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Fibromyalgia*Osteoarthritis Of Spine*Sleep Apnea*RLS * Depression*Chronic Fatigue*Allergy/Sinus*Menopause
I'm so glad your rhuemy is finally doing something about your swelling. I hope you'll be able to get that under control soon. Be sure to elevate your feet and when I say elevate I mean ELEVATE... above your heart. So that might take 3-4 pillows. I had a blood clot in my leg about 4 years ago and needed surgery. So now I have flabitous, I need to keep my legs elevated when it sit. Yeah, its a pain in the butt but its really important and it will help with the swelling. NEVER CROSS YOUR LEGS, EITHER. If it is a cirulatory problem it could create a clot. I'm not trying to scare you .. but till they get to the bottom of things you need to protect yourself. I'm sure your doctor told you all of these tricks, but if not, I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't give you those words of wisdom.
As for the weight loss.... I'm in the same boat. I've gained WAY more than I should have, I think it's the inactivity of winter and the new meds. I'm planning on being a good girl when the weather breaks and start walking again. That usually helps me get motivated. Marlee gave you some good advice on dropping certain foods... a little at a time.
I really am concerned about you dear Margie... Please let us know how you're doing.
I have bone spurs in my neck and I know how painful it can be- but I do not know what it is like to have them all the way down my back- I feel for you!!
I'm sure he sent you for the EKG and chest x-ray to rule anything out with your heart with all the swelling your having. It is probably the medication but he is covering all angles. It sounds like he is very thorough. The diuretic he gave you will help also.
Next month will be a year since I got fibro and I have gained 13 pounds over the winter so far- UG! I know I will do more walking once spring gets here, I walk at the mall now, but not everyday. I used to work fulltime and never had to worry about putting on weight, but I do now.
Do you have any hobbies that you enjoy? I know winters for me are awful for getting in a rut- I have more fatigue and pain. I'm hoping spring will give us a little more motivation!
I am feeling a bit better today. Yesterday was just a bad day all around and I let everything get the best of me! I'm glad my doctor is finally doing something about my swelling. I've never had anything this bad before and it has been worrying me.
Sherrine - I have always used the stretching exercises in the Fibro 101 thread. They have really helped me alot. Especially when I sit at my desk. I'm afraid since the swelling started 2 months ago, I haven't been doing much of anything. Which probably is making it worse. I need to start moving & doing more.
I can't wait for Spring! It has always been my favorite Season. I love working in my yard and feeding the birds. We moved last August to a smaller place and my son-in-law almost has our new deck done. It will also have a roof so I can sit out even when it rains. That is one thing I wanted for our deck at the old house.
As far as the bone spurs down my spine/back, he never said what(if anything) needs to be done. He said we would take one step at a time. He wanted to work on my meds and the swelling first. I already knew that I had Osteoarthritis of the spine(in my neck), but the spurs down my back came as a surprise.
Anyway, I wanted to thank everyone for their concern and caring. It really helps to know that you're not alone when something like this comes up. Hopefully doc will find out soon what is going on and take care of it. I've got to start losing some of this weight, so I can feel better about myself. I feel as if it has taken away my ability to enjoy the things I used to. I let it get out of hand & now need to start pushing myself.
Oh well, as a few of you said, one day at a time. Thanks again to everyone and I hope you are all having a good pain-free day!
Margie,I'm glad your feeling better about everything. I think the weather changes we have gone through this week has gotten to us cause I had a couple bad days too but feel better today. What are we, about an hour apart???
luv and hugs
Spring is coming. We are one day closer!
Yes, we are just about an hour apart. My husband swears he can make it in 45 minutes, but he used to race stock cars!