Hello, I am sorry about your pain, especially because you are so young.
Is it at all feasible for you to join a gym/club that offers a warm water pool? Water aerobics has helped so many, including myself, who suffer with joint issues. Due to the buoyancy of the water, we can move unlike we can on land. The benefits of this water exercise are carried on to land, etc.
Hello twostags, Sugar worsens just about everything. I'm not diabetic either & I love sugar but try to limit my intake to infrequent treats. I, too, have felt worse after indulging. I'm a firm believer that we are what we eat & by sticking with the good foods & refraining from the junk, we can truly feel better.
Hi Darlyn05, I find warm water exercises to be beneficial by allowing me to be more flexible throughout the day. The pool at the gym where I am a member is only 4&1/2 feet at its deepest so I must limit my exercising to various aerobics & lap swimming. I I understand in deeper waters a good therapy for us back sufferers is using a noodle while positioned upright allowing the back (discs, etc.) to loosen up. Just imagining this position sounds comforting & makes me want to seek out deeper waters.
Have you tried a recumbent stationary bike? I believe these are supposed to be easier on the back.
Walking is one of the best things for us, so do as much as you can tolerate. Sitting is one of our worst enemies so if you must do this, try to get up frequently & walk around. A good alternative to the typical desk chair is an exercise ball. The back muscles are kept active while on the ball & once one gets used to it, it's great.
If your not aware of the proper ways to lift, etc., get online & check this out. We truly must pamper our backs; it's a full time job but I'll do anything to remain mobile. You can find many tips on back care at the various websites. WebMD has a great community on their Back Pain Exchange Support site.
Hello darlyn05, I have OA of the spine. It's worst in the Lumbar region. Why do you ask? I'm always interested in learning of how others deal with this, so if you'd like to start a thread on that subject, I'll be watching & responding accordingly.
Hello Winks2013, Would you please report to us how you do on the inversion table? I've been thinking about one for some time now. It seems to make a lot of sense in that it would provide relief by temporarily loosening the discs.
Hello John, If you must sit for prolonged periods make a great effort to get up & move around every 20 minutes or so. Some pointers to ensure this at work include, placing your waste basket away from your desk so that you have to get up to dispose of garbage; stand & move around while talking on the phone; consider an exercise ball to use as a chair - the body is constantly in motion as it adjusts to the ball; go for a walk on your lunch break, etc.
"Motion is lotion" & a sedentary life style is damaging to all.
Many gym workouts, etc. are undone when followed by a day of constant sitting at the desk. If your job is a desk job, you must make a conscious & ongoing effort to move around as much as possible. So should everyone else in the office whether or not they suffer from OA.
Hello Kristen, I'm sorry that you have these problems at your age however, the condition is manageable.
I find warm water exercises to be very therapeutic for my osteoarthritis of the lower back, hip & knee. The buoyancy of the water allows the body to move more flexibly & without impact to the suffering joints.
If membership to a gym is a feasible option, please look into this. Most gyms offer a trial basis so you then have the option of trying it out before committing to a membership contract.
Hello Kristen, It's unfortunate you are suffering with this at your young age. Acceptance of our condition(s) is so important in maintaining a good attitude, which in turn helps us in managing our health.
I have found that exercising (aerobics, swimming, water walking, etc.) in warm water to be very helpful for my ailing back. It helps with flexibility and range of motion. The buoyancy of the water is easy on our joints & I have yet to meet a doctor or therapist who hasn't highly recommended water therapy.
Of course, before starting any exercise program check with your doctor first.
I hope this is a feasible plan for you because it has proven to help many at the pool where I am a member.
Please keep us posted on your condition. These medical web communities are another great form of therapy.
Consider yourself "lucky" if your arthritis is confined to a couple of fingers. The latest on fish oil supplements is that they may not be nearly as effective as the omega 3's, etc. found in the actual fish. If you like fish, eat lots of it. I'm sure you are benefiting in many ways from a good diet.
There are all kinds of gadgets that can help with opening jars. Have you shopped online or at a local store that carries kitchen products? You may even want to check with some arthritis websites for suggestions.