Over 50`s , How Knackered Are You ?

I shouldn't have looked at this thread. Today is my 67th birthday. I'm home alone, bedded down and looking at a right lower leg that looks as though the brigade of Foot Guards has been marking time on it. Having, over the past seven years hyper tension, diabetes, a couple of arthroscopies, a radical prostatectomy swiftly followed by the fitting of an artificial urinary sphincter and circumcision (stop laughing in the back there) and providing the memsahib with the perfect reason for withdrawing conjugal rights ("Ugh. You look revolting. The sound you can hear is my libido making for a reverse slope position".) I thought things couldn't get much worse. Cue the cynical laughter.
A recent jaunt along Hadrian's Wall turned a sore knee into an inability, on a bad day, to walk more than 200metres without wincing. My Doc, known as Dr Mengele to some, told me that I was becoming bow legged on one side (But how, I'm not a rider, let alone ex Cav!) and as a result, the gap between upper and lower knee was compressed and the cartilage both trapped and escaping. The solution? An "upper tibial osteotomy". The lower leg is opened up, ligaments and muscle separated from the bone and a wedge cut out of the tibia. The tibia is then bent so the two ends meet and the whole thing bolted together with a plate before the whole shooting match is stitched back together.
Today is day five post op. Looking down, from knee to ankle is a varicolored bruise that not even LSD could provoke, punctuated by blisters of escaped bone marrow. I'm on sticks and using them makes me squeal like a stuck pig. Mrs Rickshaw has had to go and assist her frail and increasingly doolally ma and Rickshaw Minor is oblivious down in Australia where he is fighting Parkinson's. Rickshaw Mini Minor is equally oblivious as he is swotting for his pre LE commission interviews and boards as well as catering for two young children who are on the autistic spectrum.

Now, why have poured all this onto the page? Two reasons: getting old is shiite and shiite happens. Secondly, there is always somebody worse off than you so if I have generated a little schadenfreude for some and a snigger of "Rickshaw bloody deserves it" in others, then my job is done. Oh, finally, painkillers mean no booze. Happy Birthday me.
I feel your pain , chin up, wait till it really gets bad
 
I hit 52 this year and get stared at by freinds when I attribute most of my ailments to my 12 years in the army.

  • High blood pressure
  • High colesterol (not that high though!)
  • Severe arthritis in my right hip, mild in my left
  • 2 Knackered knees
  • Long sighted
  • More teeth missing that can be passed off as unfortunate (TBH, several were removed by army dentists on ops due to time contraints. The others were taken out shortly after I left due to army dentistry failing the survivors!)
  • My hearing is shot. If I'm in a loud pub/gathering, everything turns to white noise and I can't hear conversations unless I cup a hand around one ear
I wonder if anyone has done a study of veterans and how their health issues stack up against a civillians for the same age group and especially if we are prone to getting certain age related problems earlier then them?
 

2000AD

War Hero
51, chronic lower right abdominal pain, cause still not determined after several years of consultations with by various docs (did have appendix out which cured it for a while but it was resurgent about 18 months afterwards. Part fused left ankle after shattering it 30 years ago, remainder of joint now arthritic; painful after short walks, total loss of cartilidge at rear of right kneecap ; also painful after short walks, bloody annoying right hip pain.

Athsmatic in summer if pushed too hard due to hayfever. BP and resting pulse excellent.

Otherwise, I'm apparently "Disgustingly healthy" according to one doc I saw a few years ago

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rgjbloke

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Mobility wise, I’m pretty knackered. I’ve suffered from severe arthritis for years now. I’ve had it pretty much everywhere but it’s my legs that are mainly knackered. I walk bone on bone in my knees. I need two hand crutches to walk more than just a few yards and even with them, I can only walk relatively short distances.

I was always very fit as a younger man. Former infantry and all that. Never had a problem with 10 milers in cefo with weapons etc. In fact, I used to thrive on my ability to run long distances. When I left the army in 1977, I had a taste for the mountains and I’d go walking around North Wales or the Lake District and on a couple of occasions, up into Scotland into the Cairngorms and I’ve climbed Ben Nevis on my own. It felt like a bit of an achievement standing on the tallest mountain in the UK by myself without another person within miles.

All that ended though during my early forties as the arthritis began to take a grip. I just started to lose the ability to walk without leaning on something and it quickly got worse. My ankles are knackered as well. One is completely inflexible and the other has a tiny amount of movement in it. The other noticeable bit to me is my hands. They are very slightly disfigured, it’s mostly not really noticeable but my right hand can’t close up completely.

It has at times been extremely painful. At one time I was hospitalised because I couldn’t walk at all because of the pain. I was unable to even turn on my side while lying on a bed at one stage because of the pain. I’m largely over the pain bit now though. The nerves that conduct the pain to your mind seem to have given up doing their job.

The walking bit apart, I do lead a relatively normal life now. I’m on injectable medication once a week that seems to do the trick and I take several tablets each day and it seems to all be working. I eat most things although I do have a reduced appetite and I enjoy a pint of beer.

I do get out and about to a reduced amount these days because it’s not as easy as it used to be. I can still drive. Something that surprises people but driving does give me a continued sense of freedom. If I had to give that up, it would feel much more like living in a limited fashion. However the cars also knackered at the moment so I can walk the distance from my house to a cab on my crutches which is the main mode of transport at the moment and I have a mobility scooter which breaks down into small parts to go in a car boot which we can take with us for mobility if we go out somewhere.

I do though consider myself relatively lucky. If I’m regarded by people as being not being in the best of physical health, there is an element of truth in that possibly, it’s not life threatening which when I look around at many others with medical ailments isn’t always something that they can claim.

It’s remarkable to me the incidence of people entering their later years who are beginning to suffer breathing problems. Emphysema/COPD etc mainly caused by a lifetime of a fairly heavy cigarette habit are very noticeable to me when I visit some places where these people hang out. There is one pub in particular which my brother uses and I often visit him there and it seems like half the people who you regularly see in there have some kind of respiratory problem.

At least I’ve never had a problem with my breathing. That’s presumably because my history of cigarette smoking was a relatively short one many years ago. I’m aware that some smokers don’t suffer debilitating breathing problems despite a lifetime of following their habit but I’ve encountered an awful lot of them who are in that exact situation.

So things for me health wise could be better but I do count myself as fortunate that while there aren’t any guarantees to living a long life into your late eighties or even your nineties, I’m now approaching my sixty seventh birthday in October and there isn’t anything on the horizon that suggests I won’t be enjoying quite a few more of them!
 
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subsidising a select number of breweries.
talking my language, we are in a Golden age for Ale drinkers, especially so If you can still drink after having survived the BAOR drinking culture. I like attending the summer beer festivals with my son in law, sponsored by Micro breweries both here and over from the US who have recently got large on American IPA's. They had 30 odd guest ales, but what really blew me away was the Plum Porter byTitanic Brewery from Stoke on trent, it's one of many reasons why life is so great.
 
51, chronic lower right abdominal pain, cause still not determined after several years of consultations with by various docs
Diverticulitis, camera up the botty I'm afraid, I had cronic pain left lower abdominal a few years back, Camera up the Jacksey and it turned out it was a ten pence piece size patch of Diverticulitis in the Descending colon, I cut out Roast Pork, (but not bacon or Ham as they are cured) more roughage in my diet, fruit veg and cereal, right as rain and no recurring pain.
 
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I wonder if anyone has done a study of veterans and how their health issues stack up against a civillians

not against civilians, against arm for arm, Do Infantry suffer more hip and knee joint problems compared to AAC, AGC ect,, Do ex arty guys suffer more shoulder and upper body problems, do Tank crew suffer more breathing problems than say ex RE, do RE suffer from more hand and digit related injuries. do AAC suffer more vibrating white finger than other arms of service. Comparing men who served in HM forces to civilians is a non point I would think.
 
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DaManBugs

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Jeebus

Reading this thread, I can only conclude that I am one lucky ********
Same here! Reading through this thread and registering the sheer bandwidth of various maladies other ARRSErs have to contend with, I really do feel as if I've pulled the ace-card in life health-wise.

I'm 78 years old now and about five years ago, I had a bit of a shock when all my joints started stiffening up and causing pain to a most alarming degree. It turned out that I had an excess of uric acid. There's absolutely no history of gout in our family and it was a complete mystery to me as to what may have caused it. Even the specialist was at a loss to explain it. However, I quickly revised my diet and within a month or so all was back to normal, although I had difficulties putting any weight on my wrists for about a six-month after that. In the meantime, even that's gone with no further trace.

It was also around that time that I began to be plagued by beginning arthritis in both hips, which has become a lot worse (in my left hip) in the last twelve-month or so and started to slow me down a bit. I take no medication, but I've again revised my diet to include cardamom, turmeric, onions, cinnamon and black pepper - all of which contribute to damping down inflammation in the body - in addition to taking natural supplements that do the same.

Until I read this thread, I did tend to feel a bit sorry for myself from time to time. But having read what's going on with others on ARRSE (and some of the comparatively young ages mentioned) I feel like a sprightly teenager in comparison. :smile:

MsG
 
not against civilians, against arm for arm, Do Infantry suffer more hip and knee joint problems compared to AAC, AGC ect,, Do ex arty guys suffer more shoulder and upper body problems, do Tank crew suffer more breathing problems than say ex RE, do RE suffer from more hand and digit related injuries. do AAC suffer more vibrating white finger than other arms of service. Comparing men who served in HM forces to civilians is a mute point I would think.
I think knee and ankle issues, especially those of us that wore CBH are probably systemic through those of us that served early 80's to mid 90's. Speaking as a Sapper, I think my injuries are probably sports related as opposed to work related although did suffer a few injuries, especially fingers and toes.
 

Smeggers

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I think the whole scenario for all of us Old and Bold is one of continuous medication. I am approaching my 65th year this year and regularly take around about 24 tablets a day! My knees are shot to pieces, hip overdue for a replacement, arthroscopy on both shoulders and triple bypass. If I was a horse, they'd shoot me, but I think it is payback for all the chugging around the bollocks in you-can't-see-me-suits and carrying the equivalent of a small house on your back. Any ex-serviceman who is around 60-70 will agree with me on this. We're fooked!
 
I hit 52 this year and get stared at by freinds when I attribute most of my ailments to my 12 years in the army.

  • High blood pressure
  • High colesterol (not that high though!)
  • Severe arthritis in my right hip, mild in my left
  • 2 Knackered knees
  • Long sighted
  • More teeth missing that can be passed off as unfortunate (TBH, several were removed by army dentists on ops due to time contraints. The others were taken out shortly after I left due to army dentistry failing the survivors!)
  • My hearing is shot. If I'm in a loud pub/gathering, everything turns to white noise and I can't hear conversations unless I cup a hand around one ear
I wonder if anyone has done a study of veterans and how their health issues stack up against a civillians for the same age group and especially if we are prone to getting certain age related problems earlier then them?
I'm sure there was a study of this sort that was mentioned on here some time ago, though I can't remember any details.

Then again, it could be my memory playing tricks on me.
 
70 in October.
I walk about 5-8 miles daily and can do 5.25 miles in under 70 min easy.
Warm down with 30 situps and 30 pressups.
I take Statins, Thiamine (my doc thinks I am a heavy drinker) and vit D additives.
I own 2 Guzzi's and feel fitter than i have for at least a decade as a result of the lock down and pushing out the walking and warm downs.
Also own my own place with no cost of living problems.
 
Jeebus

Reading this thread, I can only conclude that I am one lucky ********
Oh aye, they're a right bunch of knackered ******* in here :D

The ones that aren't are liars ;)
 

Goatman

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50 in a couple of months Had a occipital nerve stimulator fitted last week . Could be a new lease of life when switched on in a couple of weeks.View attachment 672336
Kerrrist on an actual bike - does the term 'Zipperhead' get used much ? Hope it cures the problems when it goes live....

Not sure I have the right to contribute to this thread as a mere STAB non-infanteer....but I'm 65 next week.

Like many, count myself lucky.....knee issue for the last 9 months which has stopped me running but other than that I appear to be in ' g.w.o for its age, never despatched ' territory at the moment , fingers X'd.

Nearly popped my clogs in 2018 but seem to have recovered from a close encounter with only a few scars.

Walk,cycle,swim without too many dramas and weaned myself off the daily three meds I left hospital on.


Wear glasses for reading, mostly own teeth and hair, house trained.

@rickshaw best wishes for a slow steady recovery - and regards to the fragrant Mrs Rick from Hill Block HQ Land :)
 
50 in a couple of months Had a occipital nerve stimulator fitted last week . Could be a new lease of life when switched on in a couple of weeks.View attachment 672336

For a second or two there I thought they had fitted a zipper to the back of your head.
 

Old Bastard

Old-Salt
51, chronic lower right abdominal pain, cause still not determined after several years of consultations with by various docs (did have appendix out which cured it for a while but it was resurgent about 18 months afterwards. Part fused left ankle after shattering it 30 years ago, remainder of joint now arthritic; painful after short walks, total loss of cartilidge at rear of right kneecap ; also painful after short walks, bloody annoying right hip pain.

Athsmatic in summer if pushed too hard due to hayfever. BP and resting pulse excellent.

Otherwise, I'm apparently "Disgustingly healthy" according to one doc I saw a few years ago

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Having suffered with hayfever since 2004, I got the jab last month and the symptoms vanished completely within 1 day.
 
Nearly popped my clogs in 2018 but seem to have recovered from a close encounter with only a few scars.

was it Motorcycle related, a lot of "only old as the Bike you ride" on here swear by the Pensioner at Speed to keep you young idea. They Ride responsibly/skillfully at all times of course.
 

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