13 hours ago
Monday, January 3, 2011
GETTING OLDISH IS NOT FOR SISSIES
Today my left foot, which is riddled with arthritis, is swollen, very painful and making me unhappy. My first thought was to go to the gym and work out and then take a jacuzzi. My second thought was skip the workout and go straight for the soothing warm waters. Instead I am blogging and complaining. Happy? Me neither.
My sister claims that the weather makes her ache all over. Inwardly I have questioned this while offering soothing, supportive words. Now I am beginning to think I am afflicted with the same issue. The weather has been cold and rainy for weeks and I have been hobbling around that long. The sad thing is that she is just 51 and I am her older sister. I have arthritis in my left foot and both my knees and I think, though undiagnosed, a bit in my hands. She has it in many more spots and more painfully, in her back.
The internets say to use anti-inflammatories, heat or ice and lose weight in addition to piles of supplements which may or may not work - for me the glucosamine didn't work. A physical therapist I talked to about it said that it works for some people and not for others. I suspect that is the same story for many supplements. The day t day handling of knee pain is in opposition in many ways to handing foot pain - so that doesn't help, either!
So now that I have started the new year off by complaining and not on the brightside, I will pick myself up and get to the gym! If I were an emoticon person I would make a frownie face with a wink...