Hi all, I was a strongth. healthy, fit and extremely active man until I hit 49 - then the wheels fell of. I herniated a disk in my lower back which exacerbated a couple of conditions I didn't even know I had - spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis. About 18 months later I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. About 3 years later I started having problems running, went for an Xray and found I had bi-lateral OA of the hips. Shortly after that a blood test revealed I had picked up type 2 diabetes, and shortly after that again I went to the Doc for a sore shoulder and found I now had OA and bursitis of the right shoulder. At that point the RAAF kicked me out as unfit for further service.
All was well after that until a few years ago when my elbows started giving me trouble due to OA. I had an arthroscopy about four months ago, now the pain is acute and my range of motion severely limited, I think I would class that procedure as an abject failure.
Three or four facet joint injections into the lumbar spine in the early 00s settled that down a little and refraining from squatting, walking or running settled the hips down a little but the cerical spine and associated pain just went from bad to worse - now I suffer chronic neck an upper back pain 24/7.
I've now chronic pain in my forearms and virtually lost the use of my hands and arms due to either elbow or cervical problems, so now have to go back to the doctor to follow that up.
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