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Postby harpmaker » Sat Apr 12, 2003 9:01 pm

Talking it out can be a good thing Gail, and it is good that you are not just accepting a self dianosis or matching up to what has happened to other people. (Though isn't that what doctors do?Razz Hmmmmmm ) Just remember that old line about 'we have nothing to fear but fear itself.' Although I do have to admit that the IRS does spook me a little bit...and I am not fond of spiders....and I am a little suspicious about this old guy living down the street....Tongue
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Postby Gail Knapp » Tue Apr 15, 2003 9:07 am

Ya'lls good thoughts and prayers are working. Just wanted you to know that. I went online last night and read up on Raynaud's Disease. Found a great web page and it has a picture of the whiteness of the hand, just like mine. I printed it off and will take it to the Doc tomorrow and we will proceed from there. That web page is so helpful with info, tips and support. If anyone else is interested it is: www.sclero.org click on Raynaud's Disease. Hopefully I will get some much needed answers starting tomorrow morning. But for now, I just keep plugging and playing when I can. I have a great opportunity tonight to give the dulcimer some exposure. I've been taking a decorative art painting class for the last 11 weeks. Tonight is my last class and we are having a party and I got asked by the teacher to play the dulcimer!! I'll keep you posted as to what the Doc says tomorrow. thanks for all your help and encouragement. GailK
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Postby Gail Knapp » Wed Apr 16, 2003 11:30 pm

well folks I have 1/2 the results in and I was right on the first count. I have Raynaud's Disease in my hands. They took 4 vials of blood to work up looking for a reason why my hands swell and are stiff, might be some form of arthritis. If so she will send me to a specialist. I have to go back next Wed. for the test results. thanks for the prayers, I really have peace right now and that is a result of all the good thoughts and prayers that are going out for me right now. Thanks so much.Wink GailK
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Postby sugaree » Thu Apr 17, 2003 12:07 pm

Gail. I"m glad you have some peace of mind now. At least you know 1/2 the problem! I'll continue to pray for you. Keep us posted. Smile Sugaree
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Postby KenH » Thu Apr 17, 2003 3:44 pm

Gail; So glad to hear it's 'only' Raynaud's, not something "really" serious. Our prayers are with you.
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Postby Gail Knapp » Thu Apr 17, 2003 5:10 pm

Thanks all, Here's part of the rest of the story. the Dr. office called today to give me the blood work results...Rheumatoid Arthritis... they will call me again tomorrow and tell me when I have an appt. with a Rheumatologist in Tulsa and we proceed from there. The levels were up slightly, and that is good, cause it isn't severe and we caught it early. And at the same time I am starting on a supplement called Juice-Plus. I bought a 4 month supply. Lots of fruits and veggies all in capsule form. Does anyone know anything about Biofeedback. Perhaps KenH? Hey, this topic in the discussion group sounds like a medical forum doesn't it? Rolled Eye EEK! Well dulcimer players get ailing too and need to help each other to keep it all together so we can play on, right FF? thanks all. Will keep you posted. Hope to hear some more helpful hints from ya'll too. GailK
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Postby folkfan » Thu Apr 17, 2003 7:56 pm

Gail, Having a definite diagnoses should sort of relieve some of the stress and fears associated with the unknown. Stress as I remember can actually play a part in aggrevating rheumatoid arthritis, I know it does with my osteo-arthritis. Perhaps getting rid of some of the fear and related stress will help calm down flair ups for you. Biofeedback sounds like a good idea. Check with your doctor as to any studies that might have been done in the area. The Arthritis Association has a pretty good web site, (which you've probably already found out). As with other members of ED, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I know that you'll share what you discover about rheumatoid arthristis with us, as different experiences provide different results and treatments. Play on. FF
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Postby KenH » Fri Apr 18, 2003 12:30 am

Biofeedback is definately a possibility. I'll dig up some things for you. My sister, back in Ohio, has rheumatoid arthritis. When she went into remission a couple years back I got her to try t'ai-chi, and it has definately helped during her flare-ups. Relax....release all the stress and anxiety and tension flowing out and away from you...
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Postby Gail Knapp » Fri Apr 18, 2003 9:51 am

thanks ED friends. I know that the wires will be hot while I investigate this further. I have allready run into some people who think this is the end of the road for me.Frown Can't dwell on that. i have read a bunch of info allready and have decided to do what I have to do and what I can do to help myself.Wink I need the stress relief. I need to start walking in the park again...just been lazy you know. Thanks for whatever help you all can give me. Right now you are my best support group and oh how we all need that type of thing in all walks of our lives.Smile GailK
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Postby folkfan » Fri Apr 18, 2003 4:04 pm

Gail, In looking up Raynaud's Disease, I came across an article titled, Raynaus's Disease, Too Much of a Good Thing. This doctor made a distinction between primary Raynaud's Disease and secondary Raynaud's Syndrome. Which does your doctor think you have. It seems the types of treatment can differ between the two. Keeping the body warm is done for both, but there are differences after that. I think trying to discover the exact cause of the disease or syndrome would be the most difficult, as so many things can cause it.EEK! Even playing the piano!!!Rolled Eye Take care and let us know what your doctor suggests. Oh, Stress is mentioned in one article as a cause so relax already. Tongue Take a long walk. Or you can use a technique that Harpmaker and I use, which is to get someone to give you a back rub, then rub down the arms pulling gently until you reach the fingers. Stroke across the back of the hang pulling the fingers of the person giving the backrub down through the fingers of the person being rubbed. and literally pulling the stress gently out of the finger tips. I don't know if this makes sense all I know is that it works. I'll get Harpmaker's arm completely relaxed and stress free just by these long gently pulling movements down the arm, over the hand and fingers. The tension just flows out through the finger tips. Take care. FF.
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Postby Gail Knapp » Sat Apr 19, 2003 8:48 am

Yea I've read about the differences between primary and secondary. I suppose more tests will be done, non blood test, at the Rheumatogolist office when I go there. Raynaud's is talked about on the arthritis web page under the Rheumatoid Arthritis section and that kind of Dr. specializes in that area too, so I know they are somewhat related. Won't know more till I get there. i will know Mon. when my app't is. the office called and left me a message that they have booked my app't. We went out in the country for stress relief yesterday afternoon to some friend's house, then took a drive, went out to eat and then went for a walk in the park when we got home. That was great! I had to get out of here. Waiting for the phone to ring was driving me nuts!LOL! Rolled Eye I've going to try to educate the negative people in my life regarding RA and get them to realize that it is in my favour that we got this early and there is so much more info around than there used to be when their mothers and brothers had this kind of thing.Smile thanks, Happy Easter ya'll! GailK
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Postby KenH » Sat Apr 19, 2003 6:45 pm

Gail - wear nice warm gloves when you're playing at the Sunrise Service tomorrow morning. Every day we all need to take ten minutes and "smell the coffee" - consciously relax and look at the beauty around us. Find serenity where and when you can. Part of the Navaho Blessing Way ceremony says "Beauty is around me; this one walks in beauty. Power is around me, this one walks in Power." Send the negative people in your life to me - I'll straighten 'em out -- with a 2x4! LOL!
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