I previously mentioned that I was going to start trying a few anti-inflammatory ingredients to see how it goes. Well I can definitely say I’ve changed a lot of my eating habits from it. My red meat intake has reduced a lot and I tend to find myself eating more vegetarian, salad and fish meals which previously were a rare occurrence.
I’ve found some good recipes which I’ve tweaked slightly and have listed a few below
Towards the end of last year I attempted my first long flight since being diagnosed with AS and yes I ached once the flight had finished however I was in no more discomfort than from standing up for a long time. Equally making myself stand, stretch and doing the flight DVT exercises whilst sitting down did help.
I did however need to have long hot shower(s) to ease the ache across my shoulders more than usual. It was good to have a break out in Dubai at the end of November especially as the UK weather was cooling and heading to a warmer place was definitely a good plan (even if it seemed I took the torrential rain out with me…)
I had a fun time out in Dubai especially as I also managed to see an old friend for a few days who very kindly offered me my accommodation whilst out there, I will return in the winter months and hopefully next time it won’t rain…
Something really great happened back in August where I started seeing someone who is very supportive towards my condition and has been a great compliment to my life; she definitely has helped me more than she knows. We definitely work well together I find myself smiling again because of time spent together with her.
Recently I thought I was doing OK with my condition and decided to reduce the Anti-inflammatory medication I was taking (even down to a few weeks without any!) and started to notice a slight deterioration in my health where I saw myself starting to get back into old habits with bad posture and fatigue.
I’ve gone back on my medication and I’m stretching on a daily basis again, also ensuring I’m going along to the gym and hydro session run by my local National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) branch as with other commitments I missed 6 week's worth of sessions. I’m already noticing an improvement myself which is great. However I’ve realised that was such a silly thing to do in the first place.
It takes time to train the body and not much time to let it deteriorate. I found this out randomly when I went to the dentist and could not rest my head back on the seat. Like most people it looks like I need to see something before trying to correct it.
2013 has started well and I feel confident I’m back on track again. However I’m fully aware the smallest of things can de-rail this and will look to try and ensure whatever happens I deal with and I’m sure various people including my special someone will help me.
There are days when I don’t want to stretch due to some pain discomfort however I still try, I know some of you really do struggle to be able to do this however even the smallest stretch does help. I find myself stretching in some strange places, usual whilst queuing for something (being the UK there are plenty of opportunities to do this…)
In April I have my next appointment with my Rheumatologist and I’ve decided to take a more hands on approach with him and make my appointment feel worthwhile, wish me luck…
I know this is not a huge instalment this time however sometimes loads of words are not needed.
Speak soon everyone