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We're here to help you, Kathy!
May I deal with honour, may I act with courage, may I achieve humility.--Dick Francis
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Thank you for your messages-I have osteoarthritis in my cervical spine, as well as a recurring shoulder injury, usually exacerbated by data entry during busy times of the year. Last year I injured the shoulder badly enough that I had a steroid injection - MIRACLE, can I just say??? I know I can't rely on that forever, so I'm concentrating on yoga, paying attention to my posture, and just moving as often as possible, taking frequent breaks from my desk.
I've avoided strength-building in the past (it hurts ) but am doing it now. I also bought a massager with heat. It helps when I remember to use it!
I'm really motivated to get and stay healthy! Thanks again for your encouragement!!
Edited by: KATHYSPRINGS at: 1/3/2012 (10:18)
HILLS HURT...COUCHES KILL
I started to have similar pain at just about the age you are now. After consulting with both a neurosurgeon and a neurologist, tests revealed compression in my cervical spine. Fortunately, simple remedies have helped me. Got rid of suitcase-sized purses, exercise and stretching, that sort of thing. Massage also helped a lot.
I also considered chiropractic, but got relief before I went that route. A decade later I'm able to manage the pain when it comes with my trusty heating pad. Hope you get relief soon.
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Have you had your shoulder looked at to determine the source of pain? I am 45 and have osteoarthritis in my right shoulder and have daily pain too. To keep myself active, I do strength training 3x/week and make sure I incorporate shoulder exercises to keep up my strength. I also do cardio 3-4x/week as well.
Good luck on getting ready for the bike ride!!
Live long and prosper
I am 48 years old, and really trying to be active, despite chronic nagging shoulder pain. My 84-year-old grandmother can barely move her arms, and my mom moves as little as possible. If I'm already feeling shoulder pain, I can't imagine myself 35 years from now! I refuse to succumb to inactivity! And I'm tired of whining! I'm planning a big bike ride this summer, and need to get my body strong enough to manage the giant hill climbs! Shoulder injuries will stop me in my bike tracks, so I have to find a way to get stronger without an injury.
HILLS HURT...COUCHES KILL