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Have you thought about losing weight? It can be helpful to reduce pain.
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Yes, my doctor told me about it. I'll try swimming in first. I hope to see quick results!
yes I have been trying but my limited mobility is making it extremely difficult & I think my quality of live is rubbish enough without living off of a few lettuce leaves a day! I eat healthily, I cook from scratch & don't do chocolate, cake or biscuits but I still weigh 5 stone over what I should!
@pixienie73 - I know it is easier said than done, but it really is a vicious circle! I felt the same way as you. It was too painful to exercise! But like @doraleen I started swimming a bit and that helped me over the point of being too painful to move. So even though I am still experiencing pain, it is better and I am able to move more. I can play with my grand children more for instance. I really hope that you will be able to get through those initial painful exercises, because once you are through it, it gets easier to keep moving. Also, you could try and see a physio or something. At least that is a start to becoming more mobile with less pain, then the weight loss exercises can come after.
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Hi, I have Rheumatoid and emphysema and find exercise difficult. I had part of my lung removed last year and was in slot of pain. I found that gentle stretching following Rosemary Conley was a massive help to movement and tones you without too much effort.
I mostly swim as it doesnt aggravate my issues, my physio has set me some strengthening exercises to do too.
Hi, I walk daily with my English Cocker Spaniel. Every step is painful, but I walk through the pain. It is easier said than done, but I would rather be doing something proactive than sitting down in pain. I have lost 4 Stone since January 15th and it is all because of having less calories and more exercise. I have Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Hypermobility Syndrome and OA and a few other ailments so I have some difficulties and yes I have flare ups, but I have to plan and pace myself. When I do do exercise, i.e., mild walking, I do get endorphins set off from my brain and I feel really good. Just start off with a short walk and try to listen to your body, but try to overcome the pain to some extent. Hope this helps!!
My physio always says don't continue if in pain. I have found it difficult at times but the strengthening exercise are doing their job.
I have been using Leslie Sansone's 'Walk at Home' DVD, as it means that I can work up to a 5 mile walk (in very easy increments) without leaving the house and frightening our new neighbours with the sight of me in jogging pants and a sweatshirt .
Walking is the best thing for me - it doesn't seem to impact on my knees like other exercises and it is (now that I have the DVD) free.
I'd love to do Pilates, but I can't afford the classes at the moment.
I am also following the Gi Diet - I'll let you know how that goes. I have to lose 6 stone, but once I am at my goal, I hope that my knee pain will diminish (don't think weight loss will help much with my hands, sadly).
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I have lost weight and it has has no bearing on my OA. I swim and cycle regular. I am careful what I eat. Compared to before pain hasn't changed
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