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    Default Aches and pains- Human not horse

    I'm not all that old I don't think! 33- 34 next week
    My problem is and tbh I'm actually quite scared by this, that I ache so much all the time. I get up sore and I go to bed sore, I often wake in the night.
    If I'm doing something that requires finer hand movement such as plaiting my hand will seize up altogether.
    The area varies, always the same culprit area's but from time to time one will seem to improve. Ie- My right wrist, left ankle lower back (always there) neck and shoulders and right knee are the problem places but sometimes, like today I've not felt the wrist at all.
    Because its not constant I'm told it cant be anything serious. I also have a dodgy hip which effects my riding (as does my back and knee ) But my GP says nothing wrong and im not old enough to have joint issues.

    Arthritis and other related problems seem common in my family-
    Please cheer me up! Are there older riders out there STILL riding with dodgy joints because right now im scared im going to have to call it a day shortly
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    I'm older at 46, I ache too and occasionally my back causes problems. I think keeping moving and riding is he best thing for me to do.
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    I'm younger.... 25 and I have arthritis.... next 8 years I'll need my leg realigned so I can keep my orginal knee longer..... prob by Clava's age it will need replacing

    Nothing will stop me from riding, it's rare it 'hurts' hurts when on board.

    I take MAX MAX glucosamine + chondroitin daily it does seem to have eased things compared to last winter. And I wear ALOT of layers/skiing stuff etc...

    Back generally is always a bother that's a general riding/working with horses problemo tho

    I have 'older' friends (my mums age) who are like bionic and still riding

    I think it all depends on pain thesholds etc.. but I agree with Clava I think up and about and riding etc.. helps. I know at the beginning of my recovery from my accident, riding helped 'unstick' things as it were and loose up scar tissue.

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    I'm afraid I'm not much help. 10 years younger and I have to be so careful not to suffer for doing anything due to a dodgy back et al. The one thing that I would suggest though, as it's pretty simple, is to try to get to an orthotist and see if they think that some insoles might help. Our bodies are brilliant at compensating so we will often get pain somewhere entirely different to where there is a problem, or at least where the initial problem was, for a problem that we might not even be aware of. Spending so much time on our feet doing the horses etc good alignment which starts at your feet going all the way up to your spine (via ankles, knees, hips...) can help quite a lot as you will be loading all your joints correctly. Simple fixes to correct inversion/eversion, knock knees/bow legs, functional leg length discrepancies etc can make a huge difference. I'd kick up a fuss with your GP though. If you're hurting you're hurting and of course it's possible for younger people to have problems...!

    Eta: If you have access to a Nintendo Wii body board these can be really useful to show up whether you are loading each side of your body evenly, both whilst standing and when stepping'.
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    Well I saw my surgeon last week who told me I now have severe arthritis in my ankle (painful 24/7) and it will need to be fused within 18 months - 2 years. I've also suffered from arthritis in my fingers since I was about 17. Today I went out for an hours hack on a horse that seemed to have springs in his feet. My ankle hurt a lot, but it is bareable (I guess it depends on your pain threshold). I still plait easily, and do everything I need to with my hands, and I do think the more active you are the more active you remain (if that makes sense). I take cod liver oil and glucosamine every day, and am looking into magnet bands for my wrists and ankle.

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    I wouldn't rule out something more curable. I have Hemachromotosis (too much iron in blood) meant to be hereditary but its not in me....
    It make every single joint ache as the Iron stacks on the joints. My knuckles are visibly deformed (literally happened over night) ....But is quite curable by having blood taken every week. If you can get to docs get them to prescribe naproxen very good for joint pain.
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    I have arthritis in right knee and ankle, and where I have broken myself I ache. I went to a sports physio who suggested insoles because I am wonky - what a difference, I am so much better with them in because my posture is correct. I would try something like that first, and also you could try supplements and the like to help you ease up. Aviform (who make suppleaze for horses) also do a human version - I am tempted to order a pot to try! I still ride and all sorts - just make sure that I am well wrapped up and that my dodgy bits are kept warm.
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    Im in my 30's and get knee pain. It comes and goes, but it gets painful wlaking up/down stairs and suatting and getting up again. But then it randomly dissapears for a couple of weeks and then returns.
    So at least I get some relief in between.

    I find that the best thing to do is keep moving (like an arthritic old horse) being in one position for too long and you may well seize up.

    Mine, I think is linked with limb length discrepency (right hip tilts higher than left, over pronate right foot to compensate etc and knee suffers due to malalingment and instability)

    A previous injury to a joint will, (as in Evistar's ankle) pretty much lead to osteoarthiritis at a latter stage, but OP it could be worth really badgering your GP to refer you to a specialist whether that orthopaedics/physio or for further tests/bloods.

    Good luck and keep warm

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    I cant recommend going to see at Osteopath more strongly.. not a physio, not a chiro.. an Osteopath.

    Im in my thirties as well and struggled for the last few years with a really sore hip. A pain which radiated into my leg and my GP said was siatica. And also extreme pain in my arm (elbow) which I was referred to an ortho specialist and xrays for, to be told its tennis elbow and live with it basically. Ive been seeing an Osteopath every 6-8 weeks for the last year. My pelvis was put under a lot of strain with pregnancy during this time. I can honestly say my hip pain is 99.9% gone. He identified my pelvis wasnt sitting straight and re-set it every visit until now its holding and really stable = no more hip pain. He also identified my arm pain as radial head dysfunction and spent time working on it to increase the mobility as it was totally locked. It is already SO much better and I have lived with this pain for over ten years!!!!!!!

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    I'm only 19 and I'm actually scared about the fact I hurt so much already. It's mainly my back, but my neck/shoulders, knees and ankles get really bad sometimes. My back is horrible though, I literally sit crying some nights because of it. If I catches me off guard, the pain takes my breath away and I'm just stuck for about 5/10 seconds before the pain goes away, it's so hard to explain to people though. I got told by the doctors that it's 'growing pains', but if it carries on, I'm seriously going to kick up a fuss. I was going to the osteopath every 6 weeks for nearly a year and it worked for a while, then started again, and to be quite honest, it wasn't worth the money.

    I just wish pain didn't exist!

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