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Ellie27
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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have discovered a lovely place to go quite a few months back. I was referred by my GP to the cities arthritis center. There I was priveleged to see an Occupational therapist, and a physiotherapist. As well they hook you up with several different pool classes the increase your joint use and it's been great. The water is warmer than most pools and a special salt water that increases your buoyancy. I am not finished all the classes yet, as I have been working my way up with difficulty and also more importantly for me with energy use. I find that I get home and feel wiped physically for a few hours and then I recover enough to do maybe something little before going to bed. I am hoping to finish all their classes and then get used to it enough to start going to public pools and do low impact, low energy public pool classes. Just wondering if anyone else has good pool experiences? Does it make you feel pooped too? It's been so hard to accept that doing so "easy" of a class is so taxing on the body...I know that lots of us (myself being no exception) used to be very physically active. But, I am SOOOOO thankful for a great team to help me feel ok with my new limitations. I allow myself to get excited when I do things that 3 years ago I would've shrugged off as nothing...now they are an accomplishment. Does anyone else have good classes they go to?

-Ellie
It is God that gives me the strength to carry on in the valleys of life and the wings to fly to the mountain tops

<FONT color=#008000>Dx: Diagnosed with Epilepsy Jan 2005, SLE July 2007, since then, Raynauds, Alopetia Areta, Vasculitis, discoid lesions, Endemetriosis March 2008. Meds: Tegretol, Imuran, Plaquenil, quite often Flurbiprofen and Rabeprezole, as well as various other supplements/vitamins.


college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I did physical therapy in a pool years ago and like you, the smallest things leave me exhausted. I was very athletic earlier and now I would like to know who stole my body. All I can say is keep at it to keep loose and maybe the payoff just takes a little longer now.

Ellie27
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   Posted 3/3/2010 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Good way to put it. I've never heard it put like that before...who stole my body? *L* That's how I feel sometimes for sure. It's like my fitness disappeared almost over night. Mostly the energy first got zapped, then pain came on...I'm sure I don't need to elaborate. I'm working my way back though one step at a time..I'll go as far forward as God lets me. That's all that I can do.

-Ellie
It is God that gives me the strength to carry on in the valleys of life and the wings to fly to the mountain tops

<FONT color=#008000>Dx: Diagnosed with Epilepsy Jan 2005, SLE July 2007, since then, Raynauds, Alopetia Areta, Vasculitis, discoid lesions, Endemetriosis March 2008. Meds: Tegretol, Imuran, Plaquenil, quite often Flurbiprofen and Rabeprezole, as well as various other supplements/vitamins.


redrose77
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   Posted 3/3/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have done pool therapy twice now and it left me drained. The first time I got 3 months before the insurance company said no more, the second time I got 6 sessions and the therapist made me move to land based therapy. I loved how the water felt on my pain levels, I wish I could use a pool heated that warm on a daily basis just to help with the pain. I think insurance companies should pay to install hot tubs in our homes to help with the pain. Seriously it would be so nice if I could just soak away the pain. I can't handle a regular pool because of how my joints and muscles freeze up when exposed to cold.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sj√∂gren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
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college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/3/2010 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
RedRose77
I have fibromyalgia so I know a lot about pain. For one, it hurts!! LOL Have you ever tried Epsom salt in your bath? Helps a little. Neurontin and Lortab together helps me the most. We move often (married to a college football coach) and my new doctor didn't want me on Lortab anymore - guess he doesn't like those kinds of scripts anymore with all of the med abuse going around. I have a heat intolerance so you may be weak from the heat instead. Just a thought or doing too much - more is not always better for us when it comes to exercise - learned the hard way. All the best!

PattyLatty
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   Posted 3/4/2010 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
College coaches wife,

I haven't seen you here till today and want to welcome you to the forum. You should start your own thread and tell us about yourself. I love what you said on another thread about "who stole my body"? You'll fit in real well here.

Pat
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

plaquenil, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lyrica, tri-est, cymbalta,


college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi PattyLatty! Thanks for the welcome - southern girls love hospitality. After reading some of the forums, this seemed like a good place for me. This is relatively new for me. I have never been a "member" of a site before - seems like decent people here. I would say normal, but I don't think any of us can claim that - ha!! I've tried to start a new thread, but am having trouble. I'm using internet on my phone and for some reason I can't change from html or something like that - anywho I will just have to settle with responding to others. Again, nice of you to welcome me. Will keep the gumbo hot for ya!
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