After an accident – osteoarthritis

As some of you know I had a bicycle accident in 2006. A van hit me, NOT my fault…enough said about that.

I have noticed that I don’t have much upper body strength. I went to see the doctor as I was experiencing some discomfort in my upper back. After examination the doctor referred me for a c-spine xray. The result, mild osteoarthritis. I had a feeling I would get something like that later on, but I expected it to be much later on. I was wrong.

I am not going to let it get to me, I am having physiotherapy, I have lost some weight, I think. I feel as if I have. I have quite a bit to lose and I am not rushing myself, a pound or two each week would do me fine.

I hope that in time, I can get the strength I need to get myself up if I fall at ice skating, I can’t get myself up at the moment, the strength isn’t there. I just have to keep to the sides of the rink for now.

I also need to improve on my posture, increase my exercise. I really need to start using the gym but at the moment I can’t afford the fees.

I seem to have a good physiotherapist. I had my first session about two weeks ago. I have been doing exercises since then to strengthen things.

I would love to know what I can do to make things better. I have the advice of the physiotherapist but I would also like to know the experiences of people that have experienced osteoarthritis or know someone who has.

I hope that things do not get worse, not anytime soon anyway. The way I see it, it has reminded me to make sure that I enjoy every day and not let things get to me so much, I did that too often last year. This year is different and I am rather happy!

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