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A question of kvetching: youngsters need not reply. Care to share when you first noticed an ache or pain, a pinch or a strain?

Asked by zensky (13262 points ) December 21st, 2012

My knees just started hurting for no reason other than my age.

My eyes are blurrier and I need more than reading glasses.

Also I smell.

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Bellatrix's avatar

Well I haven’t heard the word kvetching – but yes, I have discovered one leg is shorter than the other and this gives me pain in my ankle and if I don’t wear inserts in my shoes, a pain in my other hip!

Yes, my eyesight has become a little blurrier too…

I don’t smell :D However, I have noticed I fart more (which connects with your topics @Zensky.! Sorry! Overshare! I just had to say it.

zensky's avatar

LOL It’s the day after the end of the world – so I am officially calling this Silly Saturday.

trailsillustrated's avatar

I needed glasses overnight. My knees hurt (but that’s gone away). I have a muffin top .( shock of the world) . I wear orthopaedic shoes. I don’t care about sex. Shock, shock

zensky's avatar

Sex. Remind me…?

augustlan's avatar

Fibro made me old way before my time. Started feeling about 80 when I was barely into my 30s, dang it! But, oy, the eye thing. Pretty soon, I’m going to have to get some reading glasses. Never had that problem before this last year.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I am approaching 40. I drink, smoke. and engage in unsafe behaviors of all kinds. I started to have bad dreams about my body falling apart in ugly, x-files types ways. I started going to gym every day and they went away.

Shippy's avatar

My legs get sore, particularly my one foot. I want them rubbed down constantly. If I wear contacts I cant read, if I don’t I cant see. I have strange bumps and lumps appearing and my teeth are breaking suddenly.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

When did I first notice aches and pains? I think it was on a Thursday. The knees would not lift me off my chair without a little help. They hurt. I awake hurting.

But don’t mind me. I’ll just sit here and rub in more Ben Gay. ~

hearkat's avatar

I turned 41 a month before the iPhone came out… I had bifocals within 6 months (although the retina screen now allows me to use the device with or without correction).

A year ago, at age 45, I started having heel pain – bilateral plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. I also began feeling tightness in both hands. Some of my bloodwork suggests early stage something autoimmune but the more definitive tests are still technically normal. I am on a maintenance dose of a mild anti-rheumatic medication and it helps. My feet are progressively improving, but foot pain makes nearly everything more difficult.

syz's avatar

40 is the magic number – it all starts going to shit after that.

Sunny2's avatar

Well, children, keep on keeping on. The more you move, the better you’ll be, even if it hurts. Move it! I don’t remember when I started to hurt and I know it probably won’t stop, but it won’t stop me. I’m slower at everything I do, but I still do it. I think I’m lucky I’m still functioning as well as I am. What bothers me most is a definite decline in my thinking and remembering skills. That’s the hardest to take.

downtide's avatar

I started having trouble with my knees when I was in my late 30s, but I blame that on damage from years of horse-riding. I didn’t really start to feel old until I started needing reading glasses at the age of 44.

Kardamom's avatar

One day, when I was 38, now I’m 48, my knee popped and ever since then I’ve had aching legs, and feet. Thankfully, not all of the time, but after a long or difficult day of work, OMG! Recently I developed a stinging pain in my left pinky toe bone, not the toe itself, but the bone part that’s in my foot. It’s completely random when it hurts and doesn’t seem to be aggravated or helped by wearing shoes or not, walking around or sitting or lying in bed. It just comes out of nowhere. It never occurs to me to ask my doctor about it, because it’s completely random and sometimes I go for weeks without any pain, and then I’ll have pain every day for 2 weeks, but not all day long, like I said it comes and goes randomly. My eyesight got bad over night about 6 years ago when I started having to wear reading glasses. I get hot flashes, nothing really horrible or in need of treatment, but sometimes I’m really hot above the chest and rather cold on my legs and feet at the same time! So I never know whether to pull up the covers or cast them off. It doesn’t make sense to me, to be hot and cold at the same time. I have a hard time sleeping every single night for the last 4 years or so, but yet I don’t feel particularly tired or worn out during the day time, so I guess it’s OK. It’s the “new” normal.

RandomGirl's avatar

I’m only 16, but I’ve already got random aches and pains for no reason at all. Note to self: don’t get old. :p

jonsblond's avatar

I couldn’t get the thread in the needle. (age 40?) :(

cookieman's avatar

I’m 41.

I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes 4–5 years ago. That didn’t make me feel old though. I’m a big dude with bad genes on diabetes – so no real surprise.

However, when I started getting pains in my feet last year, I was convinced it was neuropathy from my diabetes.

So after a pretty involved test on my feet and legs, my doctor says, “It’s not neuropathy.”

“It’s not?!” I said, “But what about all the foot pain?”

“Looks like arthritis”, he replayed.

Now that made me feel old.

wundayatta's avatar

Hmmm. I guess I’m doing well. My aches and pains didn’t really start kicking in until I was over 50. First my achilles heels. I think it was the pounding on the diving board or maybe the pounding from my bicycle. My doctor suggests I start out riding more easily these days. I’d actually been doing tht recently.

My shoulder ligaments are all torn to hell. Been doing physical therapy for that. My eyes don’t work, even with glasses. I’m driving slower as a result.

My stomach has been bothering me for months now. Doc says it might be giardia. Needs a stool sample.

Let’s not talk about skin. I have so many rashes it isn’t funny.

Let’s not talk about the brain, either. Mine feels like a not so friendly stranger these days. I watch myself with amazement. I have no idea what I will do next. I fully expect to wake up one morning and find myself in a different city in some homeless shelter, not remembering who I am.

I could go on, but I will spare you.

The thing is, I fully expect to recover from all these ailments soon and be able to spend my summers doing reverse flips again. You know, after I lose 40 pounds.

rooeytoo's avatar

When I was about 12 I had a bad fall from a horse (jumping bareback – the horse, not me – is not always a good idea) wrecked my left knee. When I was early 30’s I had a bad accident on a motorcycle, wrecked my right knee. So they have both been achy for a long time. But I still run 3–4 times a week, as @Sunny2 said, not as fast as I used to, but I keep going. I think exercise keeps the pain at bay, the pain and stiffness is much worse if I goof off and skip a couple of days. When in the tropics I would swim for an hour a couple of times a week also, but now I am in cold weather, I hate indoor pools, so no more swimming and more cycling. Just keep moving, at whatever pace you can! And doing suduko to keep your brain active too.

flutherother's avatar

I developed a pain in my knee about five years ago. I remember walking up Buchanan Street with the twinges making me feel old. I thought there was no hope and this was the beginning of the end. The annoying pain disappeared as mysteriously as it came though it took about 18 months. I’m not getting any younger, but touch wood, at the moment I have no aches or pains to speak of.

I have needed glasses since the age of 10 when I noticed the moon getting blurry and I thought I was losing my sight.

Gabby101's avatar

My eyesight! I can’t believe that generations have been putting up with this and not making a major fuss. I held out longer than most (age 46), but I find it intolerable that I can’t see as well as I used to and have to put on glasses to read and then take them off again to see the rest of the world. I really hate it!!

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