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Old 05-08-2003, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hey I was wondering, I know that we are all in ALOT of pain, but how do we stop this chronic fatigue part that comes along with the pain? I am not aloud to exercise, I can't really eat anything that won't gain weight (carbs). When I move I am sore. So how are we suppose to stay in shape or at least healthy? This also goes hand in hand with if you don't feel pretty then you aren't pretty, and if you aren't pretty how do you motivate yourself to be pretty? See the circle that I feel that I am traped in? What can I do?????
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Old 05-08-2003, 10:30 PM   #2
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Hi there Heather!You described exactly how I feel.I use to be energetic.I get tired early,and have pain and headaches when I try to do anything.I would like to read the relplys to your post also!

 
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Old 05-09-2003, 11:35 AM   #3
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Hi Heather,
I'm not sure why you're not allowed to exercise etc...
I find that getting out for a brisk walk helps me quite a bit. Also, you need to try and eat healthy foods, even if it means mushing them up. A good multi-vitamin can't hurt either.

Best of luck.
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Old 05-09-2003, 01:04 PM   #4
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Hey Crystal,
My pts have told me that I am not really suppose to do any exercise until we get my neck under control. I am trying to see a neck and spine specialist soon, but I am having a hard time with getting an appointment.
I have some range of motion in my neck but I use my neck muscles for everything. I am trying not to, but I am having a hard time with that sense I have becoem very dependent on my neck to do everything for me.

I have been taking a prenatal vitamin because my husband and I are trying to have children. My pt is also afraid of a lot of tongue movement so I have been trying to find things that are not to mushy, but not hard either...any suggestions? Talk about a limited selection, but I am trying to listen.
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Heather,

I agree with Crystal about walking. Walking helps our bodies AND minds. We take our dogs for a walk every night. As for exercise, Mike's at that age where he desperately wants to "keep up" with the other boys, so he tries to do it all. (alot of times by over doing it, he hurts worse by evening) I worry about school next year, because he wants to be on either the basketball or football team, so I'm praying that we can get his troubles under control, so that he doesn't "miss out" on all of that. Now, a few years ago when my body just always hurt, I found one of those videos to do. It's simple stretching exercises, (no high-powered aerobics by a supermodel!) nothing major-my mother could even do these. You follow along with the video and you stretch out all the major muscle groups. I got my son to start doing this every evening with me, and at first he said that it was cheesy, now he asks when I'm ready to do it. I do believe that stretching one part of the body in some ways help out the other parts. It's only 10 minutes long, and the people on the video do this with you, so you don't feel so alone. (I ALWAYS felt so alone doing any form of low impact exercise or stretching in the past!)
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Old 05-10-2003, 08:56 AM   #6
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Hey Cheryl,
I think I will try to find some of those videos, they sound like a good idea. At least they will give me some movement.
Thanks!!!!
Heather

 
Old 05-10-2003, 11:42 AM   #7
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Heya Heather! I think Cheryl's idea is great! Exercise of any kind just puts a person in a better frame of mind. So does projects like the stenciling. How's yours coming along?

I'm still doing atkins. It's so weird how the pounds keep coming off. I have so much energy too. My gerd is doing soo much better these days. I don't get those awful stomach pains anymore. I did find a drink though that tastes really good. It's suger, caffeine, calorie, and carb free. It's basically sparkling water, but to me it tastes like Sprite with a bit of grenadine added in. (shirley temple) It's called Crystal Bay. I don't know how much soft drinks you drink, but man I was up to like 12 dr pepper cans a day. It seems like every doctor has always encouraged me to drink more water, but I always resisted as I loved my soft drinks. Most diets require you to drink a ton of water too. You might want to try different drinks like the crystal bay or some other sparkling water (I'm not a big fan of the 'diet' drink aftertaste).

Anywho.. I hope all of you have a great weekend!

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Old 05-10-2003, 08:16 PM   #8
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hi, i don't know if this has happened to anyone before but when i went off my prozac 1/8 tsp. an went cold turkey off my klonopin i started to have the buzzing in the ear, then i started yoga and each week i had a new problem, first it was hemmrhoids, then canker sores. I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment and my usual dr. was not there and i got an adjustment and 2 days later i could hardly talk and i looked in the mirror and couldn't put my teeth together like always and my jaw hurt and it was clicking and I could hardly eat on that side. last monday i went back and said fix me up and i was told i had the TMJ and i don't hurt but still am clicking. It really scared me and did the yoga have something to do with it or what?? I have never had my top teeth to go over my bottom teeth and i am 60. betty
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Old 05-11-2003, 10:52 PM   #9
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p-nacho, be sure and check the ingredients on the crystal bay because i thought i picked up a bottle of it and it has nutrasweet in it and you don't need any more problems, my husband had eye surgery this year and lost the sight in his eye and he told his dr. about an article on the aspartame and she said i hope you're not using that becasue it is not good for you. I used to drink perrier water with root beer extract in it but i can't handle the carbonation. I only drink distilled water now and when i go out i get regular water and i ask for a lemon wedge and that is real good and you are getting your water. try it!!!it's good.
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Old 05-14-2003, 11:09 PM   #10
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hey heather!
do you think maybe yoga would help, if you avoided the neck stretches and such?

 
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Heather,
I'm with you...it's a viscious circle...all the wrong foods and no chance to burn them off. As for foods to try that AREN'T bad and don't hurt...try baked potatoes or sweet potatoes with soft broccoli and lowfat cheese and sourcream...it's filling and not that bad on carbs...try to stay away from breads and heavy fat cheeses....I also make a lot of my own protein shakes with soy protein - vanilla and then add fresh fruit (for the fiber). As a sweetener, I use a drink called Nuvim. It tastes like an orange creamsicle and is ok alone, but great in a protein shake. It's got milk proteins and good stuff for your joint health which will help keep the creaks down to minimum...it really works. I also will put a nonfat yogurt in my shakes for flavor, sweetness and thickness...the only downside is the wheatgerm...but if you let it blend long enough it's not bad!

Focus on things like oatmeal, yogurt, non-cream soups (Progresso rules) and make sure you're getting enough protein...that will wear you down big time. I'm on pre-natals vitamins too, but they can only do so much.

As for exercise, my PT has said I need to move. She said do whatever you want, just don't do it if it hurts. You NEED to use your muscles or you will pay for it later. If you're not moving, you're 'guarding' and shortening your muscles and creating more of a problem for yourself.

Get this....I was afraid to chew, so I didn't. I started eating real food a few weeks ago and went from a 22mm opening to a 36mm opening. Yep, my PT said since I was using the muscles to chew, they were loosening up and my pain was getting less and less. I still have tightening and pain, but I just eat slowly and with small bites....you aren't ready for that yet, but I just wanted you to know, that movement when done carefully is very important!

Hope my ramblings helped! Take care and smile a little, it uses lots of muscles and it makes people wonder what you've been up to!

Jennifer

 
Old 05-15-2003, 06:57 AM   #12
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Hey everyone thank you so much for responding.
Rahk star I was thinking of that very same thing but I have to ask my pt about it.
Jennifer thank you for all the food advice I am going to print your words out and try all the stuff (except the sour cream).
Heather

 
Old 05-17-2003, 08:32 AM   #13
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Jennifer,
I just wanted you to know that I went out and bought soy protein and I added A LOT of fruit, non fat yougurt, and 2% milk (I have to work up to buying nonfat). This shake is pretty good, next time I will add ice to the blender. I am surprised at how filling it really is. Micaiah is always teasing me because I eat several times a day (but small meals) as opposed to him who will be lucky to eat 2 meals a day (with no snacks).
I can't seem to find that drink you suggested called Nuvim anywhere. I went to the Whole Foods store and also the market - nothing. The next step is to see if Trader Joes carries it.

I am very excited that this shake is good and satisifying- GOOD IDEA!!! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/idea.gif
If you have anymore my ears are wide open!!!!!
Heather

 
Old 05-17-2003, 10:38 AM   #14
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heya betty! thanks for the concern, but I did a search on the internet and found out that the crystal bay calorie free drinks are flavored with splenda (which is a lot different from nutrasweet). It does not contain any aspartame. I still drink it and I am loving it. Tastes great and I don't miss my sprites anymore hehe.

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