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An evening with my doctor

Continuing with my "what I did today" theme . . .

Some of you know that I have rheumatoid arthritis; I am an extra-lucky (?) girl in that it came with a side order of fibromyalgia, which is (quite literally) a pain in the neck. And upper back. And various and sundry other places. Not all the time, mind, but sometimes. Mostly I just grit my teeth and keep on rolling in a mind-over-matter sort of way, because nobody likes a whiner. (I know I don't, anyhow - I should note that this doesn't mean that complaints aren't allowed; it's chronic, persistent complaints that grow tedious. But I digress.)

Turns out my rheumatologist came up with a Plan for the patients in his practice with fibromyalgia, and I got invited, and now I have gone and signed on for a 12-week Thing that will involve me taking yoga and tai chi (I have always wanted to do that!) and going to educational meetings and such. It is my (early) birthday present to me, and I am pleased to be doing it. Here's hoping it proves more successful than last year's attempt at fencing.

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Mar. 31st, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
I am a failed fencer after a few sessions in high school. I didn't have the legs for it.

I'm glad you are able to take advantage of that 12 week course. I hope that it will be fun (though it might be hard work, too) and that you will gain relief. Pain is difficult to live with, and you *never* come off as a complainer...in fact, I think this is the first time I'm reading about your RA. Hugs hugs hugs.
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sheela - man, I had no idea that fencing was going to involve so much running and jumping, and it proved too taxing for me. But I wish I could have done it!
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Yay for a Plan and a Thing. Here's hoping it does wonderful things for you. :)
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
"Yay for a Plan and a Thing" made me laugh, and yet it's the perfect sentiment.
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Mar. 31st, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
So true. I've met Jo at least a handful of times before, but it was my first time meeting E!
Mar. 31st, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)

I hope it works out for you! (The sparkles should help. They're special YOGA sparkles.)
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yoda sparkles? (I kid!)
Mar. 31st, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
tanita says
WOOT! First, happy birthday in advance.
Second, I always thought you'd get back to fencing someday - AND YOU WILL. Even if it's only with foam Noodle swords in a swimming pool. (En garde!)
Third, I think Tai Chi is awesome, and I look forward to, In the Warmer Land to Which I Go (someday), to taking it myself. And some yoga. And learning to, I don't know, MOVE.

Luck to you.
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says
I will not fence with noodles in the pool - in part, because I'd prefer not to get in the pool if I can help it. But if anyone could talk me into it, it'd be you.
Mar. 31st, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
Good luck with this! It sounds like a really good idea. *hugs*
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Mar. 31st, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
I had no idea. My college roommate has both as well (and she's overweight), so I understand your pain (a bit). You must cringe at conferences. We're a huggy bunch. lol I'm so glad you have a plan and hope it helps more than anything.
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I do not cringe. I've had both for as long as you've known me, so it's nothing new - and mostly, I try to ignore it as best I can. Although there have been times I need more rest or to use a cane, I don't let it keep me from the things I want to do if I can help it!
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Mar. 31st, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I hope I like it better than chai tea.

There are a whole bunch of different "schools" of tai chi, just like karate and yoga, so it's possible that you tried a kinder, gentler form (which is probably what I'll be stuck with in this program, since they instructors were talking about how they adapted and modified, etc., and I'm thinking "but I can still do yoga without modifications!" - however, I shall suck it up and do it at their slower pace because at least it's doing something. And they said their goal was to have people in a position to take "regular" courses by the end of the 12-week program).
Mar. 31st, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Good for you!
I hope it makes you feel amazing!
Mar. 31st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Good for you!
"Amazing" would be miraculous - but one can hope!
Mar. 31st, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yay, I hope it's really helpful for you. I love yoga. *hugs*
Mar. 31st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I love yoga, too! But I've been doing DVDs of late - having an actual class again will be wonderful!
Mar. 31st, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Good for you! What an awesome idea your doctor had. My mother has fibromyalgia; I wonder if she'd enjoy yoga. Looking forward to hearing what you think about your early birthday present to yourself. And happy early birthday!
Mar. 31st, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
The studies show that low-impact aerobics and strength training are extremely beneficial for FMS. I already love yoga, but having an actual class will be good (I've been going with DVDs of late). And I'm stoked about learning tai chi!
Mar. 31st, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Get down with that downward facing dog (a yoga position, right?)
Good luck, Kelly! I hope it provides relief with the added benefit of full spiritual enlightenment!
Mar. 31st, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Get down with that downward facing dog (a yoga position, right?)
Downward facing dog is indeed a yoga position (one I already know, even!) I'm looking forward to tai chi. I'm nearly positive there are no stick katas involved, so my big toes should be safe.
Mar. 31st, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
GOOD LUCK!! I was executive editor at the National Fibromyalgia Assn. for a bunch of years, and talked to SO many patients who were able to manage their symptoms through an appropriate exercise regimen (often including yoga, tai chi, Pilates, etc). Keep us posted!
Apr. 1st, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Will do!
Mar. 31st, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
I love that your doctor is doing this, and that you'll get to take part! It sounds nice! I'd like to take on yoga again, and I haven't done tai chi in years, but I liked it when I did, and wouldn't mind doing that again too.

Enjoy! And I hope it makes a noticeable difference, too!
Apr. 1st, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
I really like yoga (although I'm a bit worried that the yoga may start out being too adapted/easy for me), and I'm stoked about the tai chi. And I agree that it's really cool that my doctor is doing this. It's not often you go to a presentation and hear a doctor saying "there are these three meds that have some efficacy for FMS, but really, drugs aren't the answer here". I really liked my rheumatologist anyhow, but somehow I like him better still for that!
Apr. 1st, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yay yoga!
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
I know, right?
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