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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

I've been struggling for a while now with pain and swelling in my hands, knees and feet. I woke up yesterday unable to use my hands to grip anything at all, and was so frustrated I finally went back to the doctor (I'd asked for a referral about a month ago, but with Covid, it never came thru). Today I got the blood test back, that showed I have rheumatoid arthritis. I had a suspicion this was the problem, and now I know. The good thing is, I had made the decision recently to change my diet to a more plant based diet, ... tho I'll probably never make a good vegan or true vegetarian. I love me a good cheeseburger every now and then!! However, I feel better when I eat better, and I still have weight I'd like to lose (it doesn't stress me anymore, it's just a goal, since I've learned to be happy in my own skin). So yeah. A new challenge to help me stay motivated to move this body! I'll be 56 in less than a month, and I consider my health to be pretty good overall. There are always challenges!! For me, it's likely going to have to start including more strength training and I'm ok with that. Another benefit (?!!) is that with getting the diagnosis, my mom finally decided to get tested for it, as she struggles a lot with weak hands, knees and hips. At 77, she's got me beat for stubbornness! Today, I'm grateful for the willingness to never give up or lose hope!!
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  • ARNETTELEE
    Oh, no, I’m sorry that you have rheumatoid arthritis. At least you know what you need to do to help your body deal with this.

    I call myself a vegetarian, but I am not a true vegetarian since I’ve given up on meat (beef, pork). I do enjoy turkey and chicken, but I don’t cook them at home. If I were to go out and there is chicken or turkey on the menu, I would probably order that. I’m not much of a seafood person except for fish fillets (halibut, pollock, mahi, ahi), but not fish in general. Hubby is more of a vegetarian. He won’t eat beef, pork, or chicken. He’ll occasionally eat turkey and he loves fish. But, guess what? He doesn’t get much fish because 1) daughter “can’t stand” the smell of fish, and 2) I don’t really like small fish like akule, halalu (yikes, these “local” words for the different fish can drive one crazy, but I don’t know the English names for them.) Anyway, I love Morningstar products. We also eat a lot of tofu and portobello mushrooms!! Daughter hates mushrooms too!

    Take care and I'm so happy to hear from you!! emoticon
    55 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    sorry to hear emoticon
    56 days ago
  • PACEKA1
    First, I'm so sorry that you have RA, but I'm also so happy to hear that you've caught it early and are taking steps to make things better. Good for you for focusing on a better diet (something I certainly need to do) and exercise. I've been told to do more strength training because of my knees and back! Have a great day!
    57 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I'm in a similar boat; I was shocked in March to learn that my chronic hip pain is osteoarthritis. Hip surgery in two weeks. Nice to see you here again.
    57 days ago
  • SHOAPIE
    At least now you know. Now you can deal with it. emoticon emoticon
    57 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Glad you have a diagnosis. Your positive attitude will go a long way in managing your condition.
    57 days ago
  • CACHANILLA64
    Sorry to hear that. I've was diagnosed RA almost 20 + yrs ago. I used every drug our there. I changed my diet to WFPBD about 5 yrs ago and it has helped tremendously!! Flares are few in between. I also meditate and exercise daily. Best wishes.
    57 days ago
  • TSHAWGER
    Take care of yourself. You'll have good days and bad days.
    57 days ago
  • KITI513
    Love that attitude!!
    57 days ago
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