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    4myk9z posted:
    Hi Gang...

    It's me, Wendy from Dayton, OH checking back in again having made no progress so far because I developed incapaciting hip and foot/ankle pain. After visit to the ER twice and multiple docs in between, it turns out that I have a "navicular fracture of my ankle" which may require surgery! A lot of this I feel is my fault as I have osteoporosis (severe w/ bone age of greater than 70 years when I was in my 40's). The reason I'm accepting part of the blame is that I have NOT been as compliant with exercising as I should have been because of the chronic physical ppain from the rheumatoid arthritis, haven't been as vigilant about taking the Vitamin D and Calcium supplements or Estrogen because I had "too many other" meds to take and they fell by the wayside and on and off I would relapse and smoke when the stress of dealing with multipls chronic medical disease overwhelmed me. I've been walking around on an unset fracture for over 3 weeks which threw my hip out as well thus AGAIN rendering me bedbound and ALL the docs said it was my RA acting up so they gave me buckets of steroids which further suck calcium out of your bones! Over the last week I've been placed on treatment for Type II DM caused by the Dread Pred as well as Hypertension. I finally changed rheumatologists as I didn't feel that mine was acting fast enough to get me onto a workable treatment for the RA to get me OFF of the Pred. I see them in about 4 days followed by the appointment w/ the ankle specialist... a lot will happen that day. Have an MRI of my ankle at 6:00 a.m. today so will close for now. If you've been sedentary or have osteoporosis already, EASE into activity. My fracture was spontaneous but they type is associated with jumping, sprinting, etc. and I'd hate for any of you to go thru what I'm going thru right now.... darned near an unbearable pain when I hit the wrong spot while walking and almost drops me to the ground.

    God Bless and keep you all, you are in my prayers with best wishes for all of you. Take good care of yourselves.... you are beautiful, loving, worthy people who deserve the best that life and love have to give!

    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Wendy!

    The message to take care of yourself is so important! But it's not always easy, huh?

    I, too, have not been taking fish oil and calcium recommended by my doctor because of the aftertaste and that calcium pill is so big - thank you, thank you, thank you for the reminder!

    And regarding making no progress, now is the time to look at the "little victories" you are making towards improving your health. Are you eating fruits and veggies? Logging your food? Being kind to yourself?

    All of those actions can lift you up during this stressful (and painful!) time!

    Please keep checking in - sending positive thoughts your way today...

    4myk9z replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:

    Thanks for letting me know that in some small way that I've helped! I am so upset by the Cushingoid appearance from the Prednisone that I always feel compelled to "qualify" to peoTple, even STRANGERS WHY I LOOK LIKE I DO! I finally figured out that NEW people just figure this is the way that I look which was a HUGE victory. It's when I see people that know me from BEFORE that do the "JAW DROP" and OMG, what HAPPENED TO YOU??? That I end up with hurt feelings and letting the small stuff get to me. Like the GREATEST DOCTOR of ALL said (Seuss): "Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind and those that MIND don't MATTER!"

    I thank Jesus for every little victory that comes along, a good parking spot, a good day with my blood sugars, a less painful day than the one before, being able to start AND finish a load of laundry... HE blesses me in little ways regularly especially of late with having to change Rheumatologists (previous one just was NOT helping and kept saying "I just don't KNOW what to do with you!") and my initial appt w/ the "new" group was in mid November... I called re: if they had a cancellation list that I could get on and maybe be seen earlier and Thanks Be to God I got an appointment for 2 days later! Same thing happened with the Orthopedic surgeon for this outrageous foot/?fracture? pain. And I got a decent night of sleep last night too! I've found that even on the darkest of times that even if you have to scratch your fingers down to bloody stubs, you can ALWAYS find a silver lining... it may be rather abstract but it is ALWAYS there.

    Again, remember to take those annoying little "extra" pills because THEY ARE RECOMMENDED FOR A REASON. Be good to yourself FIRST!!!! At the very least with these pesky CHRONIC ISSUES, TRY TO MAINTAIN AS MUCH OF WHAT YOU HAVE AS YOU CAN! Or, as I try to say, do the best you can with what you've got to work with.... obviously I hadn't been following my own mantra or I wouldn't have ended up in this pickle! LOL! Back on task now, using as many chewable vitamins/supplements as possible to avoid the "horse pills" and it makes them a bit more "fun" to take.

    God bless and keep you and yours. Best wishes to all of you!

    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to 4myk9z's response:
    Thanks Wendy - you're awesome!

    Today was a day that I needed to hear your advice about looking for a silver lining. You know what? You were right - it was a little abstract but I found one

    I'm burping fish oil today but back on task now with that, thanks to you!


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