Getting started

By Alice04 Latest Reply 2016-05-21 19:15:25 -0500
Started 2016-03-27 17:56:29 -0500

Hello everyone,

I am new and this is my first discussion. I have osteoarthritis in all of my joints and degenerative disc disease in my lower spine. I also have diabetes, type 2, and chronic pain, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. I take medications for these issues. I also have severe sleep apnea. I live in a very rural, yet pristine small community and I love the outdoors and used to walk on the beach and in the back country on old logging roads and trails. I have a hard time walking very far and get out of breath easily and of course I have gained a great deal of weight given my circumstances. I have been through several doctors and physicians assistants that have all told me I am a mess, which I know that already, but have given me very little in the way of what I can do to become a healthier individual. I keep getting the same old "you need to lose weight", walk and get more exercise (which I know I need to) but how do I get started? Given my many health issues I have not been able to find any exercises that help me to begin the journey of exercise or what types of exercises are right for me. I started attending physical therapy to strengthen my legs and core, but my car broke down and now I don't have a way to get there so I am trying to do some of these things on my own. It is difficult. Is there anyone going through the same things? Seems like I just get started and something happens to keep me from doing what I know I need to do. There is just so much information out there that a person can get dizzy trying to figure it all out. Anyway, I am happy to be here and hope to meet others who can help me with steps to get me going in the right direction. Thank you. =)

2 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2016-05-21 19:15:25 -0500 Report

Hey Alice, it's great to meet you. I am so glad you are here. Really sorry I didn't see your post earlier. You are dealing with so much! And I can understand your frustration. I am wondering if any of your doctors have given you a sense of how much exercise would be healthy for you, without placing your health at risk. And with that knowledge in hand, it might help to set some very small goals for yourself, a little bit of reasonable exercise every day. Your physical therapist might also give you some ideas and help you with a plan. I hope you will be patient with yourself, take things one small step at a time. Keep in touch with us! Let us know how you're doing.

Hatefulheart 2016-05-02 19:48:36 -0500 Report

Hi my name is Robert. I have heart failure, arthritis , gorter, high blood pressure, diabetes. I have so many problems. I have medications for that. My diet is a heart healthy diet, some short walks since my health has declined so badly. I can't. Exercise like I want to. I try as best I know that's the best I know to do