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So, another thing that's been keeping me occupied lately? My health. Of course, all the cleaning counts as exercise, as does my tai chi. And really, both of them have been good for my fibromyalgia, which seems to respond well to exercise. (Just like the experts said it should - see? Sometimes they know what they're on about!)

My rheumatoid arthritis, however, has decided to claim a bit of my attention, and has made itself known in a variety of joints in the past week or so (knees, wrists, elbows, and more). I've lived with it as a companion for long enough that I know what the early signs of a flare are, and am therefore taking steps to head it off at the pass - including a doctor's visit, re-starting an injectable medication, and taking more frequent naps.

I don't often write about living with chronic health issues, because it's truly not something I spend a lot of my time focusing on. The way I see it, if I'm focused on my RA and fibro, then they win. Also, I prefer to stay positive and optimistic, which is easier if one isn't constantly mentioning what a drag chronic pain issues are. But I've come to realize that nothing I do actually gets rid of either issue, and that there are quite a few of my blog readers with the same (or similar) issues - most of them don't go on about it all that much either - and that sometimes, it can be helpful to other people to know that they are not alone in dealing with a serious health issue.

And now, I must administer an injection to myself (*shudders*) and then away to tai chi class.

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shveta_thakrar
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
I've been reading your entries, and I know this is a time full of change for you, so I just wanted to send some love.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Love is much appreciated - thank you!
tamarak
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
So sorry you're going through this.

Will PM you.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this AND for the PM, which was much appreciated.
jbknowles
Aug. 31st, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you've been having more pain, Kelly. Wish I could help. Remember, any time you want to come take a retreat in the country, the door is open.

xx
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jo - I promise to take you up on it one of these days.
stephanieburgis
Aug. 31st, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* Lots of empathy on the health issues. I totally understand not wanting to make them your focus here, but it is good to be reminded that we aren't alone.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Just exactly what I thought. And thanks for the hugs.
mostly_irish
Aug. 31st, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about the chronic pain. :(

I have to say, your posts are always so upbeat and funny and smart and enjoyable...if you hadn't mentioned it no one would have ever known you face such constant discomfort. But I'm glad you shared because now everyone can give you hugs. :)
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Hugs are always, always welcome - thanks!
bogwitch64
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
:( Sorry to hear about your ouchness.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Terri.
jamarattigan
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the flare-ups. Since I deal with chronic pain issues, too (fibro is one of them), it's nice to know I'm not alone. Like you, I try to keep my blog upbeat; it's very therapeutic to focus on the positive. Take care. ((Hugs))
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
"Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative" - sometimes song lyrics really make sense . . .
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kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*
robinellen
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
(((HUGS))) My mom has fibromyalgia, and my aunt has RA -- both finally went off gluten (other than sprouted wheat, though my mom even keeps that at a minimum). For them, it seems to have worked pretty well.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
The three times that I've tried eliminating such things from my diet (including keeping Passover and trying the South Beach Diet), I've ended up in a flare. Weird but true. Thanks, though.
reneesweet
Sep. 1st, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Yuck. :( Hugs. That is all.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
That is an entirely appropriate response. And thanks.
jeannineatkins
Sep. 1st, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
I love your approach and optimism, but we are always here to give you a cheer when you need it. It can be hard online to achieve the balance between telling the truth whole and worrying that you're going to bring people down.

You are never alone. xo
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
And now, thanks to you, I'm hearing that Mavis Staples song, "You Are Not Alone", which is on my iPod (after seeing her on Colbert).
the_themiscyran
Sep. 1st, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Empathy
Yuck for ouchiness. But I totally understand the not wanting to focus on it. A lot of people are surprised when they find out I have lupus (in a VERY mild form, thankfully) because I made a decision a long time ago to not be one of those people who becomes their disease. I hate when it gets in the way.

Hugs.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 1st, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Empathy
Yes. That. Exactly. I had a wee bit of a meltdown at 3 a.m. because I was so angry that the disease was back in play, and when I get angry, I cry . . . Well. You know the drill, I'm sure. After so many months of feeling like it might not be around anymore, a flare is a crappy reminder that it's still kickin'.

Glad to hear your case is mild - one of my friends has lupus plus something else (I think they assigned that undifferentiated autoimmune disease category to it, but they keep testing for scleroderma), and it can be a real, er, witch.
fuzzyfostermom
Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this. Adding my hugs to everyone else's.
double_t_t
Sep. 3rd, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
*gentle hugs* I'm so sorry you are in pain. You have an awesome attitude about it though. And that helps. *gives you another gentle hug*
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