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Joe Potts
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Sep 18th, 2017 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At the start of the year, I had no joint issues worth mentioning.

In February, my right shoulder started bothering me from time to time. If I move it a certain way, it's YIKES! Otherwise, not too bad.

I turned 68 in June. About three weeks later, my left knee started acting up. Most normal walking is fine, but steps - not so good. I often go down steps using just my right knee - lead with the left leg, bring the right down even, repeat, repeat. Looks silly but works. Reverse that process going up the stairs.

For a while, my right hip acted up, but it's been fine recently. At the rate I'm going this year, I hate to think what I'll be like by the time I'm 70!

By the way, I started taking Osteo-Biflex recently, after getting my doctor's approval. We'll see if it helps.

Chris Greene
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Sep 18th, 2017 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good luck. Nothing bad has happened to me yet other than an occasional bout of bursitis in my right knee. Our time is coming...

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Sep 18th, 2017 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My joints are a wreck. Knees are always bad but left has gotten worse, back sucks, right shoulder is awful, left is not great. This morning, its my right hip.

99.999% that I have been a long sufferer of undiagnosed rheumatoid arthritis.

But I get up and go to work every day, coach soccer, and manage to get through it.

Pinetree
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Sep 18th, 2017 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're not that far from Meadville, where I had my hip replaced.

They also do knees.


I highly recommend them.



Joe Potts
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Sep 18th, 2017 02:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Chris. I hope your good run continues.

mfitz, that all sounds very painful. Kudos to you for soldiering on. It's what we gotta do, I guess.

Pinetree, I wonder if at some point it will come to that. I've certainly had friends far younger than me have joints replaced. I'm hoping they "come around" on their own, like the hip did, but taking it one day at a time.

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Sep 18th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate joint issues! I don't have many that work the way they are supposed to and/or cause pain or discomfort. Only thing that helps is to keep moving!

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Sep 18th, 2017 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And plenty of Naproxen!

Leftee
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Sep 18th, 2017 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought this a stale dope thread.

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Sep 18th, 2017 03:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It comes and goes, and I'm just thankful that it still goes. Sometimes my shoulder, sometimes my hip, sometimes my ankles, almost always my knees. After I get going I'm walking just fine but those first three steps are slow and painful. And I'm only 63.

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Sep 18th, 2017 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Learned a few years ago that I have congenital "pistol-grip deformity" of both hips, which means that I have to be careful making abduction-type movement of my hips because the cartilage therein has degraded prematurely due to the deformity.

Had to have bone spurs ground out of my right shoulder about 10 years ago.

Switched from playing guitar to playing bass about 3 years ago because barre chords and holding a flat pick had started causing too much pain in my arthritic thumbs (both hands).

As you age and your body starts falling apart, adjustments must be made.

Such is life...

Laker

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Sep 18th, 2017 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I find that the hip gives me a little twinge when I try to step out of the car from behind the wheel. I have to kind of swing the legs gently out first...sort of like an old guy getting in and out of a car.


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Sep 18th, 2017 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I thought this a stale dope thread."

The first thing that came to mind is a lost Altoids tin I have around here somewhere.

Joe Potts
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Sep 18th, 2017 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taildragger - my left thumb bothers me a bit, but I can make small adjustments and play OK. My right thumb is OK, so no problem holding the pick.

Best of luck and Moejo to you with the hip issues.

mfitz804
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Sep 18th, 2017 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"mfitz, that all sounds very painful. Kudos to you for soldiering on. It's what we gotta do, I guess."

I appreciate your saying that. It's always painful, occasionally excruciating. If I listen to every doctor I've gone to, all I need is arthroscopic surgery to both shoulders, both knees, and a spinal fusion. Then I'll be "good as new".

The one honest doctor I went to advised that I get none of the above, as results are not guaranteed and if I can go to work every day despite the pain, then I don't want to go through the surgery, the rehab, and pissibly not improve much.

That's the advice I took.

Taildragger
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Sep 18th, 2017 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Joe.

Switching to bass was a blessing in disguise: I'm actually more excited about learning to become a decent bass player than I had been for years about playing the guitar. That says more about my limitations as a guitar player than it does about the endless possibilities offered by the instrument. I guess the limits of my meager musical aptitude had caused me to pretty much plateau as a guitar player years ago.

My dogs also prefer low-frequencies to the high and mid-range real estate occupied by the electric guitar: win/win!

My guitar playing annoyed them. My bass playing causes them to curl up and go to sleep. If that doesn't signify audience approval, I don't know what does!

MLC

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Sep 19th, 2017 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I thought this a stale dope thread."

That might actually offer some help, in some cases.

Just sayin'.....

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Sep 19th, 2017 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"my right shoulder started bothering me from time to time. If I move it a certain way, it's YIKES!"

Joints, muscles, tendons,ligaments - some issues are certainly inevitable wear and tear, but others are injuries that can be addressed through physical therapy and other adjustments. A couple years ago I had similar pain as Joe Potts described. Turned out was essentially a deep knot in the muscle in back of the scapula, caused by a lot of bad movements I had been taking while working on a project the year before. Physical therapy fixed it. I hadn't made the association of that pain with the original injury, but it had cascade compensations. All fixed now due to proper exercises.

Often I'll notice a mysterious pain, then try to think back a day or two to what may have set it off. Ice, Advil, time to heal and also avoid repeating the injury does miracles.

One big thing was having custom orthotics made a few years ago. My arches were collapsing causing all sorts of issues in my knees and hips, as well as my feet. All fixed now.

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Sep 19th, 2017 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"In February, my right shoulder started bothering me from time to time. If I move it a certain way, it's YIKES! Otherwise, not too bad..."

Yep.

At 71 I just got informed my sore right shoulder is the result of a torn rotator cuff. I have no idea how I did it, but surgery is around the corner if physical therapy doesn't work (doc gives PT about a 20% chance of working).

I've had two trick knees for as long as I can remember. Going up stairs, if I catch them at the wrong angle the pain is really bad but, thankfully, doesn't last for long.

Oct 6 I go in to repair a hernia above my belly button where I had my gall bladder pulled out back in 2004.

Nothing but fun ahead.

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jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

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Sep 21st, 2017 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never had knee issues in my life. I've seen so many on crutches from the Scoping. Now, at 70, my left knee burns like the dickens if I sit too long or cross knees on the coffee table, it's a burning not a real pain, but it's worrisome.

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Sep 21st, 2017 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keep 'em in the freez.... Oh, wait. This threat is not about that.

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