I don't think I've posted since last week. Actually, I've been feeling pretty good lately (hope I didn't just jinx myself).
After almost 7 weeks of doing some more activity - a DVD workout to do Tai Chi, I think I'm feeling the benefits of it. I am definitely moving better as my legs and hips feel better. The warm up routine before the tai chi moves includes some stretches.
My PCP and Rheumy have often reminded me that exercise should be part of my treatment. So I'm doing my best to keep active and exercise - but there are some days I just don't feel like it.
Sleep has been better and I think that's also a benefit from the exercise.
Wishing everyone a great day with no or little pain - and good sleep tonight!View Thread
Maggie, it's great to meet you, too. I grew up in the Chicago area. My parents were both raised in the area. In grade school we lived in Lombard and in middle school moved to Bloomingdale. Now My brother lives in Elgin and I live near Crystal Lake. You probably know where that is having lived in Elgin. I have relatives that live in of near Naperville.
I have been in the Crystal Lake area for about 25 years. The area has sure changed a lot in that time. Before moving here I lived in MN for about 1.5 years. I was transferred for my job to this area.
We had about 6 inches of snow at our house in No.IL last night. Of course, the worst of it seemed to be when I was driving home from work. My usual 15-20 minute commute took 65 minutes! Glad I didn't have a longer commute like some people.
Of course, our snow storm was nothing what it like the blizzard hitting the NE.
Looking forward to a fairly quiet weekend. If the weather's not too bad on Sunday (freezing rain predicted), I'm going to my cousin's for a family gathering. Otherwise, some house work, relaxing, and crocheting is on the agenda.
mimi, Yay - for good sleep! I hope that continues for you! I also wish less stress for you. What a stressful situation this must be for you with not knowing what's going on with your granddaughter! (((Hugs)))
angelswife, hoping you get less than predicted snow - and the weather changes don't make your pain even worse. I have an arthritic knee that can tell when storms are moving through.
LindaR, painting and house projects sure can be a headache - but it's always so nice to have freshly painted walls, etc. The 'new' room will be so nice for you to enjoy the soon-to-be new TV!!
Lou, glad to hear you're prepared for the blizzard. You mentioned food, water, and gas - but you didn't mention 'the other essential'. Do you have enough yarn for your knitting projects?
Okay, back to work - and back to wishing the afternoon goes quickly. I want to go home. There should be a package with some new yarn! I've been crocheting scarves lately, but now I'm ready to work on a few afghans for a silent auction at church. The auction is a fund-raiser for some mission trips.
Wishing everyone a safe and good weekend with no or little pain - and good sleep!View Thread
Maggie, you don't need a prescription for the biotene - and after using it this week I have noticed a difference at night. Like you, last week I was having to get up during the night and drink some water my mouth was drying out so much.
This week after starting the biotene rinse (I do it right before bed), my mouth hasn't gotten as dry as some nights.
Not certain if maybe my mouth is less dry because I did go 3 nights without any cyclobenzaprine and now there's less in my system? But sleep was poor and more muscle tension at night without the cyclobenzaprine. Two nights ago I took a full tablet (10mg) and last night I took 1/2 tablet. Got better sleep the past few nights.
I think I'm going to try the 1/2 tablet for a while - as it did help with my sleep last night - and I will continue using the biotene. Hoping to find a balance.
I'm in No. IL and we got a lot of snow yesterday, too - but it looked like you probably got more up your way.
Thanks for your response, Nancy! My dentist recommend trying the biotene rinse - so I've started using that. I think it might be helping. So it's hard to say if not taking the cyclobenzaprine for 3 nights now has helped the dry mouth or not.
My sleep has been affected the past couple of nights and this morning I had some tight muscles even before getting out on bed. I think I'm learning the cyclobenzaprine really helps my sleep and tight muscles at night.
Thanks for sharing your experience with the cymbalta. Because I've been taking the anti-depressant longer than the cyclobenzaprine, it didn't seem likely that the citalopram was causing the dry mouth. Maybe it's the combination of the two medicines?
I'll try the biotene and if that doesn't seem to help and the dry mouth is still a problem, I'll talk to my Dr.
I know that Dry Mouth is often a side-effect of medications like cyclobenzaprine and citalpram hbr - of which I am taking both. I have been on the citalopram for 1.5 years and the cyclobenzaprine for about 6 months.
I thought I'd try my own experiment and go without the cyclobenzaprine this week and see if I notice a difference. I've had 2 nights without the muscle relaxant. I can't say I've noticed a difference in the Dry Mouth - but I had very poor sleep last night.
Any thoughts? Would it be possible that the medications are causing the Dry Mouth - even though I have taken then for a while?