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    Everytime I go to my primary care doctor they tell me I should be , bit exercising and dieting don't tell me what kind of diet I should be on. They gave me a couple of pt exercises that I cannot do because I am in pain. They don't seem to understand I can barely walk I cannot stand up without screaming in pain yet they expect me to be able to do 30min of exercise. I tried pilates but I can only do about 10min of it. Can anyone tell me about any good diets and exercise plans. I am planning on joining a gym that has a pool for physical therapy exercisin, but what can I do at home and on days that I can't make it to the gym.

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    Jaideni

    Exercise is a good thing - but we have to go at it gently, and build up gradually. Something like a high impact aerobics class is out of the question.

    Pilates is a wonderful exercise, and 10 minutes of it is a fabulous start! If you can do 10 minutes three days this week, add in a day next week so you're up to 4 days, and then start increasing minutes. Maybe work towards 12 minutes for a couple weeks. Then 15. Eventually you'll be at 30 minutes, but take your time to get there.

    Yoga is similar to pilates, it could be a good choice as well. Find something that you like doing, and it will work for you.

    As far as diet, yes, listen to your doctor. One thing I've learned is that I feel best on a lower fat diet. I've cut out meat entirely, though I do occassionally eat salmon, tuna, and (when I'm feeling decadent) shrimp or scallops. Food high in omega 3's help reduce inflamation - which means they can help a bit with reducing pain. Choose whole grains, "REAL" foods (stay away from diet pop, anythign with a list of ingredients you can't read) and monitor portion size.

    That portion size thing is the killer. Sites like WebMD and probably Weight Watchers can give you portion sizes. I've found that if I'm getting lazy, I have to go back to measuring things like cereal, pasta, etc for a couple weeks.

    Another diet tip? Write down EVERYTHING you eat and drink each day, and the quantities. Keeping a food journal automatically makes you pay more attention to what you're eating. Studies have found that people start making better choices when they write it down, even if they're the only ones who look at it!
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    Thanks! I have found that I have almost completely lost my appetite.I have only been drinking juice and drinks and having a few crackers. My doctor told me that drinking so much juice is not good and is causing weight gain but what am I supposed to do if my body just doesnt want food. Oh well i guess.

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    Juice contains a lot of sugars - but since you have little appetite, I understand why you've chosen to stick with liquids. Maybe try some Keifer (tastes like yoghurt, it is a fermented milk drink) that has less sugar in it. Or some low-sodium V-8 or vegitable drink as well. It might round out your diet a little at this point, get some dairy and some veggies back in. If those don't sound good, you can get a product like "Ensure" that has some balance of nutrients in it, and tastes somewhat like a milkshake.

    With crackers, try some whole grain ones that have several grams of fiber each serving.

    And don't forget that exercise! If you're able to do the 10 miutes every day or every other day right now, that's a wonderful start!

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    thanks Hatlady. I know I should try something new. I guess I'll give that a try.

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    Hugs Jaideni

    I hear what you are saying. When I first started down this path I could barely walk. I'd cry and cry because I still needed to do things but it just hurt so much.

    I couldn't even lift my leg high enough to get in and out of the shower.

    The good news is once I found my self some excersizes I could do I did start feeling better and better.

    Over the past two weeks I have developed a new problem to deal with. So I spoiled myself by not doing me workout.....BIG BIG mistake.

    I have started back and today is the first day I feel like a human being.

    I started with some very light stretches. I would do them on my bed because I couldn't get down and up from the floor.

    Then I added going for short little walks in the neighborhood. Just five minutes and then 10 minutes.

    We got a tread mill on sale and I started using that on the easiest setting and with NO incline.

    I bought a Tai Chi DVD and love it.

    As I felt better I got a work out bike for the basement. Again I use the lowest setting.

    Then I got a work out bike for the basement. Yes that means going down stairs....my nemisis.

    I work out on the tread mill for 15 minutes and then the bike for another 15 minutes.

    I bought a Tensor wrap around brace for my achey joints. I wear them when I work out, drive my car or do house work.

    I'm not ready to go two stepping but I can do a slow dance

    I move much better and the pain is not as bad.

    My body shuts down at 6 p.m. and refuses to do anthing until the next morning when I do my work out routine.

    I'm sure my meds have a lot to do with my feeling better. The pain is halfed but the swelling still persisted. Once I started working out regularly the swelling has gone down quite a bit. There is still the odd day when I puff up like a blow fish.

    As for the food thing. Could that be a reaction to some of your medications? What are you taking?

    I'm on arthrotec 75 and plaquenil (spell?)

    The plaquenil can cause nausia and dyareah. My doctor told me to take both pills just before bed with one of those single servings of yogart.

    Worked like a charm. I eat Activa with extra fiber in it. Calms my tummy and is good for the bowel.

    Find out about your meds, but eat the Activa any way. Give it two weeks and see how you are feeling.

    I hope this helps...gentle hugs to you.
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    I am taking plaquenil and etolodac twice a day and tramadol about four times a day amitryptiline some nights. I guess all the meds and how often they are changing my prescriptions could have something to do with it

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    Hi jaideni

    Ask your doctor if you can take both your plaquenil right before bed with a small tub of yogart. That was what my doctor recommended and it has worked like a charm.

    You sleep through the worst of it and wake up in the morning feeling (dare I say) normal lol.

    Plus you will not be sick to your stumack and will eat breaky and feel good.

    I also have IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrom. So the plaquenil was causing me a great amount of grief. But I take Immodium for the really bad days and actually, since this all begain, I've never felt better then I do right now.

    Let me know how you make out. Hope you start feeling better soon. That's what it's all about. Finding ways to feel better.
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    Hi Jaideni:

    Keep looking for some activity that fits for you and start with baby steps. I think many of us can identify with your dilemma. What I know to be true for myself though is that if I skip the exercise even for a few days my pain is much worse. Personally, I find water to be my life giving force even if I can get in and just move around and nothing else it helps. Getting to the pool is usually the biggest challenge but once I am there it so helps. I have just started back after a five month absence and already I can feel such a difference in my decreased pain level and increased energy.

    Good luck with this new challenge in your life..........You can do this.....and remember we are all cheering you on kind of like a "cyber cheer leading team".........................

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    Thanks! I am hoping to try the pool thing out real soon.

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