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Ducky
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   Posted 8/23/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah   yeah yeah Previous thread can be reached here.. please continue moanin'! yeah yeah yeah
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CaMama
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   Posted 8/23/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm here, I'm here! turn

Hope you are all well. My joints are hanging in there. I'm slowly trying to get some exercise and movement back in my life. It's only been a week and nothing specific (I'm not actually 'working out' yet,  but I'm doing things that are getting me exercise almost daily, even if just a little). It's actually making an improvement on how I feel at night. I'm once again (for the 200 and 50th time, I'm sure) saying "enough is enough" and am attempting to get some handle on my life - weight, home, time, etc. I always get sidetracked with flares, illness, or something. I'm taking baby steps and trying to stay positive as everything is totally out of control after so many years of neglect. Since working, things have gotten so much worse, even quicker than before!

I'm a bit bummed I didn't start on this before the kids went back to school, but I won't let that stress me out and I'll just take it one day at a time, right?  I also have a little bit of support from a few different friends on the weight loss/exercise aspect of it all - 2 friends near home who want to walk with me 2 days a week, and another at work who wants us to morally support each other with will power since there is so much food all the time there. Hopefully both will help. What a viscious and miserable circle this has been...the autoimmune/joint issues caused all the weight gain and now the weight gain is causing more issues....it's pathetic.

Time will tell....let's hope health and joints stay in shape so I can finally make a positive dent...my psorisis is starting to act up, I hope it stays at bay, but my hands are starting to itch and hurt really bad, so is my scalp - not a good sign, but I'm doing what I can to keep the breakout at bay (it hasn't happened, yet - thank GOD!) - and, keeping positive. :-) Any suggestions? I'm using Cetaphil, Gold Bond Ultimate, and whatever else I have handy on my hands & arms. T-Gel on my scalp.   As embarrasing as the psorisis is, it's better than a joint flare....but I'd rather avoid both! eyes ****


 


babyplace
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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi all,

Greetings from soggy, drippy, moldy Florida....I think I am being to mildew! Seriously, we have been most forunate to have dodged the worst of this terrible storm..we've had rain, but nothing too bad. Our son lives on the other side of the state, right in the middle of where all the flooding has been the worst...thankfully, he and his home are fine, but many are not. Now they are warning us about a couple more systems in the tropics...such is life during hurricane season.  Don't know which part of me hates the weather fronts worse...sinuses or joints, but I think it's a close tie.  Otherwise, not in bad shape for the same I'm in lol (that would probably be round!!).

Sure do hear you, Camama, wish we could find a pill that gives us willpower....wouldn't THAT be nice!!  Haven't done much exericising at all myself, lately...had some issues with the management at the gym Iwas going to. mainly their horrible treatment of an elderly lady there, so my friends and I left.  Just can't put my money into a business like that. So...just found another place to go, not far from home, so going to get started again this week, hopefully.  If I could just control my horrible sweet tooth,  I would be ok! Anything sugar-coated or chocolate covered within a mile radius just isn't safe around me...I'm absolutely terrible about my diet.

How is everyone else doing? Thinking of all of you and sending hugs your way,

Jody


momto3
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   Posted 8/24/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Jody...I'm glad you posted and I beginning to get concerned about you!!! I thought about the weather in Florida and worried that you were right in the mix of it! So happy to hear that you aren't.  Thanks for thinking of me and I really don't know much about any of it either...it doesn't appear that it is from the MTX and I have always had good labs until now so not really sure either! The cyst is still hanging around and I've  had to get a larger size jeans but the kicker is I can't really eat or drink anything so it is pretty strange smurf Sorry to hear about your gym...not being tolerant of the elderly that is really shameful eyes I would have went packing too!
 
Sj...I'm glad to hear you work with adults with special needs, for several years I did as well and I have always been an advocate for their rights. I worked within  the group home settings and it was probably the most rewarding job I ever had.
 
 

CaMama
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   Posted 8/25/2008 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Jody, glad to hear you and your family are safe.
 
The storm must be killer on your joints!
 


Joan M
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   Posted 8/26/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
shocked   shocked had my first knee shot and now must rest and put ice on it...time will tell shocked shocked sorry to hear that they were not nice to the elderly...they sure do like our money though !! nono

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   Posted 8/26/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been going to a gym that is great for the older people in our area. They're the best ones to talk to when I go walk in the pool. I've met quite a few that have or know someone who has FM or RA and at least knows what I'm talking about when I say joint pain. The other people my age just look at me funny when I walk the lap lane back and forth. The "more experienced" ones know what I am doing. They have ideas on how to get moving while you hurt. I don't think I would still be going to the gym -or feel as good as I do now- without the support I have gotten from the older people at the gym.

Just to let you know- I have swelled up like a balloon on the prednisone (I wasn't small to begin with, mind you) and most of the time when I talk to the trainers and others my age, the resounding message is "loose weight and you will feel better." My husband says that at work (a hospital) they call the prednisone weight gain "moon face" because it shows in the face so much. I agree- I've noticed my face is so swollen and round. It wasn't that way before. I'm hoping that since I am more active than I was before (just now in the water) and the scale hasn't moved, and my clothing size has gone up as I swelled, that as the swelling goes down, so will the scale number.

My husband has been down in the cardio room every day for an hour. He's lost 15 lbs in the last couple months. It shows a lot more because he has also put on upper body muscle in the weight room. Even though I love it...... ah hum...... it makes me sick because I can't work out like that with him and the weight is melting off of him while I swell up. I told him that eventually we will look like the # 10.

Anyway, it has been a good day. I moved in the pool today. I was on 800 MO for a while today, but when it wore off I didn't replace it. Even though I have some joint pain, it's manageable for a while and I figure I will give my gullet and my liver a rest while I can. I didn't even take a darvocet today. This is the best pain level that I have had in months.

Jody- I hope you dry off some before the next wave hits. I've been through hurricanes and their not fun- even on the outskirts. I hope your son stays safe.

To all- have a great day.
Christina
 
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momto3
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   Posted 8/27/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
 Happy Hump Day to everyone..
 
Jody...How are you? Still getting weather? I have been thinking about you and your family hoping all is well your way.
 
Christina..I have never taken enough pred for arthritis to swell up but I have taken something similar for another issue and I did end up with the moon face  your husband mentioned.  It is most unpleasant...so sorry to hear the pred is doing this for you cry
 
Camama...My kiddo's are back in school as well and happy to be there! Where did the summer go???? I can't believe it is over so quickly!!
 
 
Not much going on around here...the semester has started for me and thankfully one class is mostly online with lecture only two days per week so I think it will be fairly simple, however, the other two..I'm not so sure.  My son's school relocated so now my drive is a bit longer than before, however, it is closer to my daughters school, so at this point I'm trying to decide if I'm driving less than last year? turn   Either way I'm back on the road. smurf
 
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week..
 

Joan M
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   Posted 8/27/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
glad to hear people are nice and understanding to you...in the little upstate town where i live it does not matter if you are old or young, if you can crazy enough to live here...you fit in. people are very polite and men always open the door, etc. they are very taciturn here and hardly say a word anyway!!!

the pa told me not to expect results from shot #1. i go for two more. there was no side effects so that is good news.

_Christina
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   Posted 8/28/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   

I found a wayy to save money on meds!  I'm sure that you already know about the $4 meds at Walmart, but I had not thought much about it.  The first time I went none of my meds were covered- and I never go to walmart.  (I like family run stores better, and Mijer supports my church, so I shop there for what I can't get elsewhere)  Today I went to check out the expanded med list and found that 4 of the 13 scripts I have I can get for only $4.  This saves me at least $24 a month.  If you haven't yet, check out the expanded discount script list, it may save you money!

By the way, my PSY doc agreed to wean me off of cymbalta- a med that I can't get in generic form.  In a few months I will be able to cut an additional $25 off my monthly script budget.  She says as I wean off of it I should only have a little bit of weepyness and  lightheadedness and it should only last a week or two.

I hope everyone is doing well today.


Christina
 
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Joan M
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
hi...thanks christina...did not know there was an expanded list. i checked about six months ago and was delighted that one script was on their list. i find them to be very professional but it is a drive to get there so most of my stuff is done more local. will check out their new list.

Margie11
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Great co-Moanin people!
Walgreen stores in our area have a great program for 90day supplies of generic meds.400 meds @ $12 for 90day supply. I think it requires a small yearly membership fee, but has many other benifits too, including discounts on all generics and various testing supplies. You might check this out on their web site, if you have stores in the area you live in.
Crohn's for life, just met first cousin who suffers from Reiters-explains sooo much
 
                                              Margie11


Joan M
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   Posted 9/1/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
i looked it up and did not see anything else i can use on the walmart list. get my second shot tomorrow and hope to swim afterwards. we have one outdoor pool in the area which is still open....want to enjoy the last swim of summer.

momto3
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   Posted 9/4/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Checking in and wondering what has happened to everyone? Thought I would stop in and say hello..Not much news to report around here.  I'm officially off my plaquenil and having withdrawls sad I don't normally wear sunglasses because I wear prescription glasses to drive, but I feel like a vampire leaving my house because the minute I walk out the door I'm blinded by the sun  shocked    That and I guess I need to slather on more sunscreen...when I told my daugther this, she almost choked on her dinner because it is a joke in our house that I chase everyone around with a bottle of sunscreen asking if they have put it on yet rolleyes I wear SPF 70 as it is and yesterday, I looked in my mirror to find my cheeks and nose sunburned after only a few minutes, very frustrating.  Sorry to be such a whiner! I go to the rheumy around the 19th or so, but at this point I'm pretty fed up with meds, and this RA. 
 
Jody, Yally, Boo, Bear and Ducky?? Thinking about all of you, and hope you are well.
 
Have a wonderful day everyone wink

CaMama
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   Posted 9/4/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue   I have to laugh, mom...I'm the same way...yet, what did I do last Saturday in Phoenix? Get sunburned. <sigh> i'm an idiot.
 
Hope everyone is well.
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momto3
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   Posted 9/5/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Camama...Thats okay! My highschooler is on a trip in the mountains with his class..sent an entire bottle of sunscreen and I can guarantee he will come back with a sunburn..it never fails shakehead It's not cool to wear it you know rolleyes turn

 

I'm so happy it's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The Bear
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   Posted 9/6/2008 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Good  morning I hope it stops raining - well its raining here in downtown Nash Mills [just over the boundary from Apsley]. I have finally sold my old house and it has come just in the nick of time as next month I would have been right up guano creek withut a paddle or the dollars to make the payment on the bridging loan that enabled us to move in February and not lose the house we are now in. Thanks for the emails peeps they sure meant a lot. Have been very busy with work and my arthritis has not been an issue since my second hip replacement last year when I discovered this thread, but I still like to pop in at times as it is a more entertaining thread than the pd one - parkinson's forr those new peeps who may not know me.
 
How is everybody? Lots of new faces it seems and that's good.  
 
Been following your primaries and conventions with interest - its ok thread police not going political merely observational - we get a lot of coverage over here, much more than you get of our potical conferences etc. Mind you, have watched Fox News now and then for a laugh and all they are short of is Homer Simpson reading the news such is its grasp of foreign affairs. What you may not have heard about is research currently being undertaken at a British University Hospital into an injectable 'cure' for RA. I shall try and find the report in the 'Guardian Online' newspaper and put it in a link. I cannot remember how it is supposed to work but it is supposed to repair the auto immune system in aa way not possible up to now. I believe they are only in the early stages of research but early indications are very encouraging and the finished product may be as close as 5 years away - but we all know the types of thins that can suddenly go awry in research right up to the last minute - but fingers crossed eh?
 
All teh usual partners in crime how are you? My road trip is still on course for next July so get those mattresses ready and evict the dog from his basket cos the bear is coming. Yally you can brush up on your chatlines to hotel maitre d's and reception staff. Erin, I have every intention off hitting NY so you and hunny better start getting the beer in now.
Boo how do I get to Oklahoma? Turn left at Alberquerque as Bugs Bunny would say? Yally does it snow in July and do I need to bring a pully? [that's local vernacular in Liverpool for a pullover or a woolly jumper but that may confuse you even more and its nothinng to do with sheep doing the high jump.]
 
Why not pay a visit to teh forum I am active in in the UK - PDUK for  people with PD - see what a bunch of pd-ers do for each other - very similar to you guys, a good bunch who talk about everything and anything as well as pd.
 
Time to do the shopping and ironing so its time to wake Momma Bear - ONLY JOKING - this is an equality zone where we all share and take turns aand its my turn for domestic duty this weekend.
Have a great weekend and I'm just putting my aqualung on to swim down to the supermarket.
Stay well everybody.
The Bear 

Joan M
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   Posted 9/6/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
turn   turn am happy to say that the synvisc shots in my knee have helped a great deal.  turn turn
am busy sending out poetry and swimming.  i have had eleven acceptances recently so that makes me want to try for more smhair smhair here's hoping they come in smhair smhair
 
these doo hickies are so silly...good to hear from the bear, where is yally?  have not heard from erin in a long time...hope they are ok idea idea

Ducky
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Moanin' Everyone.. How are we all doing?  smilewinkgrin
 
I'm good.. been very busy lately with kids/work/school/home.. you know.. they usuals.. seems as though with my new job I have even less time to do anything.. I always feel like I am running around with my tail on fire.. but I am getting used to it (to a point)... turn By the end of the week, I'm just exhausted.. I was off yesterday due to TS Hannah coming through.. we just got some wind and rain.. nothing too bad.. I was pretty worried about Hurrican Ike, but it looks like he is headed for the Gulf Coast.. Jody, he's coming your way.. Oh those poor people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.. looks like it might hit ya'll.. please please please be careful..
 
Today, we are just hanging out at the house and enjoying the fact that it is FOOTBALL SEASON AGAIN.. WOO-HOO!  I love College and Pro-Football.. My team (Arizona State) doesn't play til tonight.. so until then, I'm watching all the other games.. then on Monday night at 1015pm, my Pro team plays.. Yes, I am a Raiders fan.. and they are playing Denver.. so excited.. yeah
 
Ok, where is everyone?  Erin has been MIA for a while, as well as Yally.. Hhhhmmm.. I might have to be making some phone calls this weekend.. or at the very least, sending texts.. I gotta make sure everyone is ok..
 
Well, I'm off to look at more posts.. I hope all is well, and that you all have a GREAT Saturday!
 
Duck
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs/Migraines/Hypertension
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prilosec/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin/Midrin/HYZAAR/Methotrexate
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


CaMama
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   Posted 9/6/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   

LOL Bear, you crack me up! So glad you finally sold your house!

Ducky, I hear you about life....ahhhh....my blood pressure has finally risen to an unacceptable point after all this stress I've been incuring for the last 15 months....I see the doc on Tuesday....wish me luck and that they don't put me in the hospital. sad

Hope all those storms dissapate before they hit any of you guys!!!! Take care.

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babyplace
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   Posted 9/7/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Happy Sunday everybody,

Thought I would peek my head out from behnd the storm shutters long enough to say "hi".  Sorry have been a way for a bit, between the hurricanes outside and the five little "tornados" I have inside during the week...it's been a little hectic around the homefront.

Not sure where the days(and weeks) fly to anymore, but boy, they do fly!  No babies here anymore, all the kids I watch are officially toddlers, everyone is on their feet and in perpetual motion it seems. Makes for some busy days...like chasing chickens, or herding cats, or..you get the idea...they all go in different directions at the same time, and they do it FAST!  

Watching football today...I love football season too, Ducky..but am in a bit of a quandry now, have to watch the Jets and the Packers I guess...cuz I still love Brett Farve..he's my guy no matter what. Never got into college ball that much, although I kind of like the Wisconsin Badgers and FSU for sentimental reasons.

We are all keeping a close eye on Ike...the next couple of days should tell how scared we need to be, really sets you on edge.. These storms are so nerve-wracking....praying it will just change it's mind, turn back around, and not hit anybody.....

ok, gotta go, halftime is over...will check in again later.

Hugs to you all!!!!

Love,
Jody


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Joan M
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   Posted 9/7/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
got two poetry acceptances today...i am on a roll. am starting back to my walking and continue with the swimming. we had a ickey day on saturday which was hot and close and finally we got a soaking rain. today was very pretty. fall is my favorite time and makes me grateful to live in the northeast.

CaMama
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   

I need to moan.....massive headache....ow....pain...is it the antibiotics, my blood pressure, or just tweaked out of shape body? Whatever it is, it won't go away and it's making me nauseaus....

Congrats on the poetry acceptance.

I hope you all stay dry from the hurricanes.


 


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   Posted 9/8/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all.. just a quick check in.. I'm at work, and getting ready to go to the doctor.. My back's been hurting for a while, and last night I had hubby look at it for me.. apparently my right side is pretty swollen.. not sure if it's a knot or what it is.. 'cause it's not hard, but it's lumped up pretty good.. and is about the size of his hand.. needless to say, it is the source of my pain.. so I'm going in to have it looked at.. Hope all is well.. today is very humid and yucky out.. my hair is frizzy, and my feet hurt.. sheesh! It's always something!!! Ok.. til later...
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Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prilosec/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin/Midrin/HYZAAR/Methotrexate
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


momto3
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   Posted 9/8/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Ducky....Ouch thats not good!!! Did you ever get your surgery taken care of? Let us know what the doc says. I'm sorry you are in pain :( That is so true, it IS always something

Camama..Headaches are so unpleasant...with antibiotics I always end up with the horrid yeast infections, but maybe you get headaches. Have you tried the excederin migraines? I have those work really well...I hope you feel better soon too!!!

It's a Monday and cold...only 50 degrees out yuck! I guess Fall is around the corner. Bear...so good to see you post!!
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