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Welcome to the team.

I only post when I have something to say?
We aren't a busy team but we are always there for each other.

Looking forward to getting to know you !

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THANKS, Roll out the barrel, if you are old enough to remember that polka.

I just call them as I see them, to the dismay of many peope.

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RUBIOR -
emoticon emoticon To the group. We all share when we get time, and share what we have learned what works best for us, and encourage each other on our bad days.
We all deal with the pain differently so suggestions are plentiful that is for sure.

Polkamama1

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Stay OP, hydrated, and find the humor in your life

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Hi, I am Nancy. I am not new to OA or SP. I was going to join this team earlier but didn't because of lack of postings. Posting hasn't pickup, but I decided to try anyhow.

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Hello , I'm nightmares and I have just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip. I have been in constant pain for the last 3 weeks and just found out last night I have osteoarthritis in the hip. Now i have to figure out and find ways to exercise and not let myself get to the point of not being able to move. need all the help on this and advise i can get. emoticon lately the pain has been so great i want to cry and nothing i do seems to help ease it , it is hard to sit, and laying down is almost unbearable at times, standing does ease it for a little bit. but i learned that that can cause more damage. So what do i do ?

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6/12/09 12:46 P

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BAKERMAKER1;

Welcome to the team. We all have days where we can't do everything. i know how that is with the knees as I have to have both of mine replaced, and my right ankle as well.
Check out the cardio track and finder and look at possibilities that you may be able to do. This is what I had to do. I love to dance, so grab my husband and dance around the trailer, and that way we both get a work out and do this for about 30 minutes at a time as I too can't do things for long.

I know that getting on the floor with our knees is very difficult dear. I use the bed for all of the exercises i am to crawl on the floor for. It adds a degree of difficulty as well and gives you a real good workout.
Hope these things help you on your weight loss journey.

Polkamama1

Judy Ann

For every hour you walk you add two hours to your life!

Stay OP, hydrated, and find the humor in your life

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The best preperation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today!!!

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Hello...I just joined this team today and joined SPARK about two weeks ago. I've had osteoarthritis in my knees for years and now have some in my right thumb.

My knees get to be a real problem when it comes to getting in some cardio exercise. Yesterday I walked 10,000 steps outdoors, not all at one time though!, and today I can really feel it. I don't like to do water aerobics because I have varicose veins and I really don't like showing these legs.

I'm almost 60 and my doc wants me to wait some years yet before I get replacements so I'm hanging in there and doing what I can...

Wishing all of you a good day.
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HOLMUS Posts: 27
6/8/09 12:06 P

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Wow, Judy Ann - you are a breath of inspiration! Thank you for sharing all that you did and I hope that today goes as well as can be expected. Be good to yourself!

Holly

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6/8/09 11:42 A

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morning all;

emoticon Beth, OA doesn't know age as far as I know. If we can help and motivate you that is what counts.

You might try putting warm packs or ice packs at times, or try other topical products that are out there to help alleviate the pain. I have found a product you get at a Supper Supplement store called "WHITE FLOWERS" it warms down to the bone and gives a lot of relief and is made from herbs. A little goes a long way.

Try also doing your exercises if to painful to get on the floor, try to do them on the bed as it adds more resistance and makes them a little more difficult but does make it easier. Also don't try to do say 50 of anything at once if to painful, do what you can several times a day, and that way you still get what you need to done, but in a less stressful and painful way.

Also start out slow when adding new exercises as that way you give your body a chance to get used to the new motions in a slower way and that in return is less stressful on the joints.

hope this helps.

Today is a bad day for me, but will go out and push the reel mower anyway, and then take it easy later.
also need to keep close to the comp today as my sister gets her son's remains after the cremation. So this is going to be a long and hard day for all of the family.

My husband gave me a wonderful gift yesterday. He brought home two beautiful Gray Tabby kittens that are 6 weeks old. We called them Puss and Boots. Boot's is the male, and Puss is female. Plan on getting them spade and neutered when about 6 months old. But they bring great joy and entertainment and a few good laughs along the way. Will try to get pics up soon again.

Have a good day all, and keep doing the best you can and know tomorrow may be better yet. Drink the ice water as well.

Polkamama1

Judy Ann

For every hour you walk you add two hours to your life!

Stay OP, hydrated, and find the humor in your life

BELIEVE THAT LIFE IS WORTH LIVING AND YOUR BELIEF WILL HELP CREATE THE FACT

The best preperation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today!!!

Let's get Quacking

Perks stands for:

P--Positive Thinking

E--encouraging others

R--Renewing oneself

K-- Knowledge gained

S --Success Earned


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6/8/09 6:01 A

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Hi Beth and welcome! Good for you to be so proactive and at such a young age. You will succeed -I know it! Keep focused on that great attitude you have and stay in touch here to grab motivation and inspiration! I think Spark People is such a great thing and it has really begun to make a difference in my own life and motivation. Best of luck to you on this journey! Holly from Philly :-)

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6/8/09 1:24 A

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Hi! My name is Beth, and I'm new to SparkPeople, but I love it so far. I'm 20, and was diagnosed with OA when I was fifteen (no injuries, just genetic), so, needless to say, my peer group didn't really understand it. My biggest problem is motivation when I ache, so I hope this group will inspire me, because so many of you have worked through so much more than me, so, there's hope that I can get myself together too! Right now I'm seeing a doctor of osteopathy who has me on a special diet (no white flour, no processed sugar, no caffeine) to see if modifying the pH in my body will help at all with the OA. So, I'm hoping through SparkPeople to keep myself accountable, and get and stay healthy so that this OA won't beat me up as I age (or at least I want to be able to fight back).

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6/4/09 10:31 P

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Hi all
I am glad to be back online now that I have gotten moved. Boy the number of new ones in 8 weeks is amazing. Good to see, and Hope to encourage all of you as best I can.
This has really been a very crazy time for me as many of the old timers know, I have moved, and then had to have a breast biopsy. Then while moving they decide to try biopsy #2. That fell through because i was allergic to the metal in the wire they needed to mark the mass in my breast. So that was a no go for now and have to do lots of mammograms in the coming months until they can find a wire that doesn't have nickel in it. So the lesson for all of us is to make sure the Dr's know that we have these metal allergies as the can really slow down the healing process and may cause severe problems that the dr. isn't expecting.
Hope all are drinking their ice water, i have been hitting the ice water bottle pretty heavy for the last two weeks as it has been warmer than usual here in Western washington.
I also am dealing with the loss's of a family member as well. my nephew committed suicide 9 days before my birthday. So am trying to help his Mom (my7 sister through this time. Thanks to I'ming on the computer as I can check on her everyday down. She has had a rough couple of years, and hope she gets through all of this. it helps that i have lost a son, as I can tell her she is doing okay when she is feeling stressed or doesn't want to do something because those who never lost kids don't understand what she is going through and only trying to make it easier ,but miss the point.
have been working in the new yard, and doing my gardening, and trying to keep a positive attitude and trying to stay on program. But for the last couple of weeks that was blown out the window. So glad to be back where all of you will keep me going in the right direction. Sorry I haven't had time to go through all of the posts so bear with me if I ask a few stupid questions over the next few days.
DRINK YOUR ICE WATER.
POLKAMAMA1

For every hour you walk you add two hours to your life!

Stay OP, hydrated, and find the humor in your life

BELIEVE THAT LIFE IS WORTH LIVING AND YOUR BELIEF WILL HELP CREATE THE FACT

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Let's get Quacking

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R--Renewing oneself

K-- Knowledge gained

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5/30/09 2:28 A

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Hello everyone! My name is Holly and I live in Philadelphia. I am new to Spark People and just love it so far. I'm gradually starting to get more involved with various components of this wonderful site! I am now additionally encouraged to have found this group. I have read many of your entries and resonate with SO much of what many of you are experiencing, so I know I'm in the right place.

I'm 46 and obese - probably need to lose about 200 pounds all-in-all. I am tall and used to get away with carrying the weight and yo-yo dieted forever - which is how I gained all the weight (what a surprise, right?!) :-)

Anyway, I've got horrible OA in both knees, my right ankle, and my shoulders. Sometimes I also feel it in my hands and arms, which is not good, as I"m a professional singer/pianist and conductor!

I also have neuropathy in both feet - more so in my right foot, than the left. It is VERY disconcerting, and no one seems to know why. I have hypothesize that it is most likely from something pinching nerves and, as I lose the weight, that pressure will eventually subside and the feeling will return. I've heard this from other obese women over the years. I'm hoping for this - and it helps motivate me!

I have a great gym, where I swim and have taken the aqua aerobics and strengthening classes, and want to really start walking now. I"m like so many of you - it hurts so much to walk a block, let alone for 30 minutes. I know that in the past, once I really started walking - after about 15 minutes, I feel much less pain.

Anyway, I could continue, but this is a lot already! I'd love to hear from any of you who experience numbness, and what might be helping you.

(FYI - I'm not diabetic either)

Many thanks!

Holly from Philly

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5/29/09 10:46 P

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Hello. My name is Natasha and I'm 45 and newly diagnosed with arthritis in my left hip and knee. I'm currently taking prescription NSAIDs, Flexeral (1/2 tab) at night and starting physical therapy. I'm also rejoining a yoga group.

This explains why I've had trouble walking for a few minutes after a long drive.... but it's very disappointing b/c I'd just started running again and now it looks like I will not be able to go back to running....sigh.

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5/18/09 1:40 A

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Hello, My name is Alleen. I have ostearthritis in my knees and lower back. The doctor has me takink Mobic for the pain and he gave me 5 shots of Halgon in my right knee. It is the worst. The Halgon is suppose to put cushions in my knee joint. I had a series and then waited about a month and it has helped a lot. The only draw back is I need them every 6 months but my insurance pays for them. They are very expensive. I also had physical therapy for a couple of months 3x a week. All these together helped my pain for now. emoticon

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Hi,
my name is Heidi and I'm 31 years old. I have been having pain in my knee for years and finally got it checked out this week- i was shocked when Doc said it was arthritis. Doc told me to rest this next week,ice and take prescription nsaids and see if it feels better. Then we'll take it from there. I was really bummed at first because I have been exercising pretty hard and regularly for about 6 months now and felt like I was in a routine. I have been a member of sparkeople for about that long and love it here-so I thought I'd check out this group. It's nice to be going through this with others who have been there. Now I know that this is just another challenge! emoticon

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3/29/09 5:13 P

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Hi Marianne! Thanks for your reply and the tips. I know exactly what you mean about appetite! For whatever reason, swimming makes me sooo hungry. I try to drink a lot of water on the drive home because that seems to help, too. As for my hip, I had open surgical dislocation, where they reformed my the top of my femur bone so it would fit into the socket better. Apparently I was born with oddly-shaped femur heads that tore up the cartilage in the sockets throughout my years of dancing. My fiance owns a dance studio, so I taught there before my surgery. I'd like to get back into shape so that I can teach again this summer. I hope you don't mind I added you as my first friend. Love your pics... I am an animal lover too. I have 2 cats but also love dogs. That collie in your photos (I assume it is yours?) is absolutely beautiful!

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3/29/09 4:50 P

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Hi Ally, welcome to the team. Oh, swimming is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Anytime you've had any kind of surgery, it makes great sense to strengthen the muscles around the joint where you've had surgery (and anywhere else!). I think you become so much more aware of your abilities after having surgery. Both swimming and any type of water aerobics, or water walking is great. Because of water's buoyancy you are not putting as much pressure on that newly fixed joint.
My only water activity warning would be to steel yourself against wanting to eat "a house" when you get out. I really have to make a point of watching my food intake for the rest of the day. I try to plan what I'm going to have afterwards, and really stick to that. For some reason (maybe it's just me), I usually feel really good after swimming, then about an hour later, I'm STARVING!!! I try to plan a nice protein treat (shake or bar) to have, because if I don't plan, oh man....I can blow it in an instant.
What did you have done to your hip? I love the pic on your Spark Page....do you teach???

Again, welcome, glad to have you!

marianne

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3/29/09 3:03 P

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Hello! My name is Ally and I'm 22 years old. I had open surgical dislocation in December on my left hip. I am trying to get in shape and have started to learn to swim. I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I'm happy to find a group that discusses the specific challenges people with arthritis face when trying to incorporate exercise into their program. I am particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has hip problems and/or people who have found swimming and other water exercises to be helpful. I look forward to making friends with you all!

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3/15/09 10:21 A

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Hi Marianne ,
Thanks for the welcome , my therapy consists of walking laps and a number of exercises and stretches and l like it all , l have for a long time had difficulties in putting my shoes on and doing up my laces and since starting hydro its getting easier , my hydro is done in a small heated pool , l cant swim laps as nearly five years ago l got meningitis from a mid ear infection from which the fluid entered my brain so lve been advised not to get water in my ears that may cause another ear infection and so on so l dont swim , thanks for your encouragement on my little bit of weight loss so far .
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3/15/09 12:16 A

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Hi Gary, welcome to the team -

What type of hydro therapy do you like the best? The pool I use is an indoor one, and since this is not an affluent area, the water is kept pretty cool to keep costs down. Great for them, not so great for things like water walking, because I get COLD. So, I generally do mostly lap swimming, with some walking, and stretching in between.

Congrats on your weightloss so far. Enjoy the journey -

marianne

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Hi team ,
l've been a member of this team for a week or two now but l haven't introduced myself as yet , my name is Gary (Gaggs) lm 54 and live in Victoria a state of Australia my wife and self have nine children , l suffer from Osteoarthritis and have for a lot of years My left knee is pretty chronic and l trouble with most of my joints and l find that hydro therapy and mild exercise helps me , lm enjoying being part of this team l know lll learn from you guys and l hope l can help you at times in return

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11/14/08 11:16 P

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Hello Christine,

Welcome to our team. I'm just 6 weeks out from knee surgery, my third on my right knee, and I've got to tell you that even though I have a long rehab ahead, having lost weight has made a difference in my recuperation in oh, so many ways.
It's always kinda hard to hear that "if you ate better and weighed less it would be easier on your knees". Actually, it feels like a downright judgment of the way I live, but darn it, losing weight does make a difference.
I hope you'll find strength and encouragement to make the changes that will not only help your knees, but also your mental outlook, knowing you are doing everything possible to help yourself.
Join right in......did you have your rt knee replaced due to OA? How is it doing? What kind of exercise/food plan are you looking at?

Again, welcome....

marianne

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11/13/08 8:26 A

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emoticon aboard Christie.
You will find amazing support and comfort with this team.
Nancy

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Hi Christine !!!
Welcome to the team.
Good luck with the surgery.
Looking forward to getting to know you !!!

Net.
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11/12/08 12:27 P

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Hi! I'm Christine and am just getting back into Sparks. My job health benefits has a wellness program that did an assessment and it prompted me to find a way to get more proactive. Its hard because of the constant pain in knees... total knee replacement done on Rt in 12/05. Lt knee needs it but have to be at job one year to take off for surgery which will be February. Anyway... just wanted to introduce myself.

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emoticon emoticon to Exercising with Arthritis.
What does your Dr./physiotherapist advise? What does your body tell you that help?
There ae many who will reply to your questions. My answer is Tylenol and then ice. Exercises which strengthen the mucles in my legs help support my knees and I find swimming soothes the aching joints. This works for me, but I'm not an expert. When my knees and hips become very painful, my Dr. usually gives me a shot of cortisone. But that is not often.
Right now I am waiting for hip replacement but i have to lose 60 pounds first.

All the best and please keep us posted.
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10/29/08 7:46 P

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Hello, my name is Tasha and I have Arthritis in both knees but my right knee is the worst. I also had knee surgery in Feb. of this year for a torn Meniscus in my right knee. It's been hell trying to find the right exercises for me not to mention I have Arthritis in my hips as well. I have not given up and I think I am doing pretty well considering. Some days it is a battle to exercise but I keep pressing forward.




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I am doing well. Saw the physician's assistant (PA) yesterday for my surgery follow up visit. He prescribed a lighter brace that does the same thing. Totally immobilizes my leg, holding it straight, but it feels much better than that stupid foam torture device. I swear, I was having "leg hotflashes" in that thing! emoticon
I talked to my most favorite physical therapist, and he gave me exercises to do and things to avoid. I feel much better after having talked to him because unlike the PA, this guy knows me and knows what my knee is like.
All in all, things are pretty darn good. I am off all pain meds and was actually able to sleep last night without them.
My knee is pretty stiff, but then that's to be expected.
Hope you have a great weekend. Doing anything fun??

marianne

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10/10/08 8:55 A

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Thanks for the advice, Mariann. I will do them immediately. They sound like something I used to do in aerobics class. In fact, I will pull out my old tape and do the grapevine to music.
How are you today? I wonder how you will fare with that big cast.
Be well and safe, mariann.
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Nancy,
I'm so sorry to hear about that "damp, cold weather" flare-up.....those aches can be so intense and unfair....it's not like you've ran a marathon to get those aches!!

As far as hips and knees - two of the most often neglected leg muscles are the abductor and adductor muscles. Check the SP exercises for working these two. They are the muscles that allow your leg to go sideways (abductor) and to cross over your body (adductor), or at least I think I have the two right, those names are too darn confusing.

Anyway, if you can do some of those exercises on land, great, if not, try walking in the pool first by side stepping down the pool lane, make sure to work both legs. Step sideways with one leg, bring the second leg next to the first in normal standing position. Once you do a few laps of those, then try a gentle grapevine or crossover where you step sideways with one leg and then gently with the second leg step passed the first, so you are crossing over (only by a little to start) your first leg. Again, work both sides. It'll feel like you are sashaying sideways down the lane. This gently works those two sets of muscles. Walking backwards down the lane is a good exercise also, for it works the quad muscles pretty good. Don't overdo, it's good to start slow. See how you feel the next day.

marianne

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I want to say that I am so grateful for your responses that I have tears. I have been pretty emotional lately, it's all getting to me.

The doctor said as long as I have swelling in my toes not to move them. He gave me a booklet with stretching and core strengthening exercises which are nearly identical to what my chiropractor gave me some time ago.

My back was the first to suffer, then my knee, then each of my feet where the toes meet the ball of the foot. I seem to be recovering in the same order, except I cannot stop walking...you know even to tinkle you have to walk.

I have two lumbar that were damaged in 1998 in a minor bicycle accident that give me trouble about every year or so, but generally after a week or so I'm fine again. That's why I use a chiropractor, he puts everything back into place. He was the one who told me I had a systemic problem and to see my doctor.

Anyway...my game plan for right now is to take the prednisone, feet up as much as I can, I'm working 3/4 time, got a temporary handicap placard to elimate some walking, watching my calories, and rest as much as I can.

When the swelling is gone I can start exercising again. For now, just 10 minutes a day stretching.

Thank you all again.

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Hi Mariann,
Your advice is always so informed. It's a pleasure to read.

Because of work commitments, I was unable to take aqua fitness here my hometown which is geared to seniors. The advent of fall and cold, rainy weather seems to have triggered a flare-up for me, which i cannot shake. When I read your answer to Sue, I realized I had to go back to the pool.
I shall go for a month-all i can afford right now, but I hope it does the trick.

Can you think of good exercises for hips and knees?

Sue, I hope you can find some relief. Don't be shy about asking for help. We all need it from time to time.
Please kepp us informed, Sue.
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Ohh, a massage, now that sounds like a great idea!

I can certainly understand your skepticism about alternative health care, it's quite the mind boggling "industry". But, I do think there is room for the idea of "managing the whole system" rather than the pieceparts we so often focus on.

I hope you find a pool (maybe a good sauna too) for there's nothing like a little water activity (gentle walking for your toes) followed by a "good burn" in the sauna..... I live in a fairly cold climate and consider the pool/sauna jaunt a real treat, especially in winter (which is about 7 months out of the year!)

Enjoy the massage....I'm jealous.....with recent knee surgery I can't drive for months, so no massage for me.

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Marianne, thank you for your welcome into this forum!

Except for a monthly visit to a chiropractor, I'm not keen on alternative health industries...pretty skeptical. But this morning I thought I should call his office, they have a massage person on staff and maybe a massage to get some better circulation going is a good idea, plus hey, it'd feel good.

I appreicate your phrase, looking pain in the face. I will think on that.

Yesterday i went to the DMV and got a temporary handicap placard so I can at least park right in front of my office. Walking is very painful...I cannot bend my toes so I shuffle. I can drive because I have an automatic and driving does not mean bending toes.

We have a pool but the water temp finally dropped to below comfortable even here in CA with solar due to the fall weather starting. I'm looking for a gym membership wtih a heated pool.

I know I'm pretty high maintenance right now, a real change for my personality...but I greatly appreciate all help I'm getting.

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Hello Sue,

I'm sorry to hear about your painful recovery from a bug! Of course you are in the right place here. Surely we don't discriminate based on causes of pain!!! I think folks with OA are so very understanding about pain, because we basically live with it.

Since your immune system went haywire and the symptoms present like arthritis, do the remedies for arthritis seem to help?? Movement in water is one way that we can get our blood moving (always a good thing) as well as make us feel better. Are you going to a regular doctor, or have you thought about seeing a doc that combines western and holistic medicine? Immune system stuff often is a "whole body" imbalance and although it's not a cure all, sometimes treating your whole system might be beneficial.
You've got the right attitude.....looking the pain in the face and moving on. Treat yourself well and realize that every day your system will get a bit more in balance and hopefully return you to pain free living.
Glad you joined us....let us know how you're doing...

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What a flukey occurrence. Down the road you will heal but it must be difficult to focus on that while in extreme pain. Take your pills.

Can you focus enough to read?

How much can you do physically?

My prayers are with you. emoticon
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Hi Nancy,
Thank you for your kind words. This is the first major illness I've ever had (I'm 50) and it's frightening as well as physically difficult.

In July we went to Mexico and picked up a bug. My husband recovered quickly and I did not. A couple weeks later I started to have arthritis symptoms in my back, I do have a couple of lumbar damaged but this time was different. So incredibly painful, muscle spasms, then swelling, redness...spread to my right knee, both feet and left jaw.

Got referred to a rheumatoid physician because it presents as arthritis. He said my immune system went haywire and over reacted to the bug I picked up.

All my blood work and xrays show that I'm healthy, no RA or OA, just very high inflammation numbers (ESR).

I know this isn't the right forum but I can barely walk and need emotional and practical support while i'm healing. The doctor said we will hope this is a one time occurance. I sure hope so.

I have a real heart for people in pain. I never realized how much people can suffer and you can't even see it.

Lately I've been cranky. Working on that, too.

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Hi Sue,
Your arthritis sounds very painful. I have osteoarthritis and know I can suffer from it, but the pain is not constant and exercise does help.

Could you explain what causes your arthritis?

My heart is with you. emoticon
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Hi everyone:

I was diagnoised with poly-inflammatory arthritis a couple of months ago and am really struggling with massive pain. I'm in this forum because I think it may be as close to what I have to your forum, so I hope you don't mind.

What I have has attacked my left jaw, right knee and both feet where the toes meet the foot. Besides the constant horrible pain, my biggest challenge is in trying to stay off my feet so the swelling and inflammation can go down.

I'm on 20mg of prednisone and weigh about 127, tylenol about every four hours, and valium so I can sleep. So far I'm tolerating the side effects very well, just drinking A LOT of non-fat milk to combat tummy upset from the meds.

I appreciate any feedback!

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emoticon everyone. Have a happy TGIF day. emoticon
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emoticon Cindy emoticon to the team.
Exercise really helps. It is trial and error. Check out the exercises on SP. Try some for each body area, if they cause pain-stop and try different ones till you find some that work for you. Start slow and easy and build from there. Exercise does help, as does eating right. We are all here to help each other. Later....Net

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Welcome, Cindy. I hope you have a Dr.you can trust or maybe a physiotherapist.
You will find informed advice and fun here as well as support and caring.
Enjoy your time and don't be shy to join in, ask questions or tell us of your experiences.
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Hi Everyone, I'm new to osteoarthritis, at least it wasn't diagnosed for a few years. I have no idea how to deal with it, how to exercise with it and exactly how this will effect my life. I've checked out several books at the library and looked some things up on the trusty internet. I have it the worst in my neck and shoulder and every other joint to a lesser degree. I guess I would say a flare has occurred since June. I think losing weight and improving my food choices can only help, so I will use this as a motivator. What's the alternative....not being able to get around independently?! Not if I can help it. I will be looking around on the posts to see how others are dealing with this and hope to receive lots of tips while I'm at it. I am glad to be able to have such access. Hope to get to know you, Cindy

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emoticon emoticon Cheruby. A wonderful recovery to a courageous lady.
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Sorry for the late response - Unfortunately between work and my mom not being well, Sparkpeople has been very low on my priority list (It seems I've been very low on my own priority list and my weight loss, or lack thereof reflect that).

I've still managed to keep doing the swim class, 5:30 am is very early, but I feel so good after taking the class that I really push myself to get up and go. It's the one time of the day that no one else seems to want from me...LOL.

With these classes and working with my trainer on therapy and stretching, my hip is feeling great. It will be 3 months this week since my surgery and I'm riding my bike 2 miles to my therapy 2x a week, taking the swim class 3x a week and walking as much as I can in between. I've also discovered the last two weekends what it feels like to sleep more than 5 hours at a time. Before my hip surgery I couldn't stay in bed any longer than 5 hours because my hips hurt so bad I just had to get up. The last 2 weekends in a row I've slept through the alarm and managed 10 hours - gosh that felt great.

If you have to have joint replacement I HIGHLY recommend finding a good surgeon that does the less invasive procedure.

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Hi everyone my name is Shirley thought I would introduce myself.

I need all the motivation I can get from every source I can get it from.

Right now my biggest concern is to convert the recipes I use all the time into healthier ways to make them. I am diabetic and can not even afford my meds so the healthier I learn to eat it will be better. Can anyone help me with this task?

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emoticon for the 5;30 a.m. swimming class! I'm really impressed. Your halo must pinch afterward.
How are you feeling after hip replacement? I have to have one.
Our gym does not have specific classes for older women. I'm going to look into this.
Hi Marianne.
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I just read your post about getting to an aquatic class at 5:30 AM three times a week! Wow, that's worth extra brownie points!!

How are you doing with your hip replacement? Feeling better??

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Having the in-door large pool at the gym has been great. Even better, the Aqua Fit Water Jogging classes. Our instructor is in her 60's and has struggled with her own weight loss issues and is now a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. There are about 7 of us that are die-hard members of this class (5:30am start time M-W-F) and they have been a great support network as well.

When you look for a gym membership - I'd check into whether or not they will offer this type of class.

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Thanks for the tip. I'll try that one too. I envy your pool. I seldom swim in the summer. beginning in Sept. my friends and i take out a gym memebership.
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emoticon Cheruby. Thanks for the advice. I've never done a breaststroke without using kicks, will try tomorrow. My pool is only 4 ft. deep with no ladder {the problem getting in and out}. Do alot of walking and play ball with the grandkids in the pool. I balance on a childs size inflated ring and we chase each other around the pool, using lots of arm movements, any sudden lower body movements and you dunk yourself. It is loads of fun. Try it sometime. emoticon

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Cheruby, welcome to the thread.
Thank youso much for the water exercise tips. I'll try them out. I find the water helps me.
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Hello everyone. It would appear that we are all experiencing very similar things these days. I have osteoarthritis in my knees, hips and right foot. I am 7 weeks, post-surgery, from my first total hip replacement (my left knee is scheduled for 10/22/09)and I will turn 50 in just a couple of short weeks.

Exercise is key to keeping things moving. The more sedentary we are the more our joints stiffen up and the less we can do. Until my surgery I played golf a couple times a week (have played again, twice in the last 10 days), worked with a trainer 2x a week, participated in a swim fit aqua jogging class 3 days a week(yes I'm back in the pool as well), and did a walk-fit tape whenever I couldn't get to the gym (I'm thinking I might be able to start this again soon). While the pain right after exercising always made me wonder what the heck I was thinking, the long term benefits always seemed to mitigate the short term discomfort.

It's important to do what you can do. Without the exercise/cardio, the weight loss struggle becomes that much more difficult.

Kapassons: instead of swimming, try getting a noodle and do some walking/jogging in the deep end of the pool. It's actually less stressful on the hip joint. Another way to get good cardio in the pool is to get a couple of water weights, hook them behind your knees so you're simulating sitting on a chair (this takes a lot of ab work for the balance) and do a simple breast stroke and do laps. You'll be amazed at how much of a work out you can get in the water without actually using your lower joints.

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Swimming actually helps my knees feel better when they are aching. Can't say the same for my hips. They keep me from getting in and out of the pool. Starting slow and building up speed walking usually, but not always, helps the hips.

Net.
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Hi kathryn,
I live about 100 miles southeast of Montreal in a city called Sherbrooke.
Losing weight will definitely help. It might even slow down damage in both knees. Remember to exercise. Swimming is a very good exercise.
All the best.
nancy
P.S. Archie mitchell is the street on which I live.

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Hi, My name is Kathryn and I live in Ontario, Canada. Just this week, I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my right knee. Of course, the doctors say to lose weight. I joined this SparkPeople a few days ago but I have not started it yet. I am still in the stage of reading and learning what I can. I have played around with the menu selector and learned how to look up the calories for food. I have been fitted for a knee brace and I am in the middle of waiting for my work insurance coverage to go through all the paperwork before the brace can made for me. I am 49 years old and yes overweight. I am in the dangerous part of the BMI. Being a short 5'2" tall sure does not help either. Anyway, I am very pleased to have found this part of the site. The arthritis is new diagnosis for me and I would love for more info from people as to help they cope with it etc. I am going to ask my doctor for a sheet of knee exercises and see what I am allowed to do with it.

thanks.
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emoticon Andrea

I hope you'll be able to continue your activities. A secret to keeping well with arthritis is to keep moving.

Please keep us informed about yourself and your discoveries.

I found the information on arthritis on SP to be practical and informative.
Allt he best,
Nancy

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Is this where I introduce myself? I'm Andrea. I'm about to turn 50 and I've just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knees, hands, and feet. It's all very annoying and I'm not in the mood for this at all ;) Right now I'm still exploring whether or not my favorote activities (biking, swimming, rock climbing, and yoga) make me feel better or worse. I would hate it if somehow the activitie I love are worsening my situation. For right now I'm going with the "motion is lotion" theory and exercising as much as I'm able.

Actually, that last part isn't really true. I'd LIKE it to be true ;) and I am trying to step it up a bit in the exercise department. I've let too many activities I love jsut languish.

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hi,
I'm to have a hip replacement soon. No specific date was mentioned but there is no cartelege in the hip and some deposits of sonething or other are forming.
I take Ibeprofen before walking my dog and that helps
and I'm able to walk. here's something that surprised me. I'm walking faster and with less limp. My muscles are stronger and holding the joint, I guess.
What do yout hink?
Nancy

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Good afternoon everyone.
Erin, I've been wondering how much exercise is too much and how much is too little. There is no way to figure it all out. Today I'm better but yesterday, each step was painful. And yet, the weather was the same and today I did more exercise.
Strange disease.
nancy
P.S. maybe you should look more closely at your knees. Good luck. emoticon

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vicky WTG On the losses so far since novermber! thats awesome!

Nancy, sounds Like you will have some answers mOnday:)

me too..the supartz injection relief was only temporary.It seems LIke My pain In my right knee could be from my miniscus mostly and I will see what the doc says about the surgury for that. I really need to figure out a way to go swimming.It seems like it helps so many of us.the arthritis in the left knee is catching up. I stopped accidently taking the glucosamine for a week and it seems like the pain in both knees has gotten significantly worse. I may have been overdoing the exercise..its so hard when it feels so good but feels so bad afterward

welcome to Gwen, Allison and shirley

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HI Vicki, . emoticon

I was left a phone message by my doctor last Tuesday, and I shall see him next Monday, June 16. I am not ready for surgery he said. I'll give you more info after I see him. I have a million questions for him.
Thanks for the information and for asking about me. most appreciated
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Hi Nancy, What were the results from your hip X-rays? I've been battling pain in my left greater trochanter area which is on the side of my hip joint and down the femur. It has been diagnoses as pinched nerve in lumbar spine but it doesn't exactly act the same as other pinched nerves. What kind of hip symptoms are you having? I've lost 40 lbs. since Nov. and I think I have more energy. I think the fatigue will get better as we loose those pesky pounds. Vicki

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You will know the exercise is working when you no longer covet the close-up parking space next to the handicap spaces at the store. Keep up the good work.
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I swim 2 or 3 times a week and walk. It's the fatigue which bothers me most about arthritis. I had my hips x-rayed this morning and should have the results soon.
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I love swimming, but our pool won't we open for another few weeks. Right now I've been walking and it is prolly one of the few activites I can do without pain. I used to love weight lifting but I have a hard time doing weight bearing exersizes on my lower half.

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I highly recommend that you check out your local swimming pools for classes for folks with arthritis. I have been doing classes faithfully for 3 years and I have gotten stronger and am now able to exercise with a lot less pain. When I first started the classes I was in terrible shape and weak. I saw results in about 6 weeks and have been improving since. Good luck finding the right program for you. Vicki

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Hi Alison, welcome to the team! One of the hardest things for me to accept with this arthritis is the limitations that it puts on my physical activity. It's such a catch-22.....I feel good, I exercise, I feel pain from that, then I sit out for days, then when I exercise again, I've lost both momentum AND muscle strength from the flareup. It can be very discouraging. That's where the encouragement from this team comes in. There is no challenge or goal here that says you *must* do so much exercise per day. Our goal is to keep moving as much as we can, and being kind to ourselves when our joints are aching.

Join right in.....what, if any right now, physical activity do you like to do?

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Hello everyone!
I am only in my 20's and already have arthritis. I don't have the typical OA , but I don't have RA either. I have a special kind called reactive which pretty much gave me arthritis whithin a weeks time. While this current flareup has passed, I still have some residual pain. Exersizing is a hassle sometimes because of all the pain. I really aim to try and build up as much tolerance as possible. Hopefully as I lose the weight, my knees will start to like me again.

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Hi My name is Gwen and I joined 3 days ago. Just really got onto the site yesterday. I am excited about this most recent attempt to drop the weight I gained 12 years ago after my car accident. I know that this web site and these groups are going to help to keep me motivated and on track.

I have already received some assistance with exercises I can do from a wheelchair. I am not totally restricted, I can walk about 10 - 40 feet without assistance and about 50 - 100 with crutches.

My special challenges are that I broke just about every bone in my legs, both my femurs lengthwise into my knee joint and pulverized my right ankle. I also sustained compression fractures to my back. I know there are exercises I can do to help, just am not yet sure what they will be and how many reps.

Slow and steady with the strength exercises I think. I will start slow and gradually increase to get to beginner level.

Recently my son was hit by a hit and run driver and spent 7 months in the hospital with a head injury. He came home for 6 months, gained 100 lbs and is now in a rehabilitation program for the next 6 months. When he gets home I am hoping to have lost a lot of weight and more importantly gotten a better lifestyle and diet worked out.

So are you tired of me yet! Life is good and about to get better.

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I am so discouraged every time I exercise I hurt like crazy. My back, legs, knees, and hips mostly. It does not make any difference what I do from normal walking to an exercise tape. It does not matter how long from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

What can I do to over come the pain all the time? I warm up and cool down.


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216 lbs

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Hi Erin.....welcome to the group.

I finished (early feb) my second series of Supartz and I'm very happy with the results. Nope, it didn't fix anything permanently, but I'm much more mobile than I was and find that I can actually work at working out. I had my first series in June of 06...it lasted for about 1 1/2 years, before i realized that my knee was getting continually achy again.
I found the shots to be relatively painless (other than the cost). Good luck with yours, hope they work well for you!

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this looks like an awesome group. I was recently diagnosed with OA,torn miniscus,water on the knee and bone spurs. Yesterday I went for my first supartz injection and am feeling hopeful.The last 2 weeks I have been going to the gym 3 days a week and spending 10 Minutes on each exercise for workouts totalling 40 Minutes. I started running 4 years ago to lose weight, lost 70 Pounds and have gained back 20 with the halt to running/perimenopause and other factors. I want to lose that 20 again and never give up

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Erin who is feeling the positivity!!
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Hi Cheruby,

Welcome to the team, Wow, it sounds like you really have great skills in the exercise department! I know you'll lose those 35 pounds!
With all the surgeries you've had and the fact that you are dealing with OA, have you thought about going to see a physical therapist on a one time basis for even more dedicated workout techniques? I know some of the PTs are pretty useless, IMO, but there are some great sports rehab type PTs out there that can really tailor to your biomechanical needs.
Like you, I've found that exercising, though not always easy, is really a great key to keeping OA under some sense of control. Without movement, I think I'd become the "Tin Man".
The other thing that's really been a boost for me, and that's the idea of core strength training. I worked long and hard to get my quads back after knee surgeries, but basically neglected my back/abs/shoulders, etc. I've started slowly with Pilates type exercises and have been pleased with the way my hips and lower back are not as tight, which in turn seems to help the "knee load".
Glad you joined us...together as a group we can not only drop the weight, but be as active as we can!

Marianne (I just turned 50....I'm right up there with ya!)

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hi, I'm a returning member to sparkpeople and thought this team might help me stay motivated this time around.

I started my weightloss journey 2+ years ago when my post tibial tendon ruptured due to OA in my ankle. I also have severe OA in both knees and yesterday my surgeon did a baseline xray and found it was fairly advanced in both hips....I guess I hit the mother lode of bad genes.

A year ago when I first joined SP I was down 65 pounds but had hit a plateau. After joining I did pretty good up until this past summer, down another 15, but family and life in general got the better of me and I'm up 10 and at another plateau. I've made the commitment to myself that this is the year of me. Sometime in the next 6 months to 1 year I will have to have my right knee and my left hip replaced and I'd really like to lose the last 35 pounds to get to the top of my goal range.

I'm really struggling right now though, as I'm pretty down about the diagnosis yesterday. I'm only 49 and have been battling OA since I was 16. I had my first knee surgery when I was 18 (lateral release of both knees)and have had 9 Arthroscopics on my left knee and 6 on my right. I also am in a lot of pain when I do my workouts - I've gotten pretty faithful in my workouts. I belong to a local Gold's Gym and work with a trainer 2 days a week - this has been key to building my strength and flexibility which has diminished my pain considerably. I do alot of weight/strength training and my doctor said that will be key to my recovery. with the modified squats, bosu and adduction / abduction machines, i can now "lift" 125 pounds with just using my quads and gluts. I also attend a Swim fit class 3 days a week. This has been wonderful in keeping my joints flexible without adding to the pain and swelling.

I just need the help and support of others that are experiencing the same issues to help keep my focus on losing the weight before I have more surgery. Food (ice cream) has been my fall-back, feel-good comfort.

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I agree with Marianne about weight lifting helping OA indirectly. The more muscle you build the more calories you burn which helps you to lose the extra weight you are placing on your joints. Plus, it'll make you stronger. I always feel empowered and lean after strength training even if it's not necessarily so.

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I would think that weight lifting would help with OA indirectly. You get your muscles stronger and there will be less pressure on your joints. That's great that you enjoy weight lifting. It's something I HAVE to make myself do.
Doing a complete range of motion stretch in the morning seems to be helping people quite a bit. I think as we get older, we move in the complete range a lot less. Look at kids, they wiggle in every which way, but we tend to be repetitive in our motions, so one of my goals is to make sure I put all my muscles through a quick range of motion everyday. SP has some good examples of stretching....
We can do this!!!

Marianne

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Thanks Marianne!

Unfortunately, I live fairly far from GG Park, on the other side of town, though I do sometimes head over to Chrissy Field to walk even though it is a bit of a drive from my house. The dog loves it! :-)

I do like to swim, just need to go more. I do enjoy weight lifting also, but it doesn't seem to be much help for the OA really....

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Hi Welcome to the team! Ooooo....hilly SF (I used to live in San Jose) that can be tough on painful knees and hips! Depending on your physical fitness, you might want to start somewhere more flat (GG park maybe?) Or maybe a pool nearby? I'm very much like you in that I know I have arthritis in my knees, don't "wanna" know about my hips. I recently went to a PT for knee pain, and he diagnosed/helped me realize that it wasn't just the knee muscles that needed strengthening, but also the hip flexors, and core (back and abdominal) muscles....they all play a part in how we "walk on our knees". Balance training is also something he's got me doing (on a BOSU ball).

What kind of exercise, if any, do you like to do?

Again, welcome, hope your journey is filled with successes!

marianne

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Hello all:

I just joined Spark People, (well actually, rejoined after a long absence, but that's another story....), and am starting with this team for posting, since OA is a big hurdle to me to exercise, and a hurdle I need to get over!

I have OA in knees, and think I might be developing in the hips as well (but not sure I want to know that)...and would really like to exercise more. I enjoy walking in flat areas only, and unfortunately I live in a hilly neighborhood of a hilly city (San Francisco), so getting motivated to walk out the door and around the block or whatever is particularly tough. I also love to swim, but work pressures have been so difficult that I haven't gotten to the pool nearly as often as I'd like.

Would love to hear motivation tips, and look forward to sharing any I learn as well!

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Hi Angel, welcome!
Glad to read about your bike riding, I think that's just fabulous! I used to really enjoy single track mountain biking in our mountains, but now, with my knee, I'm sticking more to rails to trails....nice and easy!
Biking is so great for OA, especially in the knees, cause it just doesn't have the impact that other sports have. Of course, say that when you're facing a monumental mountain to climb.....baby gear all the way!
Anyway, welcome.....

Marianne

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Hello all! I hastily joined last week without giving myself a proper intro. Glad to have found you all! A lot of people have arthritis and a ton of people have RA but I'm glad to have found a place for other people with OA. I'll try to contribute more often!

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I've spent the last 1 1/2 weeks traveling to visit with all my kids/grandkids. It was nice, I'm grateful the weather held off for the most part. It's frigid but no snow back here at home. Joints ache from the cold weather I guess.

So much to get caught up with when I got back home yesterday. It will probably take a week. But this is a new year. Time for movements towards my goals.

Wow, 2.5 ft of snow. That should keep you inside for a bit. What are you doing to keep warm and dry? What are you doing for fun?

Lee

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Hi Lee....how was your New Years???

You know, everytime I see those lilacs of yours, I'm encouraged that spring "may" come "someday", as I sit with 2.5 feet of snow on the ground!!! It's a nice reminder...

How are you doing?

marianne

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Sounds like you are getting really good workouts. Something for me to work on in the New Year year.

Lee

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Hi Marianne and Happy New Year!
My gym workout is 45 mins on the curcuit( like curves) then 30 min on the treadmill or elliptical, if it is on the treadmill, I have it elevated and the elliptical I can get to level 18 resistance, but mostly I am at level 12. Then I do a upper body workout, lifting weights,I am up to 15 lbs with some of the dumpbells. then the next time at the gym I do my lower body and core exercises after my cardio exercises. I am thinking this year, I will do the lower body and core here at home, so I can do my weights for my upper body 3 times a week, and the lower and core 3 times a week too. I get too tired if I work more then 2 hours. I help out a friend who owns the gym, I open for her at 7am Mon, Wed and Friday so I can exercise for free.
I think,your knee problem has improved because of the exercise you have been doing on the bike,I know my knees feel better now that I keep moving.
Thank-you for your encouraging words.
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Barb, I'm absolutely delighted to see you here! I've seen your compassionate responses on the Arthritis forum and think you are a great positive influence!!

I applaud you being able to walk your three miles every day. For awhile my arthritis/knee issues were so bad that walking through a grocery store was more than I seemed to be able to handle. Since then I've started riding my stationary bike and either my knees are getting stronger, or I'm in a remission of sorts from the OA (Is there such a thing?) but right now I've started taking short walks with the dogs again. They love it and I feel much more free.
Again, welcome.....
What kind of exercises do you do at the gym....free weights or machines or what? I have a gym membership which I seem to use for swimming, but am thinking of "expanding out" (in exercise only, not girth LOL)
and am always interested to see what is working for other people.

Happy New Year,
Marianne

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Hello
My name is Barb, I have bad knees,one is bone on bone. I am on Armidex because I am a breast cancer survivor, and it causes bone pain, and it seems to be accelerating my arthritis, I have noticed my hands are affected now too. I make sure I walk everyday( 3 miles), plus I go to the gym 3 times a week and I have a 2 hour workout, with cardio and weight training. I am what you call a fit over-weight person, now I want to be a fit normal weight person, the Armidex slows down weight loss, but I will take one lb at a time, and hopefully reach my goal someday.
This looks like a great group, and I hope to get to know all of you.

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I live in AZ. and wear long johns (top & bottom) to bed. D.uring the day I layer

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You know, if you have to be out for any length of time, there are some warmers you can wear that might make you feel better. I think winter is hard on joints anyway!

I think bears have the right idea.....get a den, get cozy and sleep til the sun "warms up".!

Marianne

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Doctors appointment was orginally 1/18 so I am happy with 1/7. Warm baths help a lot, electric mattress cover and heting pads are my best friends. The mornings are the worst until evenings. Thank you!

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Welcome Crotty!

Oh, don't you just hate having to wait a month or more for a doctor's appointment, especially when you're hurting?? I'm sorry, for this comes at a bad time of year too. Since you don't know what's wrong, you probably need to be careful with what you're doing, exercise wise, until you find out.
Do you hurt when you wake up in the morning? Do warm baths/showers make you feel better for awhile??

Hang in there, keep talking, it'll be 1/7 before you know it!

marianne

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MY name is crotty (my maiden name). I really don't know what is wrong with me. I do know I have neuropathy. My bones are hurting, even the palms of my hands. I go to the doctors 1/07/08, hopefully I will get some help!

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I hadn't thought about stretching before and after because it's stretching during the exercise. But you're right. It would be a good idea to prep my body before and the cool down.

Lee

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It's one of the most frustrating things I've faced with OA. You *want* to move, but it seems every time you do, you pull or hurt something.
I think, unless you have access to a pool for water walking which is the number one low weight bearing movement for OA, I would stick with your Yoga/Pilates DVD but use some gentle massage and warm packs on the areas that are prone to get hurt before you start. Take some time to really warm the muscles prior to using them. Then while doing the DVD, if you so much as feel a little twinge or tightness, pause the DVD and go back and gently rub the area, or stretch it, if necessary. You don't have to do what they say on the DVD either. Don't go as deep into the stretches, and maybe only do about 10 minutes of it. After the exercise, get a big ice pack and put on your usual "hot spots" for about 5-10 minutes..... drink some water while you "cool down"....
I only mention this because that's generally what they do in PT. I'm amazed how easy the exercises are in PT (which tells me that we tend to overdo) and there's always the warming up of the muscles and the icing after.
Good luck, let me know what you think -

Marianne

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I'm starting out again with exercise and trying to find something that won't be hurt so much. Over the years since the last surgery, I've learn to modify a lot of things. My knees, back hurt at times because of not having the ankle. The doctors told me at the time I was too young for ankle replacement and I would just have to be on a cane until my knees go out and then I'd have to be in a wheelchair...Optimistics that doctors are. Well I'm almost 8 years older then they said my knees would go out and I don't use a cane hardly ever.

When I start feeling down about not getting the weight off, I try to remind myself how far I've come. But I want to go farther.

I've got some Pilates/Yoga DVDs that I'm wanting to get started with. I can do them about a week before I pull something and then I have to take some time off. Then I waste more weeks before getting myself started again. I can walk about 10 minutes before my back starts to really hurt. Any ideas?

Lee

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Hi Lee,

I see from you sparkpage that you are a quilter.....something I've been working on the last couple of years. I'm actually typing this while I should be quilting a christmas wallhanging for my friend. Ah well, I was having some problems with my tension, so I thought I'd take a break!
Welcome to the group. We're just starting out, as you can see (don't even have an icon yet....I'm working on it....don't want to rip off stuff from the net).
I guess I'm something of an all or nothing person when it comes to exercise, well, at least I used to be. Probably what got me in trouble to start with!

You have had an ankle joint removed? Do they have ankle joint replacements?

What do you currently do for exercise, or are you just starting out? I know that after my knee surgeries, I certainly didn't think I'd ever "move" again!

What would you like to do?

Marianne

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I have OA in my hands, knees and a foot that I had to have my ankle removed. Some days hurt worse then others and figuring out what exercises will work and not cause extra pain is a challenge. Thanks for starting this team. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Lee

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My name is Marianne and I have OA in my knees and probably other parts of my body that I don't want to know about!

I'm starting this group because I believe that we, OA sufferers, face some unique challenges when it comes to exercising. It's sometimes hard to start, sometimes hard to know how much to do, and sometimes we could just use "an ear" when we've overdone something.

Welcome all

marianne

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