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11/19/13 8:37 P

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I will keep up my cardio for sure. It has started raining so I have been doing step aerobics at home. I think that the variety will help plus we will soon be getting a recumbent bike. Yay!
I will be starting physical therapy next week, so I will be getting my 'schedule' and whatever exercises they want me to do. I'm looking forward to it, and I will be telling them about all my particular symptoms like that weird click. Thanks for the conversation on all of this! I appreciate it.
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11/15/13 9:48 P

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Not sure what to tell you. I would perhaps suggest you get x-rays done to find out exactly what might be going on with your hip.
I was at my dentist today and mentioned that I have a clicking on the right side of my mouth whenever I eat or if I open my mouth wide I can also hear it. This could be caused from any number of things but arthritis is one possibility (loss of cartilage). they want me to try a night guard while I sleep to see if that will help.
Keep walking - I don't think you would be harming yourself as it is important to keep moving.

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11/15/13 1:02 P

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Thank you!
Hey, I also was wondering that if I have a bone spur in my hip, should it be removed sooner rather than later? I have a click when I walk in my hip, and gradually it is becoming painful. I haven't been told by a Dr. if it is a spur. I just suspect. I really worry that I am harming myself on my walks...but I am not going to quite or anything. It's too important to me to lose weight.

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10/28/13 5:05 P

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Good that you found ice to be of help. It's hard to know whether its supposed to be ice or heat - I guess it's on whether or not you have inflammation. Replacements are so common nowadays and they don't pay so much attention to the age of the person like they used to. If a joint is worn out, it can be replaced. But I suppose a person has to wait for as long as they can because the new joint will only last for so many years (I think it is 15 to 20 now). I was truly amazed at how quickly I recovered from the total hip replacement - it is easier than recovery from a knee replacement because the knees are weight bearing joints more so than the hips. I do believe arthritis can be inherited - I've seen it in numerous family members of mine. It is such a common illness - think about how many people you've heard complaining of aches and pains - probably due to arthritis - especially more prominent when there are barometric changes in the weather.
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I found out that I have degenerative arthritis, not rheumatoid. It is also called osteoarthritis, which involves wearing down of the cartilage, and can be inherited. Its a little confusing to figure out which one it is, but osteo. seems to fit, because I have pain in the hips and knees.
Anyways, thanks for the response and support. I found out that heat and the shiatsu messager is a no no for me. I was so uncomfortable after I did those. I iced my back, and that helps more.
It scares me to think of having hip or knee replacements, especially the hip. Ugh!

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10/27/13 10:35 P

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Welcome Autumn! Glad to have you here. Hopefully we can provide some support. We can only share what is our own experience. Every person is different so you will need to keep trying things to see what works. It is important to get the healthcare that you need. Yes you are young - I was 50 when I found out I had arthritis. Keep moving - you don't want to lose mobility - so find whatever exercise works for you that is not too painful. I was told that bicycling is good exercise for the knees but if you have a bad hip then it might not work for you. You may eventually need hip or knee replacement(s) but until then keep monitoring your pain and level of mobility - ask your doctor for updates on x-rays - to find out what stage you are at and whether it is time to be referred to a orthopedic specialist. I have osteoarthritis which is not as painful as rheumatoid, from what I hear or read. Weight loss is easier said than done but losing a few pounds would help (can't say that I've been successful with that part yet). If you are having a hard time with walking/bicycling/stepping, do more upper body workouts. I have a stocky short body build so I will never be a skinny minny either. Alternative therapies such as massage, chiropractic, Therapeutic Touch, Yoga, and physio are worthwhile to check into. It is also important to accept the disease we have and deal with it to the best of our ability in order to have a good quality life ahead. If you have an Arthritis Society in your area, try signing up for an information session.
Hope this helps a little bit and anytime you need to vent or ask questions here is one place you can do so, on this team in one of the threads.
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HI, my name is Autumn. I was just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my lower back, and hips. Did I spell it right? I think the dr. called it something else. It's on the tip of my tongue, but can't recall it. The thing that really really stinks is that I am only 36! Like, what? How did this happen? I am a single mom now, and recently upped my exercise routine in view of being more physically fit so that I can work more. I started having more back pain, and didn't know why. I thought that my walking should have made it better, but it didn't. I noticed a clicking sound in one of my hips when I took a wider stride. It made me nervous, so that was when I wanted to have it checked. So now I am waiting to hear back from a physical therapist, so that they can help me learn how to take care of myself. I am looking forward to the help and advice, because I really don't want to stop being active. I am still walking, and doing housekeeping. I weigh too much, so I also want to relieve the stress on my joints by loosing the extra weight. I would ultimately like to weigh between 150-170. I guess I kind of doubt I can go any lower. It seems like I was too thin any lower than that. I look like a little kid or something...and I am very muscular, and stocky with large bones. I don't know...anyways, I would like to hear how you guys deal with exercise and trying to stay active to loose weight. I think it is an important step for me to take. Well, I have already taken some steps, but how do you keep fighting the aches, and the popping of joints and stuff like that? Do you use heat, ice, ibuprophen or alieve? What kind of stretches or exercise is best? I know water aerobics are great, but I do not have access to a pool. I have no stationary bike either. Is it bad for your knees to use a regular bike, even if it is hilly? Any ideas besides walking? What about a step?


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