I went snowboarding on Saturday. Snowboarding is something that started hurting me years before my diagnosis – ankles, wrists, bottom of feet. If there was any early indication that something was wrong and I had RA, it was snowboarding.
Of course, I didn’t ever go see a doc because of the pain I had snowboarding. I switched to skiing instead.
So Saturday was my first time on the board in two seasons (except for one extraordinarily painful run last year). I’m hmappy to report, it went great!
I only had pain in my feet at the very end of the day, after about 12 runs.
I was elated about this. I felt so powerful and back to myself. I guess I have to give credit where credit’s due: perhaps the drugs are working their magic in ways I don’t appreciate in the day-to-day.
I felt so good, I was able to follow up Saturday with a pain-free day of powder skiing on Sunday.
Hell yeah. I’m appreciating my life today and all the help I’ve had to get me to this point.
One more thing: I have really bad circulation (Raynaud’s Phenomenon & Chillblain’s), so I get painfully cold toes. A skier on the gondola recommended trying SuperFeet insoles to keep my feet warmer. They make comfort insoles too for everyday walking. I haven’t bought them yet, but I think I’ll give them a try, both in my ski/snowboard boots and my everyday shoes.
#1 by Andrew on February 26, 2013 - 6:32 am
Superfeet are the best. My physical therapist said for $35, they beat expensive custom insoles. Every pair of my shoes has a green superfeet in it. Also try using a “hottie”. These little pouches provide warmth for 6 hours. They stick on your socks…use them on top not the bottom of your foot especially when skiing. I use them all the time when outdoors for a while.
#2 by My RAD Life on February 26, 2013 - 3:55 pm
Thanks for the tip! I think I’m going to track some down today. 🙂
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