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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Jean

Subject: Exercise

Hi everyone, can a newbie ask a question please? Have any of you been given a medical prescription for a personal trainer at the gym?

I was really looking forward to starting, and had the first half hour, no problem. Then last week my trainer booked me for a whole hour. It was a bit exhausting, but not too bad, and I actually enjoyed it. When I got home though, I had a temp. of over 102 degrees, and 'flu like symptoms. Since then the temp. has gone down, but my arthritis has flared up worse than it has ever been before. The pain has been terrible.

I have another gym session booked for tomorrow pm, but don't know whether to go or not.
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: val h

Subject: Re: Exercise

go but dont do as much listen to your body the more movement u can keep the better as muscles will help keep limbs straighter so been told. tell p.trainer what happend and should change to suit u good luck dont do to much but what u can exercise is very important :-)
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Lynne a

Subject: Re: Exercise

That's good advice from Val.. we are all different with regards to how much we can do.. it is very important you don't do too much as it can cause a flare up, which sound like what has happened to you. Easy does it at first till you can find out what your limit. Please do inform your trainer re what the side effects were..
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Jean

Subject: Re: Exercise

Thank you both for the advice I will do as you say. This has been a nightmare, and I don't want it to happen again.
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Jill

Subject: Re: Exercise

Yes Jean U must mb rest tomoz...go when your beter..U r so lucky u have that prescription, didnt know that was alllowed...Hey gals, Y dont we have that offered, shall we all go to our GPs tomoz and make a complaint LOL.... jean keep it up, but only when U feel U can do it, or it wont be helpful to u take care let us know how u get on

Love Jill x
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Jean

Subject: Re: Exercise

Jill, it's not completely free. I thought it was going to be, but you have to join the gym to use it, and that was almost 50 for 10 weeks. But I did it because my lovely doc said to do it.
And I enjoy it. Ask, girls, see if you can get one too.
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Lynne A

Subject: Re: Exercise

Quite often your GP has only the basic knowledge of Arthritis.. they only get a little training on each illness.. so he may not be aware how exercise affects you.. how about asking the gym for an extension to your ten weeks because your illness precludes you from attending some of the sessions.. As it was prescribed for you.. Never know girl .. always worth trying
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Jill

Subject: Re: Exercise

Hi Jean I use to do the gym, did weights etc, and swim... I cant do any of those things now.... and Lynne is right there Jean...tell them about your probs and how u struggle, and teh flare ups after etc.... also the Gym shld know that u suffer with arthyritis, or they wont know wot pace to go at with u take lots care x
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Date: 06.07.2009
From: Jean

Subject: Re: Exercise

I rang the surgery this morning as I am still feeling poorly and have a very busy week ahead. One of the docs rang me back and said I've probably got a seasonal flu, they don't test for swine 'flu any more, and to cancel all appointments for the week until I feel better. So I've done that, but I'm still not very clear what has happened here - whether it's just the arthritis, or a coincidental mixture of that and 'flu. Just hope to get better soon. Thanks everyone for your advice. I will go back to the gym on Thursday if I am well enough.

By the way, I like the forum.
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Date: 07.07.2009
From: Jaen

Subject: Re: Exercise

Hi Jean looks like theres two of us on hear I'll chanage the way I spell my name so there's no confusion..
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Date: 07.07.2009
From: Jean

Subject: Re: Exercise

Thanks Jaen. Normally forums automatically tell you if there are two the same name, but it did not indicate anything. Sorry for any confusion and thanks for being the one to change the spelling.
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