I have a very high pain tolerance. I am not one who quickly runs to the doctor. I believe I can work through anything or that Tylenol and a little ice can make it all better. Well though love may be the way to go in your early twenty's, but I have found out the hard way, that as you get older ignoring pain can be very dangerous and more often than not more damaging! Recently I was moving some boxes, ohhhh maybe not so recently... let's say the last week in May. I rolled my ankle in a not so lady like manner. It hurt so bad all the Monks at the St. Louis Priory Abbey would have been appalled at what came out of my mouth. Later that day my ankle was the size of a tennis ball and it hurt like hell. I iced it, slathered on some Aspercreme, took some Tylenol, and continued this ritual for about 4 weeks. (I'm allergic to Advil.) I know, I know, STUPID! Fast forward to mid June. I am swaying during a speaking presentation and I see stars as the pain rips through me. I race to the doctor only to find out I have torn my ATF in my ankle and two other ligaments. By not going in earlier I most likely made it worse. At midlife healing is a challenge and ignoring pain is just ignorant! Hence, the above picture. I was forced to spend 4th of July in a cast and am forced to stay in this cast until the end of July, in hopes of avoiding surgery! What's the take away? If it hurts during midlife get it checked immediately! Here are seven pains you should NEVER ignore.
This is the catch twenty-two of aging in so many ways. We need to stay active and fit. Fitness is an important part of aging and living longer. We tell ourselves it is the passage to growing old well and living a good long life. What we forget is that the damn age process needs to be taken into account much more seriously... meaning we need to link the intensity of what we are doing at the age of 40+ to the probability of getting injured! One article I read on age and injury stated this: The age-related response to injury must be considered in two ways: how age affects the physical ability of the body to recover from a particular injury, and the impact age has on the mental and psychological capability of an athlete to deal with the stresses of rehabilitation and recovery. Being in a cast this long has drained me and stressed me out. I am terrified that I will have to have surgery, then be put back in a cast, followed by physical therapy, and then a boot. You see it's a much longer process especially after age 45. As the body ages muscle mass will decrease... as a result the muscle protein rebuilding and repair processes become slower and less effective, resulting in decreased physical strength. All that jargon means Matuschka is in a bitchy mood getting no sleep and gimping all over town! It's A FACT: Recovery does take longer as we age. An article in Outside Magazine reports scientists are still figuring out the exact mechanisms behind the slowdown.
The worst of it all for women is that everything I read says that many injuries especially fractures experienced by women at midlife and beyond place them at an increased risk of future fractures and may be early indicators of low bone density. Tendons become stiffer and easier to tear if subjected to major stress. It seems there are so many changes in our bodies after 40 that our human machine is flailing when it comes to healing. I can feel it with every step I take. It makes me mad and it is very frustrating. Something to step back and consider even as a male in a society that showcases extreme sports as sexy! Men and women over 40 beware! Extreme sports leads to extreme injuries sometimes even death... Injuries after 40 are not only inevitable they are more chronic! I am exhausted and achy. Listen to me when I tell you at this age, we need to save all our energy for rehabilitation. Medical reports all over the internet say we have to work twice as hard to recover! The following statement I read over and over again: Injured muscles heal, but to regain strength, the older person really has to work on rehabilitation. Tendons suffer acute and chronic injuries, and even a slightly decreased blood (oxygen) supply can contribute to a slower recovery. Lesson learned! If it hurts go get it checked immediately!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...