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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    The NEVERENDING getting old thread

    Following the conclusion of some strenuous recreational activities this morning, I began to consider how old and dilapidated this body of mine has become. I have the feeling that I have the aches and pains of somebody much older than me…or maybe not.

    At this time thirty years ago, my right arm was in a cast, a pin through my wrist and elbow, and my mouth wired closed. I had complete fractures of the radius and ulna, separated elbow and fractured my mandible in two places. After three operations over 18 months, my orthopedic surgeon completed a great job in getting my arm repaired (thanks Dr. Gilbert). My jaw was wired shut for six weeks following open and closed reductions for two fractures. Again, another great job by a facial surgeon (thanks Dr. Howe).

    On my release visit from Gilbert, he explained to me that over the years I might develop arthritic-type pains in the elbow. His crystal ball was correct. I can nearly predict weather changes and it aches after physical activity.

    About two years ago, another malady hit me: my left hip. It’s nothing that makes me incapacitated but nonetheless is troubling. If I keep standing and moving, no problem.

    Then a few months ago, more woe. At the top of both my tibias are small bumps. I think the bumps connect to tendons or muscles that extend into the feet. But the bump on my left tibia has become inflamed and is painful if pressure is applied.

    Who else has reoccurring problems?

    You young Cyburbians, what are your fears in aging?

    Edit: I'm 51.

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    I am approaching 51.

    After living in Utah and Colorado through10 ski seasons (20 + yrs ago) with out going to a doctor after my share of falls (I know stupid). I have had a couple of recent episodes of a HUGH swollen knee, next time the scope or open it up.

    Several of years ago I fell/slided down ice covered steps on to/hitting my lower back and it occasionally flares up as RJ said
    It’s nothing that makes me incapacitated but nonetheless is troubling. If I keep standing and moving, no problem.
    Fell on my shoulder mtn biking and yrs later when I roll over in my sleep it sometimes wakes me up.

    And then there is having a chronic disease.
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    I'm not exactly old but....

    Had ACL surgery in '97 and the knee is a pretty trusty predictor of cold weather coming. Have a shoulder that is pretty "loose" and likes to pop, can be quite sore if I sleep wrongly on it too.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    I have had an old person's thing, sciatica, since I was 15. It's an old person joke but it can hit at any age.

    Heartburn. "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."

    Menopause. Yep the ultimate "getting older" thing that, unless you are going thru it, nobody wants to hear about. I just want it to be over. (Hey you opened the thread!)

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    It's that time

    Turning 50 in three weeks.

    None of the other big dates bothered me. This one is not going by easily.

    I've got more aches and pains and problems than I know what to do with (but that was another thread). The top of my head gets burned whenever I'm in the Sun. My youngest (The Kid) is at his Junior Prom tonight.

    How did we get this way? I didn't think it was hard living at the time...


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    I'm 57. Used to run miles every day. Now I can't run a mile without my knees killing me. The cost of running on the street in the past.

    Chronic problem (1): lower back pain. I know exactly when I injured myself, and it was for a good cause. I was at a party and picked up a full beer keg to get it into position for tapping. Didn't bother to ge see a doctor (this was 30 years ago), and now it goes out quite easily.

    Chronic problem (2): Meniere's disease, which is an inner ear problem leading to vertigo, tinnitus, advancing deafness (in three years I've lost about 80% of the hearing in my right ear), nausea, etc. It is what really scares me because it can just keep getting worse and worse. My doctor said the prognosis was it will get better, stay the same, or get worse. So far it's been getting worse.

    I also have annual skin cancer excisions, but so far at least they are minor. Memo to all you kids out there: cover up.

    Had an irregular heartbeat a few weeks ago that landed me in the emergengy room, but no apparent problems. Probably just stress (in my job?)

    Then there's the annoying age-related loss of night vision. I can't see things that are obvious to people half my age. No fair.

    One more thing: how come I can't grow hair on top of my head anymore, but it's sprouting like mad in my ears?

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    Old & In The Way

    How timely for this thread to be jump-started by RJ. This morning I was out working on cleaning up the bass boat. I was crawling around, climbing in and out of the boat, lifting the trailer tongue to the hitch, manually pushing the boat (on its' small third wheel) in the alley and driveway, etc. As I was doing all of these physical goodies I was thinking how hard it was to do the things I used to do all of the time. And......this is very true.....I thought, "I need to open up the old Cyburbia Basketball Game Thread and tell RJ that my aging body probably won't "make the game" (whenever it would be)" and I was going to pronounce him the winner.

    Not so fast, Mr. BUN.

    We could probably still play, although we both would probably refer to the game as "Real Slow Break".
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    Broke my ankle when I was about 12-13. Since then, have always had a somewhat weak ankle. Still played years and years of ball, though, even with the bum wheel. (The magic of ankle supports, hi-top tennies, and Ace bandages. )

    I have a mild form of arthritis that is controlled by meds. No biggie.

    My vision sux. It has since about age 12-13. Driving at night (headlight glare) is more evident, especially in the last few years.

    Broke my eardrum (on the day I met my first wife), back in 1968. Like a lot of fogies, if there are multiple sounds, I have trouble clearly hearing conversation. Not sure if I can blame it on the broken drum, though. I have listened to very loud rock and roll all of my adult (yeah, I said "adult" ) life.

    My biggest stumbling blocks are the after-affects of the numerous Hodgkin's Lymphoma treaments. The months of radiation forces me to "cool it" on sunshine. (Doesn't help to have really thin hair and not care for hats.) All of the chemotherapy treatments and the bone marrow transplant have permanently destroyed about 35% of my lung capacity. Unfortunately for me, this was verified in recent tests at a pulmunary center.

    When I was thinking about mentioning the RJ vs Bear basketball game I was wondering how much affect good ole' aging has had on me. Nice of our slipper-wearing near-Senior to get the ball rolling.....although rolling with a limp and a noticeably slow pace.

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    Quote Originally posted by Otis View post
    ....[snip].... Chronic problem .... tinnitus...[snip]....
    Say again?
    Oh yea, I got that, too. In my left ear as a result of the accident. 30 years of "say again."

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    Heartburn. "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."
    Several yrs ago I went into the ER, with chest pains TG it was only GERD.
    found out GERD can make you feel like it is the big scary HA.
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    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek View post
    I'm not exactly old but....

    Had ACL surgery in '97 and the knee is a pretty trusty predictor of cold weather coming.
    Same here... ski racing accident that also destroyed my left knee.

    I don't by into the whole age thing. There are tons of people who are in the baby boomer generation who think that they are in their 20's. They have lived a lifestyle where they have taken care of their body, stayed active, ate right, and continued to have fun.
    Invest in the things today, that provide the returns tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Say again?
    Oh yea, I got that, too. In my left ear as a result of the accident. 30 years of "say again."
    Yeah it is a pain, I have to repeat half of what I say. I have tinnitus but only maybe 5% of the time.

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    Fat Cat

    Sometimes I feel ALL of my winters on this planet and then a lot of time (mostly) I only feel all of my summers.
    I prefer summer feelings
    But Mainly I forget the aches and pains, scar tissue and missing body parts and am just glad that I am ALIVE

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    Not sure where to start here but some of you 50's young-uns do make me feel better about my physical condition. Most of you know that I'm one of the few who have admitted to being over 60 and my most serious malady is a foot that doesn't tolerate standing for extended periods of time thanks to a fall off a ladder when I was 52. I've suffered from GERD since my late 30's but that's manageable most of the time and I've actually been able to take myself off prescription medication in the past year. I had to have cataract surgery on one eye when I was 40 and I do use a prescription eyedrop to control ocular pressure and prevent glaucoma. Blood pressure is on the high side of normal but no meds needed or wanted for that. Hearing isn't good in crowds but then I don't care for crowds anyway.

    My minor aches and pains are all sports related. Neck, shoulders, knees, and ankles are all crunchy and occasionally painful. Considering that I played or tried to play baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, cross-country and golf in junior and senior high school and then went on to softball (slow & fast pitch), hockey, volleyball, distance running (up to and including marathons), and skiing, I'm in pretty good shape. Oh, there were also some water-skiing and short experiments with flat-track and off-road motorcycles. If I hadn't been doing all that to stress my body, the 15 years of cigarette smoking and 20 years of moderate to excessive alcohol consumption might have had a serious health impact.

    I don't have the strength or stamina that I used to have but I still enjoy doing physical labor to the point of exhaustion.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    A week before my 30th birthday, I blew my knee out, great that's what it feels like getting old. Now some 16 more years down the line, my knees hurt, my lower back pains me and the little blue pill helps me out - that would be Aleve and not Viagra!

    Grew up playing baseball and soccer. Quit baseball and concentrated on soccer through high schol, college and adult leagues until my knees said it was enough. Was snow skiing for several years as well. Now I play golf and occassionally try church league softball.
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    I have an under active thyroid - so as I get older and it's harder for them to regulate, I am getting more sluggish and achy - so yeah, if I sit too long, I move a little slow to get moving -

    I also am overwhelmed with the number of tests you get once you hit 40 - today is ultrasound to reassure themselves of some things they thought they saw last week - I am a nervous wreck -

    but when I do work out, I can still go for a good hour on the machines - if I can just get over there more often!

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    I also am overwhelmed with the number of tests you get once you hit 40 - today is ultrasound...
    Anybody else have a cardiac ultrasound ?
    Here is the dollar word (another thread) - Echocardiogram.

    When you turn 50 there is the "right of passage" test.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Anybody else have a cardiac ultrasound ?
    Here is the dollar word (another thread) - Echocardiogram.

    When you turn 50 there is the "right of passage" test.
    Had the cardiac ultrasound, that was kind of fun to watch and listen. Also, the "Up yours, Buddy" in two different flavors (poor choice of words). Highly recommend colonoscopy over sigmoidoscopy since you're anesthitized. The other is being painfully inflated and probed by something that feels like they've hit the bottom of your heart. Plus you're very aware of who's doing what in the nether regions.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    I'm 26.

    I have begun keeping balls and toys that neighborhood kids leave in my yard.

    I yell and shake my fist at cars driving down the street.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN View post
    I'm 26.

    I have begun keeping balls and toys that neighborhood kids leave in my yard.

    I yell and shake my fist at cars driving down the street.
    Please give them their balls back. Don't you have any of your own?
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Also, the "Up yours, Buddy" in two different flavors (poor choice of words). Highly recommend colonoscopy over sigmoidoscopy since you're anesthitized. The other is being painfully inflated and probed by something that feels like they've hit the bottom of your heart. Plus you're very aware of who's doing what in the nether regions.
    What ofos said!!! Been there on both occassions and I will not have "siggy" even look at my backside again!
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    Ah yes, the colonoscopy. Counting down: nine days till I get probed.

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    I fear walking in the future. I am an avid runner, and get in something like 50-100 miles a week depending on what I am training for. I have been doing this since high school and am still able to get in pretty good shape when needed.

    My high school cross country coach has bad knees now and has a tough time walking. I do believe that my heart will be in great shape in the future, but I will be in a wheel chair.

    I also fear not being able to eat what I like now. My mother was a lover of wine (as I am) and recently has not been able to drink red wine because it upsets her stomach.

    Let me crawl around on this earth before I can't drink red wine....
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    We were talking yesterday about our husky-collie daughter, who is approaching ten. She can't sit or lie down now without making a groaning or grunting noise. Just like her dad.

    I'm in my 40's. I still have the strength and endurance I have always had, but I notice that the agility is going. I am also not as willing to climb up cliffs, jump over walls, etc.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    I am lucky. I think (hopefully I'm accurate on this) that I can still lift/move furniture like 20 years ago. I am walking 1-3 miles on the treadmill every day and that helps. It sure helped in NOLA when RJ took us on the "deathmarch" around the city one day...

    I think I'm in total denial of getting older. Maybe it helps; maybe it's idiocy.

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    I am in my 40s but played sports through college. My knees and hands aged an extra 20 years.
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