Health Scare about RA meds

I mentioned in my post “Crazy Week” that I was rethinking my arthritis meds.
In the interest of not providing To Much Information I will just say that I was experiencing a symptom that scared me!
Of course the first thing I did was research on the internet. Peptic ulcer kept coming up. I hadn’t been experiencing any pain, or stomach upset. So that didn’t make sense.
Further research lead me to find out that one cause of peptic ulcers is frequent use of ibuprofen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Guess what I have been taking since September? Prescription NASID. Stay with me, I am going somewhere with this…..
I stopped taking the Med. and stopped drinking Diet Coke. I ate only bananas. I was trying to decide if I should try to get into doctor, you see there was a more common problem that could have been causing my “symptom”. I would have been very embarrassed to go to see the doc to find out the problem was the “other”issue.
Fortunately the symptom went away!
However; this scare made really consider how very damaging the chemicals we put in our body can be. I have been studying health and nutrition for 14 years. I’m well aware of fats, trans fat, hydrogenated oils, nitrates,etc.
This chemical was prescribed by a doctor! It helped relieve the pain that plagued me all summer. I could sleep through the night. It didn’t feel like someone was pulling my feet apart. I never thought it would negatively affect me.
I’ve been having increased pain since not taking the prescription.
It seems that’s the trade off.
I tried to work out but the pain and weakness in my hands and wrists made it impossible.
Its been over a week since I’ve lifted weights. The pain in my lower back makes sit ups unbearable.
Do I take the med to get through a work out?
I find that the older I get the harder have to work to make gains in muscle, and the faster I lose those gains. I’m determined to keep progressing in my fitness! I do not want to ever see over #160 again.
If this flare doesn’t end soon I ‘ll have to take the med to get some work outs in. I will keep you posted!
I’d like to hear from anyone else with auto immune or chronic pain issues. How to you keep fitness in your life? Ive heard that using an exercise ball for ab work can avoid stress on low and SI joints, anyone tried it?

Crazy week

One week sure can bring about change! So much happened in the last week I will have a few posts.
The good news is that I have been invited to guest blog for a certain fitness personality.
If you look back to my New Years Day Hangover post, that opportunity is why I jumped into blogging with out doing the research I wanted to.

As I read more about the blogging world I’m thinking about making some changes. I’ll keep updating here until then.

The hours at my regular job have increased, good for the paycheck, not for work outs or house work. I think this is reality for most people. If you haven’t made fitness your way to earn a living, you have to find time to fit it in. Add a family with multiple activities to attend, and even the most dedicated person can fall behind in the pursuit of health and fitness. I hope to share my struggle and the things that work for me.
One thing on my mind is lunch during the workday.
Limit the office lunches, my team loves to get lunch out. I sometimes feel like I have to also. So I plan for pizza Friday at the office, and grab fruit or healthy leftovers the rest of the week. I offer to be the one to pick up lunch for everyone else, but stick with what I brought from home.

Stay tuned for more from my crazy week: a health scare that has me rethinking my RA meds,
Changes in my dear hubby’s employment have me rethinking the direction of this blog, trip to ER with middle kido (just when the hospital was about paid off from, “The Autumn of the Broken Toe, and Elbow”!

Anniversary workout

Last Saturday was my 5 year wedding anniversary. I had about 30 minutes before a day of 5th grade girls traveling basketball. I wanted to be pumped up for my new dress for dinner with my husband. Here’s what I did:
10 minutes on treadmill.
Superset stiff legged dead lifts using my aerobic step paired with leg extensions. 10 to 12 reps, 2 sets.
Lat pulldowns (heavy) paired with chest press. 10 reps., 2 sets.
Upright rows (heavy).
Hammer curls paired with overhead dumbbell press. 10/12 reps., 2 sets.
Had a nice pump, most of all hamstrings had a great burn for 3 days!
My daughter’s team won 2 games, lost 1. It was great to visit with other moms between games!
Dinner with Hubby was at Doolittles Woodfire Grill. Great atmosphere, love the smell of burning hard wood. No one heats with wood anymore, that smell brings back so many childhood memories. I am a MN girl!
I had the Pear/Raspberry starter salad, Jamaican Jerk pork tenderloin on sweet potato hash.
So good!

New Years Day hangover.

Some people may have woke up yesterday with a hangover, I woke up with a blog! Blogging is something I have been thinking of doing for awhile, my intent was to study on how to do it properly, then maybe start. Well one sleepless night and the fear of losing an opportunity to guest blog with a fitness icon later, I have a blog!
Thanks to the 3 people who have read my first post.
I will try to get up to speed and make improvements over the next few days….now that kidos and dear hubby will back to regular schedule.