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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 12/21/2006 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have decided with this last sickness that I need to develop a new attitude and a healthier lifestyle now.  I know it was the medications that started this but overall I hadn't chosen the healthiest path either.  Come on I weigh enough for 2 people my height so it is time to do something.  The pred didn't help much and I am still on this in decreasing doses.  Right now I am at 12.5mg for at least the next 5 days.  Decreasing to 10 and so on.  I decided fast food is a no even if I only get the healthy stuff because once I start going to fast food places I do not stop.  No more sugary sodas, only Diet and lots of water plus I will drink at least 1 cup of milk but do have calcium supplements.  I can drink nearly 3 liters a day so my water intake was never an issue.  I bought fiber tabs and will be using these to help with fullness and have only purchased foods very low in fats but lots of veggies.  From now on I will be cooking from home.  I spend a lot of time doing work on the computer so I also picked up snacks that have no fat or are very low fat for that time where boredom kicks in and I just have to eat.  So far I think as I am lowering the pred dose my insatiable appetite has started to wane.  I also had a huge sign today that a lot of this is water weight because I laid down for a nap weighing one thing and woke up 9 lbs lighter literally... ok I never slept made many trips to the potty.  The plus side I wasn't crawling there anymore.  My joints are really doing great, had a minor episode last night of aching arms and legs and then came the rain this morning so at least I know why, but overall they are doing good.  The pure exhaustion and current virus is what is getting me right now, but I decided to take on a better attitude and actually start pushing myself.  Maybe wake up the endorphins a bit, but take it easy or take breaks when needed, when really really needed.  Well, it didn't take long for my emotional status to improve.  I started this Monday.  I am also going to stop being angry at all the darned docs who called me crazy for so many years.  It isn't helping anything.  I am improving now and that is all that matters.  Exercise is difficult because of the plantars facitis that seems to develop as everything else was improving.  Course the docs suggested water exercise and I don't have money growing out of me so I cannot afford to join a gym.... I do try the sony playstation dance revolution game... don't get to far but I figure a little bit is better than none.
Anyhow, I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions on how to lose weight while on prednisone or while you hurt.  Would just watching what you eat help for now until I am light enough and maybe hurt less on the weight bearing joints?  You guys have any special supplements or foods that seem to help more when managing your weight.  NO FRUIT!  Tips or suggestions I am sure it would be helpful for everyone here at one point or another...  Maybe even starting a subforum within this community to help people along who may want to make a change?
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
Meds: Methotrexate 20mg wkly, Prednisone 20mg decreasing,  Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Synthroid .1mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.

Harley Diva
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 160
   Posted 12/21/2006 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Bloo...Congratulations for choosing a healthier lifestyle. A word from experience. Don't try to do too much at once. I lose wieight when I add dairy. I have a yogurt with toast for breakfast and add low fat dairy several times a day. I also add as much walking as possible. I have two big dogs that I take out to open land to run several times a week. I just walk along as they run pell mell across the fields. Before I know it I have walked a mile. Exercise has to sneak up on me disguised as fun! A healthy lifestyle does help. I often fall off the wagon and I enjoy it when I do. I have managed to keep the weight off while on the prednisone. I wiegh myself every day and cut back on food when I see the numbers going up. I think its great that you are taking care of yourself, you deserve it.
Harley Diva
....RA, HPT,  drugs: Sulfasalazine, MTX, prednisone, bp meds

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 450
   Posted 12/22/2006 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
babybloo, you are going to succeed to high heaven with that go getter attitude. Way to go!!!! The only thing I can think of to add, is to reward yourself every so often with a non-food treat. Also, I saw somewhere that some motels with hot tubs and pools will let you use them for a small fee or even free. Give them a call and see what they say. ;)
I am listing symptoms/test results cuz my Dr is still trying to figure out exactly what's going on with me. If any of this rings a bell with you, email me at daisyhen at msn dot com.
DDD- MRI confirmed
Arthritis-xray confirmed
disc slippage in neck-MRI confirmed
Ulcers-endoscopic confirm
dishydrotic eczema
Had both knees scoped in '93' (awesome improvement)
Are we having fun yet?

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3199
   Posted 12/23/2006 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Great attitude Theresa! You are on your way to healthy living! Keep us posted.
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 229
   Posted 12/30/2006 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Bloo! Good for you. Wishing you much success! Keep us posted. I too need to shed some prednisone weight.

Happy New Year!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6
Dx:  Rheumatoid Arthiris, Fibro, Asthma, IBS, Migraines, TMJ, Insomnia, Ischemic Colitis, Neurocardiogenic Syncope, Allergies, Bladder etc...

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