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Old 05-19-15, 05:03 PM
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Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

Yeah, because I'm old. And things hurt more and more and recovering takes longer and longer. But I'm mystified by this one, physiologically speaking.

Several times now, when I've either done something stupid, slept in a poor position, or who knows what else, I've woken up with an incredibly sore neck and/or back. That I understand.

What I don't understand, is how my whole body seems to get creeky and crunchy at the same time.

I have a knee that sometimes crunches walking up stairs etc but it's rare. Yet when my neck is jacked up, my knee crunches all the time. Moving my arms in circles... my shoulders crack/pop. Which they never do.Turning side to side, a pop in my neck and lower back. My knuckles ache. My knuckles! Rolling my wrists, my wrists snap crackle pop too. Elbows seems creeky too. Basically everything. But only while this neck pain is going on. When that goes away (a week, probably) then all this will return to normal.

So... why?
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

How old are you Thor? I'm in my mid-40s and don't have any of these issues when I get a stiff neck from sleeping on it wrong.
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Gas builds up in your joints and when you move them it pops.
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

Lay off the Rice Crispies for a while.
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

Osteoarthritis - welcome aboard

This really has nothing to do with your neck, it's genetics and age, and no, it doesn't ever go away or get better.

Is it worse the morning after a bit of binge drinking? Sucks to get old
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The human body is just like anything else. It suffers from wear and tear as it ages. Nothing is meant to last forever.
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All that butt sexing is catching up.
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All that buttHippo sexing is catching up.
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That's what a lifetime of eating crackers will get you.
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

I'm only 37.

Sadly I've been diagnosed with advanced degenerative arthritis in my spine. Unusual for my age except in people who have been in an accident or suffered a major injury. They don't know why I would have it.

So yeah, that sucks and does lead to bouts of back and neck pain. To help combat this, I'm doing my best to keep a strong core and stretching, which both seem to help and make the pain far more occasional.

So maybe it's arthritis in other areas as well... would that flare up simultaneously throughout one's body? What triggers it? Because this happens only a couple times a year now and everything is great otherwise. I just don't understand why the entire body would respond this way from something that seems localized.
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Have you been tested for cervical spine neuropathy?
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

It's Lupus.
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

Originally Posted by 4KRG View Post
Osteoarthritis - welcome aboard

This really has nothing to do with your neck, it's genetics and age, and no, it doesn't ever go away or get better.

Is it worse the morning after a bit of binge drinking? Sucks to get old
Well, that just sucks oldbutt.

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It's Lupus.
There's a new diagnosis that's called Dupus. This might be it. It's named after a town in Washington where the people had odd stiffness after riske behavior.
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

Serious answer:

When your back is sore, you unconsciously adapt to minimize the pain. You'll change your gait, you'll change the way you stand, or sit, or type, and you'll even change the way you sleep in bed. This means that you'll be using the rest of your body in a less than optimal way. So the rest of your body will begin to experience problems too.

Then you'll adapt to the new problems as well and shuffle the stress to yet other parts of your body.
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Originally Posted by Th0r S1mpson View Post
I'm only 37.

Sadly I've been diagnosed with advanced degenerative arthritis in my spine. Unusual for my age except in people who have been in an accident or suffered a major injury. They don't know why I would have it.

So yeah, that sucks and does lead to bouts of back and neck pain. To help combat this, I'm doing my best to keep a strong core and stretching, which both seem to help and make the pain far more occasional.

So maybe it's arthritis in other areas as well... would that flare up simultaneously throughout one's body? What triggers it? Because this happens only a couple times a year now and everything is great otherwise. I just don't understand why the entire body would respond this way from something that seems localized.
It sounds like systemic and chronic inflammation is attacking your body's joints. You need to see if you can actively lower that inflammation on a permanent basis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder.

Something in your lifestyle is likely triggering changes to your epigenetics for someone so young. Exercise is unlikely to alter this particular problem, though it obviously has other benefits. I would look more into your dietary regimen and possible chemical exposure via environmental toxins. The first thing that came to mind when you described your condition was Celiac Disease. It's a tough-to-diagnose illness that can cause arthritis due to the presence of gluten in your diet.

I would strongly recommend a quality Fish Oil supplement if you aren't getting enough Omega-3 Fatty acids in your diet. It's hard to recommend other solutions without knowing more of your background. Increasing Omega-3 Fatty acids in the typical American diet is an essential inflammation fighter. As someone that constantly pushes their body through grueling workouts, my joints would barely survive without it.
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

Originally Posted by Th0r S1mpson View Post
I'm only 37.

Sadly I've been diagnosed with advanced degenerative arthritis in my spine. Unusual for my age except in people who have been in an accident or suffered a major injury. They don't know why I would have it.

So yeah, that sucks and does lead to bouts of back and neck pain. To help combat this, I'm doing my best to keep a strong core and stretching, which both seem to help and make the pain far more occasional.

So maybe it's arthritis in other areas as well... would that flare up simultaneously throughout one's body? What triggers it? Because this happens only a couple times a year now and everything is great otherwise. I just don't understand why the entire body would respond this way from something that seems localized.
ever try an herbal remedy?
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ever try an herbal remedy?
Weed?
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Mix the red herb with the green herb.
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Re: Getting old...er. Explain this to me.

Dang... a lot of that makes sense. With the neck pain, it felt muscular. But massage, heat, stretching... all made it worse. Much worse. With inflammation that makes sense.

I'll try cold next time, anti-inflammatories. And I'll look into celiac/dietary stuff as well. Thanks.
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Do you eat healthy and get good exercise?
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It's Lupus.
It's never Lupus.
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That's what a lifetime of eating crackers will get you.
I didn't know Th0r was a cannibal.
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Take antioxidants. Every day.
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ever try an herbal remedy?
Do you know what they call "alternative medicine" that works?

Spoiler:
Medicine
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In a small percentage of men, Peyronie's disease goes away on its own. But in most cases, it will remain stable or worsen.

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