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on 3/16/17 10:21 am
Topic: RE: Exercise where to start???
On September 16, 2016 at 8:02 PM Pacific Time, fiercebynature wrote:

Hello, I am 2 weeks sleeved and have severe to moderate arthritis.

I also need a new hip which will happen in March.

Where do I start with exercise.

Walking is great but the hip does not really allow for that much.

Was thinking of some strength training maybe  once I'm approved.

Anybody, got any ideas.

I have recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left knee. I have physio - well, they give me my exercises to do, you dont seem to get hands-on treatment anymore, and I do yoga to stretch. However, I cannot exercise in a normal way like enjoying a walk, not even a gentle walk. The pain in my knee and lower leg is so bad and after even 20mins I am limping. I cannot walk up and down the stairs without support and the pain reflects up to my hip when I walk badly. I cannot put weight on my foot and having sat for any time, when I get up my leg has locked and it takes me a few minutes to steady my balance and start walking again.

Its ridiculous, I have never had such a dibilitating illness and it has made me very depressed. As I see it, having been told there is no cure for osteoarthritis, I can only see me living with this for the rest of my life. I am, what I consider, a young 60 and enjoy my holidays and exploring and walking, but now wonder how I can even walk for a mile!

Can anyone advise me if there is any medication - other than normal painkillers which dont even touch it, to be honest, that I could take? My doctor has not recommended medication as yet but I am thinking I should return and ask. I cannot go on like this without some help.

Support and advice from other sufferers please?

on 2/23/17 8:07 am
RNY on 03/07/17 with
Topic: RE: Scared about stopping my NSAID!

I'm confident that you will find a new BFF in Tylenol Arthritis! lol. I also have Psoriatic Arthritis which I take bi-weekly injections of Humira for. However, during flareups, the TA is also my go-to. 

on 2/23/17 7:28 am
RNY on 09/09/16
Topic: RE: Scared about stopping my NSAID!

I did nit know about Tylenol Arthritis.  Will find that today, thank you!  I used to take MEloxicam, but it is forbidden forever now.

on 2/23/17 5:25 am, edited 2/22/17 9:27 pm
RNY on 03/07/17 with
Topic: RE: Scared about stopping my NSAID!

I'm sure that you've already figured this out by now, but in case you haven't. I take Meloxicam (life saver) for my osteoarthritis but the one thing that I've found that works just as well, you just might have to take it a little more often is Tylenol Arthritis. There's a huge difference between taking regular Tylenol and Tylenol Arthritis, I've found anyway. I wish you the best of luck. I know what it's like to be in constant pain. 

on 2/5/17 3:16 pm
Topic: Total hip Replacement after being sleeved

Hi folks

I was sleeved September 2, 2016 and then on January 30th I had total hip replacement. I'm almost 7 days postop. I just wonder if anyone  has gone through this. I have none of the  symptoms  that they mention and it says you should call you Doctor etc but my operated leg is swollen above the knee and it is  bruised wildly above the knee. So not at the wound site, its not red or hot I have  no fever etc .

Anyone else experienced this?


Surgery: 9/2/16  H.W. 340 S.W.254 


on 1/31/17 12:57 pm - IA
VSG on 07/01/15
Topic: RE: Chronic arthritis and the preference of VSG

After 18 months following VSG, I am still taking Numbetone for osteoarthritis.  I do just take one tab a day even though I am prescribed two.  Just in the morning along with a dose of generic prilosec to protect my stomach.  I have not had any issues whatsoever.  Of course the weight loss has helped tremendously with the arthritic pain and the one dose seems to give me enough relief.  My biggest issue is with my hands (thumb joints in particular) and with my shoulders.  Prior to surgery I was taking meloxicam but asked to try something different.  They would have let me stay on meloxicam for your information.

HW: 336.5 (March 1, 2015), Height: 5'11", Birthdate: November 8, 1955

VSG: July 1, 2015 288.0 lbs, University of Iowa Hospitals -- Dr. Isaac Samuel

CW: 196 lbs, goal: 186

8/2/15 -- 263.8 | 8/30/15 -- 256.0 | 9/20/15 -- 248.6 | 11/1/15 -- 240.6 | 11/29/15 -- 233.2 | 1/3/16 -- 227.4 | 1/31/16 -- 218.6 | 2/28/16 -- 211.2 | 3/27/16 -- 204.6 | 5/2/2016 -- 206.6 | 5/30/2016 -- 203.8 | 7/7/2016 --198.8 | 8/1/2016 -- 197.8 | 1/25/2017 -- 196.3 | 3/23/2017 -- 194

on 1/25/17 10:48 am
Topic: RE: Scared about stopping my NSAID!

Thank you! Hope you get the replacement in March and that you are feeling better. 70 pounds in 4 months!!!! That is fantastic.

on 1/23/17 10:59 am
RNY on 09/09/16
Topic: RE: Scared about stopping my NSAID!

I am four months out from surgery.  Down almost 70 pounds.  Still pretty bad pain in my knee, and it seems to get worse the more weight I lose.  BUT I take nothing except Tylenol, so basically on no meds.  I was scheduled to have a knee replacement, but I had a minor stroke so that was put off until after March.  I take turmeric 2000 mg a day, which seems to help with arthritis in general but not the knee, which is already bone-on-bone.

Even though the knee (and legs, really) are worse, I am SO GLAD I had the surgery.  I definitely recommending having it.

on 1/23/17 9:17 am
Topic: RE: Scared about stopping my NSAID!

May I ask how you are feeling now? Did you find a solution? I am concerned that I will encounter the same situation once I have the surgery.

on 1/14/17 2:26 pm - Arlington, TX
VSG on 08/17/16
Topic: RE: Should you exercise if you have arthritis?

Auto-immune arthritis here.  I am encouraged to exercise, and do OK if I don't push myself.  Was cleared to do light weights, and signed up with a trainer, but even though it didn't feel like too much weight at the time, I would go home and wake up the next day with a full body auto-immune flare.  I did some research and talked to some physio experts and they said with auto-immune arthritis, they have to start REALLY light with weights.  Like 10-15% of body weight for upper body work and 25% of body weight for lower body.  My trainer was shocked at how little weight it was, but agreed to go along with the plan, and so far we're doing OK, no more flares.  And instead of adding weight every week, we're holding at weights for 3 or 4 weeks before adding more.  It's a delicate balance, because exercise is good and necessary, but for some conditions just a tiny bit too much can set you back so far.  My progress is so slow it's frustrating, but I remind myself that no matter how slow, it's still progress.

HW 306 - SW 297 - GW 175 - Surg 8/17/2016

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