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.
If you can't swim, get in a pool and just walk in the water. It's amazing, I rehabbed a knee that way after reconstruction surgery. Now I'm doing it in order to ramp back up into regular exercise with auto-immune arthritis.
Hey! New here on this board, but I had VSG 8/17/2016 on the advice of my rheumatologist. I have rheumatoid/psoriatic arthritis. VSG was the only WLS that would allow me to take NSAIDs and steroids as needed for my condition. It's not ideal with any WLS, but it's a relative contraindication as opposed to a complete contraindication such as the RNY and LapBand.
So far I've only had to take my NSAIDs twice since surgery. My rheumy told me there was no guarantee, but the stomach tissue that is removed with VSG secretes some of the hormones involved in the inflammatory process, so my inflammation could go down after the surgery. My inflammatory factor counts have been going down since about 3 weeks after surgery, so my RA/PsA meds are working better, and my joints aren't hurting as much. The 72# lost helps too, I'm sure.
Right now I'm trying to get active again, and it's hard because if I overdo, I get into an auto-immune flare and can't move for 4 days, so I have to start out REALLY light with weights and such and increase them VERY slowly. But as long as I keep moving forward, I figure I'm improving even if it is slow.
Not sure if any of this is helpful, but that's my story. :)
Swim!!! I am only a month post-op, still waiting for one incision to heal up before I can swim but that helps so, so much. I have not been able to walk with bad knees and a hip, so feel totally incapacitated. Hopefully next week I will be cleared to start again. I noticed that moving at all helps with arthritis. Good luck to you on your journey.
I got that... at my one-week post-op with PCP, she suggested that I ask my surgeon if I could use an NSAID patch. I asked at my two-week post-op with surgeon. He said: "no NSAIDs. Period. Ever. No oral, no injectable, no patch, nothing that is labeled NSAID!" My PCP said she had never heard that before. Duh.
Hopefully they can find something that will help. Turmeric is really helping with the arthritis in general, but the hip and leg pain is pretty bad still.
My surgery went well... I am a month post-op and still am having a hard time with pain. I have to use a walking stick now when I walk any distance (even a block is too much...) and have already had x-rays. PCP has referred me to a pain management clinic. Phys therapy did not work. Although I am 40 pounds lighter my arthritis in hip and knees is pretty bad. I am hoping to get some good news when I go to the pain clinic. Either gabapentin, or something else. Good luck to you in your journey!
Just KNOW they are very serious when they say you can not have any more NSAID pains meds. I thought I would be ok and after a couple of years i started taking them again. I ended up with an awful bleeding ulcer that went into a blood vessel and had to be taken in to have it repaired. I will have to look into the Gabapentin because something has to help...
Small hand weights. Look up some exercises online that you can do with 3-5lb hand weights. Call your Rheumatologist. They can suggest some sort of exercise that you can do now that won't compromise your hips, knees, feet, etc. Once you get the new hip, and shed some more weight, you'll feel brand new and probably want to run a marathon! Good luck!
on 9/16/16 1:02 pm
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.