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sdilkes

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Hey everyone,

So i am currently working as a vet tech (basically an animal nurse). I just started my new job working in an emergency facility where i work a 10hr shift and sit down for maybe a half hr the entire time I'm there. I also am lifting heavy things, bending and kneeling a lot. By the end of my shift my fitbit usually says i walked between 5-7miles! This past week i had a bad flare up so i started methylprednisolone pack. I felt great for two days. Then after work i had the worst swollen feet, and pressure build up that i couldn't walk and ended myself a trip to the emergency room. I was given pain meds and anti inflamatory IV and luckily was able to go home. I am currently taking 5mg of prednisone BID normally, and 50mgs of azathioprine BID (imuran), and sprinted(oral birth control). I have been on these meds since the summer time and have been doing great (that was the same time as my original diagnosis). Does anyone have any tips on certain shoes, or insoles? or vitamins, supplements. I am unable to workout at the moment because of the pain but luckily do a ton of walking while at work. Also i do usually have the rash on my skin, which my dr said is a combo of animal allergies and part of lupus.. id anyone has any advice for dealing with that as well?! i am seeing a new rheumatologist hopefully this week[confused]

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Hi there Sam

welcome I noticed that this is your first post.   I have the utmost respect for your chosen career.  The vet techs can make or break a vet practice.  Where I take my fur babies the vet techs are typically the ones holding the human's hands and getting on the telephone with us for many things that arise.  I can well imagine you are running around picking up and putting down everything from the pets to the food etc etc. Being that you are in an emergency setting oh my the fast pace.

I am big on clogs.  I notice when I order my bjorns,dansko or sanita they have a professional clog section for medical personnel. Have you checked there?  I find them very comfortable. My feet ache and I feel joint pain in my toes as well. I also have chronic tendinitis and planters faschitus the clogs work well.  You may also want to see if you need to see a Podiatrist. I got orthodics which also help.

Someone on the forum recommended fish oil to combat some of the inflammation I take that and it seems to work well.  I was talking to a good friend who suggested that I look into an anti inflammatory diet. I just know a few foods to avoid. So that maybe something to look into.

As far as rashes go, I could put the sign on the chair by my make up table "under construction"  It takes me some time to cover the rash. The doc suggested I use a steroid cream which I did and then use BB cream, foundation, bronzer, concealer  and mineral make up.  It does not look like I have alot on. I have a memory of an older woman well who I t hought was older when I was younger and with the make up she wore the wrinkles and crinkles made her look older so I am mindful as to how it looks.
You need to see if your doc recommends a steroid cream.  I am only on it here and there.

Exercise is great as it really does help. But you must listen to your body.  You are certainly getting alot of exercise.

I hope you feel better real quick.
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Hi Sam and welcome:

I have had some arthritis in my toes that seems to be most uncomfortable in traditional shoes, even gym shoes.  At home I have Ugg slippers (which are outrageously expensive IMHO) but the clog-types really help.  The Crocs clogs are really comfy and a lot of the nurses at the hospital I worked at wore them. 

I know fish oil can help but doctors should be aware of that because it is associated with excessive bleeding.

Take care,
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The only thing that helps with my foot pain is making sure that I have good arch support. My favorite shoes are Chaco because of their amazing arch support. I have a decent pair of orthotics for my other shoes.
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Does anyone have any tips on certain shoes,



my doc told me about these:

New Balance Men's 990 Running Shoes  [thumb]

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My best advice for shoes is to go to an athletic store, try on every shoe in the shop until you find one that doesn't make your feet hurt (or worse than they feel anyway). With sore feet it is impossible to break in shoes, so unless they are immediately comfortable don't even consider buying them. Try and find something with a wide toe box - new balance used to be perfect until they changed the style about 10 years ago, but they are still better than many. But shoes are incredibly unique so there is no one style suits all. Good luck with it all
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My feet kill me!!!! I did get some sketchers with memory foam. Looooooove them!!! But, memory foam only last for a few months. You do have to replace them. But they are like walking on a cloud.
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I am no help here my feet swell really bad so slip on's is what I have to wear most of the time. Or no shoes at all.
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Hi Sam-

I am a vet!!! Welcome, I am new here too, actually newer than you.  10-12 hour days now kill me.  No lunch, few breaks, these days that used to be what I thrived on are draining now.  I have always loved clogs for work, as long as they have closed toes and as OSHA compliant and comfortable.  I wish I knew what to do about the energy levels during the day though, caffiene is no longer enough.  I literally fell asleep as I sat a moment at the computer today.  I am afraid to be caught napping...

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Hi Kelly and welcome!  Unfortunately the only advice anyone can give for fatigue is to take naps and sleep longer at night.  Some of the medications can help though.  Easier said that done I know, but right now you need take care of yourself.  Your body is trying to tell you something.  

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I am telling you the UVA1 is the way to go. I have talked to and seen the results from a forum member. We have talked to her family she would have never met up with us without having used it.

And there is a plus side to using UVA1 you feel better and you get to be naked :)

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Cake do you have your own UVA1 unit or do you go somewhere for the treatment. Also are you still baking cakes and pies? And if you are where is your store, next door to me I hope. Patrick
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@patrick I only bake for the family. Not working and not being around people no one ordered. I also spent most of 2008 in the hospital when I crashed. Now I just do for special occasions and family but with the nerve damage in my right arm it will be hard. Maybe moo will post some of my cakes I can't seem to post pictures.

Now I do embroidery. I have a machine. But I have to have the energy to do it and sitting to long at the machine makes my legs swell

My hubby did not have a good childhood so we celebrate every little holiday because he was never allowed. Also he likes it when I bake or sew. I think growing up he had in his mind what a mom should do. He is very proud of my sewing and baking. I think he wishes I would do more especially when people see what I can do like the gay pride shirts. I did them to help my uncle out. Each shirt was $2.50 the pattern $5. They were offered $50+ per shirts at pride. I would never charge anyone that.

I think I am rambling but I took my meds already


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Thank you for your prompt response Cake, and you are Crystal Clear. This disease takes a lot away from most persons, but it sounds like you got the hubby under control. Which is priceless. Hope you have sleep well and enjoy pleasant dreams. Patrick
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I think for the most part I got the best hubby in the world. My first husband walked out when we found out our son had autism and mild retardation. He lives 30 minutes away but does not call him or send him anything not even at Christmas. He signed away his legal rights when he heard how much child support he was going to have to pay. He said and this is a quote "I am not paying that b I t ch that money". They were going to take him to jail but he gave up his rights for lower child support. Which was not much and I never knew when I would get it. Years later he stopped altogether. It was when I was going through chemo and I had to go to court.

This time he had to show how much he was making. The last time he said he kept forgetting. I was so embarrassed when the judge looked at what me and my husband make verses what him and his wife make. The judge was looking for a word that would not offend me. He ended up paying triple then what he was and the judge told him if he hadn't stopped paying we would not be here. Sad.

My son is a good kid. He works he takes public transportation I just don't know how a parent could just disregard a child.

Oh he has 3 other kids and all of his kids are in private school. Now I wonder if my son had the extra attention of a private school how much further he could've gone sad

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