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Willow27

Hi, I'm a newby (again) as I didn't really get started last time. I suddenly developed pain in many areas of my body and it felt like almost overnight. After many months and many pain killers (yuck) I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It;s mainly affecting my knees, feet and hands. I have to have a bone removed from my thumb next week, followed by 6 weeks in plaster to alleviate the pain in my hand. So all this is my reason(excuse?) for not trying too hard with my diet, but in particular - exercising.

I can walk quite far, but suffer dreadfully afterwards and anything which involves me clasping, grasping, pressing etc with my hands is a big no no. Can any of you lovely people suggest exercises that I could do that would really work on my core and my cardio system. Ought to mention, I have a severe hearing impairment, which makes attending group sessions, led by a Tutor/Trainer, almost impossible, as I can only hear if they stand still in front of me!! Not too helpful for the Trainer, trying to deal with a class of people. I really cannot afford a personal Trainer.

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Hi Willow27 like you I am a fellow osteoarthritis sufferer. Both of my knees are practically bust and I have to take tramadol and use ibuprofen gel. I was told that the best exercise was to try and walk as much as I can otherwise I will lose strength in my legs which sadly has happened because I didn't heed the advice because of the pain.

You can also Google for exercise for arthritis and exercise for immobility etc and it throws all sorts up including some YouTube videos.

It is also worth googling foods that are good/bad for arthritis. Some foods are anti-inflammatory and some can actually make inflammation worse. Good luck :)

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Some great advice there Hidden ! Yes, I only recently discovered that sugar is one of the worst for causing inflammation.... :-(

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Following on from Hidden's helpful post, you may want to have a read of this:

arthritiscare.org.uk/living...

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Sorry to hear about all the pain, it’s very wearing and can get you down 😕

I can only walk any distance using two sticks due to arthritis following an road accident many years ago, but I guess that’s not an option for you 😕.

I also invested in an exercise bike, it sits in the living room because it is so important to my health and well-being. I use weights whilst I’m cyclng so I get a good upper body workout at the same time.

I combine this with yoga. I prefer to do my own things, in the privacy of my own home, but I did have help from two yoga teachers. The correct posture is really important. There are good videos online but I like this one

YouTube is very helpful,( google wrist and hand exercises,) but I also hope you get a physio referral via your orthopaedic clinic, they really are your best friends 😊

Good luck! As you lose weight EVERYTHING becomes easier 😊

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Hello Willow27 and welcome! We are a friendly bunch and will support you on your weight loss journey :D

I have a significant physical disability which affects my mobility (mobility further reduced in 2002 following a head on car crash, broken tib and fib which didn't heal well and then an ankle fusion).

I am also short - as a result of my disability (4ft 9") rather than genetics - my two "little sisters" are both a foot taller than I am!

Reduction in mobility or a disability doesn't make weight loss impossible - it just makes it rather more challenging - but hey - us folks who have to deal with pain and / or disability on a daily basis are used to challenges, aren't we??? :D :D

I started my weight loss journey at the end of February 2012, weighing in at 14 stone - 5 and a half years ago. I was 49 years old and had been trying to lose weight all of my life since the age of 9.

I managed to lose 4.5 stone in 2 and a half years through calorie counting and logging/weighing all of my food going from a size 24 to a size 16 and from 14 stone down to 9 and a half.

Then re-gained some.... lost some again and have now managed to more or less maintain for the past 6 months.

BUT... ideally I would love to drop another stone and maintain there.

The one thing that I realised very early on in my journey was that I was just eating FAR TOO MUCH! I was a VERY short (4ft 9"), middle aged, sedentary female and I was eating the same as 5ft 9" active man (my now husband!).

No wonder I was piling on the weight! I now think of the weight I lost as each half a stone being a new born baby... I lost 9 of them and can't really understand how I was ever able to lug all of that around with me all of the time!

I often wish I had dealt with my weight when I was a lot younger, but still, better late than never and also the risk of illness that is associated with being overweight increases once you reach 50 years plus....

Here are a few of my past posts which I hope you will find helpful and inspiring. I won't try and tell you that my journey was easy - and you'll see that there were many blips along the way, but 6 years down the line, I feel about 20 years younger than I did when I was lugging around 4 stone more.

Please do pop back to the forums and share your journey with us - we are here for you, day and night and happy to share your success or support you when you need it.

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