Well it use to be good until I started rolling out of bed with a fear of what was going to ache, snap, crackle, or POP! Good heavens! Rolling out of bed in the morning has become this mystery pain game. Nothing lasts too long. I can usually walk it off or I can get to a warm shower and the heat seems to take the pain away. What is happening to our 40 something bodies at night that causes the tightness and the stiffness? Are you all feeling this too? Carol Eustice an arthritis and joint expert says one theory about morning stiffness is referred to as the gel phenomenon. The gel phenomenon essentially means that stiffness develops after long periods of sitting or inactivity. I'm here to tell you there's a lot of inactivity at night in our bed... You know we are morning people 'wink, wink'. Click to read more about morning stiffness.
Sometimes it's my calves they are in a knot. Other times my feet can't flatten all the way out or my ankles creak. The worst is when my hip feels like it is locked and with every step I hear a loud pop. Or my neck feels like I can't straighten it. Seriously, when the alarm goes off I open my eyes and I stare at the ceiling. I say a prayer to have a good day and for God to walk with me through the day. The big joke when I am praying now, is I say, "God I'm not kidding about the walking with me!" You see, it's no longer a figurative plea, I literally need help with that first step. The more I read about it the more serious an ache here and a cramp there can be. In addition to arthritis it can be plantar fasciitis, it could be some type of ligament tear, or it could be serious back pain. Did you know that as we age there is a safer way to rolling out of bed, than just popping out like we did when we were younger. Getting out of bed the right way in the morning can prevent a lot of pain.
There is no way to get around the fact that with age, we are going to continue to have new pains. Doctors say that as we age, the ligaments and tendons that hold our joints together become stiff and leathery. And that it is the osteoarthritis that can cause the cartilage in a joint to wear away. Basically, we have to be smart about it, by going to a doctor to check on pain and staying active. And no, its not just about how we get out of bed in the morning. Joint pain unfortunately, is part of the buffet of horrid choices that come with aging. The older we get the more we have to stretch and prepare our body for the day ahead. Here are some more tips to help with the joint pain that comes with age. This blog is to inform not get you down... so chin up! Let's not fret about the pain in our bodies. We just need to invest more time in taking care of them, so they work longer with less pain. If that means getting up 10-15 minutes earlier to stretch and carefully and methodically get out of bed. So be it! If a little love and tenderness means I can have a more pain free existence, then count me in!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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