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Ducky
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   Posted 4/3/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Previous Moanin' Thread can be reached here.. please continue on.. tongue
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
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erin.K
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   Posted 4/3/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  afternoon ya'll
 
El...in response to what you asked about Arthrotec.  umh..NO theoretically i am NOT supposed to take it nor any NSAID.  but...exactly how much steroid can i possible stomach at the same time?  given everything that i'm on...between my 3 docs, they basically said, "screw it how much can it hurt" & RX'd it.
oh yeah...it caused severe "D" all day, every day....but it did help the joints.
i took 3 tabs of arthrotec yesterday (couldn't possibly take anu more pred) and hope that i wouldn't start bleeding again like the last time.   well....only bled a lil' bit, but i'm not going to push it. eyes stinks that i can't use it when it's the only thing that works besides steroids.
 
poooh! mad
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


Boo
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   Posted 4/3/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
El, the scope is tomorrow.  Doing the prep tonight.  Not fun but tolerable.  This is the only way I can get a day off work:)

erin.K
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   Posted 4/4/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Best wishes Boo!
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


Boo
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   Posted 4/4/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
It was a piece of cake. No polyps or anything. Everything clear. Been eating pudding and jello all day just like a little kid. Yipppee!

Ducky
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   Posted 4/4/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Woo-hoo! Good news!
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
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erin.K
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   Posted 4/4/2007 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah  hey Boo! glad it's over! yeah good to have you home.  did they take any biopsies?
 
mad  i am P.O.'d! mad i just rant n' raved Duck's eyes out...but i need to do it again! LOL
 
my mother is driving me MAD!!!!!!!  now i really can "feel" how stress can aggrevate RA & AI diseases.  she smokes, and the smell (is awful) is all in the house, in the livingroom mostly, all on the couch, chairs...everywhere. everything  stinks!  even the clean laundry?...give it a few hours and THAT smells!  like a friggin' smelly-wet ash tray.  i can't even sit in my own living room because it's enought o make you gag.  so i very politely (as possible) stated that the cigarette smell is getting very potent in the living room.  she flipped out. eyes screamed at me, through a fit suitable for a 4y/o, and even had the nerve to say it doesn't smell in there.
oh...to top it off....she throws at me THAT I STINK!!!!! wtf????  yeah...my few attempts at trying those arthritis rubs (w/ menthol that are strong). yeah that was really nice ma'. eyes i hope the tenants do move! soon! i can't wait to get out of here.
 
my nerves are fried right now...
 
going away friday...can't come soon enough.
 
change subject  tongue    on the diet i started (for infammation)....WOW!  my legs went down drastically! all of the swelling? wow wow wow:-) 6.5 pounds of fluid GONE!  so i hope it starts to perhaps help the pain in the joints.  it's an organic, Maker's diet.  pretty hard to stick to...needs a lot of preparing and throwing out a lot of stuff from the fridge & pantry.
well...for those who have listened to my rant...THANK YOU! and SORRY, lol tongue
 
peace/love
erin
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


Boo
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   Posted 4/4/2007 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Poor Erin. I know that's a terrible smell. Gets into everything no matter how hard you try. Is this a temporary living situation?
One more hurdle behind me. It took me two years to get this scope done because of employees. I'll pay dearly since I was gone a day. Everyone will "need" their day off for one thing or another even though no one has worked a full week in I don't know how long. Hubby had a full blown fit yesterday and is ready to get rid of the business. So we will really be busy getting repairs made and talking to business brokers. It's soooo time to do it.
Eric, no biopsy. I'm clean as a whistle. Boo

elcamino
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   Posted 4/5/2007 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Erin--you're doing the Maker's Diet?  I'm very interested in how you do on it.  I tried to read the book, and it was ok (very reasonable) until he started talking about shielding yourself from all electromagnetic rays in your home.  That was a bit too much for me.  But the diet part of it makes a lot of sense.  I've read somewhere that IBD is making a huge comeback in this country because of the largely processed foods we consume.  Switching to organic only, I would think, might make a big difference in your IBD as well as the joints.  Please keep us updated--I may get the courage to try this one day.

Boo--glad to hear you survived the scope.  Actually, I guess the bad part is the prep; the scope is no problem.  Even if you're "clean as a whistle" I believe it is standard procedure to get biopsies done.  This scope will serve as your baseline, and if no biopsies are taking, you're missing a lot of information.

 

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


erin.K
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   Posted 4/5/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  thanks guys! i'm feeling "not-as-homicidal" as i was  last night. LOL tongue
thanks Boo....is this a temporary living condition? eyes umh...i guess, if you call temporary the past 7 years, hah!
i had her live with me because she couldn't afford to live on her own...NOW, i need someone to live with ME because i need help cuz i can't keep up a house! argh!
BUT...me & my hunny have been together 4 years and we do plan on staying together; i spend half my week at his home as of now.
i really would not like to move in with him permanantly until I can contribute something to the house you know so i'm hoping once my diability case is settled...that will be the good time to move in.
you're right...she even smokes OUTSIDE not inside...but it follows her in! and it sticks to everything! mad
 
hey El...yeah i was really surprised at how fast this "diet" drained an immense amount of fluid from my legs.
what i'm doing thought is "tweeking" the diet. (as you said there are some things that are like...  confused "what?!?!?!"  confused )....so for the parts  that i don't really agree with, i substitute with things/theories that gel more with my beliefs.
the food does however work.
my legs were WAY TO HEAVY to carry around and the swelling was terrible...i am a SKEPTIC when it comes to these things, so for me to say "hey this is good stuff" it's gotta be good stuff. 
 
i would say that 6 1/2 pounds in 4 days is pretty significant!  i'm not trying to lose weight for all of those who read this...i'm trying to pull my part in trying to help the RA edema i get in my legs as much as possible. 
i'll keep ya posted! :-)   

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   Posted 4/6/2007 12:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup, El. This is baseline stuff. At least I know now that a scope won't kill me.
Erin, I want to get that book this weekend. I've read some on it in the past and it sounds very interesting. I've been on a steady gain since starting Effexor a year ago. I've never weighed this much in my life. Makes it so much harder on the joints. Isn't that a bite in the you know where? They give you this for that symptom and it ends up causing damage somewhere else. Vicious circle.

erin.K
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   Posted 4/6/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
cool  mornin' HW family,
 
hah, ya know what Boo? i sometimes wonder, when i'm in the company of my GI doc...if he ever tires of talkin' about buttholes!?!? tongue i mean gosh, can you imagine?!? lol, OK i'm  makin' myself laugh this morning.  woke up in a good mood.
 
alright...update on how the "diet" is goin'.  {after all of this i should write  my own darn book!}  i REALLY agree with all of the foods, supplements, etc...Boo & El and whoever else is following this...BUT, i am incorporating a lot of theories and plans from a Dr. Andrew Weil book (he wrote a lot on autoimmunity & RA).  so some of the so called "spiritual/religious" things & the parts of like what El said about the "electric waves..." the MAKERS diet has...i substitute w/ Weil's more "be one with yourself & earth/hippie" attitiude. (which suites my peronality & beliefs anyways)
Boo, yeah me too...the steroids & meds were (and is) a big problem for me.  the weight it caused in my legs, edema, pain...it was getting out of control not even considering the arthritis.
by eliminating the "packaged" "manufactured" foods that i did this week....and slowly getting into the diet plan, it has made probably the biggest change in my legs in the past 6 months. i hope that w/ less fluid weight on my legs, i'll be able to walk better :-) {i do have to find a substitute 4 my Cheez-Its} tongue
 
i think that a lot of the phytonutrients & flax oils & fish & stuff really "drains" the lymph system you kow?  i mean, some pretty drastic changes happened & about 70% of the edema in my legs went away. and QUICK!
but seriously?...ya gotta DUMP everything from your pantry & fridge! and like...start from scratch. lol.  it is a little difficult to adhere to, so it takes some prep time. :-) :-) :-) best wishes to those who try it!!! :-) :-) :-) i'm not looking for a miracle, but if there is something that i'm doing wrong (like putting manmade junk in my body) that could make an AI disease worse?...i want to do all i can to help it.
 
BONUS:  yeah i'm gonna look SMOKIN' in my bikini next month! LOL tongue
 
oh & Boo...the book i'm using as an adjunct is called "Spontaneous Healing" by Andrerw Weil M.D.(he gets into a lot of AI & arthritic issues)
i'm borrowing these from the library  tongue  didn't buy em' tongue tee hee hee;but i suppose they can be bought anywhere on Amazon or Borders.
 
well folks....HAPPY EASTER for all who observe it, have a happy & safe weekend!
peace/love
erin
 

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   Posted 4/6/2007 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   

So glad to hear that the diet is working well for you Erin.  I've been hesitant to try it because it looks so hard to follow!  Plus, I have 2 4 year old children so I can't throw my pantry away.  I just have to exercise willpower and avoid whatever they're eating.  Perhaps I'll take a second look at that book--it's on my bookshelf.  NOw, this guy wrote this book and created this diet for cd, not for arthritis.  Is the diet good for all types of AI disease?  Will it supposedly make the RA go into remission?  Does this mean I can never have another chemical cake (twinkie) again?  Oh well, my stomach is so upset these days I'm not much interested in eating anyway. 

Latest on me--ID doc is having second thoughts about the tb and may take me off all those nasty drugs (I hope so).  Now, she is thinking IBD again, but of course she is not the right doctor for that.  I have to go back to a GI, and every single GI I've met doesn't just talk about a-holes--they sort of live their own reality :)  Arrogant, pompous and completely minimizing.  Ok, enough rant.  I can't get in for a while (July) anyway.  My stomach is killing me--wouldn't be surprised if I have an ulcer or two, despite the PPI and zantac.  Getting ready to have a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis in about an hour; don't think it will show much of anything and I'm wondering why I actually agreed to it.  At least it doesn't require the prep of a colonoscopy (sorry boo).  Arthritis is holding; I'm sore and stiff, but the mtx is not doing a bad job of holding it steady, considering I'm only taking 7.5 mg/week.  With the ultracet, I can live with it.  Decided not to go back on tnf-inhibitors until after I see the GI doctor in July.  I think the fact that my lower GI system calmed considerably after I started enbrel is an important finding, and I think the GI may be interested.  I'm still stuck in that diagnostic neverland, where I'm just under the radar.  Sometimes I think I should just take NSAIDS to see if i can trigger a flare, but then NSAIDS can do damage to your bowel even if you have no IBD problems.  So I would just be confounding everything.  Boo, let us know how your colonoscopy went.

Erin--keep going on that diet!  I'm going to try it too, but I may ease into it rather than throw all my food away.  It's amazing how much processed food we all consume and don't even know it!

To all:  Have a nice holiday and weekend!

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


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   Posted 4/6/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend who did the Makers Diet and got superb results. Lots of inflammatory disease and she was pain free!
Gosh, El, too much going on with you.
You too, Erin. You guys are too young to remember Saturday Night Live in the mid 80's. Rosanne Rosanadana (Gilda Radner) used to say, "Well, it just goes to show you, it's always something". I always think of that. It seems you can't just have one problem going on in your body. It's got to be several.

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   Posted 4/7/2007 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
moanin' my favorite people in the whole world-wide-web,
 
Boo!....of course, how can ya NOT know RosannaRosanadana tongue tongue although a wee toddler @the time, i STILL can remember watching (at 4 y/o) SNL and also i watched Dark ShadowsDynasty too. what can i say, i was hip for my age! :-) hah, i remember the 1st movie to air on HBO!!! & when it only used to come on at like? 8 i think? wow, talk about a walk down memory lane. :-)
 
wassup' El. oh forget it! i can't imagine doing this with young children to feed. that or you'll have to get a seperate pantry for yourself.  i find it terribly difficult to do even with my MOTHER in the house (she eats like crap...and she shouldn't b/c she's a diabetic nono so that angers me even more).  and yes...it takes a lot of dedication & is a bit difficult.
you're right...it is intended for Crohns.  i have this theory of mine ( my own medical pool of thoughts) tongue ...most of the immune system and lymph system is actually in & around the GI tract & organs of it...so i figure, hey....everything is connected so why not?
i'm really just hoping to reap the benefits of this diet plan helping "inflammatory disease in general"
 
the stuff of "Makers" that i find too far-fetched i substitute w/ Dr. Andrew Weil's diet plan for autoimmunity diseases.
this guy has you rid everything from your diet that breaks down into nitrogenous toxins (animal proteins, manmade fats, polyunsaturated fats, etc...)  i have done a GREAT job at doing this so far.
 
you're right again! confused every darn thing ya pick up has palm oil, cottonseed oil, (all tropical oils) and all of these "bad" fats in them! mostly all things that are wrapped, jarred, in a package, {95% of a darn grocery store} contain them. 
today i found a totally "bad guy" free CREAM CHEESE! hoorah! yeah made from goats milk too! weee!  i also bought Goats Milk red-wine marinaded cheese....yum!  so it takes some work to get substitutes for things i use on a daily basis.  (i still need to find a CHEEZIT replacement! lol) so this week i am starting to eliminate all Cow MILK products...ouch! eyes i love cheese! eyes
 
i don't want to be a "Debbie-Downer"...but i am not expecting this to cause a RA remission, just my personally feelings right now.  perhaps some people do.  but then again...i have fought, hoped, done all in my capability & prayed for this RA to ease & regress and have been let down year after year after year to only have it progress & get worse.
but i do feel that with meds & doing all we can mentally, physically, and through diet it will help the RA in all in the long run.
 
proof is in the pudding however;  so far by adhereing to this "cleanse" so to speak...SO MUCH EDEMA has vanished! { in my ankles, feet, legs & thighs} :-) :-) :-) .  so the elimination of the foods, oils, fats, & etc...and adding the omega oils, extra virgin olive oil (3 tbs each day!), fruits, veggies, teas & fish IS DOING & ACTING IN SOME POSITIVE MANNER.
 
heck yeah!  i think your statmentent of the TNF meds helping your GI symptoms & what happened when ya got off em' is a BIG factor.  it was when i told my rheummy & GI the same thing when i went off of Enbrel.  wow El...you would make a good plot for "HOUSE"!  oy!  i do wish you the best & i hope a lot of this gets solved for you.
 
peace/love
erin

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   Posted 4/9/2007 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi all.  I hope everyone had a nice Easter holiday.  I enjoy cooking, but not for large groups--I don't quite have the knack for that, but we always end up going to my SIL's house for Easter and Thanksgiving.  Personally, I would love to go out to dinner for Easter, and maybe even Christmas, but you can't replace family, huh? 

My hands are now acting up.  They started throbbing over the weekend, and now I can't even twist the tops of the jars--forget my medicine bottles.  Only thing that helps much is a heating pad.  I should get some electric mittens.  I remember my rheumy telling once that playing a piano (if you play, that is) is good for your finger joints.  The rest of me is still sore and stiff, but my hands are bothering me the most these days.  Had my ct scan done on Friday, and I see the ID doctor on thursday to get the results.  I suppose i could pick up a copy of the films and report by tomorrow, if I really want to know.  I think I will, just  because I don't always trust doctors.  They tend to keep a lot of info. to themselves.

Erin, I've decided that I'm going to try to ease into the Maker's diet.  There are certain things that I'm just not willing to give up right now (e.g., diet soda, caffeine, cous cous--since it's the only thing I can eat right now).  I figure if I eliminate one thing every other week or so, then I'll officially be on the diet in about 6 months :)  Seriously, though, I plan on eliminating a lot of carbs, like breads and cerials, etc...  I'll actually eliminate a lot of meat as well, since I'm not that crazy about it to begin with.  The only thing I'll have a really hard time with is potatoes.  I could live on baked potatoes, and they're very easy on my poor stomach.  But who knows?  Maybe I can eventually give those up too.

Hope everyone has a great week.

El


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


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   Posted 4/10/2007 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Hey All,  I had such a strange day yesterday.  BP just shot up and I felt terrible.  One of the RN's from the Home Health next door to work took my BP and told me to take another Toprol and go home.  Of course I couldn't go home but I took another pill.  Frustration level was high as we had a state boiler inspection, got a new carport , and the Tax Comission has lost some of my paperwork as they do at least once a year.  I think that business is going to kill me if I don't get out of there soon.  Of course, employees didn't help much and I guess it just went all over me. 
I was walking every morning and bone spurs got the better of me.  Have a rheumy appointment next week and I guess we'll go over the meds again.  I'm going to get in trouble as I've gained about 10lbs since last seeing him.  I walk all over the place every day but it's not the kind of walking that's beneficial.  Just leaves me with sore, tired feet no matter what shoes I wear. 
Carport is not the color I thought it would be, more yellowish tan than the tan on the house.  It's really starting to look like hillbilly land here.  UGH!  Don't care, don't care.  At least I have a place to park my Beetle Bug now. 
Feeling better right now but that sure scared me.  Boo

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   Posted 4/11/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
confused   confused confused Boo!...oh my God be careful hun!  ya know...my previous employer who i had worked with for 10 years, he was a young fella only in his late 30's at the time...very fit....but his business? it was making him SICK!  the stress got so high at one point that his BP was really getting up there, insomnia really bad, and i think some IBS issues too.  oh Boo, please take it easy. 
you have been toying with the idea of pulling out of your business for a long time now!?!?!?!  ya think it'll ever happen?  i remember even last year you were talking about this.  mmmmm....((((((((((((((( hugs Boo )))))))))))) sad
 
El...good luck @ the docs tomorrow.  gonna wait the day for the results or did ya get them yesterday?  let us know how it goes...in my thoughts & prayers El.
oh... :-) you know what made me "feel better" about doing this MAKERS diet?...due to the elimination factor, i did some homework & made sure i had replacements for all of my staples that i CANNOT live without; so i had a lot of substitutes to go in place of the things that ya gotta give the boot to.
with caffeine...i am not giving that up. i believe in the beneficial properties of coffee too much to give it the heave-ho.  coffee is actually a pain reliever! did ya know that? it's true. i just bought organic coffee beans, whole beans...YUM-OH! i have like???? about 2 or 3 cups a day. helps the bowels too, lol... tongue gives me a little push when i get obstructions...LOL. OK, ewwww...enough of pooh-chat so early in the mornin'...lol hah.
 
sad  it's been hellish here still on my end as well.  despite having the swelling go down tremendously in my legs, oh geez are my knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders KILLING ME!  sad going to the rheummy on the 20th to get my knees done. gosh on saturday morning?...i had to take 16mg Dilaudid, then tylenol, Pred, LidoDerm patches, ice...and it was still bad enough to make me cry. ugh. this morning the ankles are brutal, but at least the other joints have calmed a little. eyes what a weekend. sad my honey is taking good care of me...i'v been with him since friday. spending the whole week, he's on vacation this week.
 
    yeah yeah yeah ooh!  I GOT MY NEW CRUTCHES! yeah yeah yeah   they're great. my Easter present from Joe. awe...whatta' guy. tongue LOL.
peace/love
erin 

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   Posted 4/12/2007 3:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Gosh Erin, I feel so awful complaining.  You've got too many things going on with you! 
I need to investigate that diet you all are talking about.  Hubby gets on to me for drinking coffee but he doesn't understand it keeps me going.  I drink two cups at the computer and maybe one if I can drink it before it gets cold at work.  That's not a lot. 
Yes, we've been talking about selling the biz for several years.  I just keep waiting for hubby to say when.  I go home early every day and leave him there with headaches.  He's getting to "that point". 
BP is down and I'm feeling better.
Carport is in and a load of gravel was delivered yesterday.  Just need new fence installed and pavers to back door.  We are in disagreement again about fencing.  He wants to put up more critter fence and I want new, pretty, "I Don't Live In Hillbilly Land" white vinyl fencing.  I'm going to get my way this time.  I've made too many concessions to live out here with the horses.  It seems we just work to have livestock and I can't even ride anymore.  Blah,blah,blah.  Sorry.
Have a wonderful Day!  Boo scool  

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   Posted 4/12/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  hi everyone, boy u all have been busy......
 
erin tongue wow that diet working 4 u, no way could i give up all that stuff.  first off i am a meat eater.  i love my veggies but i couldnt livewithout meat.  and if i read it correctly i just couldnt do it.  now mild i can do without!  i drink about a cup of milk a year! i hate the stuff only ice cold with a piece of chocolate cake!  otherwise i have no need for it.  wait i do like ice cream!  lol  anyway good luck i'll have to pass another year without a bikini lol
 
boo .... a bit late but i just read all the posts redface ... do u have a bp cuff?  now a days they r easy to use independently.  also glad everything was ok with urtest u had a while back......
 
el, i cant open jars either sad .... u know that jar opening gizzmo is good i forget who makes it but u put the jar under it press a button and whala it is open!  i dont have one but i have given them to clients and my mom who loves it!  me not only can i not open jars i drop them all the time!  i reach in the fridge grab a jar and drop on the floor! sometimes smash sometimes just a dent in the floor!  hows the band....did u play easter service?
 
camama u doing ok?   confused   mom23 miss u  :-)  
 
duck thanks as always tongue
 
hugs  yalinda

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   Posted 4/13/2007 1:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yal, good to hear from ya! Test was A-OK.

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   Posted 4/13/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
scool  moanin'
it's chilly in NJ! geezaloo!
hey Boo...oh NO NO...i won't & WILL NOT give up my java neither!  i bought organic beans that i grind @ home...i truly feel that the benefits of real good coffee are way too good to nix from a diet, unless of course someone goes & ruins it with a ton of sugar & cream.
yalin....what's the name of this jar-gizmo?  i can't open anything, and yeah...i too have been dropping EVERYTHING confused wtf? anything tha requires a "grip" or a lil' hand strength.
 
sad  i have bummer news sad the past 2 weeks, i dunno...the RA has been getting worse, i think it's progressing still.  NOW it is extremely painful in the morning...even before getting out of bed, when i first wake up.  the pain actually wakes me up. wrists, hands, knees & ankles it seems.  this never was before.  i was always a little stiff inthe a.m. but NOTHING like what's been going on. eyes seeing the rheummy next friday.
 
where the heck is SpringTime?!?!?!?! it was snowing on Easter, freezin' the other day. geesh!
 
oooh!  HAPPY NEWS!  i ordered my bikini! tee hee hee.  it's BLACK! devil and "el cheapo" too!  top only $15 & bottom only $14....victorias secret, what a steal.  funny thing was....  mad MY SIZE DOESN'T EXIST! LOL...i tried to match my measurement up to their size charts? eyes mmmmmmm....dangit!  here it is... 30" 22"  33.5"  tongue so let's hope it fits...heck, it's spandex so it should be tight...smallest was XXS. that or i magically grow a chest between now & 7 to 10 business days tongue .
peace/love
erin
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Boo
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   Posted 4/13/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin my size DOES exist. Omar, the tentmaker makes my swinsuits.

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   Posted 4/14/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi all......I sure miss a lot quickly. I've been home with many of the complaints I hear on this thread. I've been having severe problems with my stomach. It's been periodic over the last month, but this last time was the worst - right after dinner, I've been getting a severe cramping, nausea, and swelling in my abdomen. After a few Tums, I go to bed. I typically wake up about 2 a.m. writhing in pain and spend the next hour or so on the can with a bucket (though, I have luckily been freed of actually needing it - this last time I was almost not so lucky), take 2-4 more Tums and am usually fine by morning. This last time, I was in bed all day.  I stopped the azulphidine about 4 weeks ago. I had an episode like that which occured soon after I took a dose and figured it was the med....but now I'm getting this problem 1-2 times a week.  There is a family history of gall stones and gallbladder disease and I'm concerned. I'm supposed to start Arava today and I'm not sure I should until the stomach feels better.

Other problems - could they be releated? I don't know - my knees have been giving out on me! I haven't had  this problem in YEARS. They click when I walk up the stairs and randomly just give out. Luckily, I have caught myself up until now.....I worry when I won't be able to. My fingers and hands have been very stiff, swollen, and painful.

I've been thinking a serious diet is in order. I'm putting on weight. I feel rotten. I feel I need to eliminate all those processed foods as well (good for you Erin and EL!) I have 2 little guys as well and can't empty the pantry, but need to find that willpower to proceed. I want to get on that liver cleansing diet really bad - but it also take a lot of preperation (chopping up food my fingers can't handle) and passing up on the family's food. If I work hard now, maybe I can fit in to a (lots of coverage) bikini by NEXT summer!

Okay, so this reply was all "I, I, I, me, me, me" - but it was also a way to say, "I (there's that word again) understand and can totally relate to you!" tongue


 


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   Posted 4/14/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
moanin' scool
Camama, YOU GO FOR IT! you have that one thing right...you really need to prep for this.  i was reading & researching & figuring out what to get rid of & what i can eat for a few good weeks even before i ever opened my mouth about starting the MAKERS DIET.  and i feel, a slow transition into it is best, because it's not really a "diet" it's a whole new way of leading a lifestyle & a whole new way of going about eating in general.
oh crap, i'm sorry mamam! sad (((((((hugs))))))) i too get those wicked cramps that wake you up in the middle of the nite & then you're on the pot...and ya gotta pot in front of your face too just in case!  i get those when i develop obstructions in the small intestines.
 
Boo! tongue i doubt it...Omar the tentmaker?  us chicks don't give ourselves enough credit.  Boo you're a babe whether you like it or not. now shut up. tongue LOL.
 
OK...now you're all gonna yell at me.  Wednesday night, i maxed out on pred & tylenol & dilaudid.  sad i took an Arthrotec sad i was desperate...STUPID yes, but desperate to get out of pain.  had that same freaky bleed happen again.  and those "labor" pains like the last time. well i was scolded by my hunny nono he gave it to me good. nono i keep saying "I won't take it cuz it causes this bleeding to happen"...3rd time i did it i really ticked em' off.  so yeah....lesson learned.
 
seeing my rheummy on Friday & waiting for my GI dude to call me back now...i wonder if i can have plain old Diclofenac?  without that misoprostol junk in it....which i think causes the vaginal bleeding.
 
took my new crutches out for a night on the town last nite! cool boy are they nice...and light!  but hah...now i blew my shoulder out from using the crutches. eyes aaaaaaaaargh!  ya know....i wanna be the bionic woman & have like machine gun appendages like the chick from Planet Terror in the GrindHouse movie. LOL.
peace/love
erin
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