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    wolfgar52 posted:
    I have OA in both knees and am taking Idprofen perscribed by my doctor. I am extremely over weight and at one point could not even walk from my bed to the bathroom. I started out following a TV program on PBS called sit and be fit. It's 1/2 hour of exercise for people with limity mobility. I also started to eat healthier, more fruits and vegetables and added grains as well. After 5 months I have lost 20 lbs and can even walk down the length of my house about 40 feet, a major accomplishment. I still have a long way to go, but I find that I have more energy now. Sometimes I even choose to walk to the kitchen for simple things instead of taking my wheelchair, I still follow the program but not as many days, choosing to walk several times instead.
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    m1a20 responded:
    I am morbidly obese also. I have osteoarthritis in my left knee, hips and left big toe. I have exercises to do that a physical therapist gave me. It has been strongly suggested that I do aquatic exercise also; plus lose weight. Recently I lost several pounds, only to gain back some of it. I would like to share support with you and others with these challenges.
     
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    auntiec56 replied to m1a20's response:
    mla20,

    I am 56 years old, soon to be 57, and have had osteoarthritis since I was 17. When the doctor told me I had a type of arthritis I thought he was crazy; arthritis is for the elderly, or so I thought. I am kicking myself in the behind because I didn't listen. I, too, am morbidly obese and have many health conditions because of my weight and genetics. I finally braved it and found a website where they make bathing suits for larger size people. My biggest hurdle was taking that 1st step and going to the pool. I had a good friend who was encouraging all of the way and kept telling me once I got in the water no one would care. She was right! I absolutely love it being in the water as it takes the pressure off of your joints and can definitely feel a difference in the reduction of pain I experience. I bought a good pair of aquatic walking shoes and I do water walking in the shallow end and also some strengthening exercises. Start out slow and see how your body feels after your 1st workout. The pool I go to has a three hour time slot in the afternoon and 2 hours in the evening for only $2 a session and you can stay as long as you want. If I can put my huge body in a bathing suit and get in the water to help my joints loosen up and feel better about myself I know you can do it. Don't give up hope just because you gained some weight back. Keep posting your updates and I'd be happy to be on your support team.

    Auntiec56


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