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Most days I can force myself to ignore my arthritis. The problem is that arthritis doesn’t like being ignored. I’ll take aspirin or ibuprofen during the day and before going to bed. Usually I can count on at least a couple hours of sleep before I wake up again. On bad nights I will wake up and the joints feel like they are going to burst into flames. After a bad night I can guarantee that the next day I’ll barely be able to move because of the pain. “Arthur” and I have a definite adversarial relationship.  I refuse to be slowed down completely and it refuses to be ignored. This is the story of our battle.

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Arthritis was prevalent on both sides of my family. I was caregiver for my Mom and towards the end of her life her joints were so deformed from the arthritis that she had trouble opening things or using a pen. One of her hips was constantly swollen and she had trouble walking. I first noticed the stiffness in my joints during my twenties. I ignored the stiffness for the most part or took a couple aspirin if it got too irritating. I went ahead and jogged and exercised going for the burn. I skied. There was nothing like the sensation of zipping down the pristine snow with the cold stinging your face. I got interested in yoga. My Mom was amazed at the positions that I could get myself into.

From the moment my second grade teacher wrote on my report card “take a look at her art” I was an artist. I was always fascinated by pen and ink drawings and once was asked to do the cover of a book on dahlias to benefit the United Way campaign at the bank where I was working. That type of intricate drawing could take up to 20 hours of work or sometimes more for a single piece. I also loved working with pastels and acrylics and often gave paintings as Christmas gifts. I hand made my Christmas cards with pen and ink drawings. I got interested in jewelry making and mother frequently had me make jewelry as gifts for her friends. She also had me make beaded sculptures and stitchery for herself and her friends.

I love to cook and am writing a cookbook. I am formatting and editing my cookbook now and it has over 300 original recipes. We didn’t have fancy equipment when I was growing up and when cooking at home much of what I used was cheap knife sets and heavy Pyrex bowls. It didn’t matter to me because the joy was in creating new dishes.

I always hit the floor running and I was on the go from morning until the early hours of the next morning. I worked and eventually ran science fiction conventions. I was part of role-playing detective games that were physically very active. I walked and ran and skied. My hectic active lifestyle started to takes its toll. Eventually doctors confirmed that I had arthritis in every joint in my body and all up and down my spine. I had pushed my body to its limit and the sports and constant use of my hands caught up with me. I could no longer do everything that I did when I was younger. I couldn’t hold a pen and do intricate drawings for hours on end. I couldn’t sit down and write for hours using my favorite pen and yellow tablets. I couldn’t run. My hands cramped up when I was cutting vegetables. My sleep became disturbed because the pain would wake me up several times a night.

Once I got the arthritis diagnosis I became determined to see what I could do to live with it and not give up what I loved doing. I studied arthritis. I found out that there are many different types of arthritis and that it can hit at any age. I also found out that being stubborn was a good trait to have with arthritis because I was determined to continue to live my life doing the things I loved.

Since holding a pen or paintbrush wasn’t a real option any more I determined to explore the growing field of computer art. I started doing computer art in 1998. The original models were clunky at best but I was still able to do award winning pictures. They sold well at conventions. Lately the state of the art has increased dramatically and I am redoing all my old art. I have continued doing computer generated art to this day because I can use an ergonomic mouse to create it with. I was not ever going to give up my art. I had been an artist all my life and I had to continue doing my art. It is a part of my soul.

In the kitchen I discovered a company called Oxo. Their motto is “tools you can hold onto.” I replaced most of my kitchen knives, spoons, etc. with their products. They have thick and cushioned handles that I can grip easily. I have a food processor and stand mixer. These help me mix and even knead bread. I have a mandolin to slice and julienne vegetables. I learned to use tools to make cooking easier. The long handled tongs Oxo makes get a double use as I can use them to pick up things that have fallen on the floor behind my bookcases. I have small collectibles and an overly curious and not always graceful Pixie cat. Rather then pulling a heavy bookcase out I use the tongs to reach behind and get the items.

I discovered the ease of using the computer for my writing. I have an ergonomic keyboard and beaded wrist rests for my keyboard and mouse that makes it easier to type. I transferred all my writings, recipes, and poetry to the computer. The computer has been a life, wrist and hand saver.

I used to make all my own clothes. I did countless hours of craftwork. I did stitchery, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, bead work, etc. I got myself a Brother sewing machine and still sew. I made my niece’s wedding dress. She had always wanted a Princess Bride dress and that is what I made her along with the veil and the silk flower bouquets. I made her an Arwen dress for Halloween the year they did Lord of the Rings. They do a theme each year and the photos went on ties for her Dad and mugs for me. I knit a six-foot long scarf for the year they did Doctor Who. I use a needle threader to thread my needles now. I use slightly larger needles that are easier to hold. If I pace myself I can still do stitchery.

I have expanded my jewelry making and make good use of precision pliers and tweezers. I use the nylon thread instead of the cotton thread since I can put the beads directly on it rather then trying to thread a needle.

I don’t ski or run any more but I walk a great deal. I take my camera with me and use those walks to photograph nature. I had always been fond of taking pictures but with a new lightweight digital camera I have turned into a real photographer. I don’t have to thread film in the camera and can just plug the camera into my computer and get my pictures that way.

I do the more gentle exercises now like Tai Chi. The gentle exercise plus walking helps to keep the joints as flexible as they can be. I’ll use warm wraps when the joints get sore. I have the nature filled kind that can be warmed in the microwave and wrapped around whatever part is hurting. I use Tiger Balm on the sore parts and it really helps.

I remain a tomboy to this day and my clothes now that I have retired have reverted to leggings and t-shirts, many of them with Marvin the Martian, geek images, or cats on them. I generally wear moccasins when I go out. Around the house I rarely wear shoes and prefer to walk around in my stocking feet.

So Arthur and I are not exactly friends but we coexist with each other. I use tools to help open things. I walk instead of run. I gently stretch instead of going for the burn. I use the computer for everything. I may not be able to move as fast as my teenage grandniece and grandnephews but they are good at slowing down to accommodate my slower movements. Most important of all I refuse to give up doing the things I love. I was born an artist and I will always be one. I love crafts and for Christmas I made sock monkeys and yarn octopi for my family. I bake up a storm every Christmas. I frequently have the family over for meals. I did a St. Patrick’s Day Irish themed meal for the last two years. I do my niece’s birthday because it is the only way she can get Bulgogi.

The most important thing to remember about arthritis is that there are things that can make life easier. Don’t be ashamed to use them. Use the thicker pens and pencils to write. Use something that attaches to your keys so it is easier to hold them. Sit on a stool to cook. Use the convenience appliances to make it easier to cook. Use the luggage with wheels. Get a wheeled cart and put things on it to move them from room to room. Use long handled brooms and mops so you don’t have to bend. Do gentle exercises. Realize you won’t have the strength you used to and be aware when you are starting to get fatigued. It is okay to rest. Most important of all don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

Severe arthritis like mine can cause depression. You need to be aware of that. Yes there are days when I get angry that I can no longer do everything I used to be able to do. It is hard to not be able to go from morning to night like I used to do. There are times when I want to scream “why me?” I get weary of the pain. I hate waking up and knowing that I’ll be dealing with pain the entire day. I hate that my sleep gets interrupted because the medicine wears off and I hurt. It is okay to take antidepressants. It is okay to find a therapist to talk to about depression. I try to keep a positive mental attitude. I have two sets of pictures with sayings on my refrigerator that helps me keep going. One is “You can climb any mountain if you take it one step at a time.” The other is “There will be good days and bad days. Be gentle with yourself on the bad days.”

In spite of the arthritis I refuse to give up everything I love. That is the most important thing I want to emphasize. Don’t give up. There are ways to work around arthritis. You can learn to deal with the constant pain. When I am really busy the pain recedes into the background. Do things for you. Get an MP3 player and put on your favorite music. Lose yourself in a good book. Watch a movie or TV show. You must take care of you. It is okay to ask for help. You are still you in spite of the arthritis. I may sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies when I move but hey I can still snap, crackle, and pop with the best of them.

You can climb any mountain if you take it one step at a time.

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There will be good days and bad day. Be gentle with yourself on bad days.

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Berni in her Arwen dress.       

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Berni on her wedding day in her Princess Bride dress with her late Dad.

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Tristen is wearing the six foot long scarf knitted from an authentic pattern for the scarf worn by Tom Baker on the show Doctor Who.       

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The family’s sock monkeys.

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The dahlia etching.

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The major reason I refuse to give into arthritis. I cannot give up my art. Playing Catch.

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  •  Accommodations are the important thing. (18+ / 0-)

    A friend of mine who ran a daycare for kids with special needs taught me that. Even a child who has difficulty gripping can color and draw with some work. She melted some crayons together into a big blob so it was easy to hold on to, and then everyone could color together.

  •  Likely I am gonna face this when I am older (18+ / 0-)

    nothing like you are describing, but it will happen.  Odd thing is that today I am wearing a wrist brace.  I sprained my wrist about a month ago, and the damn thing just won't get better.  I finally decided I should just immobilize the wrist for a week and let it get better.

    Its sorta odd, I had already thought today that its a bit of a sneak preview of what is to come in (hopefully) another twenty years.  Not the pain, mind you, but the lack of flexibility...having ordinary things like getting my keys out of my pocket become difficult.

    Glad to hear that there are ways to work through it.  

    Thanks for this.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:21:10 PM PDT

  •  Have you ever taken your kind of Arthur and (11+ / 0-)

    added alternative care in the search box? I own a health food store and have seen many people help themselves with a change of diet.

    Food allergies inflame some, infection others. People have taken oil of oregano over a long period to help with infection-based inflammation, and others have been helped by eliminating sugar and refined starches from their diet.

    Good luck! I have a friend with severe arthritis, and I can tell the days she gets overtaken by pain. It is a difficult condition to cope with, and I hope you find ways to help yourself.

    You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

    by 4Freedom on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:43:37 PM PDT

    •  Diet (10+ / 0-)

      I do watch my diet and try to eat healthy. I try to cut down on fats. I use olive oil a lot. I find hotter foods like peppers help so I use a lot of warm spices. I also try to eat a fair amount of vegetables as those help too.

      "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

      by michelewln on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:53:57 PM PDT

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      •  michelewin... (12+ / 0-)

        I echo looking more closely at your diet.  A little over three years ago I was so crippled up with arthritis that by four o'clock in the afternoon I was in tears from the level of aches and pains.

        I was also overweight, pre-diabetic with borderline HBP.  In other words, a real mess.  I took a look at my diet and made some major changes hoping to lose weight but never realizing how much of a difference it would make in my arthritis.  I completely cut out gluten and dropped all but a little sugar in my morning coffee.  The first thing I noticed was my joints we not hurting as much and the constant headaches were gone.

        Long story short, I have lost 95 lbs, row daily and workout a couple of times a week.  If you had told me I would be able to do all this a few years ago I would have laughed until I cried!

        My joint still have deformities but they don't hurt nearly like they used too.  I have no trouble sticking to my new diet because if I eat gluten or sugar I really pay for it in pain.  

        This is something you might consider as I hardly have to take any sort of pain relief products anymore.

        •  Thanks, Cronesense. That is exactly the course (7+ / 0-)

          I took with my bum knees several years ago. Now my knees are usually pain-free.

          But it took lots of discipline!

          Another tip is to learn how to check your body's ph. You are always liable to be more pain-free and mobile when your body's ph is slightly more alkaline than acidic. I get ph strips and test my saliva first thing in the morning when I'm working on my health. The diet you suggested will help turn someone with an acidic, pain-producing ph more alkaline, which will ease the pain.

          There are many online acid/alkaline food charts that can guide you onto this path. There is also lots of online information on alkalinizing your diet. Raw foods tend to be more alkalinizing in the body, while meats and dairy tend to be more acid-forming.

          You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

          by 4Freedom on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 03:31:31 PM PDT

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          •  Interesting, thanks (4+ / 0-)

            My low-carb way of eating as solved many things for me, but I've suspected it's possibly led to more inflammation and muscle cramping in this post-Lyme/fibromyalgia+osteoarthritis body from various clues in recent years.

            I have read about alkaline vs acidic body theories and thought it was something to consider for a future experiment, but never got around to it.  Considering my current diet, it's very easy to go gluten-free (which I once considered when weighing the possibility of Celiac) for a awhile to see if there's a gradual difference in daily symptoms - how long until you started to notice a difference in your body, please?

            "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

            by wader on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:46:28 PM PDT

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            •  My routine is to stop something like gluten for (2+ / 0-)
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              michelewln, wader

              two weeks, then eat a bunch of it and see how my body reacts. I tried this on dairy, wheat, nuts, meats, and other foods.

              I'm eating meat at present, so I devised a diet where I ate only lamb, Japanese sweet potatoes, brown rice and pears. These foods are usually not as allergenic as some other foods for most, probably because we eat them less frequently, and rice seems to be a low-allergenic food.

              After the first day I had a murderous headache. I must have been detoxing like mad. So I drank lots of water and toughed it out.

              My blood pressure went from 210/108 to 126/78 in three days. Looks like I have some food allergies, huh?

              The whole point of the alkaline diet is that many alkaline-forming foods are raw or only steamed. These preparations retain more of the foods' natural enzymes, and makes the nutrients in food more bioavailable when eaten. The raw vegan diet focuses on really fresh foods in great variety to get the maximum nutritional value from foods. And there are few nutrients as bioavailable as raw and lightly steamed foods.

              Yes, you are what you eat, and how you eat it. There's a big Slow Food movement that focuses on local foods and dining at a leisurely pace. This enhances digestion and makes for pleasant mealtime experiences.

              It is a really empowering feeling to think you are getting a grip on how to stay healthy. I'm not big on giving over my primary care to a doc whose primary focus is drugs and surgeries. What I have done is become my own primary care-giver and taken responsibility for the state of my own health.

              To me, this is the missing link in many recent discussions about health care. People are empowering their doctors to take responsibility for their own state of health.

              I'm not anti-doc by any means. I need a prescription drug to sleep, and a former doctor put me on heart medications that have been difficult to get off. But dosages haven't increased and my health has definitely improved under my own care.

              I know if I exercise more and learn to de-stress better, my health and energy will be even stronger. These are not really difficult things to accomplish.

              You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

              by 4Freedom on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:38:46 PM PDT

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              •  Agreed, I became empowered over my body (1+ / 0-)
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                michelewln

                the day I finally rejected all the MD nonsense that had not helped my IBS since age 4 (and, at times, made it worse through undesirable side-effects) and experimented with diet rather rigorously, eventually leading to my current lowered-carb/higher-protein+fat way of eating, etc.  The many years of IBS almost ruling my work and social schedules went away rather quickly and I've been refining since then.

                This wrench of chronic Lyme and growing osteoarthritis is the next step to experiment with, so I appreciate your sharing what has been working for you to try and will map this to what I know my body can handle for a custom experiment, as well.

                "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

                by wader on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:31:08 AM PDT

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  •  Talk About Timely (14+ / 0-)

    A friend of mine just sent this to me.

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    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 03:01:08 PM PDT

  •  I have arthritis in my foot, after the surgeries, (10+ / 0-)

    and it is about the most painful thing in my existence.

    I mean, I cut the corner off my finger, and that didn't hurt as bad.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 03:46:44 PM PDT

  •  If I felt better I may be able (11+ / 0-)

    to suggest some things, but I've been seizing since before I woke up this morning according to my other half. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to think. today, not so much.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 03:56:38 PM PDT

  •  I got my genome done (6+ / 0-)

    and of all the possible elevated risks I could have had, I really only have two:  rheumatoid arthritis (hugely elevated) and DVT.

    I know that over the last few years I have been slowing down.  Not by choice, but by invisible regulation of some kind.  I don't choose not to run about but something about me makes my energy less.  And I am more creaky and more sore.

    Fortunately for me, this responds to diet. I have been following a paleo type of diet and when I strictly adhere to grain and sugar restrictions I can move a lot more freely (for now). So I am going to live with it by doing whatever I can voluntarily to slow down the progression.

    Do you not see that it is the grossest idolatry to speak of the market as though it were the rival of God?

    by kismet on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 04:39:54 PM PDT

  •  I had a problem with (4+ / 0-)

    arthritis in my knees starting a few months ago.  I have Hashimito's (an auto-immune form of hypo-throidism), and it was in both knees so rheumatoid arthritis was the likely culprit.

    The pain was constant in both knees, all the time.

    But I did not want to go on those medicines that suppress your immune system.

    One morning, the day after doing some major weed pulling, I woke up with my eyes completely swollen.  Obviously I was having an allergic reaction, even though I had never had one before in my life.

    I popped a couple of Benadryl that I only happened to have on hand for my dogs.  My eyes calmed down, but then I noticed that for the first time in months, the pain in my knees was gone.

    So I did some research, and discovered that yes, they are finding data that supports the help of antihistamines in RA:
    http://www.news-medical.net/...

    •  Very Interesting (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      second alto, postmodernista

      That is a very interesting find. Thank you for sharing it.

      A couple of weeks ago I had made some salsa for the family and my hand and joints got very red and started to swell. I figured the arthritis was acting up but I put some Benadryl cream on it and the swelling and redness went away. I think the jalapenos triggered a reaction and inflamed the joints that were already inflamed by arthritis.

      With allergy season starting up I'll be taking antihistamines. I'll see if it makes a difference in the arthritis.

      "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

      by michelewln on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:56:19 PM PDT

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  •  I have congenital osteo-arthritis (3+ / 0-)

    and my joints swell so badly that I've been tested 12 times for rhem. arthritis (it turned out to be very bad fibro).

    Thankfully I'm still able to do yoga, although I always scare people the first time they hear me go into triangle pose (it forces my shallow hips back in-socket, and it's quite audible).

    But I've dealt with the bad knees and hips, and the falling and 'clumsiness' my entire life. The pain came when I was 18 and got mono (Epstein-Barr), which triggered the fibromialgia. Now the joint pain is everywhere.

    Mobic helps a lot, and doesn't cause the intestinal bleeding that was beginning ta cause me trouble (watch out for that, with NSAIDS). You're already using OXY (aren't they awesome?).

    And don't you love how some doctors assume that we aren't exercising? lol Silly doctors.

    Get 10% off with KATALOGUE2013 at my shop, or go to the Kos Katalogue!

    by LoreleiHI on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:56:55 PM PDT

  •  A stool for the kitchen! Why didn't I think of (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    michelewln, Ahianne

    that? I was diagnosed a year or so ago with autoimmune, inflammatory arthritis in my hands and feet. My ANA is high (360) and climbing, but my RA marker is negative. I also have what my rheumatologist thinks is likely osteoarthritis in my knees.

    I guess I was lucky, because I felt generally crummy for a while before my joints started to swell, and because I have lupus in my family, my primary care physician was doing some testing before deciding what kind of specialist to send me to, and found the elevated anti-nuclear antibodies. He sent me to an outstanding rheumatologist. It took 4 months to get an appointment, so the lucky thing is that I had the rheumy and some of the blood work in place from the first day my knuckles started to swell. The rheumy immediately put me on Plaquenil, then added Methotrexate a few months later when the Plaquenil didn't seem to be enough, and then a Medrol dose pack every couple of months. With all those things together, I have so far avoided any significant joint deformation, but  I'm not crazy about taking all those heavy duty drugs (the Medrol requires me to take Fosamax to prevent bone loss, and the Methotrexate means I'm limited to one glass of wine when we go out for dinner and not more than one glass per week), so I've been thinking of starting to look into some of the dietary approaches. Thanks for the push in the right direction.

    And, the kitchen stool! I realized after my last appointment that I'm in denial about my back pain. Every time my doctor asks, I report that my back doesn't hurt, partly because it doesn't hurt like my hands and feet, but also because I semi-consciously avoid doing the things that make my back hurt. One of those is standing in the kitchen. When I look at a new recipe, I rule out trying any that require a lot of chopping. I hate having to do that. Mr. 74135 hasn't complained, but he probably hates it too because I'm definitely not the cook I used to be.  I'm getting a stool for my kitchen tomorrow! Thanks, thanks, thanks.

  •  BTW, Michelewin, I used to rely on ibuprofen, too, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    michelewln

    but because I mistakenly thought it was making my ankles swell, I tried naproxen (Aleve) and found that it works much better for me.  Just my unsolicited recommendation.

    I also like Voltaren gel. It's diclofenac, one of the most widely used over-the-counter NSAIDs in the world, but not so much in the US where it requires a prescription. I like it because it goes right on the hurting place and doesn't have to go through my stomach to get there. It's effective for me in about 10 - 15 minutes. I got my initial samples  from my husband's pain specialist who's also head of anesthesiology at our big, highly-rated regional hospital. Even though I'm not his patient, he knows me fairly well as I've been taking my husband, a wheel chair rider who can no longer drive, to see him every 6 weeks for the last 6 years, so he felt confident enough of its safety to give me a good supply of samples. When I ran out of those, my primary care physician was happy to provide a prescription when I told him it was working for me.  

  •  This is really helpful (1+ / 0-)
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    michelewln

    I have arthritis in my hip.  I am currently struggling with a flare-up aggravated by a long plane ride.  I've changed my diet considerably and take meloxicam, but am starting to have stomach problems.  It's not a long-term fix.  Like you I've always been physically active and am continuing as best I can.  My orthopedist is good, but very conventional.  It's great to read these tips. Walking and light yoga and Pilates seem to be helping for me, but I think I am going to try tai chi, too.  I eat less and less meat and crave certain vegetables, many of which are on the anti-inflammatory list.  I try to listen to my body as much as possible.

  •  Just got out of hospital. Diagnosis. rheumatod (1+ / 0-)
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    michelewln

    Arthritis.  My bones are crumbling and my joints are swelling but what put me in the hospital was internal bleeding brought on by my meds.   Without my med I cannot move.  The pain is so sever and the joints so swollen I am unable to function....   Drs tried all kinds of other safer meds, to no avail.    Morphin helped with the pain but I cannot function normally on any type of narcotic      

    Came home weak and loaded down with scripts and dietary advice,,,,   Went right back to same old med instead.  It works to help me be more mobile.  Watch, very day for signs that bleeding has begun again.       SIGH

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:25:13 PM PDT

    •  Btw. The offending med is diclofenac. (0+ / 0-)

      And whoever said it is safe to use the cream version is wrong, according to the hospital drs who took me off of it

      "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

      by KnotIookin on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:26:50 AM PDT

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