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12/2/10 4:33 P

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Tiny,
I agree with all of the statements below. I do think it is very important to have it designed specifically for you and your needs.
One of the best exercises you can do is walking in a pool. This time of year it may be difficult; if so, contact & get a prescription from your doctor for physical therapy. DO NOT be afraid to tell the therapist it hurts! Actually, it probably will hurt but you will know if it is an unusual pain or a "just getting started" pain. Flare ups are horrible and nobody will blame you for some down time...just make sure to get back up again! Keep us posted and keep up the good work!

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12/2/10 10:34 A

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Hi Tiny,

I agree, Get a physical therapist. The doctor should be willing to get you a prescription for one. It makes a big difference having someone who can tailor the exercises for what you can do. You will feel at first that the exercises make you hurt more but after a while you will find that they actually start reducing the pain. Stretching is also a very important thing to do. Either have the physical therapist teach you stretching exercises or find a low impact yoga class. I found they both taught about the same thing.

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12/1/10 11:32 A

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Thank you! Great ideas and yes, I need to find a group like yours! Great to know that someone else has had this experience! I have begun a few yoga stances. I'll try some more! :)

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12/1/10 4:31 A

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Hi Tiny - welcome to the group.

You should look for a good pysiotherapist. They can tailor some special and private programm for you.
Meanwhile - in my doctors words "Do everything you donīt like to do" *lol*
This means a lot of gymnastics that straightens and stretches. Arms up is always good!
I find a lot of yoga poses very helpful too. I.e. the cat, downwardlooking dog, fish pose, simple forward bends.... see some examples here:
www.abc-of-yoga.com/yogapractice/chi
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Be sure you can get up - to have something to grip if you cant come up after exercise.
Have a Cushion at hands so you can put it under your knees.
I found some Tai-chi movements helpful too. But i have to be careful with them because i have bad knees like you.
People - doctors - often say that strengh-training at the gym was a no-go, but it find it very helpful too. Especially working out with the back-extension machine regularily lowers my back pain.

The most important thing for me was to find a RL-Self help goup. We meet once a week for group-gymnastics with a special trained pysiotherapist.
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Hello! I'm new and about the time I started, I was put in the hospital and Thanksgiving started! I feel better, but must start a regular exercise program. I have bad knees so, does anyone have suggestions? Thanks!!

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