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Old 11-29-2016, 07:38 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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You're seriously saying spending 6-7 hours on hands and knees once a year and being achy is shocking at any age?

I think that's a humble-brag.
I have been doing this for 13 years, and only the last 3-4, since age 60 have been so hard on me.
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Old 11-29-2016, 10:49 AM
 
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In the 17 years since I've been taking glucosamine hydrochloride (Schick brand, more effective than the cheaper glucosamine sulfate of most other brands) and MSM (from Kala Health, endorsed by Dr. Stanley Jacob, the researcher who discovered its function), my joints have not just been maintained, but have been restored to a point where they're as good as when I was 17. My height has regained 1/2-inch, that it had lost previously. This could indicate a thickening of cartilage all along the length of the body. Studies on rabbits showed that administration of glucosamine greatly helped them heal cartilage that had been surgically cut open. The test group without glucosamine supplements, did not heal very much. Take that information or leave it-----they're your joints. Several of my friends have reported similar benefits. One has recently told me of a distinct improvement a few months after switching to Schick glucosamine hydrochloride, from the sulfate version.
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After reading your post, I was disappointed to find that my Osteo Bi Flex has the glucosamine sulphate kind.
I take the Triple strength and have had good results, and I've stayed with it as it also has MSM, hyaluronic acid, boron, and some other good joint nutrients.

But now I am considering switching to what you recommend. Or maybe just adding some of the better glucosamine with the Bi Fkex. I also take silica in the horsetail form and that helps with arthritis. I can tell when I go off it, the pain comes back.
I hate having to take so many different supplements, but for joint health, I am willing to do just about anything.
Joint health means a lot at our age. I've seen too many friends now go through agonizing knee and hip replacement surgeries.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:52 PM
 
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If you read the reviews of Kala Health MSM, customers say the powder type has a horrible taste, one of the worst tastes in the world it was said. People who can tolerate it mix it with orange juice or other liquid. And some customers find the capsules difficult to digest. Steve McDonald may want to comment on problems with taste or digestion or side effects.
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:53 PM
 
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My biggest change has been my digestive abilities! I can no longer tolerate spicy food (especially Indian, my favorite) due to GERD/hiatal hernia/gastritis. Reluctantly on meds for it, but still can't do it.

And at 62, I don't yet need cataract surgery, but the glare at night is terrible! But that's okay---it gives me an excuse to stay home at night.

Some changes have been for the better. Thanks to a daily gym habit and yoga/meditation, I am more flexible and stronger than I ever was in my life. And the emotional well-being of (finally!) achieving a level of equanimity and acceptance and gratitude could never have happened earlier in my life (although I definitely wish it had).

So---it's truly wonderful that any diminishing physical abilities are balanced out by the higher level of emotional/spiritual/intellectual health!
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:57 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Oh yes, I no longer can play regular poker in Las Vegas. My eyes are not good enough to other players card. I get ripped off easily. I now only play table poker, me and the dealer.
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I got used to it. That has helped immensely with my joints, mobility, stamina, weight loss, and though I don't love doing it, it is worth it and I feel so good when I am done.

I'll say that helps-doesn't totally alleviate those vicissitudes of advancing age, but I will take it.
Yes, you have said it well.

I had a sort of epiphany yesterday at the gym. I realized that I cannot continue to do every machine three days a week. I need to do them each twice a week. I realized after doing some of the machines, that I had better stop. And I was right. I have been tired today. But shopping today did not exhaust me! I am just as tired now as I was when I got up; but I when I got home I did not collapse.

So, tomorrow no elliptical but there are three machines I will hit because I missed them yesterday. And of course, I will walk my mile.

I feel like this stuff helps me be healthy, and I want to do what I can as long as I can. I wish I had started about 10 years earlier though.

Oh well----
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My ability to withstand chilly temperatures has declined. After decades of keeping my thermostat at home on 62 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter, I moved it up to 63 a few days ago. (For showering, I run a space heater the bathroom in addition to the heat lamp in the ceiling. No 62 or 63 for showering! Brrrr.)
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Old 11-30-2016, 10:16 AM
 
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At seventy one I'm not all that torn down, but, the creeping realization of new limitations are definitely in the mix now, permanently. I have COPD and arthritis, and those two work hand in hand to bring my activities to a crawl sometimes. I was always a person who moved fast and tended to "thrash" my way through yard work, house maintenance, and sometimes at the job. Slowing way down has been a lot harder to accept and I need to constantly remind myself of the need to go slower while "saving" breath. Using your hands when arthritis sets in can be a real challenge, everything is harder to accomplish now, from putting on socks to putting up outside Christmas decorations. Pain becomes an old annoying friend.

For me it has been a steady twenty year decline, and one that I took note of in my fifties when I decided to retire as soon as possible. My dad was gone at age 67, mom went to 94, I'm hoping I've got some quality time left, grand kids and travel are the two best things about having time to engage oneself with both. After reading some other posts here I see that a lot of posters are feeling bad at young ages, that's a real shame, aging is the end game, and staying upright is our new career.
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Old 12-02-2016, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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When my Mom was alive and had arthritis in her hands, she could not open jars either. She taught me to take a heavy spoon or knife and bang on the lid. Apparently this eases the seal a little bit, and makes it easier to open. Makes no sense, right?
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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When my Mom was alive and had arthritis in her hands, she could not open jars either. She taught me to take a heavy spoon or knife and bang on the lid. Apparently this eases the seal a little bit, and makes it easier to open. Makes no sense, right?
I have same problem opening jars, bottles, etc. I have one of those flat rubber thingies, too. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Somewhere along the line I learned to run HOT water over the top of the jar/bottle and hit with a spoon or some other utensil. Thanks, Mom!!
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