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    Did I overdo it??

    Strange experience and first time for me. I'm 56, 192 lbs, Did 1453 miles total as of Nov 2 and goal was 1500. I kept active - hunter so lts of walking and standing, - season over last week. So I went out last wednesday and did 27 miles, road bike, lower 50's temp, windy, avg = 15mph. First time riding since 4 weeks. Legs ok, but noticed some soreness around knees. Sunday I did 22 mile, avg = 16mph, hi 40's and still windy. I felt proud to have completed 1500+ for year. But I felt these 2 trips physically since sunday. Last night when I went to bed, my right hip hurt near the small of my back. When I woke up this morning I couldn't get out of bed, pain was intense. And top of leg above knee was extreme. It felt like my leg muscles 'froze up' - cramps, etc. Called dr, couldn;t schedule a visit but he called in a prescription,pain pills, but so far have minimal effect. I thought todays wednesday, why now if it was the bike event? I'm confused and hurting. Any advice/comments? Other than the obvious 'get used to old age'?
    I apppreciate any comments and thanks in advance. BTW- No sympathy wanted.
    I'd do it again, only looking for what to do different if anything.

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    Uuugh! If anything, it sounds like sciatica. I've had that problem before from doing similar types of activities. I was in bed for three weeks on my last attack. I had some of the most powerful drugs out there on the market, and it did zero for me. The only thing that worked for me is plenty of bedrest, then slow recovery.

    If you know what did it- overdoing it to the point of no return, don't say you'd do it again... it's certainly not worth it. I'm no expert with sciatica- like what to do to prevent it from happening again except to say not to overdo it, but perhaps someone medically related experience can recommend what you can do. I have no friggin' idea! Well, actually, I know I will NEVER overdo it to what I did the last time my sciatica acted up. It was horrible. I would have preferred having my eyes pulled out with a rusty spoon slowly over an open flame to that sciatica pain. It was humiliating too- I had my mother out at my place, and she had to help me go to the bathroom, as well as clean myself up and get me off the toliet and back to bed. That's no fun.

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    Thanks Koffee, I had to look info on that one up on Google, I don't think it is that bad, I sure as heck hope not. I'm sitting in a chair typing this, uncomfortable as heck, but able to limp around. Sounds like what you had sure was not fun. Hope that's not what I got.
    Actually I reread what the Dr prescribed, its a muscle relaxer. I'm gonna take a good hot bath, pop one and try to get a good nights rest.

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    Yes, and take all the time off you need- DO NOT try to make a comeback before you're ready- you ain't no LL Cool J...

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    Whoops- for the lower back pain, get those big, sofa pillows or something along those lines and prop them under your legs and sleep on your back. That really does help things a lot.

    Koffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Baron
    Thanks Koffee, I had to look info on that one up on Google, I don't think it is that bad, I sure as heck hope not. I'm sitting in a chair typing this, uncomfortable as heck, but able to limp around. Sounds like what you had sure was not fun. Hope that's not what I got.
    Actually I reread what the Dr prescribed, its a muscle relaxer. I'm gonna take a good hot bath, pop one and try to get a good nights rest.
    I guess I wouldn't blame it only on "old age."

    When I was 58 I started biking and did 3,500 miles the first year, including a "Ride the Rockies" on a mtn bike, with no ill effects.

    But, it could be too much too fast.

    I would also want to think about your bicycle "fit." How well does it fit you? That could be a possibility for the pain.

    The other thing that would occur to me is acute bursitis, something that I am prone to when too much or incorrect lifting or twisting.

    Absolutely extremely painful, but if it is acute and not chronic it goes away with time(about 2-3 weeks). A physical therapist can apply some infared or similar therapy to assist in the healing.

    I think these things hit folks regardless of age. I certainly read about enough folks in their 20's and 30's on this forum complaining about similar problems to think it is just a symptom of age. I am now 64 and still doing about 3,000+ miles per year with no problems from biking.

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    ice, being diligent about the proper warm up and cool down helps. the longer exposure to cooler weather than you are used to can have an effect.
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    Update 2 weeks later - Dr said (2 weeks ago) Hip joint was inflammed. He prescribed inflamatory (sp?) drug plus muscle relaxer (sp?again). Also said it wasn't Sciatica, Pain went away but Upper top of thigh is still 'numb' and still feel at times a sharp pain in hip joint. Still confused. I want to exercise (walking and/or swimming) but I take it that I should rest. Up to 196 lbs. What a bummer. Any sugestions?

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    Update 1/15 - (6+ weeks)
    Finished my final PT session today, 4X of back traction has provided huge reliefbut still have slight numbness, especially cold weather, however I was able to do 50 miles total during Christmas holidays. What Happened?? Unknown - I did not mention I had a hard fall coming down the stairs onto my back about a week before trouble. Only reason for post is to let all know that bottom line I think I overdid it. I'm a type A personality and the only way I know how to bike is to 'HAMMER" . I've been reading interesting books including 'cycling past 50' and latest is 'cycling for Health and Fitness' from Bicycling magazine. Scary chapter on 'how much should you ride?' - with premise being that overdoing it leads to lowering of immune system and disease, etc. Not sure I buy that. Book was high oh HR monitors and I'm going to get me one. BTW- I don't recommend the book. however do recommend the book 'Cycling past 50'. Dr is a marathon runner and says he's honestly jusy not sure, but looks like my mind is writing checks my body over-drew'
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    with premise being that overdoing it leads to lowering of immune system and disease, etc. Not sure I buy that
    My understanding is that this is a pretty well accepted doctrine of training, and that there is ample research to support the premise.

    The latest issue of Newsweek has a really excellent article on aging and health/fitness.

    Yes, exercise as you age, but modify it as your body DOES change, and, as at even younger ages, rest and recovery days off are just as important as time exercising.


    I know that I have been pushing the indoor trainer REAL hard these past few weeks. Last night, my body said

    "HEY FOX, SLOW DOWN A BIT! YOUR 64 YEAR OLD BODY NEEDS A BIT OF A REST"

    So, instead of doing the trainer, I went for a 4 mile walk and it felt really great. Then I really slept - almost 9 hours, which is a tremendous amount for me.

    I tried the trainer this morning, and just couldn't get on the darned thing, so I went for another 3.5 mile walk this evening. The change of pace is really great.

    You do need to slow down and change pace at times!

    Feeling really great this pm.

    Glad you are doing better!

    Best of wishes in continuing your recovery.

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    Half the battle is knowing you overdid it and making the necessary modifications to your training so that you don't have problems like that anymore (provided you aren't falling down the stairs again!).

    It is so true that overtraining can lower your immune system. When you overtrain, you really are tearing muscles and cells in the body, and by not allowing for adequate recovery time, you end up doing damage to your body that has no time to repair itself. All that stress on the body only makes you weaker and weaker over the long run until you eventually become susceptible to illness. If you're weaker in body, it will be much easier for bacteria and viruses to infect your body and grow and proliferate. And because you are so immunocompromised, you'll have a longer recovery time since you won't be able to properly fight off infection.

    There are other things too, like buildup of toxins and lack of antioxidants to fight buildup of oxidants too, but that's another technical story.

    I think that Bicycling article thing you read is pretty good- or at least sounds like it. You'd do some good holding onto that and re-reading it every now and then, especially when you're feeling a bit run down, or you have an injury you just can't shake, etc.

    Good luck to you.

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    put an extra layer or two over your joints, especially the knees when its cold out. And do some hamstring and quad stretches, a couple of times a day, you will be amazed how much better you feel.

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