We all face diminishing abilities along with aches and pains as we get older. Muscles that don't want to do what they have done effortlessly in the past, declining physical abilities and increasing medical 'conditions'. We all face it to some degree, it seems to be an inescapable truth. I didn't give this much thought until well after I turned 50. In fact I payed little attention to subtle changes in my energy level and muscle response to exertion. But day by day, I observed my declining abilities creeping into my daily life.
Some like me fight it, others may whine, while others may rail at the universe as time marches on stealing our abilities one little piece at a time.
After Christmas, I started physical therapy, to work on the increasing pain in my back caused by a significant fall three years ago on ice. (See there is a really good reason we ALL should be wintering in warm climates) It was followed by breaking my ankle the following fall. The inactivity and time on crutches added to a declining fitness level that I have tried to address on my own. Increase the Activity. Push through the pain. Strain another muscle.
Imaging revealed a vertebrae, T7 had collapsed (in the front) onto T8 forming a wedge. The three discs above and below the vertebrae are a bulging narrowing mess. The longer I am upright during the day the nerves bundles are being irritated by the pressure that radiates across my mid back area and the feeling that my spine is not holding up straight on my left side.