Hello Dave, Sorry to hear you're not feeling well but pleased to learn that you won't be going through with the steroid injections. Although I've never had steroids, I understand that there is no guarantee of their efficacy. Consider the potentially serious side effects, I think it's best that you just wait for the surgery.
Hello Dave, Firstly, you could never write a posting too long as yours are always well written and enjoyable to read.
I am so pleased to hear of your change in eating habits. This is the key to losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy one. Bariatric surgery may be the answer for some however, it is often done without realizing the life-style changes needed to keep the weight off.
Although I have been slim for many years now I did battle weight for at least a decade of my life and know how difficult the battle can be. Food is as equally addictive as drugs, etc. yet because we all need food, it can be the hardest to get under control. Cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, etc. can be given up completely however, one must eat.
In addition to enjoying smaller sized clothing, you will love the increased energy you undoubtedly will experience as the pounds shed away. Always remember, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
You and your wife have been truly blessed with one another. Hopefully, the new hips for you and loss of weight for you both will enable you to spend many more happy and healthy years together.
Best wishes for continued progress with all. Please keep us posted.
Hello Dave, No doubt you wish that you were recovering from the hip replacement at this time however, I commend any doctor who feels it should not be done unless conditions are just right. I know of at least a few at the pool whose obesity has not stopped the doctors from replacing a knee and/or hip, and I can't help but feel that they don't have the patient's best interest in mind.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could have each surgery performed at the same time?
I hope the steroid injections don't interfere with your efforts at losing weight.
Good luck with it all. Please continue to post with your status.
Hello shawna1961, Firstly, congratulations on your weight loss. Do everything possible to keep it off as added weight is one of our worst enemies. I'm sure you feel more energetic & better overall since losing this weight.
It is crucial for us OA sufferers to keep moving as much as possible (motion is lotion). I have moderate-to-severe OA in my hip, neck, & spine, along with Fibromyalgia. Keeping a positive attitude is also very important.
I visit a gym every morning for use of the pool. Aqua therapy is one of the best for our joints as the buoyancy of the water allows us to move with more ease & does not impact the joints as many land exercises do. The pool is full with many who suffer from musculoskeletal ailments.
5 mile walks can be tough on one in good condition; I commend you for doing this. Have you tried shorter walks, perhaps a mile or less?
Because the bones don't directly benefit from water therapy, I walk as much as I can tolerate & also perform light weight training exercises. I use 5 pound weights & follow some exercises I found online. Both of these benefit the bones & don't create much of an impact on the joints.
I can't guarantee that these exercises won't hurt some while performing them but I can say that I always feel better afterwards both physically & mentally.
Good luck & please keep us posted on your condition.
Hello, Like many in this community, I have OA in various joints throughout my body. At 52 (I am now 58) I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The combination of the two can be brutal.
Like you, I was always athletic and preferred being on the move over being sedentary. That being said, an active lifestyle does not have to come to a halt with OA. Although it may be hard to become motivated, it is crucial that we get some form of regular exercise. Warm water therapy has proven very beneficial for me. I'm in the pool seven days a week for at least an hour a day. Our joints move much easier in the water and there is no impact as is the case on land. Not only do I feel better while in the pool, but it also keeps me more flexible throughout the day.
Our brains and mental state benefit as well from regular exercise. I walk as much as I can tolerate and also perform light weight exercises to benefit my bones.
Do check with your doctor before engaging in any form of exercise. We may not be able to do what we used to but most of us can & must keep moving to stay healthy.
Best of luck to you. Please keep us posted on your progress. Focusing on what we can do, not what we can't, is also very important.
Hello Liz, So sorry to hear of your pain. Where in your feet (toes, etc.) is the OA located? I have it in my big toe at the moderate stage & my podiatrist said that over time, it will correct itself. He said this is so of OA only in the toes, not if located elsewhere in the body. Check with your doctor on that one.
In the meantime, I have found warm water therapy to be very effective in helping me to manage OA, located throughout my body (spine, hips, neck, toes). I visit the pool daily & this not only helps in easing the pain but also helps me to stay more flexible, & subsequently, more mobile.
Keeping our weight down is crucial to us OA sufferers as well. A healthy diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, & fish, is another important way of managing our condition.
Hello dimend3, I, too, have been diagnosed with both Fibro & OA. I have always described the combo as "brutal" &, although it's tempting to call it "lethal," fortunately it is not.
Although chronic & sometimes debilitating pain can make coping difficult, I have learned to manage my conditions. Once I accepted my fate, I realized that a positive attitude was crucial in learning to cope & live with my new state of body.
I will share with you what helps me, but please keep in mind that what "works" for one may not necessarily help another. Initially I tried a couple of meds (low dose Amitriptyline & later Savella) but stopped each as I didn't like the side effects & have always preferred natural remedies over pharmaceuticals.
My daily routine consists of the following: - water aerobics - various stretching exercises at least a couple/few times per day
I try to limit extended periods of sitting or remaining in any one position as stiffness sets in after a short amount of time. With both OA & Fibro, motion is lotion and truly helps me feel better. I walk as long & as often as I can tolerate.
Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for everyone but especially for us sufferers. I'm a believer in we are what we eat & I always feel better while sticking to a diet of many vegetables, fruits, & whole grains while refraining from white starches & sugars.
Please keep us posted on your condition. Best of luck to you!
Hello Dave, While following these pain communities, I feel as though I've come to know such regulars as you. You consistently offer valuable advice & although we may no longer have the presence of the "experts," visitors like you, Joy, etc. are equally as good.
I feel especially close to you realizing you are a geographic neighbor. However, I believe you are a bit more west at your Buffalo residence in that I reside in a suburb of Rochester.
That being said, if you are still interested in the name of the gym, do let me know & I will share that with you. It's my understanding that a truly heated therapeutic pool is almost rare. We recently had a visitor from Chicago who commented that there's no such pool in that area. "Our" pool is kept at 89 degrees & is treated with salt as opposed to chlorine. It is my best medicine.
Because the pool here is extremely popular among the many arthritic, etc. sufferers, I would have to believe that it would fare well in any location, especially in view of the aging baby boomers.
I live in western NY & do know that such therapy, with written recommendation from a health care provider, may be tax deductible if your total health care costs meet the required amount (not certain of that figure). Be sure to save all receipts for co-pays & also for any other expenses related to your health care.
I, too, have severe arthritis & use a warm water pool at the local gym daily. It is my best medicine. Others at the pool suffer with the same or similar conditions & agree that aqua therapy truly helps with flexibility & improved mobility throughout the day. It's worth every cent of the membership fees. I have been able to postpone recommended surgery as a result of the water therapy.