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DangitDangitDangit! Another reason for not riding...getting old stinks again today!

Old 03-15-13, 07:50 AM
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DangitDangitDangit! Another reason for not riding...getting old stinks again today!

Been off the bike most of January and February - icy weather, travel, dealing with a car accident, lotsa work, etc. etc. etc. Commuted two days this week, was going to ride this morning to make it 2-1/2 (I have to go to Portland from work, using a car since the 80 or so miles is a bit much for me at current fitness.

Well, I have this Airedale pup, York (full name Major Taylor York, some will get it). Knelt down to pet the fella and rassle a bit, then went on about my business.

Knee felt funny, my britches were kind of snagging on my knee, it seemed. So I take a look - I have a larger-than-tennis-ball fluid pocket on my kneecap. Little pain (mostly from the pressure, after I wrapped it), but a huge water-filled balloon on my knee. WTH!?!

So, no bike today, though 90% of the swelling went down last night as I slept. Ice will be the ticket, I suppose, at work today. Dangit! Crap! I don't need another excuse for being too fat - I wanna ride !
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Old 03-15-13, 08:06 AM
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Spinning in the low gears might be just what knee needs, once the swelling is down and range of motion returns.
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Time to seek medical help.....
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Old 03-15-13, 08:36 AM
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Yes getting old does suck. LOL I went to the doctor last week for some knee pain that I've had for a while. Diagnosis was osteoarthritis. Luckily the pain is not from cycling.
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Yes, getting old does suck, esp. physical health wise.

Been off the bike for over a week with a lung infection. Probaby brought it on myself, much as I hate to say it, riding too hard at altitude in cold weather.

Going out to work a Double Century this weekend (Joshua Tree), but my wife is riding it, so we should have a good time.

Hope your knee gets better quicker than my lungs!

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Old 03-15-13, 09:26 AM
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Do seek medical advice David. The police made me get checked over after my recent get-off.

Ice is your friend... 20 minuets on, then 20 minuets off. When on the road a bag of frozen corn will work.

Best of luck with the knee.

My Father a work-out fanatic told me that it will not be the back that goes bad but the knees that will limit activity.
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Old 03-15-13, 09:55 AM
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After the surgery last fall to remove the scar tissues from previous surgeries in my abdomen, I had to wait until the first of this year to do any riding on the roller to prepare for this years' riding - Not so bad when riding upright, but now I can't use the drops.

Starting around Christmas, I developed a pain in the upper neck area that makes it extremely painful to move the neck - mostly quick head movements or tilting to the left. I was thinking muscle pull/strain since I'm a mail carrier and the heavy Christmas load did me in. I actually have a muscle knot on the upper left side of the back of the neck. When the pain didn't go away after a week or so, I started thinking pinched nerve. Nope. Then it got to the point where even driving became impossible due to the jolting around on bumpy roads. My regular physician prescribed physical therapy and muscle relaxants. two weeks of physical therapy and muscle relaxants didn't help at all

Off to a spine specialist. It turns out I have developed a nasty case of Arthritis in the C3-C4 area according to the x-rays. The neck muscles are knotting up, to try to restrict the neck movement. The arthritis medication Arthrotek seems to help, but I can't stay on that forever. Finally after two months, the doctors have decided that my next course of treatment is to do a nerve-block injection. Kill the nerves that are causing the pain. I'm scheduled for an MRI on the 26th so they can pinpoint the right nerves for the injections.

I hate this getting old crap!!!
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Old 03-15-13, 10:34 AM
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I guess the best way to phrase it is: "Getting old gets old quick."
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Old 03-15-13, 10:42 AM
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Its no longer the mileage.....now its the model year!!
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I agree getting old sucks. I don't need to go over the many pains in the arse involved with being 50+. Get well quick to the OP.
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Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
I agree getting old sucks. I don't need to go over the many pains in the arse involved with being 50+. Get well quick to the OP.
After 60 the pain never goes away, it just changes location. :-D
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Originally Posted by pursuance View Post
After 60 the pain never goes away, it just changes location. :-D
I get mad and thumb a bird at the putative gods and declare "You will not have me"!!! The anger is good for at least another mph on my ride... . I never understood it when younger, but now I know where 'crotchety' comes from. And I mean it; I'll punch God in the eye if he tries to take my knees away from me...
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Old 03-15-13, 04:41 PM
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Sounds like patellar bursitis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prepatellar_bursitis I had it once. Agree about seeing the doc.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Time to seek medical help.....
+1

... I don't think it's supposed to do that -- whether you are 1 or a 100....
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Old 03-15-13, 09:07 PM
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Update, iced seriously last night (my wife has some killer ice packs from the chiro - she has back issues we are trying to fix before she is allowed to fix the "old" adjective before her name), compression wrap. Much better. Left work early today as pressure increased in the joint from fluid - I was sitting all day - and iced seriously again this afternoon. Right now, feels very, very good. Will continue with ice/NSAIDs, and if not swelling tomorrow will likely ride.

I think prepatellar bursitis might be it, or I might have actually burst the bursa on the front of the patella when I knelt to mess with the dog. But at this moment (8pm), it feels much better. Actually had forgotten about it. Beer therapy helps...
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