I couldn't agree with you more, Hopesend, concerning the values of alternative treatments. Daily swimming/water walking in a warm therapeutic pool is the only "drug" I take. The others I tried only gave me more problems.
The WebMD community sites are also great therapy. I am so greatful for this resource.
Hello Caprice, The great outdoors is therapy in & of itself. The many distractions of the out of doors, whether it be pleasant chirping of a bird or even a blustery breeze in the winter time, help me to forget about my pains.
When I'm not out during the warm weather, I've got all my windows opened bringing that beautiful air inside.
Although I can't do all the yard work I once did, I putter as much as I can tolerate. I even enjoy walking around the yard picking up all the limbs, etc. before the mower arrives.
I've learn to better tolerate the more inclement weather as it makes me appreciate those sunny warm days all the more. Living in upstate NY, I've even learned to appreciate the sometimes nasty winter days as it's a good excuse to stay in & catch up on reading.
Hi Saxophonic, In response to your question concerning the progression of arthritis, it varies. There's really no predicting its course but managing it by keeping weight down & exercise should help us sufferers.
Hello Ranagrande, I wanted to both laugh & cry while reading the last line of your post. Knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, even ankles can be replaced but the spine is a whole other animal.
My lumbar is also in pretty bad shape with arthritis & stenosis. I'm slender & have always been very active so it's tough. I do daily water exercises & that helps but I still have lots of pain. I'm 56.
Hello Caprice, I find I go through a variety of emotions while watching the Olympics. Prior to the onset of Fibromyalgia soon followed by the painful symptoms of Osteoarthritis, I was a daily jogger/power walker. I've always been active & although it's much harder to be these days, I continue to go for daily swims & move around as much as possible.
Of course we all see the Olympian's bodies powered up like machines however, I am truly inspired by the mental process responsible for those machines moving as they do. The mind is a powerful thing & we are in full control of our minds.
True inspiration was felt when watching the Australian runner (name escapes me) who had prosthetic lower legs. WOW!
Sorry to hear of your problems, MandyCake. I, too, have spinal stenosis in my lumbar spine along with OA throughout the spine as well as in the left hip, right knee & elbow, & toes. If that weren't enough, I developed Fibromyalgia almost five years ago.
I do not care for medications as I believe most of them only add symptoms to a list which doesn't need to get any longer. I keep my weight down & eat well. I supplement my diet with a variety of vitamins, minerals, etc (C,D,E, Calcium.......). Due to an allergic reaction to the shellfish in Glucosamine Chondroitin, I switched to a product that uses NEM (natural eggshell membrane).
The therapy that works best for me is warm water. Over a year ago I joined a gym with a heated pool (89 degrees) & visit it every morning. It helps to keep me more flexible throughout the day.
Is it feasible for you to try this pool therapy?
I recently added SAM-e to my list of supplements as I read where it has been proven to help ease pain in those who suffer from OA.
I realize none of these are cures but I do my best in helping to manage the condition. I can live with pain, I just don't want to lose my mobility.
I'm relatively young (56) for the degree of my condition. I believe I inherited some bad genes.
Do you mind my asking your age? I hope you will soon find something that will ease your discomfort.
Hi Guyjr, Unfortunately, I can't give advice on riding your motorcycle but have to believe that someone in the medical field can. The doctors, therapists, nurses, etc. are very well versed on joint replacements as it's such a common procedure. Ask around. It's always best to receive such advice from a medical person.
I want to thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. It seems more often than not, we hear from those with negative experiences. I'll be 57 in a few months & I'm overdue for a hip replacement. Your encouraging words are an inspiration.
I wish you continued success with your recovery & hope that you can soon be back on your bike with your new hip.
You are so right, Caprice. I just couldn't resist my first humorous response.
Acceptance is everything. Often at the end of the day, I think of all that I did & comment to myself that it all got done, OA & all. I can't say that this will always be the case, but no one can be certain of their future.