. A lot of people’s self control challenge has to do with sugar but not me, for me it’s popcorn. I could eat it 3 times a day and not miss anything else (at least for awhile). Popcorn is OK by itself but somehow it’s not the same if it’s the microwave variety and definitely not the same without butter – lots of butter. So yesterday I cheated. My calorie count for the day stayed re... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:02:54 EST Hi I'm new to this team. My worst moments with joints come usually when I'm walking. I have one knee that just goes out from under me for no apparent reason...i have joints that tell me when the weather changes too...but I am working hard to ensure I am there for my kids!!! <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:46:46 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Kaylamarie. I am 20 years old and was diagnosed with RA in 2002 (9 years old) I have been dealing with frequent pain ever since. At first I was able to exercise through competitive swimming but my lungs collapsed from the chemicals and I was not able to do that anymore. Since I have discovered spark people I have decided to workout more on an appropriate level to which my body can handle. Any exercise suggestions are greatly appreciated. :) Good luck to you all in your goal to get ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:48:10 EST Warning - Don't boil water in the microwave! I just read this post on the "Seniors 60+ - Fit For Life" team page and thought it was worth passing along. Something that makes sense to me once I read it but that I hadn't thought of before - very dangerous: <BR> <BR> A 26-year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shu... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:39:17 EST High Protein, Low Fat Snacks Suggestions??????? Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:31:02 EST Housework Fitness Tracking I use the Sparkpeople Exercise Tracker daily to track my fitness. The one thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t include any type of housework as an activity. At my age, weight and health problems I feel I definitely am using calories to do such things as mop the floor, vacuum, shampoo the carpet, etc. There are other online sites you can go to that will calculate the calories burned during different housekeeping activities and I’ve been going to one of those, calculating the calor... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:16:52 EST Depressed - It's moved to my feet :( I guess I'm complaining now, now sure if this is appropriate for a group post or not. I've had arthritis in my knees and pretty badly in my neck for several years now. When my knees flare up I can't do much in the way of exercise and mainly take pain relievers and anti-inflammatory pills until it gets better but for the last couple of weeks I've started to suspect it's now moved to my feet. I've discovered a whole new level of pain and immobility. How do you do anything when it hurts so m... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:01:00 EST SAMe - Report shows cartilage repair and less pain For quite a while now I’ve been doing research and trial-and-error experimenting on myself in the hopes of finding something that will ease the flair up’s of my knee arthritis (I also have it in a lot of other joints, my neck I think is the worst, but my knee arthritis affects my weight loss efforts the most). I’m sure a lot of you have heard of or tried Glucosimine with Chondroitin supplements but for me I found them to be ineffective. What did work however was Schiff brand Glucosimine wit... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:52:19 EST Your Personal Experience with Sodas I have a question for you to consider. When you drink sodas, does it increase your cravings for food? In addition, what soda do you drink? <BR> <BR> I drink caffeine free, diet sodas. I do think I have more cravings for food after I drink one. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Phil <BR> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:16:16 EST Slow Metabolism - HELP! Hi everyone, this will be my first post since introducing myself. I’m new at this so be gentle, OK? Please, can anyone tell me if they have the same problem I am having? I started menopause in 1999 after the death of my first husband and then had my thyroid removed in 2001. I had a slow metabolism before those things happened but now feel like my body is responding to everything at a snail’s pace. One reason I get so discouraged and end up giving up is because I already feel like I’m doi... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:38:15 EST Third Time's The Charm???? Hi everyone. This will be my third time returning to Sparkpeople since I discovered it in 2008. I guess there's a reason I keep coming back, maybe there's still a little hope of success left in me. I would like to lose at least 60 pounds and it really seems impossible sometimes. I think I’m mostly tired, tired of counting calories, of watching EVERYTHING I eat, of trying to figure out an exercise program I can stick to and mainly I’m tired of hating my reflection – especially when I’m not... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:16:15 EST Achilles Tendons Hi! I'm new. Having increasing aches and pains challenges in past few months. Especially hurting more and more just to bend over. <BR> <BR> Had 2 torn achilles tendons simultaneously a few years back. Podiatrist didn't seem to know why. I had no sustained injuries. Now, a couple years later, I have a big lump around the heel of my right foot. Very painful to the touch and can't wear shoes with backs any longer (great luck that I live in Florida!). <BR> <BR> Have been paying my own me... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:21:11 EST Hello! I'm new to sparkpeople. I lost 60 pounds 3 years ago with WeightWatchers however, I have slowly gained it all back. I am trying sparkpeople because I enjoyed WW and the support it provided but not the cost! Looking forward to making friends and being successful! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:13:14 EST Hello another newbe to this team I am not new to Sparkpeople. tried it a few years ago but didn't stick with it. I also am arthritic everywhere even the bones in my inner ear. Makes life interesting. I still work, garden, paint and care for my husband and his dogs and kitten. I'm not a social butterfly but need more knowledge in order to cope as I age. Now 55 and a grandma and not so shy anymore,lol Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:40:43 EST Hi there!! Hi!! I'm not new on SP but I am new on this team. I'm 31 (32 in 12 days) and recently married and diagnosed with RA 7 years ago in ALL my joints =( I take Enbrel and the weather in the great state of Ohio has not been all that great lately on my joints. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of the RA diet. A friend told me of it and I can't find much on it. If anyone has any info on it it would be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:38:25 EST Hello I am new to this site and not sure how this works.....have arthritis will have a surgery in <BR> March.....on my thumb area. Hoping to get some good tips on how to help prevent a surgery on my left hand by keeping it more limber...Also have the rheumatoid arthritis in knees and other 59 and want to learn to stretch and exercise for these areas especially.... hope to get tips and suggestions on this site and group...hugs.... <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:26:14 EST Exercise I'm new to having OA. Diagnosed this past Oct. I have pre arthritis. Some days my outer knee (where the OA is) feels really good I can exercise for 30-45 minutes. Then for a few days (2-4) I can't seem to do much. What has been your experience with exercise. I really miss exercise. Believe it or not! I seen many of you do large amount of exercise. Could you tell me your experience with this. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:52:47 EST New Need Advice Hi! <BR> <BR> I am new to spark as of Jan 2013. I originally joined in 2012 but never followed through. Now after coming back am off to a great start. Also new to me is arthritis. Last summer was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis of both knees. I am only 54 an plan to be hanging around for a long time. I can walk without distress so this has been my activity of choice so what I would like to know from all of you long time sparklers who also have a Hx of arthritis what else do you do to s... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:44:53 EST New Here How do you handle painful exercise?? Hi , <BR> <BR> Just joined. Was surfing the web site and didn't realize that there was a team for arthritics. Seems there is a team for everything. I shouldn't be surprised. I just rejoined Spark after joining one year ago, but didn't really become active until know I am totally amazing at all the advice and support this site has to offer. Anyway, I want to become more physically active. As of know I mostly walk for my fitness. This activity does not hurt my joints at all. Most of my discomf... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:10:28 EST Great report yesterday and today i feel like crap! just wondering.....yesterday I saw my RA dr and I felt great!! my blood work was great!! I've lost 13 pounds since end of Sept....He congratulated me on that, doing it in the winter/holiday months. I worked my way off Methotrxtat (?) since 09 and only am on onlyy one plaqunil (which works good for me and I tolerate well) he told me to go to one every odd day and in 6 mth we will see if I can wean me off it....I was SOOOO excited and now i get up and I feel like I have been run over by a Mack ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:45:09 EST Supartz For those of you who gotten the Supartz injections - How long did it take to feel improvement? or did it not help ? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:41:53 EST Zumba 2 I rented Zumba 2 and really like the slow start.. very slow start.. but even with it being so slow, my ankles screamed at me. How am I supposed to get this weight off if my ankles wont let me DO anything?? Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone have any good aerobic wii games that work with bad ankles and back? Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:32:01 EST Supartz injection today Had my first of three supartz injections today. Also have an appointment next month with the surgeon. I need both knees replaced. Any advice? I'm more than a little concerned. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:06:19 EST saying hi just saying hi and to say i also have arthritis. my poor knees kill me daily and the later it is in the day the more they hurt. any suggestions on getting rid of the pain? would love to get off the meds. <BR> would love to stay away from another surgery as well. have had an orthroscope done 2 years ago and though it has helped some, my other knee suffers due to helping the other. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:47:12 EST New here and riddled with arthritis Hi there, I'm new to this site and have been searching it the past couple days for a workout dvd that is very low impact. I am 39, but have severe osteoarthritis. I had a total left hip replacement in Feb. 2010 due to severe arthritis mainly caused from a previous injury. I also have svere arthritis in my right knee due to the many years of favoring my left hip. I need a full knee replacement, but my doctor, who replaced my hip, will not do the surgery because of my age. I guess fake kn... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:50:26 EST Hello from someone with ankylosing spondylitis Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople years ago, but I haven't been around for a long time. Hit the reset button yesterday, and here I am. <BR> <BR> I mainly control my arthritis by going to the pool for an hour a day/5 days a week. Currently I am not driving because of another condition, so no pool. I feel like I am seizing up. So I am trying to do some other forms of exercise here at home, even if it is painful. <BR> <BR> So far I have just been playing a few Wii games. Not a great exerc... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:19:28 EST New and Determined Hello everyone! I too have just joined up here, so getting used to all the site has to offer. I have osteoarthritis, have just been confirmed as having fibromylasia, carpel tunnel in both hands/wrists, and who knows what they'll come up with next! It isn't going to matter anyways, because I have decided to keep moving as fast as I can, throughout my life. I am a caregiver, i take care of others in need, and the personal satisfaction I get from doing this seems to help with the pain and strugg... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 03:28:13 EST Hi, just joined Hi I have only been on SP about a week. First weekly weigh-in will be Monday. <BR> Went to the Orthopedic MD yesterday after being referred by primary doc. Was told both knees worn out and need replacement. ( Still deciding about that) Did get Kenalog injections tho. <BR> Challenge for me is exercising and losing weight with limited and painful mobility. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:52:33 EST Just joined Really new to this but here it goes. I have severe osteoarthritis all over. I am totally fused from mid-neck to L5/S1 (tailbone) and then had MRSA-all in Nov/Dec 2006. June 2012 had left knee replaced then in Sept. fell and broke my femur. I am just getting back to where i was in Sept. after surgery. Will be having another disc in my neck done as soon as I am better and then will have my right knee done. Am sure glad I had all of the work done-with the exception of the MRSA and getting t... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:05:04 EST Hi I'm new here too Hi, I'm Thomasina and have osteo in various joints and xray just confirmed I have it in both wrists and fingers. I knew about the fingers, but was not sure about the wrists.. I was hoping the pain was just a form of tendonitis.. I had a hip replacement 2 years ago and it was a huge success and gave me back my mobility. <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople in early October of this year and was so surprised to drop the weight I wanted to in such a short time period. I've never had to diet in ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:50:56 EST Bed time What time do you all go to bed ? It is 11:28 PM and I am going nitey nite........................ Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:29:08 EST Supartz Shots/in jections I had my 2nd injection on Weds. This time hurt more then last week. I said, OUCH!! The Ortho doc says, it's not that bad. I said, easy for you to say! since then my side of knee and calf is hurting again. It hasn't hurt like this for a couple of months! anyone else have this or the shots??? <BR> <BR> Deb Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:28:49 EST Winter is most assuredly coming I can feel it in all of my joints, that terrible achy pain that sets in during the months of Dec - the end of February. I'm only 33 and already in the mornings, it's so cold that I'm nearly crippled for the first 30 to 45 minutes in the morning. I know turning on the heating in the house would help ease the chill but frankly this year we just can't afford it. I may need to find a way to work in a warm bath today or something. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:32:46 EST Energize63 Hi everyone I don't know where to begin except I need help. A year ago I had a total knee replacement with complications of not healing properly. Thru various Drs. they concluded it was a pinched nerve in my back. So 16 days ago I had back surgery. So far the leg is still shaking.( I know give it time). <BR> Meanwhile I gained 20# from the knee surgery and another 20# overnight in the hospital. How can that happen? <BR> <BR> I need to get my eating habit under control. At least that... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 08:26:07 EST OA and exercise I am in the throes of my knee joints breaking down. I have been a runner all my life, and about one month ago, the pain was getting worse and worse, and so I contacted my doctor about what could possibly be wrong. An MRI showed that I have large bone spurs on the back of my knee cap and that there is little to no cartilege on the joints anymore. <BR> Sad news - they told me not to run anymore. Sadder news - not to do anymore stairs if possible, and not to bike until I get my knee(s) replaced... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:24:37 EST Hi there! Hi my name is Cara - I've had a problem with my weight and arthritis for many years now. I do find that the arthritis keeps me from pushing myself into more strenuous exercise because I'm scared to death of a flare up. I was on Enbrel, and was switched to Humira but because I was working in the health care environment I was exposed to a lot of germs and with my lowered immune system a common cold turned into full blown disasters and hospital stays. Needless to say I requested to stop the H... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:35:48 EST Another newbie! Hello! <em>213</em> 7 My name is Jennifer. I am 37 and I live in SC with my husband of 14 years and 2 kids who are 15 and 9. I have RA and am trying to get it under control. My Mom has severe RA and is crippled because of it. She's permanently in a wheelchair. My brother got married in April 09. I looked at the wedding photos and decided that I needed to do something. I was the biggest person in the wedding party at 220 lbs. I got down to about 155 lbs (my goal was 150 lbs) and my RA reall... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:48:49 EST Hating the Weather Change For some reason, the weather changes this year seem to be having a much more painful onpact on my arthritis this year than they have in the past. I wish I had some other means to cope. I need regular access to a hot tub. I need that to help me. I have to figure this out! Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:49:26 EST I feel like I'm falling apart Today my knee isn't too bad. AND it's raining! As you know, I was diagnose with OA on Monday. My foot on the same side of the bad knee has been bothering me for a while. Went to foot doc today and he said I've developed flat feet. Now I'll have to wear a special support on my foot. Right now he has it wrapped and feels strange. What happens???? We hit 50 and everything falls by the wayside! I'm in my middle 50's and I don't think I should have this happening already. I'm feeling lik... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:21:09 EST I'm new and just found out Monday I have OA I just found out I have pre OA. Very mild. On Monday. For being mild it sure aches at night. During the day on and off. Does exercise help or make things worse. It seems when I go for a short walk I can feel the pain come on lately. I got this OA, from a meniscus tear. I had surgery for it in July. He remove only the tear leaving the rest. I'm searching and trying to find out about this. It's a shocker for me. <BR> <BR> Debbie Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:29:32 EST Just joined and just diagnosed! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I was just diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I am 24 years old. I am determined to not let this condition control the rest of my life and am excited for this group to help me reach my goals!! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:30:55 EST Just Joined Hi All, I'm Debbie. <BR> <BR> I just joined this team. Today I found out I have pre arthritis. I've been having a lot of pain on the side of my knee and calf. I had to go through 4 or 5 doctors to finally get a "correct" diagnosis. Now I'm going to have to get the fluid therapy shots. Supartz shots. A round of 5 shots. anyone here have that done?? From researching it online I've heard some say it was very painful. I've had cortisone shots which were extremely painful. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:35:03 EST Hi! I'm new to the team Hi! I was diagnosed with Lupus 6 years ago and arthritis at the same time. While I was in the Army, I had a knee injury, which I have just reinjured whie exercising. The arthritis is really acting up since I have had to stop exercising. Any suggestions on keeping the joints moving, pain-free and without risk of knees or hips giving out while walking or standing? <em>24</em> <BR> Thanks!!! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:27:38 EST Ouch! The weather is getting cooler and wetter. I am getting creakier by the second. Warm showers help some. I am really trying not to take more pain meds than I am now. Really just want to go back to bed. Help? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:17:53 EST Hi i am not new to using this site Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not new to the site but i am new to using it. I have played with losing weight and getting healthy for a long time now. I am finaly to the point that i know that i have to do something or i am going to die. I have a family that loves me and the most adorable 2 year old garnddaughter to live for. I will get healthy. I have quite drugs and smoking in my life. Now if i could only quite overeating. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:45:23 EST hi I'm new here I suffer from degenerative disk disease, torn miniscius in both knees, and oa of a 60 year old. I know I need to lose weight by dieting and excercising, but what I don't know is how to find an excercise plan that takes the conditions into account. I have been trying to be on my feet more and I am going to try walking everyday. I would love some feed back from anyone who suffers through this constant pain and is doing good. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:57:26 EST kness stiff in morning Hi, new to this SparkTeam, have bad knees, and I know once I lose my weight it will be a big help Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:35:44 EST Exercising with Arthritis I have RA and just started swimming and doing yoga. I have to be super careful in yoga not to put too much (well, really any) pressure on my wrists, so there are a lot of poses I skip or modify. Does anyone know of any other potential "lurking dangers" associated with these activities? Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:34:28 EST When you can't Ignore the Pain!!! Hi everyone. <BR> I hope this finds you all doing well.. It's been a while since I posted -- so I'm a little out of touch in following events of our team members. Right now, I need some advice, from this wonderful group who knows the pain I'm living with. <BR> <BR> I've known I had arthritis for years......but I started exhibiting some strange symptoms.... long story short ..... after months & months of testing, scanning, watching etc - I was finally diagnosed with: <BR> <BR> Seronega... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:30:28 EST Hi everyone! Hey everyone! I just joined this group this morning. I'm 36 (OK, and a half) and I've had osteoarthritis in my back for nine years. I try hard to be active every day and not rely on meds but some days are better than others - I'm sure you know what I mean! I'm looking forward to meeting you. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:29:50 EST Tommie Copper TV Hey I just saw a TV infermmercial about these Products that are suppose to help those who have Arthritis and other muscular pain and stiffness. As a Runner, walker and Cyclist I have been plagues with these issues of mild to Moderate Arthritis... Yea, yea, my Doctor's have told me, my Family have told me to quit running... Not on my Life am I going to give up the things I love doing. Until I saw this product. It was indorsed by Montel Williams who himself is plauged by muscle issues due to ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:58:50 EST Exercise for people with Arthritis These are mostly for RA but they well work for other problems also. <BR> <link><BR>s/slideshow-ra-exercises?ecd=wnl_rhu_0<BR>81712&ctr=wnl-rhu-081712_ld-stry </link> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:07:14 EST Thursday I got steroid shot for my knee and.... It has been so wonderful! I has so much less pain in my knee, I sleep better and when I get up I can stand up on my own without horrible pain in my left knee!!!! With the shot and new brace I have not wasted a moment. I have been able to get up and at the track at 7:30 every morning and walk 10 Laps!!!! 2 and 1/2 miles!!!! I know the hot will only last a short time but right now I feel like I have a second chance nd I am using it all. I lost 5 lbs this last 2weeks so my goal is another 4... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 13:27:50 EST newbie 2 hi my name is debbie, i started the program with sparkpeople this week, and it's good to see a forum for others like me who suffering with arthritis like me plus i have fibromylgia..hopefully i can get the encouragement, motivation, and suggestions i need to continue with diet and exercises..i have more energy in the morning where i must do my exercises otherwise im sluggish in late afternoon and evening... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:49:12 EST Dropping in. What is your goal today? Hello have not been here foe a few day hope everyone is doing well. Last week I posted that I was havi g a hard time doing my workouts be ause of knee pain. I had to slow way down on my aerobics and my mile walk has gotten really painful. But last week my hubby got mr a excersice bike at a yard sale for 25$ the price was so low just because the lady didn't know how to work the digital panel but it works great and I can go at my own pace. Not se to being on a bike so really not ure to my bo... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 11:49:41 EST new to this group Hello, I have arthritis in my hands,hips, legs and feet. I have neuropathy. So I have alot of pain. I am really struggeling with this weight. Any help will be appreciated. I work from 3pm to 11 pm as a CNA at a nursing home, so I do alot of lifting of patients. By morning I am so sore it is hard to get motivated. It takes me all morning to get soreness out so I can go back to work . Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:04:02 EST Not new but starting again Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am not new, i just haven't been here since 2007, In that tiime i have not lost weight. In fact, i have gained. I must lose weight. I have over 100 pound to lose. I know that i will get know where just wishing it away, so here goes. I am a married 49 year old man with three grown children and one fantastic granddaughter. I love to camp, fish and be outside. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 17:47:32 EST Pain Free Hi everyone! I'm Ann. I joined the gym and began regular training with a personal trainer a year ago after being told that I needed a hip and knee replacement but because of my age, would not yet be eligible. In the meantime, all they could do was offer narcotics to manage the pain. I was to the point of limping, with pain in each step. My life had become so sedentary because it hurt to move. Driving was awful. My knee just wouldn't allow me to handle the movements from gas to brake. ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:06:00 EST Celebrex My ortho urges me to stay on Celebrex, but I worry about the cardiovascular risk. I can be more active when I'm taking it, but what if the trade off is a heart attack? Why don't Dr's seem concerned about serious side effects of drugs they prescribe? <BR> <BR> My next question is, does anyone order generic celecoxib from Canada, by mail? Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:01:16 EST Can Anyone Relate To This? Last week I was laid up where every joint and bone was so painful <BR> and not even my perscription pain meds for my back would touch <BR> it. I know I have arthritis, but it has never hit me like that before. Of <BR> course I was thinking the worst which is normal for me by thinking <BR> bone cancer! Sheesh, I scare myself to death because this never <BR> happened to me before. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:08:08 EST Art slowing me down I have been doing all my workouts and walks for the last few months but now the last several days I have had to miss several. My knee and back have been causeing so much pain. I have tryed differant braces for my knee but the more I walk the more I limb the more it causes spasms in my back. Saw the doc yesterday and he is sending me back to my knee doc but I already know there is not much he can do since all the cartilage is gone from my knee already and i have not been able to loose the w... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:41:35 EST Hello good morning everyone. Good morning how is everyone today? I am good but irritated Last night I was doing my walk and on my 6th lap my knee gave out. I couldnt finsh my 8 laps I do on my non aerobic day. But Old ART has other ideas. Had a doc appt. this am and I lost 2lbs and am disappointed it was only 2 in the 2 weeks since my last appt. I get toradol shots every other week. It does help with Art, If you dont know what toradol is, it is a very strong anti-inflammatory. My doc is having me do a set of x-rays b... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:31:34 EST Wanting to re-start I have been gone for some time now and really want to start back-up but not sure if this will work for me. I know that Sparkpeople works that isn't the issue, the issue is that I am allergic to vitamin C and citric acid, so this has cut most everything from my diet. I can't have any fruit, some veggies, and a lot of sauces, most peanut butter, and all cereals except for oat meal. Believe me this isn't fun I get a lot of cravings mostly for fruit. I can't have any condiments except for mustar... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:46:12 EST New path The other day when I had my hubby pick me up at the end of my walking trail, it started at the park and went along a very nice but short path through the woods. MY dogs love it though. The trail stops at a parking lot when I had my hubby pick me up at. while we were driving back up the hill that leads back to the front of the park I thought by the end of next month I will walk the trail through the park and instead of being picked up at the end I would up the hill and back around to the park... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:10:58 EST A New Start Hello everyone. I am a 59 year old Christian women. I have been a member for a long time and have gained weight every year. I know I must get started. I love my family more than anything, My grandchildren are my life. I want to be able to enjoy them all of the time. I want to go to their ballgames and be able to climb the bleachers. I want to be able to make it around the entire Zoo. I also want to be able to do the things with my husband that we used to do. I really need a good supp... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:01:28 EST KEEP ON TRYING HELLO.. I AM NEW AND IN NEED TO LOOSE WEIGHT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.. SAME PROBLEMS.. JUST NEED PRAYER AND FRIENDS.. tAKE CARE IN CHRIST JANE Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:24:20 EST Meds for Arthritis.... ..IMPORTANT!! HELLO..... <BR> <BR> I've been diagosed with an inflammatory type (auto-immune) form of arthritis - as well as osteo-arthritis in my knees. It's a form of Lupus...... <BR> <BR> This is whole body involvement - with painful inflammation and joint flare-ups....disabling. <BR> It took a long time for the doctors to come to these conclusions... <BR> <BR> I've been put on a cocktail of Plaquenil (400mg) + Cymbalta (30mg) + Prednisone (40mg tapering to 10mg) + a morphine based pill to control t... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:06:30 EST What i learned today... I was walking with my dogs today along a path through the park, at one point the path twisted around to one side to connect to another, while we were walking it struck me. I could just cut across the grass instead of following when the path twisted off. But then i though i am out to get my mile done and my steps and it hit me <BR> <BR> Always stay on the path, even if it is much eadyer to cross the grass. <BR> <BR> I followed the path and got a quater of a mile more and after i was done i ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:34:02 EST Hi, I am re- sparking --- I am Navy Veteran <BR> A Native New Yorker, currently retired with 26 years of faithful service from the U.S. Navy, Patrica is the Visionary of Cover-Up Ministry where total health management is her business…first natural then spiritual. Patrica stresses that God wants us whole in every area of our life. Patrica is also a licensed Evangelist through Visionaries In Covenant, Inc. She is a mentor, an author, coach, friend, and mother to two adult sons, and pre­-teen son. She can be found actively serving at Pen... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 01:55:27 EST Does anyone complain, whine, cry, roll self pity? I have been a member of this team for a short while...reading from the side lines. <BR> <BR> I'm miserable, cranky, whiny, feeling sorry for myself! Along with going through menopause I'm just flipping peachy? Lol, I know not to take myself to seriously, but I do sway away from sane thinking.? <BR> <BR> I got on Spark, and did the 8 week diabetic week challenge right away! It was awesome, lost 12 pounds and 13 1/2 inches!! I went from walking 13 minutes to being able to walk 2-5 miles a da... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:23:16 EST osteoarthritis in hands...had surgery for it Hmm, my pain is in my hands. I had 'thumb base surgery' in Dec. to fix the osteoarthritis. The surgeon said I would be 100% in 3 months. Now at 7 months, I am hurting more than ever. I had my hand re-xrayed and the pins/screws haven't shifted and there is no more arthritits showing up. The doc doesn't know why I have pain. Go figure. I personally would not recommend this surgery....or maybe I should have gotten a second opinion first. But I did lots of research and thought it would al... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:03:06 EST Apple Cider Vinegar - Are the benefits for real? Hi, I'm MaryJane and I'm fairly new to this team. I've been told by many people over the years that drinking apple cider vinegar in water every day has tons of healthy benefits. Not being one who enjoys vinegary tasting foods, I've pretty much ignored this advice. <BR> <BR> I started drinking it today because I read that it not only aids in weight loss, but it aids in joint pain relief and stiffness as well. After doing the research, I bought Bragg's organic apple cider vinegar with the "mot... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 18:20:40 EST New to team! Hi, I'm Kelly. I am dangerously close to 35 (in a week). I have step-kids, ages 7,13, and18; 2 dogs; a cat; full-time job; and psoriatic arthritis in my hands and feet. <BR> <BR> As far as the arthritis goes, I have been on everything with little success. About a year ago I decided to go holistic and my quality of life is getting better and better daily. I joined spark because I've gained so much weight and I am absolutely thrilled to find a group that I might connect with! Exercise has been... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 12:30:30 EST Hi I am new here... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Deanna. I am new to Spark People. I am very glad to find a team for this topic. I am 36 years old, and 2 years ago I was diagnosed with early-onset osteoarthritis, in both of my knees. Some days the pain and swelling are so bad I can barley stand...let alone exercise. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find exercises I can do that won't hurt my legs. I was told by my last doctor that if I lost 10 lbs it would really good. I weighed 160 lbs at the time, and this was told to me ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 15:27:31 EST Nutrition to help ease symptoms Has anyone used food as a way of helping with osteoarthritis symptoms? <BR> <BR> I have oa in both shoulders, hips and right knee. As my pain meds aren't working, I'm thinking about consulting a nutritionist to see if there are changes to my diet that may help. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions/advice are much appreciated. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:42:05 EST Getting back on the treadmill I was working out regularly but health issues had me take a break, now with cortizone in the back and rooster cone in the knees I am back. Have walked 6 miles in two days. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:23:47 EST Hello to everyone I am new to the team... Hello my name is Staci and I was just resentley diegnosed with degeneritive arthritis in my c-spine and in my mid back, I have always wondered why I hurt so much in my back and now I know...I am a full time mom and wife and I was working full time as a Pharmacy Tech with Walgreens but now I am out on medical leave becuase of my back and my knee I am also waiting to have surgery on the 17th and so I am in a world of hurt... <BR> <BR> I have alot of Challenges to my weight loss prosses because... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:21:13 EST Ready to give up I have been a member of sparkpeople for a very long time but haven't done much of anything on here for a very long time but I am now in need of encouragement please because I am ready to give up on everything. <BR> I had a hip replacement a year ago today because of severe arthritis, I had put this off for almost 5 years because I wanted to find a doctor I felt comfortable with and I trusted. Actually I was afraid had the surgery and it was a breeze and I had excellent results. Exactly 5 we... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:45:39 EST New to Team Hi! I am new to the team. I have been on and off of Sparks since 2009. This time I have been on consistently since Feb. <BR> I was doing pretty good on losing weight and getting healthy. I was using the biggest loser videos to achieve this. I went to my doc with some concerns about pain in my knee when exercising. My knees have given me trouble since I was about 13 so I don't really feel everyday pain any more. She took an X-ray and then told me - not to do the videos, get in the wat... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:51:18 EST heat bothers me Hi, I have never posted here before. I have a question that you have probably answered before but, I have arthritis and I thought the heat was suppose to help. I never do well when it gets hot. Does anyone else have this problem? Also my weight goes up when it heats up. Thanks Jackie Thu, 31 May 2012 13:45:48 EST Arthritis in the ankle. Hi Everyone, <BR> I haven't been on this spark team for a long while now, sorry about that, I have arthritis in my hips and knees and I have been coping quite well with this, without medication too, now I have it in my left ankle and this is affecting my walking and also irritating my knee. Has anyone any advice on this? I would love to hear from anyone. <BR> Thanks, Thelma Thu, 24 May 2012 07:54:11 EST New Member Hi! I'm new here to the program. I've been married for almost 13 years now and have 4 sons from a previous marriage. I married a gem this time around!! I live in Weslaco, TX which is about 7 miles from Progresso, MX. We moved here from N. Dakota and it was a great move for us. The heat does us much better than the cold weather; however, we do get humid down here as we are only 50 miles away from the Gulf of MX. <BR> <BR> I have artheritis throughout my body. I have newly reconstruct... Tue, 22 May 2012 21:50:47 EST New to the group Hi everyone. I'm Kim, 42, single mom. I just found out in the last yr that I have arthritis in my lower back along with other major back issues. It prevents me from being able to exercise the way I'd like. I quit smoking two yrs ago in June and gained all my weight back that I had lost three yrs prior to quitting. I struggle daily with back pain and the struggle of keeping motivated to lose this weight. <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself... <BR> Happy mothers day to all <BR> <em>247</em>... Fri, 11 May 2012 21:00:07 EST Breagan's Oma Due to very bad knees I do not feel that I can do the cardio, but I take Tai Chi classes 2 x a week and cannot find a way to enter that on the fitness page. Does anybody have any suggestions. The help tab was useless. <BR> Wed, 9 May 2012 14:31:30 EST Lunge alternatives I'm doing the Spark People 28 Day Bootcamp, but...there are a lot of lunges and my knees simply cannot handle the pain from my osteoarthritis. Any suggestions of alternative moves? Thanks. Thu, 3 May 2012 20:40:55 EST Osteoarthritis of Neck - Botox? Just recently diagnosed with OA of the neck between C-4 and C-5. I have had pain for so many years. He gave me a muscle relaxer and pain medication, Tramadol, to help with it. I have also had to have trigger injections a few times because of extreme tightness in my muscles. He mentioned that some have used Botox to alleviate pain and relax the muscles. Was curious to know if anyone has tried this or would recommend any other treatments. I am pretty active with exercise, I take warm salt... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:05:32 EST Introducing myself Hi, I am fairly new to Sparkpeople and new to this Team Page. I have osteoarthritis in my knees and I think in my ankles now too. I love to exercise but exercise doesn't always love me. I am looking forward to increasing my mobility and doing more fun things. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:40:39 EST I need friends for encouragement and support!! I have had a sparks page for a long time but never really got into it. I have been a full time student for the last 3 years and never really had to time to be devoted to my personal self:) I want to go full force at improving my health and fitness and I have see a lot of people have great success with sparks people and I need help. I need friends, I need help navigating around on my home page and using the tools available. If anyone has any helpful hits please feel free to share:) Thank... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:03:31 EST Do you find that You can carry a suppily bag on your SHOULDER but the moment someone TOUCHES it you become NASTY in how you speak? Well that is automatic with me someone TOUCHES my SHOLDER (EIRTHER 1) I will SNAP because of the PAIN but carring anything on them it won't HURT but TOUCH it & I go " MENTAL" because of how much PAIN I get from it Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:44:26 EST Chronic Pain from Osteoarthritis I have chronic pain from Osteoarthritis. I need knee replacement in both knees, but keep putting it off. Tue, 3 Apr 2012 22:09:38 EST Exercises for limited mobility Coach Jen Compiled all the exercises for people with limited mobility into one place. This is very helpful. <BR> <link><BR>le_center_detail.asp?id=19 </link> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:44:08 EST Teri Davis Looking for help losing some weight, I have been a member for two years, just not done anything about it yet!! Need to know if someone out there is in the same boat as I am? I know I NEED to do this, just not sure how to get started! I do have two others in the house that could benefit from eating healthy and losing some weight as well. How do ya'll get this party started? Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:14:11 EST New to the Team- Need Encouragement Hi My Name is Sonya: <BR> <BR> Need some encouragement. I've been with Sparkpeople for over 2 years. I've tried then stopped but I have gotten back on program with a health concern to defeat. I am 42 with severe OA. Of course I am over weight by 30 pounds. This makes it very difficult to stay active with any type of exercise. I did however, start a swimming exercise class but have not been in awhile. I just really need to stick with a program because I know I can do it. The pain and ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:52:11 EST Just signed in I'm new also not really for sure what suppose to do on some of this. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 15:30:24 EST Trying to get back in control In July of 2010 I started a healthy lifestyle change. Was a walking mess, with bone-on-bone in both knees, calf tear in the left calf and plantar fascitis in my left foot. I was nearly in need of a wheelchair. I was reading a book called, "Codependent No More" and it was helpig me feel strong and motivated me to make necessary life changes. Over the next year and a half I lost nearly 75 lbs, was feeling really good. Knees felt better, calf tear healed, plantar fascitis all but gone.... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:13:04 EST Exercise in general I have had four surgeries for osteoarthritis; 2 knee replacements, a toe fusion and miniscus repair. I hurt everywhere and am actually afraid to exercise. I start out slow but then get so sore I quit. I feel really down about myself and after reading a few of your stories thought I would try to reach out to someone. I'm 73, in fairly good health and have recently lost 20 lbs. I'm still working on that. I'm slated for cataract surgery tomorrow and again in 2 weeks. Anyone out there in t... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 15:29:52 EST Finding my inspiration Hello, my name is debbie and I am 57yo. I lost over 100lbs with Sparkepople in 2007 kept if off for a couple years maybe 3 I cant remember nopw but then I decided to go back to college. Between fulltime school and fulltime work I have put most of it back on. I now have arthritis in my hip and need to have hip replacement surgery. <BR> <BR> I am pretty limited and can't do much walking with being in extreme pain but I can swim. I got hooked on farmville while working night shift and would spe... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:03:58 EST Newbie with New Knee Recovering from total knee replacement Jan. 9th. Am so happy to be on this side of it; recovery is going very well. Completed in-home PT; starting 8 weeks of PT at the clinic on Monday. Went into the procedure with extra lbs. which I am determined to lose as I become more active. Spending today setting up my eating plan and tracking on Spark. So glad I found the site last week. Being able to take my dog for a 2 mile walk is something I missed so much. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:58:03 EST Is this a glitch? I have just been having a look at our team page and looking at the members. I was stunned when I went through the first ELEVEN pages and there would be lucky to be more than 4 members per page with a profile. Is this just a glitch and just me seeing (or in this case NOT seeing) the members, or is it normally like this. With such a big team it seems really strange to me. <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:56:48 EST new year, new goals I want to make 2012 a year of healthy choices in all areas of my life -- food, exercise, work, family, and friends. My goals are to have less stress, push away from my desk and leave work at a reasonable time, make healthy eating a priority, start moving more, and perhaps hit my 62nd birthday next december 20th 25 lbs lighter. I know i can make changes in the year ahead with the support and suggestions of others trying to make changes too. I want to lose weight but i dont want to do it ea... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:54:26 EST Knee surgery and arthritis New to this forum so any help appreciated. Sitting here with knee elevated after having knee surgery last Friday. Torn muniscus and lots of bone shavings cleaned out of right knee. Have to lose weight. For every 1 lb of weight I lose, takes 3 lbs of pressure off my knee. Trying to do exercises after surgery but really hurts yet. Any help/guidance to lose some weight would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:58:34 EST Hello, new Hello everyone. I''m Donna and glad to be here. I had gastric bypass about 3 years ago and it was very successful <em>9</em> . I''m up about 10lbs with holiday eating but wouldn''t mind taking off 20. Looking forward to the community spirit of SparkPeople to help with that. I have old fashioned arthritis all thru my body. Been upping meds, taking shots for bersitis and being referred to pain management. I will not let this stop my new wonderful life I am making. <em>249</em> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:10:49 EST new Hi I'm new to group. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:00:10 EST New Hi! My name is JaNell. I have severe osteoarthritis in my joints. I am only 36 years old and I have had both of my knees replaced. I just recently had surgery on my big toes and shoulder because of the arthritis. I am getting really frustrated right now because the medications I take for the arthritis make me gain weight and I am not able to do a lot of exercise right now because of recent surgery, so I have been gaining weight. I really need some motivation to get things going so I can loose... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:07:43 EST Hi there, newbie here Hi everyone ! New to this team. Trying to rehabilitate after knee surgery (bone spur removal under knee cap due to overuse, injury & arthritis). Trying to get back into the swing of things, but finding it hard since I'm stiff @ times w/ limited range of motion in my knee (but working to get it back!) Looking forward to renewed movement w/out as much pain. & looking forward to tips and fellowship with other arthritis sufferers out there! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:24:29 EST Newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this group and new to RA. Any other RA sufferers out there? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:55:01 EST New to Spark, not to the weight loss journey Hi. I'm a 43 year old single mom. I have severe arthritis in both hips, so bad that I can barely walk some days. I am terrified of having hip replacement surgery and looking for any options of exercises/supplements that will help me lose weight and make the pain more livable. Thanks in advance! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:38:51 EST Trying to meet challenges & stay active I am 48 years old, and really trying to be active, despite chronic nagging shoulder pain. My 84-year-old grandmother can barely move her arms, and my mom moves as little as possible. If I'm already feeling shoulder pain, I can't imagine myself 35 years from now! I refuse to succumb to inactivity! And I'm tired of whining! I'm planning a big bike ride this summer, and need to get my body strong enough to manage the giant hill climbs! Shoulder injuries will stop me in my bike tracks, so I... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:40:58 EST Missing in action Well, it has been since 2009 that I posted anything. I checked out Biggest Losers, but thought I would come back to where I started several years ago. I am almost 300 pounds and I truly need to replace unhealthy eating with a more healthy type of hobby. I have a jewerly kit I never started and plan to start that one plus try to learn how to knit. I really need a support system, and hope to hear from those of you out there who remember what it was like to get started on a healthy hopeful begin... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:01:40 EST