Wednesday, January 02, 2008

doctor! doctor!

I can hear my backbone. It's pretty freaky. When I stand on one foot to put a boot on the other, I hear it clattering around, and even sitting in my chair, I can hear my bones rubbing together if I move from side to side.

You? Can you hear your bones? I don't think this is normal, but is it worth a trip to the doc before it hurts?

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Blogger Doralong said...

I sound like a bowl of Rice Crispies most mornings.. But yeah, if it's something new you might want a check- osteoporosis can do some nasty things- but conversely can be rectified.. Keep us posted.

January 02, 2008 2:43 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I don't think all or even most of my cartilage has disintegrated yet, but I occasionally like to flex and relax my knee and ankle joints repeatedly to hear them making popping and creaking noises. Somehow it's kind of fun. Fortunately, I never have pain in either place.... yet.

Forgive me for saying this this way, but 'at your age' have you started getting regular bone-density tests yet? I'm assuming your MD can tell you if everything's aok or if you should be worried. I've definitely seen some nasty stuff with people whose discs disintegrate -- another good reason (avoidance of all that pain) to keep our weight down as much as possible. It amazes me that overweight folks don't have way more back problems than they do -- all that uneven distribution really torques that old spine.

January 02, 2008 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DL, joe, i've got big strapping german girl bones. no porosity or shrinkage in this skeleton. i do have some wedge-shaped vertebra, though, and it makes me wonder if they're slipping around a bit.

yes, joe, at my age :-) i'm supposed to be having all sorts of tests. shall we review? mammogram, pap, colonoscopy (yikes!!), bone density, cholesterol, thyroid, fuck me i can hardly stand it. old sucks severely and is only tolerable given the alternative.

January 02, 2008 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynette honey!! As tempted as I am to tell you how HOT it has been today here in little ol' NZ, you'll probably tell me I"m just being ******* again!! Ha ha! Someones gotta have Summer whilst the rest of you freeze!!

You wanna hear my Knees graunch and grind? All those years standing at a work bench making furniture have seriously fucked my joints!!

Spines fine, I think!

Just off to make myself a....oops almost mentioned raspberries again!! Hush my mouth!

Brion. xx

January 02, 2008 10:00 PM  
Blogger Willym said...

Nothing quite like the gentle wings of maturity settling themselves on you and making every damn bone in your body sound like a percussion instrument. A check up may be in order - just to make sure. I had never heard of a bone density test, had one and bingo mild osteo.

I'm finding here with the cold and the damp - yes it gets cold in Rome -2C and the marble floors my arthritis is playing Billy-o. I hate this getting old stuff but hell it still beats the alternative.

January 03, 2008 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My neck bones sound like a socket wrench most days. I see people wince when my vertebrae make their music in public...

January 03, 2008 7:09 AM  
Blogger evilganome said...

My spine has sounded like I am making popcorn for years. It won't hurt to have it checked out, but my guess. No biggy. I know what Tater means about the neck to. Shot heard round the world in my case.

January 03, 2008 11:16 AM  
Blogger Helen the Felon said...

Take if from the broad who had major spinal surgery 6 months ago...GO TO THE G.D. DOCTOR.

Unless, of course, the idea of carrying a dead guy's bones and a titanium plate around in yer body sounds fun to you. In that case, keep listening to you bones rattle like I did, until one day you lose the ability to function at all. Fun, fun stuff, I tell you whut.

GO. I can't bear the thought of you going through all that.

January 15, 2008 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to the doctor and then run to a yoga therapist

With one spinal surgery at age 25 and a total of three herniated discs plus two hip replacements (first one a dud that had to be re-done) and a knee that's getting wonky with arthritis...and all this at the ripe old age of 51 (thanks for the genes, mom; I love you anyway)...I couldn't live without my yoga therapist!

February 17, 2008 4:54 PM  

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