Arm Troubles #socs

I’ve been doing aquatic therapy for a couple of weeks now, in an attempt to make my knees feel a little better and perchance to lose enough weight that I can be considered for knee replacement (yes, I’ll need both done, eventually, but I’m hoping to delay it with hyaluronic acid injections, also known as “rooster comb” injections because that’s where they get the stuff from). It’s having a positive effect in that the knees don’t feel as bad and I’m having less trouble climbing the stairs (descending the stairs is still accomplished by my sitting on the steps and pushing myself down).

My legs are doing well. My arms, on the other hand, are aching. My therapist has me doing arm exercises to firm up my core, which involve running my arms through the water while I hold my gut in. I move my arms up and down, forward and backward through the water, which provides a certain amount of resistance. Combined with all the other stuff I do with my arms just in everyday living (using banisters on my way up and down the stairs, walking with a cane, bracing myself against walls, holding chair arms to push myself up out of chairs etc.), I’m putting a lot of strain on them. We were concerned that I lacked the upper body strength, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem. I feel it especially in my shoulders and upper arms. It’s not really pain, more soreness from the work I’m doing. If I did more leading up to this, I’m sure I wouldn’t have these problems now, but I’m putting that behind me and living with the aches and soreness.


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26 thoughts on “Arm Troubles #socs

  1. A couple thoughts -=
    From first responder training, “Start where you stand.” You are where you are. Do whatever the therapist recommends – do any additional training you can think of for your upper body. Know that as you train, it’ll hurt less after awhile.

    After my weekly long bicycle ride over the Santa Cruz Mountains and back, I always used to say to myself that there was nothing like the feel of a well-used muscle. The soreness equated to getting away from SF Bay Area crowding to the peaceful and beautiful rural coast, if only for a couple hours. That association made it feel good. It was also a more basic physical challenge I could handle, versus the headaches of managing a design group.

    So find that positive association with geting stronger. And remember there are lots of people thinking about you.

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  2. Hi John – you are doing well – and doing what you should be doing … and obviously improving – well done … and good luck as you continue on … cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks. I think building the muscles in my legs up will help deal with the knee issues. That will at least get me to the point where the rooster comb injections will do the most good.

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    1. I don’t expect this therapy to lessen the arthritis that’s at the root of my current issues. What I’m hoping for is to build the muscles in the legs up so future therapy (viscosupplementation – the “rooster comb” injections – and potentially joint replacement) will be more effective. The aches and soreness is part of the game, but I’m hoping that will be a temporary part of it.

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  3. You’re right to keep moving forward, no room for regret. I actually feel badly if I don’t get exercise. That tightness makes me feel healthy and reduces my anxiety. Any ache and pain can then be attributed to exercise, so it’s helpful to me, like a game I play with myself. I hope you meet your goals! 🙂

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    1. The good news is that the pain of the bones in my knees rubbing against each other is lessened by being in the water. The bad news is it makes it that much harder to get out of the darn pool. But it’s having a positive effect.

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    1. I hope so. I’ve noticed I have less trouble climbing the stairs, though descending is still an issue. But I can slide down the stairs, and I don’t feel like an idiot doing it…

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  4. I know that people would say your arms are experiencing “good” pain but I just don’t understand that concept. I guess the good news is that the pain in your arms isn’t from arthritis or so but from exercising. My muscles are so bad that I have to do some physio exercise but I hate exercise…there…I said it. Glad you seem to be enjoying the water aerobics

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    1. A lot of it is the fact that I’ve been pretty much sedentary since the stroke (over ten years ago) and the muscles haven’t gotten a whole lot of use. I think that’s where the aching comes from.

      The most enjoyable part about it is not having to deal with putting so much weight on the knees. The buoyancy of the water takes a lot of the pressure off my knees, so they don’t get stiff and hard to move. Of course, getting out of the pool is rough, because all that weight gets put back on them…

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    1. That’s just it: the buoyancy of the water takes a lot of pressure off the knees, and I put A LOT of pressure on them, with a BMI of 50+. I have to get it down to about 40 before they’ll even think about knee replacement, which I know I’ll need.

      Those were the days, weren’t they? I can remember my folks getting dressed up like that to go out. How times have changed.

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