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About a year ago I was diagnosed with arthritis in my spine, hips, knees, and hands. Work is getting to be excruciating. I haven't been on my bike in a year. That's the worst part.

Life sucks.
 

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I'm very sorry, :(

I had a very bad episode (arthritis in my lumbar area) last spring and was off the bike and working very little for 3 month. A lumbar epidural in Sept finally turned it around and I'm back to riding some now and working on core strength. This week was the first since June that I rode over 100 miles for the week.

I've had some relief I think from a few supplements. PM me if you're interested.
 

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Life sucks.
yes, it does.

but it's also a gift.

it's hard to be content with what we've been given and then be able to let go when it's taken from us.

brew good coffee, smoke the quality herb, read inspired prose, and listen to music that moves you.
 

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My mother used to say, "getting old is not for sissies." I can now certainly appreciate what she said. I experience constant nausea and heartburn. After trying various medications, the doctor now says that it is anxiety. Whether it is or not, I am suffering. Up to two weeks ago, I was dong chinups and pullups. Two weeks ago, I woke up and I could not lift my arm above my head. That has improved, but I can no longer do those activities. Thursday I go for an MRI on my knee. Probably a meniscus tear. Surprisingly the Xray showed no arthritis. I think that part of my leg pain is being caused by Sciatica.
Now to quote my father, "no good to get old."
I need to order spokes to rebuild my rear wheel. I already have the rim. I am waiting to feel better. I hope that I don't have join my 80 year old brother. He now works on jigsaw puzzles.
 

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Sorry to hear about the health problems; I can commiserate since I have health issues as well. I have had to reduce my activity level, stay off the bike for long periods of time but do have some good spells when I can get some riding in; nothing like I used to.

No doubt poor health sucks; life can be wonderful and can be a giant crap sandwich.

I have no great words of wisdom since I am still trying to adjust myself.
 

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Life don't suck.

If we look around we will see that there are others that have it worse than ourselves, and many of those are still happy with their life. When I see or meet others who are having bigger difficulties than mine, I realize how lucky I am, and they give me strength. There is usually a bright side, but sometimes it's just got to be looked for.
 

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...... Two weeks ago, I woke up and I could not lift my arm above my head. That has improved, but I can no longer do those activities. ....
FWIW, that sounds like simple bursitis; easily treated by a round of oral prednisone...
 

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^ and it could be a major rotator cuff injury, which is very common with athletes as they age.

these can be extremely painful and take a year or more to recover.

but with the right diagnosis and physical therapy, you can get past almost anything...
 

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^ and it could be a major rotator cuff injury, which is very common with athletes as they age.

these can be extremely painful and take a year or more to recover.

but with the right diagnosis and physical therapy, you can get past almost anything...
I am optimistic with my shoulder. After two weeks, I am now lifting a ten pound weight over my head. If I could get rid of the nausea and heartburn I would be elated. That is worse than anything.
 

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I am optimistic with my shoulder. After two weeks, I am now lifting a ten pound weight over my head. If I could get rid of the nausea and heartburn I would be elated. That is worse than anything.
Have you had an endoscopy?
 

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Hello MOPI,

Welcome back! I am sorry to hear about your trouble and inability to ride. I used to ride as part of my overall fitness effort, but now, for me it's more than that and I look at it as a hobby and passion. I have tried to imagine being unable to ride and it does not make me happy.

How are you getting your arthritis treated? That sounds like a lot more than a simple wear and tear arthritis. Have you seen a specialist or had any special testing? I can only try to imagine what's happening with you but in your situation I would do whatever it takes to get back on the bike, even something like someone drive me to the top of a hill so I could ride back down. Try some simple stuff, like maybe swimming or working out in a pool to get some mobility back and then work your way back onto a bike that's set up as comfortable as possible. You may find that if you get a few painful miles out of the way you might actually start to feel better.
 

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If you lose something, try to gain something else. Open some doors, don't just bang your head against the locked one.

That said, don't give up yet. There are things to try. Recumbents, likely on flat routes might work.

And have you looked into bee venom therapy? I know there is some good research on that for RA, but less so for other forms of arthritis. Worth considering, if nothing else.

Good luck managing your condition, and I hope you find your way to get more activities in your life.
 

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I have some stuff going on in my neck. This kind of change is a real pain.

Get it?

Pain?

Anyhow, good luck, and best wishes for finding some relief.
 

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About a year ago I was diagnosed with arthritis in my spine, hips, knees, and hands. Work is getting to be excruciating. I haven't been on my bike in a year. That's the worst part.

Life sucks.
Sorry to hear about your issues, I can easily commiserate with you there. In the last 18 months, I've been diagnosed (properly) with: degenerative scoliosis, degenerative disc (l5/s1), osteoarthritis. All of this a few years after gastric bypass surgery to get healthy, go figure.

There is nothing worse than being taken away from the things that you enjoy, but I can tell you life does not suck. There are many that have it much worse than we do. Hell, if I didn't have the GBS most likely I would not be alive right now; stage 2 hypertension, type 2 diabetes, not to mention other obesity related co-morbities, I was on a trek to a casket.

Think about the things that you can still do, not just what you aren't able to, that's the best advice that I can give.

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So sorry to hear this. Sounds like the humans on RBR can offer advice based on their experiences. All I know is that my cat has similar problems, and we give her acupuncture treatments along with laser therapy every couple of weeks (sister's a vet and does pain management as a side gig.)

While acupuncture isn't a cure-all, the cat does seem to benefit from it, especially when electricity is put through the needle. She's always more mobile the day after her treatments, and relaxes immediately when some electrical stimulation is applied.

Anyway, all we can do in life is focus on the things we CAN do. I hope you find some relief ASAP!
 
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