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6/18/04 14:07
asleep at mal 9/09
what the fuck is it with the damn weather in dc? it's supposed to be spring, yet we're in high 80's and terribly humid and muggy with frequent thunderstorms... i can't believe how badly this is bothering my arthritis - not only am i unable to deal with the pain long enough to work some of the aches out through dancing (i tried last night - thanks dj_solaries for the awesome 80's set) but i'm having a really hard time sleeping because i can't get comfortable and the pain meds and nsaids i'm not allergic to are having less and less of an effect... and when i got home early from the club i was hoping that some attention from the husband would make me relax/wear me out enough to sleep - not much luck there - waves of pain during sex do not make me happy at all... i'm going to sit here and wimper quietly now

hopefully getting the exercise machine from funkergirl will let me start working out some of the problems without so much pain - it has a rowing machine function which used to be one of the things my physical therapist had me do, and one of the few aerobic exercises that doesn't hurt terribly... i miss being able to sleep without sleeping pills and cocktails, and i really miss being able to do anything without worrying about how much it'll hurt... just walking up the block to pick up lunch took me from an 8.5 to a 10 on the pain scale, and i've had just about all i can take...
6/18/04 12:01 (UTC)
Can you Pilates or yoga? I know when mine is really bad I try not to do anything but during those times that the pain is gone or manageable I am doing pilates to keep it in control. I have only been doing it this past week but it has helped.
6/18/04 12:11 (UTC)
Sorry to correct your typos when you're not feeling well but it's dj_solaries and lj-cut.
Hope you feel better soon. Does staying in air conditioning help?

You walked up the block for lunch at an 8.5 pain level? You are a glutton for punishment. I would have been in press-button-order-Chinese mode.
6/18/04 12:18 (UTC)
Sweetie, I (literally) feel your pain. Hands, knees and hips are all after me in this weather, and in and out of AC is only making it worse.

If you have access to it, have you tried swimming? It's very low stress/impact and can be quite the workout, especially with the resistance.
6/18/04 12:26 (UTC)
I gotta get on board with both the yoga and the swimming. Barring that, I say they need to send you to Maine for a nice cool vacation. And lobster.

I'm sending you all the good thoughts I can, hon.
6/18/04 12:33 (UTC)
Poor thing! *hugs* I don't do well in heat either but I don't have the added complication of joint issues. Cold wet bandanas around your wrist help with the heat. Have you tried taking gelatine? You can buy tablets or powdered mixes. It's not veggie friendly (I can't remember if you eat meat or not) but it's supposed to help arthritis. It's like WD40 for your joints. Arnica cream and also homeopathic arnica tabs also help aches and inflamation.
6/18/04 13:13 (UTC)
"jogging" underwater at my local pool helps me get blood pumping through sore joints, & also helps with an endorphin rush. You can buy a belt to keep you above water. There is also water-aerobics. I'd be careful about yoga if you have hypermobile joints, because that can exagerbate (sp?) joint-pain.

I'd definitely recommend heat patches (Salon Pas, which you can buy at Rite Aid), or "dry heat" (microwave something and put it on the area). Tiger-balm supposedly helps. Heat numbs the area, though dancing can definitely cause flare-ups... I've been avoiding it myself, of late.

Get a deep-tissue massage if you can... that will at least unravel the knots caused in other areas of the body. Pain is so stressful.
6/19/04 0:24 (UTC)
I'm sorry it's hurting you so much, but haven't you learned? spring in the DC metro area is usually about a week long, if you're lucky. . .

echo the swimming suggestion -- having worked and/or watched therapy for more than one relative with joint issues, swimming and/or just immersion and mild movement in water can be incredibly helpful. Just go and get in enough water to take the weight off, and enjoy the break it gives you.
6/22/04 10:55 (UTC) - OUCH!

Sex, causing pain...? Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.

I mean...THAT just SUCKS. :( That's always been a kind of fallback, I-feel-shitty, now make it feel good, release..to have that happen ON TOP OF all this other pain..well, wahhhh.

Have you gotten the exercise machine set up yet? That would help tons, yes. Also, everyone else's suggestions of water therapy could be good. It's not like you should pull a Christian & try to live in your bathtub, but mebbe if you use the bubbly mat thing & look into if there's a "Y" or something in your area..you could do thier pool on weekends..something.

Loss of flexibility is bad enoug. :( I am pissed at the gods on your behalf, that they have to take form you what is fun too, dancing & etc.

& make somebody else walk off to pick you up lunch. I mean, you should be able to bribe someone.

Waahhhhhhhh. *huggles*

I'm sorry you feel crappy. Thank the gods your job has benefits...

6/23/04 7:30 (UTC)
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