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7/19/19 8:10 P

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Recovering from a total knee replacement, so every step is a success

"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abe Lincoln


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7/17/19 9:55 P

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Sometimes just getting out of bed is a success!



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CORGIGIRL2 Posts: 62
7/17/19 12:30 P

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I have been in PT but getting discouraged. I know I need to be patient.

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7/17/19 12:27 P

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Thank you. I just started fish oil supplement - good to hear that it can help!

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7/15/19 12:25 P

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My mom has arthritis that is super painful, some of her fingers bend the wrong way. I was beginning to have a lot of stiffness in my fingers and I have found taking a fish oil supplement to be extremely helpful.

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7/14/19 5:45 P

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I agree about being cleared by your doctor, then go slow and easy.

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6/29/19 3:14 A

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I have two different types of Arthritis and have had great success feeling better and losing weight.

I started off very slow and only did as much and not more than my body could tolerate. I expected to feel a little increased arthritic pain for a few weeks when I began. I figured it was natural. I walked in the pool and took Tai Chi classes. My feel burned really bad in Tai Chi. I had to change to different shoes and go slower than I wanted to, but within 6 months time, my feet adjusted. Basically, trudged along till I was more physically fit. It made all the difference in the world. I wouldn't say, I became a bodybuilder (Lol), but I certainly felt less pain and felt healthier.

A lot of people have physical limitations. I didn't like exercise, so I picked Tai Chi and walking in the water as a start. I think it's important a person picks an activity that's suitable for their physical limitations plus enjoyable. You can customize just about any exercise or to achieve your goals. You can even customize Tai Chi and swimming. There are chair exercises where you can achieve low or high-level aerobics, walking in place (Leslie Sansone) and many more.

Two years later, I started physical therapy. It helped immensely as a kick-starter. It also gave me an educational/exercise foundation that I could build on. I highly recommend PT or OT or both, depending on what your doctor orders.

Good luck to you!

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6/25/19 6:51 A

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I agree with the previous posters that talking to your doctor should be the first step. Here's an article you might also find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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6/25/19 1:41 A

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It can help and losing weight in conjunction with exercise helps even more. I still have the occasional bad day but they're not as bad as they used to be and not nearly so many of them. I'm able to do so much more in terms of normal everyday functions and the ability to walk longer distances without being out of commission for the next couple days. Strengthen the muscles around the joints and lose the weight and see if it helps. Don't forget to check with the Doc first.

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6/24/19 2:05 P

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Yes, exercise can help ease arthritis symptoms. However, what I do to help with my knee arthritis may not be good for you. Are you cleared for exercise by your primary doctor? If not, that would be the place to start. A referral to a physical therapist may be also beneficial.

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6/24/19 12:26 P

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Feeling pessimistic - is it possible to relieve osteoarthritis pain with exercise? Walking very far is difficult, but I wonder whether to push it (slowly, of course).

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