I am sorry to hear that some of you are having really serious pain. I have chronic pain and I know what you mean when you say that you are sick of it @mee and Ruth4. Pain sucks and now we have this weird situation going on with pain medications and doctors not wanting to prescribe them or taking them and finding out that they really don’t work that well… I found out that pain medication doesn’t go well for me so I am using Neurontin and get some relief from it but I am always wanting to cut back on it because it is so sedating.
A while ago I got a Fitbit and I was really excited about starting a walking program. I started walking 10,000 steps a day and during the first week I was so sore that I got up at night and couldn’t walk or bend over. It was awful. The next few walks I started feeling like I was having to drag my legs as opposed to my legs taking me for a walk. It was hideous. I have had cervical stenosis in my neck for a while and my hands get numb and I drop everything after I walk because walking compresses the spinal cord. My knees are weak and I am having a hard time walking up the stairs in a townhouse full of stairs. I had an ex-ray of my lower back and stenosis was found there too.
Everything, all my joints hurt. I can’t sleep very well either. I have decided that if you stop moving all, including the diabetes, gets worse so I am walking 8,000 painful steps 3 days a week and have started doing Tai Chi. I found these really excellent videos on YouTube with Dr. Paul Lam. They are for people with arthritis, in fact he started Tai Chi at 17 due to an arthritic condition. I can feel that it builds the middle of the body, the core. I am starting to do that every morning. It is really a different kind of exercise experience. I think I am going to do it often. I hope you check out his videos too.
I remember I had the sweetest dog, Blackie. He was a beautiful black lab. I got him as a puppy and he was just the nicest, funniest, well behaved dog in the world and a great addition to the family. He had the shiniest coat and he absolutely loved swimming. We had a power boat and he went crazy jumping into the water and swimming between the docks and the boats. We would call him but he would just paddle away faster until my husband yelled and then he swam back.
At the age of eight he got diabetes and then hypothyroidism and then started limping really bad with arthritis. It seemed to happen all at once, really fast. One day he was laying in the living room and I looked at his face and it was filled with pain and depression. We had to eventually put him down to get him out of pain. I am still sad today when I think of it but now I am feeling the same way. I seemed to fall apart a couple of weeks ago and I am doing my best to hold what I have. Getting older is not easy with several chronic illnesses but it is kind of a challenge just to keep going in spite of all the troubles! Yeah, this arthritis is something new that I am trying to learn about and understand.