Staying Motivated with Pain

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Posted: 28 Feb 2013, 12:55
I am having a lot of joint pain today and I am already talking myself out of working out later. This pain hit me hard after I got to work this morning. I feel puffy, achy, and this is the worst I've felt with my joints in a while. Am I going to be able to work out this afternoon or should I skip it and hope to get one in tomorrow?
I really want to stay on track, but I don't know if I can work through the pain. It won't hurt my joints for me to workout, but I will be sore during. Any suggestions from other's who've dealt with pain issues?
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Posted: 28 Feb 2013, 13:03
I'm blaming this cold, wet weather for joint pain. I had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a kid and still get joint pain flare ups in my knees and elbow. This past week they've been really paining me. I have found that exercising helps it feel better, the days that I'm really hurting I do something more along the yoga stretching line rather than high impact jumping around. I also was taking glucosamin/chondrotin and fish oil supplements, but got out of the habit and can tell a huge difference, so I'm trying to get myself back into the habit of taking them.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2013, 14:13
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Posted: 28 Feb 2013, 15:00
Skirch97, I hear you on the exercise making the joints feel better, and I know I should do it. I do have a yoga DVD, maybe I'll do that instead of my regularly scheduled workout. We'll see how I'm feeling when I get home. My heating pad is sounding good right now, but I want to keep up my workouts too.
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Posted: 01 Mar 2013, 02:50
I used to have back pains. BAD back pains. As a matter of fact, I never know that it was even possible to have anything hurt as much as the pack pains did.
After I lost weight, I never - NEVER - have pains. I feel re-energized, and I am so much more fit and flexible, and I never wanna go back.
As long as the exercises you are doing are safe for your joints (and other places with pain) you NEED to do yourself the favor of going. Go exercise. Go do the right thing. Bask in the pride of accomplishment instead of the shame of failure. You can do it. Go go go!

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Posted: 01 Mar 2013, 05:16
I have arthritis in my knee, as well as still being in rehab for a full knee reconstruction, if I didn't workout based on how much pain I am I...I would never workout lol. Each to their own Smile it wouldn't hurt to have a rest day, your supposed to have 1-2 rest days per week. I currently workout 6 days a week, 2-4 hours a day, pain or no pain (which is never), but I am crazy....take a rest day or go light in your workout if it is bothering you that much.

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Posted: 01 Mar 2013, 13:43
My biggest advise: glucosamine, chondroitin, and msm supplements! I used to do 10 martial art classes a week back in college and that was the only way to control joint pain.

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Posted: 01 Mar 2013, 14:13
Puffy, achy, and joint pain? That's how I used to feel before I found out I was gluten-intolerant and gave up wheat, rye, barley, and oats, to which I react in the same way.

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Posted: 02 Mar 2013, 07:54
This is a difficult thing to deal with. I have suffered from terrible back pain after an accident and know that it can add extra complications to losing weight.

Everyone is probably going to have a different answer to this, but I found that I needed to listen to the warnings that my body was trying to give me. I learned the hard way - I used to keep going regardless of pain and suffered terribly as a result. So now I ease off at the first sign of pain.

My method is to work with my body. When it feels good I do more, and when I get even a hint of pain I stop what I'm doing. It means making use of every opportunity and taking a more flexible approach to exercise. Also, pain doesn't always mean you have to stop completely. For example, you may find running painful today but walking might cause no pain at all. Or swimming.

Do what you can, but don't take unneccessary risks. If I can do it, despite pain, so can you Smile


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Posted: 04 Mar 2013, 21:04
I have recently started having bad foot pain. Especially my right heel. I have been dieting pretty good but have not started exercise yet because of the pain. These replies sound like good reason for me to start walking. Maybe the foot pain will go away. I hope!

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Posted: 05 Mar 2013, 00:50
I sustained a back injury a couple years ago and my chiropractor turned me on to a product called zyflamend it is an herbal supplement to help combat inflammation. This with the anti inflammatory foods has helped my pain level a lot. Also swimming is easier to do when I hurt...

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Posted: 05 Mar 2013, 19:30
Maybe try to stay away from high impact. They are tough on the knees ankles and other joints. Had major leg surgery in 1986 doc vetoed running, jumping, high impact aroebics. My body has also been hurting, much arthritis. I find walking on my gazelle for 20 min in am helps my whole day no matter how much I hurt in the am. If it's a pain day I just go slow until I can speed things up.

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Posted: 06 Mar 2013, 05:52
Lighten up on your exercise routine but make yourself go and do something. I deal with a bad back and if I talk myself out of going it becomes easy to be a slacker. I go. I stretch. I walk. I take it easy but I do NOT stay home with pain issues. For me, its a way to be in control. I have to keep moving and keep on the routine.
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