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« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2007, 06:55:19 PM »
Poor Boom Boom :(  I hope you have a good movie or something to watch while you take a load off tonight.  :hug:

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« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2007, 07:03:03 PM »
Thanks. I tried to take a nap after stacking the firewood all day, but the bed was cold and made the arthritis unbearable. I'll use a heating pad tonight! Now off to soak in a long, hot bath.  :bath

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« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2007, 07:14:49 PM »
You need a well-trained cat (or lapdog). Warm little furry bodies have an affinity for sore joints.
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« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2007, 07:24:12 PM »
Dislocated hip? How long has it been dislocated? Spinal fusion? All this sounds scary, but very hopeful as well. Hang in there. Can I ask who sweetie's surgeon for the hip is?

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« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2007, 09:28:57 PM »
It'll be Buckley eph. In fact he was one of the reasons we came this way. We were told a years wait, until McMaster got involved and now it's gonna be faster, much faster. But time is immaterial to these guys, so I dunno, it all feels slow to me.

Yeah it sounds scary until you realize you could get quality of life back, way less meds and so much more. Hip has been dislocated (we figure now) for about 3 months, but total crippled last 3 weeks.

This is good, really, all good.
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« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2007, 09:30:40 PM »
Quote from: lagatta
You need a well-trained cat (or lapdog). Warm little furry bodies have an affinity for sore joints.


Yes - my beagle was good for that. I've always had sore feet, from various accidents. Last year, Cassie (neighbour's dog that I babysat for a while) used to sleep on top of my arthritic foot.

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« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2007, 10:16:15 PM »
Anybody ever heard of this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prolotherapy

I just got an e-mail from someone who is suffers chronic pain continuously and he received his first treatment with 44 needles with demerol. He is out of pain for the first time in 3 years!
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« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2007, 09:47:26 PM »
Feeling really, really down today.

The pain in my back due to scoliosis has gotten worse over the years. Used to be it would flare up once every couple of weeks. Past year or so, it's gone from once every two or three days to every day without letup.

What gets me down most is knowing that i) my muscles are weakening due to lack of exercise and ii) I could get the needed exercise if I could only afford to buy an exercise bike. (Alas, there'd still be the challenge of getting it upstairs to my apt and assembled!)

Used to have an exercise bike which I rode every day. That's likely why the flareups were less frequent then.

Being on an income under $8K a year has meant walking everywhere to get tasks done. Am thankful that a friend now drives me to most places that are too far for me to get to without experiencing excruciating pain.

Gonna take some ibuprofen (hate to take pills). Maybe it'll help. Pain's really sapping my strength...

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« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2007, 12:09:23 AM »
Sorry to hear that, BCsw. That sounds very frustrating :(  

I haven't checked lately, but I know someone who bought their exercise bike used for relatively cheap. Maybe keep an eye on craigslist 'For Sale' sections?

http://vancouver.craigslist.org/

http://victoria.craigslist.org/

Good luck!

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« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2007, 12:37:01 AM »
Do you have room in your place for an exercise bike, Seawalker, if I can find one? You only live a couple of hours away from me.

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« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2007, 01:39:51 AM »
I hope the ibuprofen helps Seawalker. There are some fairly powerful back pain pills with codeine that my hubby takes that work for him (herniated disk). I just found the package - Robaxisal. I have no idea how costly they are though.
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« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2007, 07:58:02 AM »
I guess I should look for an exercise bike too, for the wintertime, as my arthritis is always a LOT worse in the months when I can't count on cycling. I can't afford a new one either; look in craigslist and kijiji (there must be other sources) - gdkitty, you might even be able to get one from freecycle. Lots of people buy those as New Year's resolutions and they wind up being coathooks. It is boring as hell riding on them so unless you are very motivated, hard to lose weight or get fit that way - but against arthritic pain and stiffness, even a few short spins can make a big difference.

If you live in Vancouver, I'm sure some of the kind people on this board would be pleased to help schlep the thing up to your flat.
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« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2007, 08:38:12 AM »
I hd an exercsie bike in the early 90s I guess, and didn't like it much. Takes quite a bit of willpower to use it.

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« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2007, 12:56:43 PM »
Thanks for your kind responses. This morning, am feeling ashamed for having whined...

Re an exercise bike, when I had one before I'd read while using it. Never got bored that way. In fact, reading on the bike became part of my daily ritual, which I'd miss if for some reason I had to skip it. Eventually associated feeling sluggish with not having done my exercise; it almost always helped ease the pain and depression.

After exercising on the bike, I'd lay flat on the floor and do some tummy and other exercises with 5lb hand weights. Then finish up with stretching. Most days, my exercise regimen took at least an hour. When I moved to the Island, the bike and weights had to be left behind. That was 7 years ago.

Don't like the bikes with the moving handlebars; the twisting makes my back worse. Some people with back problems are better to use the reclining bikes. But for my back condition, with pressure on the nether regions a bad idea, the uprights are better.

As for muscle relaxants, I've occasionally been given samples from a local clinic. Have noticed, however, that while they give substantial relief for a time as their effects begin to wear off, the condition becomes worse.

 

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