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    Thank you both for your supportive comments. I am 56 yrs old. I'll give you a little history. I was thrown by my horse 4 1/2 yrs ago when she was 19 yrs old. I got her when she was 2 1/2 mos. old. She had never taken off with anyone before nor bucked. Was my lucky day, lol. I ended up flying over her head and landed on my left hip 5-6 feet in front of her and could not move my left leg, was in horrible pain. When I was able to get up with help, I could not put weight on my leg. We went to the ER for xrays and they said nothing was broken so I continued working at a desk job. Finally two months later, my orthopedic surgeon sent me for an MRI where they found three pelvic fractures, I had basically cracked my pelvis in half and told me I should have been put on total bedrest for 12 weeks, not driving to and from work and sitting at a desk for 9 hrs/day. The "butt bone" on the left leg/buttocks had two fractures in it and the other was in my lower back just above the tailbone. I can only sit in one position for a short period, then have to move to be comfortable. Just standing to wash a few dishes, my lower back feels like it's on fire. I cannot walk very far without a cane. I also have two artificial knees from Dec 2001 and March 2003. I was unloading and stacking 100-110 bales of hay before and after those surgeries so not an issue unless I need to kneel on a hard surface. Since my gait has changed due to the pain in my hip, the knees have been giving me a bit of pain as well. So it's hard to find exercises I can do without more hip or lower back pain. I used to go dancing and take long walks which are now a distant memory. I did take water aerobics after my knee replacements but that was in AZ and now I'm in TX. We live in a very small town and there aren't any community pools here. I'll have to do some research to find one fairly close by. Thanks again for your encouragement.
    1835 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/14/2012 3:13:09 PM
  • v HONKYTONK435
    I too have problems with hip pain, leg pain, knee pain, etc, etc. Believe mine has a lot to do with "old age"....I'm 81. Howev er, I am still trying and refuse to give up. I do manage to ride a stationery bike and I use hand weights as well as the stretch bands. I do have a problem getting down on the floor, but I even manage that with the help of a cushion and chair, then I manage to do a few floor exercises. Having said that I haven't done much of this for the past several months and I am needing to get motivated and start again. As long as you can move at all, you can manage some simple exercises and every little bit counts. Good luck.
    1835 days ago
  • v CLAUDIUS62
    Though I'm a lot older, 69 (don't know how they got 62 in my profile - going in to try and correct it), I feel your pain. I have a granddaughter that will be getting married next June in Virginia which is a good distance from me in Michigan. I am very close to her and raised her as a child. I have promised to go and spend a month with her during her wedding month. I would love to fly and rent a car when I get there, but at 305 pounds I probably would have to pay for an extra seat. I don't want to drive, and the real biggy, I've purchased a size 20 dress that it would be my dream to be able to get into. All of the above is not why I'm messaging you, just wanted to let you know you're not alone. Now, I have lots of aches and pains also, particularly knee and lower back from arthritis and a slipped disk. That said, I find it very easy to exercise in the water. Most YMCA's as well as community centers with pools offer varying levels of water aerobics classes. I go to an arthritis foundation class at 8:00 a.m. which is very slow and use it to warm up for a 9:00 a.m. low impact class. When I get out of the second class I sit in the whirlpool for 10 or 15 minutes before showering. I feel great and can't believe the energizing effect of aerobic exercising. I wish you all the best.
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    1836 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/14/2012 10:07:11 AM