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Is my body falling apart since hitting my mid thirties?!

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IJumpedAboardAPirateShip Tue 21-May-19 16:43:33

I’m too young for aches and pains aren’t I?! I turned 36 last week in over the last few weeks I’ve started getting really sore knees when they stay in the same position for too long (eg long haul flight) and my right hip and leg is in agony after doing my usual pathetic 3000 steps after school drop off. I am a healthy weight and relatively healthy diet but haven’t exercised in a very long time.
Am I:
A) old
B) unfit
C) something else going on?!

Is it worth me seeing a physio or doctor, or just do some low impact exercise to see if that’s the problem?

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wineandsunshine Tue 21-May-19 19:43:14

Once I hit 35...that was it! A slippery slope downhill smile
In all seriousness I'm 36 too and struggle with a bad back/hip, I try and stretch each morning!

Koolbeans Tue 21-May-19 19:44:55

My body got to 30 then clapped out. I dread to think what I'll be like at 35. I can't even bend down without saying "oof" grin

SpoonBlender Tue 21-May-19 20:02:57

Right leg sounds like it might be a real problem if it's that sharp a pain.

Joints 'setting' when you don't move for a while is a very 30s thing. That'll only get worse, so if you can make yourself a "move, you idiot" reminder technique that'll be a habit well worth embedding.

Also, do some yoga. It helps.

IJumpedAboardAPirateShip Tue 21-May-19 21:06:50


Thanks guys

Back to yoga I go - used to do it a lot and I miss it so I guess I need to start strengthening my body!

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managedmis Tue 21-May-19 21:09:13

Yeah man same here

Brutal I tell ya

Iggly Tue 21-May-19 21:09:22

I’ve found that since having children I’ve had to concentrate on fixing my pelvic floor and core. As a result my back aches less and I get less hip problems.

I’m convinced my tendons and muscles etc have got weird and loose since having kids 😂

Thatsnotmyname4291 Tue 21-May-19 21:11:45

If I stand up and try to walk after sitting for ‘too long’ (an hour?) my feet are all weird and stiff. I have so much sympathy for old people these days.

YeOldeTrout Tue 21-May-19 21:18:02

My knees blew up when I was 30. I think they might be finally recovering now (21 yrs later).

foodiefil Tue 21-May-19 21:20:19

Do any of you exercise or have weight issues? If you have problems. Serious question. I'm early 30s - touch wood no problems yet - just wondering about prevention

Fatted Tue 21-May-19 21:23:10

Are you on any contraception? Certain types of contraceptive are linked to osteoporosis with extended use. Falling estrogen levels can also do it. You could always ask the doctor to check your calcium and vitamin D levels.

mrwalkensir Tue 21-May-19 21:49:49

Take vitamin D. My joints improved massively (not quickly, but over a few months).

rslsys Tue 21-May-19 22:05:31

Wait till you get to your 60s. You'll look back on the days of single digit ailments wistfully . . .

YesQueen Tue 21-May-19 22:08:19

Mine gave up age 31
I developed a condition where I kill off my white blood cells hmm thanks for that
Herniated a disc (no idea how), got cauda equina and needed 5hrs of spinal surgery
Oh and my knees crack constantly which the doctor says is "wear and tear"

Hearhere Tue 21-May-19 22:11:37

Use it or lose it

PearlandRubies194 Tue 21-May-19 22:12:29

My favourite memory of when I was in my 20s was not having knee pain

YesQueen Tue 21-May-19 22:52:54

@Hearhere use it or lose it not really applicable to stuff you can't control... hmm

justforareply Tue 21-May-19 22:56:05

When I was 30ish, I was waking up in mornings so stiff it took me a good 10m to be able to straighten up to full standing position. Went to Dr and was told it was age.
I got a new mattress and it was like a miracle. No problems similar since

IJumpedAboardAPirateShip Tue 21-May-19 23:56:32

Not overweight, not on contraception, live in Southern California so Vit D not a prob - could get my calcium levels checked though

Signing up for Pilates!

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Hearhere Wed 22-May-19 00:15:40

@yesqueen, I don't doubt it, however your point is besides my point
Furthermore my point stands
my point being that, broadly speaking exercise improves your well-being, surely you'll agree with that?

Killerqueen2244 Wed 22-May-19 00:28:12

You’re not alone! Same age- I’ve done some mid intensity exercise and walked the dogs for 40 mins today and my knees have been sore all night! They’ve played up since I had a child (always been fine before despite teaching fitness for a living) so not sure if it’s a thing I should go to the doc about or if I should continue with what I’m doing and hoping it’s just a muscle imbalance causing it. hmm

Getting older really does suck!!!

managedmis Wed 22-May-19 00:35:07

Do any of you exercise or have weight issues


I chase around after two kids all day and don't have weight problems.

It's just more a feeling of being knackered, hips aching, I say 'ooouuff' when I get up from the chair nowadays grin

Digestion is more sensitive too.

wineandsunshine Wed 22-May-19 06:44:33

No weight issues - run x twice a week, work full time and chase 4 DS's around.....just life I guess!

Thatsnotmyname4291 Wed 22-May-19 11:20:11

I exercise a decent amount. Losing a couple of pounds wouldn’t hurt but not huuuge.

YeOldeTrout Wed 22-May-19 20:43:11

Exercise much contributed to many of my knee and other issues. I'm just not cut out for endurance things I reckon. Not fat either. Am another wrinkled sun lover who never used the pill... and still get a lot of exercise compared to most people but there's loads of exercise things I would never aspire to (like running a halfM). I'm a natural born wimp, it seems.

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