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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'm Not THAT Old, Am I?

Yesterday, I had an appointment with my orthopedist for my broken wrist. While I was there, I decided to tell him about a pain I've been experiencing in my upper left arm for the past couple of months. The second I described it, he told me it was bursitis. Isn't that an "Old Person's" condition? I looked it up and could not find that to be a cause, but I've only heard of bursitis when listening to my parent's generation talk about it. Ugh!

10 comments:

votingfemale said...

Sorry to hear that dear...

bursitis is not necessarily an "older" person's issue. It is inflamation caused pain due to a single or repeating injury.

Many aliments like this is caused during sleep due to a bad bed... or a lump pressing on a spot nightly... as is a bad lower back that is induced by a bad bed not properly keeping the spine in alignment and/or bad sleeping postures.

Do you sleep mostly on your left side? What is your thoughts??

yorksnbeans said...

OMG VF....yes, I do sleep on that arm quite a bit!! I wonder how I can sub-consciously change that for awhile to see if that is the cause?

m2elena said...

I have a mysterious 'pain' in my right wrist.. which rears it's ugly head when ever I put pressure on my hand (when it's in a perpendicular position to my arm). It's very annoying. And I don't think it's tendonitis b/c I am left handed. Hmm...

Also one time, at the dermatologist, I had this dry skin patch the size of a pencil eraser below my clavicle bone... so I says to her "what is this?" and the woman says "Oh that is just a keratosis, or commonly called, the barnacle of Old Age"... I mean really? What a blow, I was 25 then. Geez.

She froze it off, and I got to deal with it when I was in Maui, this nasty thing ew. Ok, maybe TMI there... ha ha.

yorksnbeans said...

m2 - Funny about the dermatologist! What's that condition called that people get when they type too much? (I'm having a brain fart!) Could that be it? BTW...I'm a lefty, too!

m2elena said...

I think the computer keyboard thing is called Tendinitus, but I could be wrong as well. My wrist! My wrist!!!

It will haunt me, until I get off my ass and do something about it I guess.
;)

yorksnbeans said...

I had to look it up....Carpal Tunnel. That's what I was thinking of! Have you looked into that condition?

Geonite said...

try weight lifting, 3 lb weights.

yorksnbeans said...

Geo....are you referring to m2 or me? I do lift 3lb. weights.

votingfemale said...

Hi Yorkie!

I suspected that was the case... re: sleeping on the side that has the sore arm. Many people sleep on one side or the other in order to face away from or towards the edge of the bed.

you might try these two things...
Flip over your mattress _and_ rotate it 180 degrees.

Also, you might try changing sides of the bed.

The age of your bed is important. They do not do the same job they did when new as they get older. You may be suffering from "Old Bed Syndrome!" it may be time for a new and better one, dear.



votingfemale said...

Sorry to hear that dear...

bursitis is not necessarily an "older" person's issue. It is inflamation caused pain due to a single or repeating injury.

Many aliments like this is caused during sleep due to a bad bed... or a lump pressing on a spot nightly... as is a bad lower back that is induced by a bad bed not properly keeping the spine in alignment and/or bad sleeping postures.

Do you sleep mostly on your left side? What is your thoughts??
11:26 AM
yorksnbeans said...

OMG VF....yes, I do sleep on that arm quite a bit!! I wonder how I can sub-consciously change that for awhile to see if that is the cause?
11:30 AM

yorksnbeans said...

Hey VF....it's certainly not "old bed" syndrome. It's pretty new and perfect comfort in my opinion. I think it's just the preference of sleeping on my left side the majority of the time. I also sleep on my right, but it's just more comfortable the other way, and subconsciously I must switch during the night.