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Turning Points

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For the past ten years I have been hindered. First the doctors told me I had weak ankles, then gout, then arthritis, then rheumatoid arthritis, then gout, then something else, and so on. For the better part of the last decade I have been hindered by this. My children find it amusing that I use to be athletic and involved in a number of sports. They cannot remember a time where my physical health was not an issue. I remember wondering how I was going to keep up with my kids. Who is going to teach them to ride a bike or throw a baseball? While I was not debilitated it was issues in the back of my head. When older members (by 30-40 years) of the congregation were moving faster than I was, then you have a problem.

Since making the move to the East Coast several years back I have been determined not to let it limit me. I have moved away from foods that caused me flares and stopped taking the steroids that I was dependent on to make it through the day. Simply stopping the steroids I lost 30 pounds in a matter of months. Whoa. Food choices such as no turkey gravy and staying away from seafood helped a bit. While that increased my quality of life, it did not drastically. There were still many activities that I could not take part in simply because I was afraid that it may cause a flare. Too often simply doing something has caused a week of incredible pain, that only steroids could take care of.

This year I have made a concerted effort to not be limited by my physical conditions. I have started going to the gym and so forth. It was when I went to the doctor a couple months ago that something changed. He told me everything that my previous doctors had diagnosed me with was wrong. What?? He did not know exactly what I had and was going to pursue it, but he put me on a regiment to improve my quality of life without restrictions. In the past couple of months I have began to try running, played paintball, bowled, and been more active. 

A long story to a point. I look back and wonder what could have been in those years that I lost. It took me a bit to get over the fact that if I been advised to manage my symptoms better these last few years could have been so much more. After wallowing for a bit, I have come to the place where I need to make up for lost time. Though I have reached or about to reach a new age milestone I look forward to how active I can be. Should be interesting in what trouble I can get myself into.

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Answers FINALLY!!!

For the past several years I have been struggling with health issues. I think I have more than my own share of issues, but one problem has been a thorn in my side. For the past several years I have been having an increased problem walking. To the point that last year I spent a month on the floor (literally) and a couple more on crutches. While I did get better at my video game skills, this was something that was hard for me. I use to be a relatively active person. I played tennis in high school and then tournament paintball for a several more. Lately it seems that there always seems to be something wrong with my feet.

The last couple of years I was told that my problem was that I have gout. Which in itself is not bad, except for the treatment of such. Suffice it to say it is a nasty mix of prescriptions that take care of the problem. You know that it is bad when the prescription tells you to take on pill an hour until “pain subsides or abdominal discomfort”. I have yet to take the meds where the pain went away, and I tried it more than a few times.

That leads me to the Great Jolly Jumper Accident of ’07 (that is what my wife calls it). Apparently I had a severe sprain after jumping in the Jolly Jump at my daughter’s birthday with ten guys and gals that are at least 25 years old. With that I spent time on crutches, wheelchair, crawling, and even got a handicapped placard. I went to Physical Therapy where they told me I had some pretty bad problems with my feet and ankles that needed to be taken care of.

After a year of searching for an answer, I think that I finally got one. I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritisin my left foot and toes. It is not repairable and can only be managed. Great you are saying, but I am excited to actually know what is going on with my foot. The coming weeks will see a beginning of cocktails of vitamins and arthritis medication. Next week I am getting fitted with a brace that 80 year olds swear by, at least that what I was told. All in all, I am should be able to manage the pain and get back to a regular life. As for running and competing, that is highly doubtful. I may be able to do some things but we shall see. 

The doctor believes that is is related to some trauma on the foot that I had. I was asked to trace it back to the beginning of the recurrances. It arose during my time playing paintball in some rocky and loose soiled fields every weekend. Oh well.