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She's hobbling but at least she's back!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Firstly, thanks to all my sparkie friends for your messages, emails and goodies. I really have appreciated your care and concern for me – you are all wonderful.

I have been missing in action for a few weeks – we arrived back from our caravanning adventure two weeks ago, and I immediately had my varicose veins done which has kept me out of action for a few days.

For most of the first half of the year, I was in a really good place – my diet was working well and my exercise program – woohoo – I was exercising and loving it – walking, running, cycling and weight training for up to 2 ½ hours every day – cause my body felt great. However, then some niggling pains set in which I tried to ignore and self-treated with massage, hot and cold packs and painkillers.

I felt like the two sides of my body didn’t belong together – my right side felt wonderful and the left side felt awful – strong shoulder pain, intense hip pain when I ran, walked or used the stairs and pain in my knee, as well as the aches from my varicose veins – if a dog had as many whinges he would be put down!!! Just saying!!! I felt lethargic and constantly tired cause I wasn’t sleeping well from the pain.

The pain over the past two months seemed to get worse while we were away, but nothing was going to spoil our holiday – I usually keep any negatives to myself and so I pasted on the ‘brave face’, but inwardly I was struggling to get out of bed every day.

My hip has been so sore that it troubles me to walk and to go up and down stairs, – the shoulder hurts when I brush my hair, put on my bra, and try to reach anything over my head or reach out to the side. I feel like my body has really let me down – although I also know that I have let it down for so long that this is the price to pay.

After another sleepless night last night, my husband said to me over breakfast – as I opened a new packet of painkillers –“the time has come for you to bite the bullet and go to the doctor TODAY - you need to find out what is going on”.

I felt like a hypochondriac as I reeled off my list of aches and pains in the surgery and have spent the day running around getting x-rays and ultra sounds of various body parts.
The diagnosis has finally been received – and the doc tried to put a lot of the blame on my overzealous exercise program AT MY AGE!!!!

I have osteoarthritis in the hip, knee and shoulder as well as bursitis in the hip and shoulder, and a tendon tear in the shoulder – certainly explains all the aches and pains – they all need a rest to allow time to heal, helped along by cortisone injections, anti-inflammatories, physio, etc.

I feel relieved that I finally know what is causing the pain and that it can be treated – although I will have to look for other exercise options – we have a good heated pool near us so I might give the aquarobics a try. I am frustrated that my body is rebelling, so now I need to take care of it for a while – I have promised to cut back to 30 minute walks for the time being until we can reassess the progress over the next few weeks.

I would love to hear any remedies or experiences that you may have had with osteoarthritis and bursitis –and the associated pain management. The doc assures me that it can be treated and managed if not cured.

In the interests of full disclosure, I met some challenges with my diet while we were travelling and eating with friends so often – I put back about five kilos (blame the hot chips and hot chocolates) - so easy to stack back on but so darned hard to budge!!

I am now back on track and have re-lost 2.7 of those dastardly kilos since we came home.

Thank you so much for reading to the end and putting up with my whining – have a fabulous week.

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    Now that you have a diagnosis, Ibuprofen is the best pain reliever. Water aerobics and stretch band exercises in a chair should help til the inflammation lightens.
    2182 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6576689
    Don't haver any helpful advice to share that others have not already mentioned. I'm late in reading this, but wanted to say that I hope you are feeling better soon and you are able to find ways to manage the pain while you get better.
    Hang in there!!

    2969 days ago
    emoticon take care i am glad you are on the mend emoticon
    2970 days ago
    Good job on getting some of the weight back off. I hope you are back to 100% soon.
    2976 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    I agree with Emmabe1-chair exercise-some are milder than others- I do them 5x a week-some good ones on youtube. I have osteoarthritis in both knees and mid back/hip. Chiropractic really helps me- I go at least once a month. They said it is good to keep the arthritic area limber and moving or it will freeze up and not move at all. Plus, that is where exercise comes in, too. But ,if the Dr. says none for now, that is what you should do, of course. I use, Glucosamine HCL with MSM-it really helps and most Dr.'s Highly reccommend it-even the website SP was linking to from the insider for a month or so. I used Tylenol Arthritis and BioFreeze (menthol product) sold by my Chiropractor. It really helps! I am allergic to NSAIDS, but I sure wish I could take them!
    I put ice packs on my knees for 20 minutes after my walks or heavy cleaning-like washing the car or vacuuming, then warm packs for the next 20 min. - that helps me, which was also, recommended by my Chiropractor.Like Susieph1 said-pillow between the legs is good at night. I buy a full body pillow-helps the whole body!!
    Sorry you had to be diagnosed with this and the torn tendon...hope you have a speedy recovery! Take care... emoticon
    2976 days ago
    2976 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I'm sorry to hear this, but glad that it is "fixable". My advice would be to ease back to exercise as slowly as the physician suggests. This is your life plan we're talking about -- do not rush back in and undo the healing. You will be fine, and congratulation on getting back on track foodwise. You will do this! And kudos to your husband for insisting you see the doctor. He cares:)
    2977 days ago
    An anti-inflammatory and no impact exercise
    Strange though it seems - exercise really helps osteo - chair exercise recommended!!

    2977 days ago
    I'm glad you have a diagnosis. I'm sure that helps.
    2977 days ago
    For much of August and September I too had pain, but mine is from sciatica and I have arthritis too in my neck and tailbone. My massage therapist told me to rest for 3 days and do nothing until the inflammation went away. Exercising wasn't going to help in this case. After that I was told I was allowed to ONLY do yoga which meant I had to dial back on my food intake because Hatha Yoga - the kind I study burns like maybe 100 calories in an hour...if you're lucky. Now that my back feels so much better I am allowed to swim, walk and do yoga. No more high impact anything for me. I'm 51 but because I've lost so much weight I feel 20. The feeling doesn't negate the fact that for 34 years out of my 51 on this planet I was morbidly obese, obese or overweight. That really is the cause of my aches and pains and how worn out my joints are. So! No running, no jumping, no sports that require quick movements, jerks or turns, collisions, body contact or free falling! I had to re-tool my diet AND exercise program. It's tough but it can be done!
    I highly recommend yoga, BTW. It really works wonders on the body, whollistically. Hey is that even a word?
    2977 days ago
    I can only recommend ice packs and rest hun and very careful exercise- listen to your body and yourself- you know YOU better than anyone.
    I hope you get some relief and soon feel much brighter. Like you I normally keep my aches and pains to myself so totally understand that.
    Well done for relosing those gained pounds- with the restrictions you have at the mo that is emoticon

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    2977 days ago
    I know how you feel as I have also had to cut back on my exercisng as I fractured my little toe over 4 weeks ago. Kept going the first 3 weeks but my toe is not healing So have really cut back on the exercising now. Yep it sucks gettting older. birthday today so I don't know what is going to happen in the next year.
    2977 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Oh Ros Dear , I know how you feel ..
    Exactly the same is happening to me as well ...
    I use hot packs on my hip and when I go to bed at night I have a pillow between my legs to relieve the pressure ... I also take Panadol osteo .. and have cortisone injections . as far as I know that is all we can do to manage the pain ..
    Have you tried chair exercises? they are excellent and will keep you moving without putting pressure on the hip ..
    Take care Love ... Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    2977 days ago
    Oh Ros, how I feel for you. I have damaged my knee and
    I can't go to my exercise classes and can't really walk as
    I am scared of doing more damage. I am thinking of going
    swimming but I am not sure about water aerobics. I think
    you should hit the pool too. I hope everything comes good
    for you soon. Just look after yourself. Hope to see you
    next week. emoticon emoticon
    2977 days ago
    Oh you poor thing! Getting old is definitely not for wimps is it?

    Whilst I haven't had your run of bad luck with injuries I recently did the shoulder muscle tear so I know what that feels like!

    I attend aquaerobics 3 x week and I cannot recommend it strongly enough. Of course, like all exercise, you get out what you put in. You can work hard or easy as you wish but I always think of how much my membership costs and give it my all!

    Hope you are soon on the mend.

    2977 days ago
    For me the hardest part of managing my severe degenerative osteoarthritis is taking the anti-inflammatory medication when I'm feeling good. That's one of the tricks though, keep the inflammation under control with maintenance doses of whatever medication Dr suggests (ibuprofen and naproxyn for me) instead of waiting until you're in such agonizing pain. They told me most of chronic pain management is prevention. Mineral ice rubs really help mine feel better as well (brand names in the States are IcyHot, BioFreeze, etc). Use warm (not hot) pack on joint before you work out, then ice for 10-15 minutes after to alleviate swelling/pain. Hope some of the ideas help. emoticon
    2977 days ago
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