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I have lupus and fibromyalgia. When I started I had a rough time cause i couldn't last but only a few hours of work. My body grew stronger and I learn to ignore the pain to a certain degree. Of course I crash when I get home..But then I feel so proud of what I have accomplished.

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My sister had lupus for 18 years , and this year. POOF.. gone !!!! she had the butterfly lupus coudnt be in sun, etc, I am sure you are familiar, her arthritis everything gone !! The doc told her sometimes it just happens, after so long it will get worse or go into complete remissson. (you just cant get a doc to say the word MIRACLE !)

To OP.. I have lymphadema stage 1 in one leg and stage 2 in the other, from shattering my knee cap into 7 pieces years ago. I have a stool that I use when working on cakes in kitchen like making icing, baking etc. , and I do all my detail work at my dining room table, where I sit with my legs proped up on another chair. Take frequent breaks and exercise the muscles to keep from cramping and seizing up. Oh and bow to the MOBIC gods. If you have never tired mobic, I sugguest you talk to doc about getting some. it really helps.



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post #17 of 34
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Originally Posted by tonedna

I have lupus and fibromyalgia. When I started I had a rough time cause i couldn't last but only a few hours of work. My body grew stronger and I learn to ignore the pain to a certain degree. Of course I crash when I get home..But then I feel so proud of what I have accomplished.

Mind over matter..
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Exactly! It may be painful but you just work through it and in the end its worth it! thumbs_up.gif
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You guys are all so wonderful. We have creaky bones and all sorts of problems and yet we just can't get enough of cake decorating! Lets keep marching on and doing what we love, thanks for all of the inspiration!
post #19 of 34
A few thoughts. Hand falling asleep and symptons similar to carpal tunnel - find a great sports message therapist who will concentrate on your neck. That is where the problem is.
Feet problems, find a good podiotrist and a better chiropractor.
Finally, find a great homeopath doctor to help you with your joints.
Make sure you get referrals.

One other thought, SugarVeil sells an icing dispenser. It is great for those who are prone to hand problems

I have a friend who is a sports massage therapist who I saw when my hands were numb with a lot of pain below my elbow. Sure enough, it was in my neck.
Feet problems can stem from your back, a good chiropractor can fix that. Some Chiros work with sports massage therapists making an awesome team as your joints and muscles work together.

There are some great natural medicines that can help your joints. My son was 10 when he was diagnosed with Pediatric Arthritis with Psyrosis. The medical doctors wanted to put him on numerous medicines, some were dangerous. I inadvertantly met a naturopathic homeopathic doctor (never knew there was such a thing) But he really knew his stuff. Received releaf after one dose. I decided to have the doctors work side by side and now the MD is taking him off his dangerous drugs and is totally amazed at the progress he is making. The MD is one of the top 10 in his field and is really scratching his head at the results! Arthritis meds over long term can cause a lot of liver problems and then you end up opening up other problems when you try to fix those. You are young, be very careful and do your research.

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post #20 of 34
Just a word of caution...extended use of anti-inflammatory medications can wreak havoc on your kidneys and liver.
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post #21 of 34
Good for you, Debbie - for offering positive suggestions for dealing with pain and arthritis. Rather than popping more pills!! Everyone seemed to ignore my earlier comments.
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post #22 of 34
Thank you icingimages. Someone else told me the other day that it is my neck giving me these problems. I'm going to make an appointment this week to see a sports massage therapist. I can't wait to see if this will correct my problem. I have neck problems anyway so it really does make sense.

My 17 year old has arthitis in both of his feet. He was born with club feet and has had several surgeries over the years. I need to find him a doctor like you did for your son. I've never heard of that kind of doctor and I'm not certain where I'd find one but I'm going to Google it and do some research. Seems like the older my son gets the harder it is on him. He hasn't been able to play sports in about four years. He isn't on any meds right now because he hates taking anything. But, if we can find something that actually works, I'm sure he will be more than happy to be treated. The last prescription the doctor gave him hurt his stomach so he quit taking it.
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post #23 of 34
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Good for you, Debbie - for offering positive suggestions for dealing with pain and arthritis. Rather than popping more pills!! Everyone seemed to ignore my earlier comments.



I didn't ignore your comments. I hate taking pills. I broke a couple of disks in my back about 23 years ago and before I was healed I became addicted to opiates. I didn't think I'd ever be free from that addiction. Thank God that today I am and I will NEVER take anymore icon_lol.gif I don't even like taking tylenol any more than I have to. Too hard on the liver and kidneys.
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post #24 of 34
My right hand and arm absolutely kill me at night and they stay numb and tingly. I end-up sitting up most of the night with my arm propped up on a pillow and tears falling down my cheeks from the pain. This past week I couldn't take it any more (neither could my husband), so I had a nerve test done and like other posters have referred to, I have a pinched nerve. I don't like to take meds but my doctor prescribed a painkiller but I'm not taking it right now due to the rather extensive side effects. I was fitted for a wrist brace and that has seemed to help the last 2 nights. Maybe try a brace (be sure to go to a store that sells medical equipment so you can be fitted).
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My right hand and arm absolutely kill me at night and they stay numb and tingly. I end-up sitting up most of the night with my arm propped up on a pillow and tears falling down my cheeks from the pain. This past week I couldn't take it any more (neither could my husband), so I had a nerve test done and like other posters have referred to, I have a pinched nerve. I don't like to take meds but my doctor prescribed a painkiller but I'm not taking it right now due to the rather extensive side effects. I was fitted for a wrist brace and that has seemed to help the last 2 nights. Maybe try a brace (be sure to go to a store that sells medical equipment so you can be fitted).



OMG..your symptoms sound just like mine. I totally understand what you're going thru. I actually pace the floor and cry and PRAY. icon_lol.gif It really wears ya down doesn't it?
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post #26 of 34
I have arthritis in my hands, back, neck and knees. I just take my time and tylenol alternating with Aleve. You may have to stand while rolling fondant, but is there any way they could get you a "bar stool?" You could sit while decorating. Just a thought, it would take the pressure off your legs. icon_smile.gif
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post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by tonedna

I have lupus and fibromyalgia. When I started I had a rough time cause i couldn't last but only a few hours of work. My body grew stronger and I learn to ignore the pain to a certain degree. Of course I crash when I get home..But then I feel so proud of what I have accomplished.

Mind over matter..
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I also have Lupus and I find that keeping busy is the best remedy. I'll take Advil for inflammation and go on with the day. Some days easier than others as each case of Lupus has different issues. My biggest challenge is circulation in my legs. If I stand too long, all the vessels break from knee to ankle. Painful day to follow but getting up and moving is the best thing.
I always felt that having Lupus has made me a much hard working person as I don't like limitations and I fight to overcome them. Positive attitude and determination are the key....
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post #28 of 34
Sometimes my pinky and ring finger get numb and tingly. Numbness is a nerve thing. Try to pay attention to which fingers, which part of your hand, what side of your wrist or arm, etc, goes numb. Write it all down before you go to the dr. What fingers makes a difference as to where the source is. At least that is what I was told. I go to a sports med dr turned chiropractor. He will do some deep tissue massage on my forearm and on the inside of my elbow, and on my shoulder. Then he tapes up my forearm. It takes maybe two visits to get good results. It usually comes back in maybe 6 months. I do try to be careful about my posture and use a cheap little ace wrist brace - not just for decorating but for housework too.
post #29 of 34
The doctor I had found is a Doctor of Naturopathy He is in PA, he is very hard to get a hold of and he is not very technically savey so he takes forever to answer emails. his name is Dr. John Mulliken his website is bestnaturaldoctor.com and though he may not be able to help you, perhaps he can guide you. It was interesting before I met him, they wanted to put my 11 year old on Paxil due to high anxiety. When I met him, he gave him something called bach flower. It is almost like teas, but my son has done a complete 360. I now am just coming off some anxiety meds. It has been a horrible road to come off. My regular medical doctor told me the wrong way to come off of them so I am suffering. But I didnt want to turn back. So I called my Naturopathist who have helped tremendously. It really is amazing what can be done and I personally have seen some remarkable cures. My 11 year old is the most amazing turnaround. I do sympathize with your son, but our regular MD who is out of UVA did tell me that you have to keep joint swelling down in the early years as it tends to do a lot of damage as they get older. With your son, find the best Naturopathist and the best medical doctor and make them work together, even though they come from opposite sides of the spectrum. I let both doctors know what the other is doing and share tests and it is really amazing.

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post #30 of 34
One added note, I spoke with Dr. Mulliken today and he thought there was a Herbal Healing Academy out your way. H said the lady who runs it is very good, and you may want to see if you can find her. If you need help, he will be glad to assist you, but dont delay with your sons feet. Time is imperative as he grows to get him releaf and to help him for the future.

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