Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Pains of Middle Age


OK, I really need some input from readers in their 50s, though there is probably only a hand full of them out there. My question is if you have aches and pains almost every living minute of the day or is it that I’ve just abused my body so much that it’s telling me to knock it off.

Back when Bextra was on the market it worked really well on aches and pains, but it was giving people heart attacks.

It’s sad to think that one can hurt so much from puttering around doing little projects. I guess it’s pay back from hauling bundles of shingles up on the roof, spending hours working on plumbing in a confined space, cutting, splitting and hauling fire wood.

I know that both my father and my brother felt a big change when they hit their 50s, but I never thought it would happen to me. Maybe it’s time I suck up my male ego and visit with a physician. Maybe there’s something that can help.

19 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

Never mind age or splitting and hauling wood - Viox (same as Bextra?) was a godsend for me after years of aches and pains. Damn the side-effects/recall. Check with your doctor but I've found nothing to replace that wonder drug.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

What the hell is/was Bextra, Guy?

Was it made out of rocks being as it was SOOOOOO long ago? ;-)

7:06 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Valdecoxib is a prescription drug used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and painful menstruation and menstrual symptoms. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, and should not be taken by anyone allergic to these types of medications.

Valdecoxib was manufactured and marketed under the brand name Bextra by G. D. Searle & Company. It was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration on November 20, 2001[1], and was available by prescription in tablet form until 2005, when it was removed from the market due to concerns about possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn am I glad it's just not me. Takes about a half hour to straighten out in the mornings. Gravity sucks...mind ya hauling product in doesn't help any. Can still outwork the thirty somethings. Almost look forward to headaches so I can take some Advil...makes other parts feel better! Had an acquaintance...young guy addicted to perks (spelling?) I can see why

Moose

9:03 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Cliff and I are in our 60's now, but our arthritis pains started in our 50's. As long as I'm not on my feet too much, my knees don't cause enough pain to keep me from living a happy life. Cliff has much pain: He butchered for a living for many years, and his shoulder and back are now paying for that. When he first gets out of bed in the morning, he can't walk totally upright. He's learning that if he can make it to our new hot tub, he does much better once he's out.

"I don't know why it works," he said today, amazed, "but it sure does work."

Cliff has to be in really bad shape before he'll take pain-killers. And my pain seldom warrants medication... unless I'm due for another meniscus trim.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tripleflex. It's a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSN. Get it as Costco. Takes a few weeks to kick in. I started taking it about five years ago (I'm almost 60) when I began to think I was going to be crippled for life (arthritis). Have been virtually symptom-free ever since. I've told four or five other people about it since and they all swear by it too.
RTV

10:12 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I started feeling like that at about 45 - genetic predisposition to things that go ouch. A little anti-inflammatory or Alleve holds me most of the time.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Cyn said...

I was recently diagnosed with arthritis in my spine. I also have lost a great deal of use of both hands.

On Wednesday, I get to go to Portland for an almost two hour MRI to find out what else is going on.

Isn't aging fun???

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a doctor but I say; screw all those high priced, side effected drugs, If you work to hard or whatever just make some poppy seed tea. Takes about 3/4 pound to really knock you back but if you mix it with honey and lemon it doesn't taste half bad, and brother if you are careful you can get right back out there and split another 1/2 cord pain free. For arthritis you want to clean your digestive tract. An apple/grapefruit a day can do wonders for regular maintenance, but an occasional flush using the stuff that they prep you with for the old rubber glove treatment might not be a bad idea for many of us every 2-3 years.- Not a Doctor

5:05 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Thanks for all the ideas, folks. Sorry to hear Cyn. Good luck on your test.

Poppy seed tea? I think I'd rather go straight to the opium. Now that is some pain killer, and after that who cares about splitting wood.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous jb said...

Yeah, Guy, just wait 'til you hit your 60's. Sitting all day was miserable for me, that's why I retired when I did. That vile tea that I need all the honey to get down does seem to help me.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Cyn said...

Thanks, Guy. I'm sure the doctors and I will find something that will help with the pain and hand usage.

If there are any new meds out there, I will let you know!

6:23 PM  
Anonymous columbiacontrolfreak said...

Not 50 yet, how about 41 and starting to feel the arthritis that plagues my family. By the end of a sunny weekend when I've been tearing busy my feet feel like they've been broken and I know on Monday the first few hours of using my hands will not be pleasant.

Husbands not much better. Most mornings start with me massaging his back to unkink it before he can even consider going to work.

Thank all the little bitty gods for whoever invented alleve.

6:26 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I'm only 46, so I don't know if I should really comment or not. But I'm getting up there and I can really feel it some days. My arches are collapsing and my hands hurt most of the time. Usually I just take aspirin or motrin but occesionally I need something stronger. Unfortunately I work at a job that requires frequent random urinalysis so even opium tea could get me fired. Apparently using hemp oil soap could make me show positive from what I'm told. That sucks. Had to retire my Dr. Bronners. I'll be in the market for something stronger and legal very soon, i think.

6:31 PM  
Blogger loopymamain06 said...

Well, guy....I qualify for the poll since i'm over 50. For minor pain flare ups I take advil and only 1 ( because of my size). For TMJ attacks the only thing that will knock that pain away is a one to two week regime of 800 mg Ibuprofins. When my kidney stones act up, i take a rx pain pill then get off of them ASAP. I have a 70 gallon jaquzzi tub that I use EVERY DAY. (it helps)
loopymama in michigan

12:03 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Wow! I never thought pain was so wide spread among my age group. I thought I was too young for this sort of pain. Makes me wonder what I have to look forward to.

JB hard to believe you are in your 60s. You look great!

Cyn, Please do.

CCF and the older you get the more work you take on...

Darev, no poppyseed muffins for you either.

Loopy, you're over 50? I thought you were classmates with Mel and Evil who are still just kids in my eyes.

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met mel through " the farmer down the road" and I met evil through Mel.
I started blogging because i thought "if the old farmer can do it...so can i ...LOL
loopymama in michigan and over 50

2:35 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I thought you were old school pals. Mel and Evil are real close. I haven't met either of them, but I'd love to.

4:01 PM  
Blogger weese said...

a little late. but yeah...go to the doctor. that way...you can be sure you are just gettin' old and crotchety.
also... have you tried yoga?

12:48 PM  

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