Back on track

So my last post was just a tad bit whiny/feeling sorry for myself  🙂

I am getting re-motivated and back on track now.

-Rethinking my diet (I took out red meat, most dairy, and sugars. Eating more fermented veggies)

-Moving again. I joined the gym and am doing water classes and swimming 3x a week.
I was trying yoga, and loved it, but I need to get my hands more in check. Most of my pain has been residing in my hands and wrists, so it just wasn’t working, and giving me too much recovery time needed. Water classes are perfect for me!

-Adding some supplements into my mix (higher levels of C, hemp oil, boswellia,  and looking into Hyaluronic  acid, Nopal Cactus, and Graviola.)

-Planning out a juicing detox

I feel better, but still haven’t nailed it yet.
Full on fasting and detox may help bunches…
But I am losing weight again which is wonderful 🙂

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Beat the Pain

RA warrior posted a blog today entitled “How Do You Keep the Disease from Taking Over?”

It does get hard when you are in constant pain to just not to give up and fall in a pit…

Some things I do to get through it:
1. When I feel up to it I love being outdoors. It is easy to get wrapped up in yourself  and your pain when you are laying around indoors. Out in nature it easy to forget about it just a little
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2. I hug a furry butt. My animal kids almost always can make me smile.
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3. I recognize how awesome my husband is. So many RA folks have to deal with everything without a partner to help them. I just can’t imagine being without mine.
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4. Artsy stuff! When my hands cooperate I do photography, sketching, make music. It is a awesome outlet. 🙂
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5. Friends. A support system that kicks ass is super important. I recently moved and I miss having them there for me so much.
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6. Ignore the haters. Whether it is family, internet people, “friends”…If they stress you out..just do your best to ignore their comments. I am still working on this one 🙂

The Dunk

I started doing a hot and cold water dunk for my swollen hand joints. It works really well for me.
I just use the kitchen sink as we don’t have dual sinks in our bathroom at this rental house.
Make the cold water icy and the hot water hot, but not scalding, and go between the two submerging your hands up past the wrist for as long as it is comfortable. I usually do cold to hot. I usually do this about 3 or 4 times a few times a day.

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Heating Pad Heaven

Anyone with RA knows how nice heat feels wrapped around achey joints..

I went through a bunch of heating pads until I found the Sunbeam Xpress.

It doesn’t have the cruddy plastic insert so it stays soft and you can wrap it around the body parts that hurt without any issues..

I hate those cheapie ones..The plastic gets all bent and it is NOT comfy..

I had looked into the heating packs before, but I stopped using a microwave so they are pretty useless for me now..

Love this one..! 🙂

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