I have noticed that taking omega 3's are helpful in reducing the inflamation, pain and discomfort. Also Ben-Gay Zero Degrees as heat increases the pain for me. I keep the Ben-Gay in the freezer. Are you taking any medication, even OTC ones?View Thread
I have osteoarthritis in my lumbar area with radiculpathy(that's the summation diagnosis I rec'd). I am now 50yo although this began nearly 15 yrs ago. It did not become unbearable until about fall of 2009. I became increasingly aware of my physical limitations/restrictions.
What other suggestions has your Dr offered to you? What type of Dr are you seeing? What types of testing have you had, if any?View Thread
If your job requires dexterity of that joint, I imagine it's possible. Or perhaps they could move you to a different position. As for SSDI, have you checked that website for information concerning eligibility? Here is a link I found, don't know if it'll give you any answers.
Hey 4sandishore! How did the steroid shots go for you? Hope they have helped relieve atleast some of your pains. Do you remember what medicine you were taking prior to your siezure? It's amazing that with the further advances in medicine we have we still can't avoid having side effects. Although I think we always did have, just now we're more aware of it/them.
Hey georgia888 and other posters! I finished my first week at the therapy center. Using the treadmill at low speed initially, recumbent cycle pains my thighs (lol), and I need to narrow down which aparatus in the 'it figures' room sends the electrical streams down the backs of my legs. All in all, I think it's a positive start. I look forward to going each day. Helps with my mindset and I think we can agree that our mindset helps with our pain management. Don't know if I will be able to continue with the water therapy due to costs. We'll see.
How's everyone else doing? charlie24u posted some stretching exercises that sound helpful.View Thread
Hey charlie24u! Thanx for writing the stretching exercise suggestions. That really helps. I recently brought out a camping mat to try and do some floor exercises and such. I will definately add these in.
Good luck with the TKR in April. Let us know how it progresses for you.View Thread
Hey georgia! I'm sorry to hear of your fibromyalgia. I have a cousin that has this and many people misunderstand her and her condition due to it's invisibility. And the fact of how long it has taken to be understood somewhat by the medical community and become publicly acknowledged.
I finally received that letter from my Dr and have since joined the therapy center. Today will be my 1st day. They have a list of my conditions and are going to go through different exercises and equipment with me. This past week has been trying as the weather/barometric pressure has affected my back pain.
I have yet to google any websites. I will let you know what I find.
Knowing this is impossible, I'd still like to wish you a painfree day.View Thread
georgia, I must say I admire your commitment doing the water therapy every morning, and fortunate for you that your insurance helps to cover the cost, and the gym you attend has the pool there as well. If mine did(insurance coverage), I would be doing it every day as well.
I'm waiting on a letter from my Dr that includes the use of a gym membership so I can atleast deduct it for tax purposes(as my accountant tells me) to be able to justify the cost and have access to the equipment. I'd still have to go to a different facility for the pool but I think I could manage the treadmill stuff one day, then the pool the next. And keep that cycle going throughout the week.
After writing with you I recently managed to find a Therapy Ctr of pretty good size with all the bells and whistles, just like a gym(it's a gym but geared more for therapy purposes). I tried the recumbent bike you suggested and I think I can tolerate that. They used to have a small pool for water therapy but not enough demand for it so they trasformed it into a stretching room. To boot, the people that own it and run it are Physical Therapists and have rooms and do Physical Therapy for clients. How lucky could I get in this small destitue/remote area!?! Now, if that letter from my Dr would just get here. lol
I do walk around the house on occassion when I can. I was with a step-son and two of his children at the pool this past week-end, got home and you know the rest of the story. I just had a hard time telling them I couldn't participate with them.
Managing our condition is a full time job, and one of the difficulties or draw backs for me is when I'm done doing that I'm pretty much done. Although I think once I can get the membership and a daily routine concreted that things will improve and I can take care of the other responsibilities. Atleast I'm hoping for that.
If anyone can post links for videos on the water therapy, floor exercises, stretches, and the like that pertain to these conditions or articles it would be greatly appreciated.
georgia, other than the water therapy, what equipment or exercises do you do for this condition?View Thread