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    I heard my mom talk about hurting aches and pains and I thought..... now I am 67 I hurt my arms hurt I went to move last night and and fire shot down my arm I move a certain way my arms and dam it hurt

    so far I am really watching getting off butt scared to death what happens when I can/t raise up


    you quad para that are ageing chime in

    #2
    You might want to consider a visit to your doctor to discuss this and also Physical Therapy to evaluate your techniques for daily activities, transfers, etc. You might need to look at new techniques for movement, possible light strengthening of arm muscles.

    I'm older than you and recently completed several weeks of PT, 4 days a week. I found I must do light exercise program daily to avoid pain. I was told to stop a movement when/if pain occurred - so DON'T follow the old saying "no pain, no gain".

    Don't know if you have considered a power bed so that you can do "gravity transfers", and also help you get from laying down into sitting position by raising head of bed. I would be lost without mine....got it when I was 67!

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      #3
      I'm coming up on 62, and 46 years post. My shoulders and deltoids are really bothering me. 45+ years nad never had a pressure sore but I'm fighting something going on with my butt now. It's not a pressure sore. I can't determine what it is and waiting to hear back from Dr. Yes, all of my transfers rquire a lot more energy to move these old muscles.
      "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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        #4
        thanks guys I should do that I know I have arthritis that's why I am in a chair.

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          #5
          getting old

          .....is not for sissies.

          .....is not for the faint of heart.

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            #6
            Only 45 but start 34yrs of chairdom this summer.

            Already had a trigger finger and neuroma removed from my left .. but I feel my thumb going now (repetitive movement of wheeling for 30yrs).
            My hips during weather fluctuations hurt like pain I've not felt in a very long time. Drove me to tears a week ago or so. I toss and turn on an air mattress to stretch them but OTC pain meds every day.
            Losing strength being stuck in bed all the time from wounds that don't heal.

            Yeah getting old sucks.
            Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

            T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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              #7
              If I can find it, there is a video on youtube of a quad showing shoulder exercises that has made a difference for me. You use lightweight exercise bands.

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                #8
                I use bands for exercise and would be interested if you can find that video. The ones I have found show exercises by non-disabled persons.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by triumph View Post
                  I use bands for exercise and would be interested if you can find that video. The ones I have found show exercises by non-disabled persons.
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLNuKzzICnc&t=26s He has more exercise videos on his page.

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                    #10
                    Hi All
                    61 yrs and 33 yrs post T-8 para Here is a shocker My SCI doc said some one of my age should only do 2 to 4 transfers a day. Although I was surprised it made a lot of sense began quest for Power chair and lift vehicle the next day. Gotta work smarter instead of harder!

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                      #11
                      Thanks Brent K, very helpful videos. I like the ones that are 'equipment free' as sometimes even the easiest Theraband is tough on my elder shoulders.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by pete4sake View Post
                        Hi All
                        61 yrs and 33 yrs post T-8 para Here is a shocker My SCI doc said some one of my age should only do 2 to 4 transfers a day. Although I was surprised it made a lot of sense began quest for Power chair and lift vehicle the next day. Gotta work smarter instead of harder!
                        I wonder if your SCI doctor could get through a typical day with 4 transfers......my husband, in his 70's does 10 in a typical day and that does not include transfers to van seat if he goes out. It does include a nap. I'm also in my 70's and do about 11 transfers a day, being female, extra transfers for toileting.

                        If you just count getting out of bed, then toilet, maybe shower, then bed again at night, yeah, 6 might work.
                        Totally agree with you about lift vehicle. You might want to check out the ZX1 power device which attaches to rigid frame wheelchair. I use mine for outdoor travel and pop it off my chair when in the house. So important to preserve shoulder function.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by triumph View Post
                          I wonder if your SCI doctor could get through a typical day with 4 transfers......my husband, in his 70's does 10 in a typical day and that does not include transfers to van seat if he goes out. It does include a nap. I'm also in my 70's and do about 11 transfers a day, being female, extra transfers for toileting.

                          If you just count getting out of bed, then toilet, maybe shower, then bed again at night, yeah, 6 might work.
                          Totally agree with you about lift vehicle. You might want to check out the ZX1 power device which attaches to rigid frame wheelchair. I use mine for outdoor travel and pop it off my chair when in the house. So important to preserve shoulder function.
                          Exactly. In a perfect world, 2-4 a day would be great. If you only get in and out of bed, and stop living your life, then you can keep transfers that low. Ridiculous.
                          "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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                            #14
                            Well I guess my point is if he thinks 2 to 4 then maybe i shouldn't be doing 20. His point is to preserve shoulders and other joints that were not made for weight bearing. I think I can eliminate 10 to 12 by driving from a power chair. On the zx1 I think it is most likely a great solution. But as far as driving from it read other posts on here that may be difficult to dock etc. I do agree 2-4 is unrealistic it just got me thinking.. I also think it is important to cut back on the most difficult ones. If I don.t leave the house I can get by 6-8. But every errand i run add 4 so 3 errands = 20.
                            Last edited by pete4sake; 28 Mar 2018, 12:56 PM.

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                              #15
                              Yes, docking the ZX1 for driving, sadly, does not appear to be perfected. I got one a few years ago when I got tired and embarrassed grabbing onto the back of hubby's wheelchair to be towed up a gentle hill to a restaurant. A light bulb went off and I ordered one soon after. I am able to transfer to seat of our full size van while hooked up to ZX1, then secure with bungee cords. I use the zx1 every time I'm outdoors.
                              We keep a can of Pledge and a cloth handy to polish leather van seats for easy slide transfer. The 2 power seats enable us to do gravity transfers. My husband uses a transfer board (kept Pledged) when transferring out of van seat (he's tall and power seat at highest level, not quite a gravity transfer.) My transfers are all sliding rather than lifting up as I had done in the past.
                              I'm told the power-add on is great for getting up mini van ramp.

                              Must add: I really like this "getting old" thread. Don't know if there's many of us on CareCure.

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