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  • #16
    I can totally relate. I am 57 and after 50 things started happening. The mildly worsening arthritis, fading eyesight, achy joints when getting up after sitting for more than 20 minutes. I exercise 6 out of 7 days alternating running and lifting. I am at my ideal weight. The losing battle of aging is in effect. In our line of work it doesn't take me long to look around and be very appreciative for my health and life, fading though it is.

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    • #17
      Also close to 40. Still good stamina, but overweight by about 20 lbs since med school. More worrying to me is pain in my forearms related to use of the computer. Going to see a good physiotherapist soon.

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      • #18


        Wouldn’t it be a blast if we could all hang out at bar and talk about this face to face? Ah wait, you’re all fitness freaks, so no drinking.


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        • #19
          53, have all the same complaints that are listed above. Though when I come to work and see someone , 5 or 10 years younger that can barely walk or fit in one of my chairs I feel quite thankful in life. When I realized the end was closer than the beginning, I made a decision to work less and play more.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by STATscans View Post

            Wouldn’t it be a blast if we could all hang out at bar and talk about this face to face? Ah wait, you’re all fitness freaks, so no drinking.

            I drink regularly. One cup every day or every other day. Just did a wine trip and picked up a few 'case specials'. Guess it's going to be every day for while. But yeah, etoh is bad for you.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by STATscans View Post
              I will reach the ripe old age of 50 in 2 years.
              When you get over the hump of 60 years, you might remember fondly the time you were 48 years old.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by burritos View Post

                I drink regularly. One cup every day or every other day. Just did a wine trip and picked up a few 'case specials'. Guess it's going to be every day for while. But yeah, etoh is bad for you.
                Never got into wine. I like beer and hard liquor better.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Random1 View Post
                  53, have all the same complaints that are listed above. Though when I come to work and see someone , 5 or 10 years younger that can barely walk or fit in one of my chairs I feel quite thankful in life. When I realized the end was closer than the beginning, I made a decision to work less and play more.
                  Yeah it does give you perspective to treat patients who have more problem than you.

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                  • #24


                    ​​​​​You say your life is almost just over half over. But realistically your active healthy self has maybe 25 years. More like 2/3 of that life is gone. Can't wait. Do it now!![/QUOTE]

                    Why do you have to point out that fact? :-( yes more like 2/3 of my useful life is gone.

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                    • #25


                      “Seize the time... Live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”


                      ― Jean-Luc Picard

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by burritos View Post
                        Turned 50 this year. Last month I beat my high school pull up record(non kipping) that I achieved when I was 17. Now I have right lateral epicondylitis. Which is interesting cause when I had right tennis elbow when I was 17 because, well, I played tennis.
                        As you probably know, the tennis elbow you had way back then was most likely due to being “late” hitting your backhand (one or two handed). Now it’s just due to age/degeneration.

                        As a former D1 tennis player, it’s taken my kids starting to play to get me back into the game. I had a very difficult time grappling with the fact that I will never be as good as I was then. I didn’t pick up a racket for over 10 years because every time I did prior to that, I was just pissed off that I couldn’t get to balls I had no trouble reaching before, or couldn’t hit the shots with the precision and power I was used to. I’m probably a smarter player now than I was then, but the physical skills are no longer there.

                        I am just over 40 so haven’t started to see some of the complaints that a few of you older than me are describing, yet, but I know they’re around the corner. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is how much longer it takes me to recover from injury, even minor. I strained a deltoid a few years ago lifting and couldn’t lift for over 3 months. I rolled my ankle on a run a few weeks ago and still am limping around with pain in my 5th metatarsal.

                        My dad has become fond of saying that “old age isn’t for sissies,” and the closer I get to 50 the more I realize how true that is.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by climbskiscope View Post
                          I had a med school mentor who at 74
                          Anyone still practicing medicine at 74 is no hero.

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                          • #28
                            I never age. I’m kind of like Peter Pan minus the tights and the whole climbing into children’s windows thing.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by STATscans View Post

                              ​​​​​You say your life is almost just over half over. But realistically your active healthy self has maybe 25 years. More like 2/3 of that life is gone. Can't wait. Do it now!!
                              Why do you have to point out that fact? :-( yes more like 2/3 of my useful life is gone.[/QUOTE]

                              I wouldn't say useful. You were probably no use to anyone as a self absorbed future doctor well into your thirties.

                              So your useful life didn't start until your forties. And your useful life extends beyond your physically healthy and active life, given generativity and the importance of our elders in cultural transmission. From that perspective, you've only been useful for eight years, and you could be useful til 90, so you have 42/50 or 84% of your useful life left. 😁

                              It's just that many of those useful years won't be healthy and active. ☹️

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by MaxPower View Post

                                As you probably know, the tennis elbow you had way back then was most likely due to being “late” hitting your backhand (one or two handed). Now it’s just due to age/degeneration.
                                I didn't have it a month ago. I think it was from trying to do max pull ups. Degeneration probably plays a factor. I also had it when I was 39 when I kept 1 handed swaddling my newborn for 6 months.

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