Other recommendations involve regular exercise, protecting your joints, eating well, sleeping well, reducing stress, and remaining compliant with your treatment plan. Sounds pretty simple -- but is it? Which recommendations do you find most difficult to follow?
Osteoarthritis and pain
- I wasn't told I had Osteoarthritis for four years, so thought it was my fault. Now I have so many things going on. I am waiting to get my left knee done, I had the right one done just over a year ago, and have not looked back. I miss things I used to do, like dancing. I did professional dancing. And walking, I enjoy what I can do. I don't treat it as an illness, just some thing that happened. I keep as active as I can, but don't get depressed about it. I keep too busy for that. I have a small farm with choos and a gander and my bird, so that keeps me busy. If I am able to go somewhere I make the most of it. I have had both my hands done and that is great, it made it so much easier for me. Just try to keep your faith and I found that has helped me.
- —Guest Yvonne Adams
OA & Weight Loss
- I find exercising and losing weight to the most difficult because of the limitations. I used to being able to go to the gym and jog, walk, run even. Now I am limited to the pool and walking on days I am not in too much pain. Then comes depressed moods and the feeling of defeat and I eat what I want. I am working on my diet with Weight Watchers and my doctor. As for exercise I do what I can and try to smile despite the pain I am in.
- —Guest Chelle
- I got this illness during the time I was working in Kuwait. Ii was 80 kls at that time. Most doctors told me to lose weight but I find it difficult to follow them. Until time comes, which I realized they are right. Up to this time my knee is a big burden for me. And I cant help thinking that someday I will lose my love in dancing. I'm an adventurer and I love going far places..but day by day, my right knee doesn't cooperate anymore. Pain is always there. I do series of medications still nothing happened. Here I am now ,hoping that someday my life will go back to normal.
- —Guest glenda
OA and Obesity
- I get riled up with this issue. When my OA began I weighed 136lbs at 5'3". 5 years later I weigh 172 lbs. Don't blame my OA on my weight. Someone did this recently, she'll not do it to anyone again. I have multiple sites of OA. Primary OA runs in my family.