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Hi I was wondering if I should use a gadget fit machine ? You stand on it and it vibrates you can increase the speed ! just wondering if anyone has used one or would it do me more harm than good? I have pain in my feet/ankles and knees . Any advice please ? I feel I should be doing something and this I could do before and after my work ? 😊

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I used a large vibrator when my joints were inflamed and it helped me feel better but it didn't reduce the inflammation and I don't think it did me any harm. Sometimes I felt better after using it and sometimes it didn't feel like it helped at all but I don't think I made it any worse. I continued my massage therapy during My increased inflammation periods and always felt better because she worked on my swollen knees and ankles.

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MarshaM, your first sentence has really made my day! Seems an unconventional approach to treating inflammatory arthritis, but hey!

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Oh dear. Glad someone else shares my sense of humour. I had the same reaction postle. Lol

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I'm the same as marsha, I do love it, I can sit and watch telly at the same time! Really helped toning my 'handles' and under arm. :)

Ps. Postle2, must be best answer ever!

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I've got a pedal thing that sits on the floor in front of your chair. Ive been using it on physio advice to build up leg strength before a future knee op. It's cheap. But I'd advise you see a physio and get their advice

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Hi Cathie

Glad to here you are still pedaling well done, I hope you are getting stronger and building up those muscles before your op.

Alison

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Thanks. Yes 165 revs yesterday. Op is still a way away as husband has to have his hip done first. I can't go ahead til we work out what's happening with ritixima. It's good to have a sense of achievement but I don't think that shaking is helpful

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I bought one on your recommendation, Cathie and find it excellent. Even when in flare and my knees are enormous and stiff, I manage a few revs. Many thanks. Jo

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I good I started on ten and now have got to 165! Still don't walk well/ without sticks but at least I enjoy doing this

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I started at 10 also, and up to 130. I could manage more, but only with one knee!. It's a brilliant machine. I feel so much safer than with sticks. In fact, provided my shoulders aren't flaring, I use a crutch as I find that gives me more stability.

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Shoulders and knees are a horrible combination

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Hi Cathie,

I have just purchased an exerciser and received it yesterday. I struggled to peddle for 5 mins but used it again later in the day for another couple of minutes. My legs had become quite weak and very swollen due to the lack of exercise. I asked the surgeon if the weakness and swelling was due to my prolapsed disc, he said no as the disc bulge has shrunk back into place and due to my RD it has been difficult for me to have the same amount of exercise. I was running up three flights of stairs when I was working, I use to manage a retirement development until last August, but the last year found it very painful to use the stairs and used the lift instead. I did try to use the stairs on a good day. I thought the peddler would help me to get the exercise and also help with the circulation. I haven't yet spoken with my Rhuemy Nurse but decided to take it slowly to begin with. Thanks for your advise. Take care, Sue x

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I started at ten then worked by to twenty, that is no of pedals not minutes. Now I'm up to 160 and the goal is 200. But I'm taking it very steady and if I hurt or miss a day I go down a few and work up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Thanks Cathie, maybe I am trying to do too much!!. I know my legs ache just after a couple of minutes. I can see a number next to count but unable to see a number next to REV (RPM). So far the number next to count is 136. I am enjoying it so far and hope to use every day. Take care, Sue x

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I just count and put numbers on a board

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Thanks Cathie, I will do the same.All the best, I'm susure you will reach your goal of 200. Sue x

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Sorry that should read sure!!

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I couldn't comment on how this type of exercise would benefit you, but to be shaken whilst in pain doesn't sound fun.

I ride a road bike it's very light and can be put on an indoor trainer as I only go out when it is warmish, exercise is vital to stay fit, I have the opinion use it or loose it. But as Cathie says, if you need to check with your Physio if you have one or RA consultant or nurses to make sure it is a safe thing for you as we are all different.

My Consultant is all for me riding my bike as it is extremely low impact and keeps me healthy, as with all things stay safe!

Good Luck

Alison

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I tried and it hurt too much that is why I do and teach tai chi. Can't beat it plus the social aspect.

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Hi,

I have one of these machines with an oscillating plate.

I use it daily if I can but normally only for ten minutes at a time as I can't stand any more. I think you may find that the first five minute setting standing on the plate sounds easy but you will find it hard to do at first. Lol.

Remember to always wear shoes of some type as bare feet are not a good idea. You will find out why when you try one out. Maybe go to your local gym or health clinic and try one out first as a good one is a considered purchase.

Sometimes I sit on the plate for the vibrations to help my hips in a slightly different way to standing and I find that really good for me as my standing isnt great at times as I use a chair to get about usually.

I have find some benefit out of it but I guess it is a personal thing.

Good luck anyway,

Tootles !

Xx

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Hi lizmac10

Sorry I have no experience of "vibrators' However I know in my area there are chair based exercise classes run in collaboration between the council and the leisure centres. May be worth asking your practice nurse or gp. I am struggling too with exercise at the mo. Sore feet. Hope ing they will improve soon.

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Kikideelili

I nearly spat my coffee out when I read your first line.

Hope you are starting to feel a little better with the feet, it's awful when you can't move about.

Alison X

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Hahaha I've just looked at my post again !!!no wonder you nearly spat your coffee out ....well at lest we can have a laugh 😂😂

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We got to have a sence of humour haven't we Lizmac otherwise we would have given up years ago! Keep smiling 😄😁☺️

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Sorry Ali! He he

You ok?

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Hi Kikidee

I laughed alot with that comment!

I'm ok ta, my new anti tnf's are working well for me, now the weather is improving I'm out on bike 😁😁 feet not too good, but you don't really need them too much when peddling lol

Hope you are well to

Alison

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I will PM you x

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