MISSION STATEMENT: Welcome to my Blog! My goal with this blog is to inform and to inspire my sixty plus readers! You are never to old to exercise! Keep moving! All opinions, thoughts and statements are mine based on 69 years of living! Injuries and surgeries past and present will be discussed! If I recommend a product or a lifestyle change it is something that I myself have used or have experienced! All nutrients and supplements I recommend may appear to be harmless but please check with your MD! Some may interfere with your current medications! This blog will be ongoing! Posts will be made when I feel I have worthwhile opinions, thoughts and statements! I may go back and review past posts to make changes if I feel necessary! Before undertaking any exercise routine please check with your health care provider!






Thursday, November 3, 2016

BONE SPUR

Another malady has visited my left knee visiting friends Arthritis and Torn Meniscus! His name is Bone Spur! When I kneeled the discomfort on my left knee was more then usual so I made an appointment for an X-Ray and even an untrained eye such as mine could easily spot the spur. A bone spur or osteophyte is basically an outgrowth of bone caused by stress or rubbing! Bone spurs also are a part of the aging process! My bone spur apparently was caused by my arthritis in my knee! At the moment my treatment consists of stretching, pain relievers, and possible injections of natural lubricants! Surgery to remove the spur will be an option and a total knee replacement to correct all of my knee issues may be in the distant future!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

ARTHRITIS

"It is a disease for old people! It's many years away"! This is what I told myself! The time has arrived, I am old and I have arthritis! It is an inflammation of the joints, in my case it has affected my knees! The cartilage between the joints is being worn away. It is painful! My knees are stiff and lack flexibility. At times it hurts to walk! The cause is probably from the physical stress from years of running and of course aging! Although I know people my age with no problems from arthritis and they are running all the time. There maybe a possible genetic connection!
I do special leg exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles and to increase the range of motion! I also do stretching exercises as well! I take anti-inflammatories to ease the pain! Sometimes I wear a knee brace! Since I cannot run I swim, a great exercise that engages practically every muscle!

Friday, August 5, 2016

SLAP TEAR

Having posted about persistent shoulder issues over the past year another diagnosis has been made! No longer is it a shoulder impingement which was the first diagnosis! After another MRI, the first one had very poor resolution according to my orthopedist, the re-diagnosis is a SLAP Tear! SLAP is an acronym for Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior! The good news: no rotator cuff issues! Your upper arm fits into a socket called the glenoid, the outside edge of the glenoid is the labrum, a strong fibrous tissue that helps stabilize the shoulder joint and also serves as an attachment point for many of the ligaments of the shoulder, as well as one of the tendons from the biceps muscle in the arm! Hence my earlier self diagnosis of bicep tendonitis! The cause in my case is probably repeated overhead motion and the wearing down with age! The symptoms of SALP tears are very similar to other shoulder problems: pain with movement, pain with lifting, a decrease with shoulder strength, decrease with range of motion! My treatment will continue to be physical therapy, gentle stretching, over-the-counter ibuprofen or naproxen and common sense which I need to heed at the gym! My doctor told me that arthroscopic surgery will be my decision! If my SLAP Tear interferes with my lifestyle or the pain increases I will have it done!
I knew something was wrong beside an impingement, impingements do not last a year! KNOW YOUR BODY! I was told many years ago I had a rib strain, I insisted the doctor take another x-ray  from another angle, the final diagnosis- a cracked rib! If something appears out of the ordinary go to the doctor and don't be afraid to speak up!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MAGNESIUM

As we age nutrients become more important! Maybe because we eat less as we age we are getting less nutrients! Magnesium is a crucial mineral for our body's function! It helps keeps blood pressure normal, heart rhythm steady, bones strong and proper muscle function plus many other benefits! Although severe deficiencies are rare many experts believe people in the US are not eating enough magnesium rich foods! If you abuse alcohol, have kidney disease, Crohn's disease, take certain antibiotics or drugs your magnesium levels may be mitigated! Soda, sugars, bad carbs and stress can lower magnesium levels and a lack of magnesium can magnify stress! Anxiety, getting and staying asleep, muscle spasms, cramping and other issues may be a symptom of a lack of magnesium in your diet! Foods that contain magnesium are green leafy veggies like spinach; nuts, peas, soybeans and whole grain foods! Blood serum tests can inform you of your magnesium levels! There is also a delicate balance between magnesium intake and calcium intake, "they have actions that oppose each other yet they function as a team"!  Proper ratios between the two nutrients are important! Magnesium does have it's side effects, risks, negative interactions and overdosing is possible, magnesium overdosing can be fatal! PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER! I take a vitamin/mineral supplement that contains all nutrients! I also apply a transdermal liquid magnesium  that I massage into sore muscles!

Monday, May 2, 2016

KRILL OIL

In Sept, 2014 I posted about krill oil vs fish oil! Both excellent sources of omega's 3's, the good fats, known as EPA, DHA, ALA! I opted for fish oil because of the added expense for krill oil. After doing some light research I now take Omega's 3 Krill Oil 300 mg! Here are some of my reasons: krill, a tiny shrimp like creature are rich in omega's 3's and in abundant supply unlike the big predatory fish that supply fish oil;  krill is rich in anti oxidants and krill does not accumulate mercury! Krill oil is much more easily absorbed in the body! The added expense is not that much higher then fish oil unless you obtain your krill oil from an infomercial! Be aware! People with shell fish or seafood allergies should avoid fish and krill oil! Also people on blood thinners should also avoid these oils! Always consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplements!!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

#INGREDIENTS

I always check the ingredients of a food that I am about to purchase! I follow one simple rule: The longer the list, the increasing odds you will be consuming not good things, or to put it more bluntly.......Crap!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SHOULDER

After getting a recent MRI which followed an X Ray, I could not get an MRI according to my MD without an X Ray preceding it, those are the rules of my insurance company! The diagnosis has been changed to a shoulder impingement with bicep tendonitis! Both issues were mentioned in previous posts! Both  are caused by overuse and that dreadful concept known as AGING! I went to PT yesterday and was given specific stretching exercises, I had been doing certain stretches improperly! These basic stretching exercises, I will be getting additional stretching exercises next week, will hopefully provide more "space" for my shoulder to work and move! After ten months of discomfort and no healing I hope to have found the answer! X Rays are not conclusive in all cases! The good news- there is no rotator cuff issues!