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Old 02-09-06, 07:07 AM   #1
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ow ow. snivel alert

bleah. i have rheumatoid arthritis, which is a stupid disease i'll be happy to explain at great and venomous length to anyone foolish enough to feed me the cue. it has been fine for months aside from the fact that i'm afraid of getting too tired or using bike tools, but there's this whole medical nervousness about joint erosion in the long term. so every few months i go see this woman and she pokes all my joints just to keep track of what they're doing. it turns out that what i thought was just ordinary strain in one hip is inflammation. bleah. bleah. and just when i was starting to get bored with being a slob and thinking about going back to more serious rides than a mile or so to the next coffee shop.

don't mind me, i'm just complaining. there has been talk of cortisone shots if it doesn't clear up, but somehow i find that idea doesn't charm me much either.
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Old 02-09-06, 08:14 AM   #2
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My aunt has it ... I hope that you do not develop it like she did.
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Tokolosh -- hang in there. My wife has had rheumatoid arthritis for sever years now and has been on various cycles of treatments. Most of the time she functions pretty well and can play tennis or do bike rides. Bike rides seem to be less stressful on her joints although she now wears knee braces on both knees while riding. This seems to reduce post ride soreness for her. There are still good days and bad days, but generally with a little care she can function pretty well. I hope your flare up is short lived and doesn't impair you too much.
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Old 02-09-06, 09:06 AM   #4
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No less an athlete than Shaquille O'Neal has arthritis, in his big toe, in fact. Elite company, it appears. Cortisone shots are pretty neat -- I had some once for some very bad scalp problems, believe it or not.
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Cortisone does not work for all people. Start looking at other treatment options but stay away from non-traditional treatments. Down the road doctors may start talking about synovial membrane repair and joint replacement. Be sure you have enough medical coverage to handle it, in case the Canadian system won't help. Read the following in a whiney tone, " But we don't cover pre-existing conditions."
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