Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hip Pain, Seriously, Check Your Shoulders?

My 50’s have been an interesting time for me.  I am learning about aging every day.  I like the fact I am, so far, aging gracefully.    What does that mean?  To me it means as one problem comes up I can solve it before the next one surfaces.

Here is my most recent example.  I told you I get massages on a regular basis as part of my personal wellness program.  Honestly, I don’t know how anyone manages to flow through life without the stress releasing, muscle relaxing,  body detoxing benefits of massage.  I had a period last summer when I skipped several weeks.  During this time I got subtle discomfort deep in my hip.  At first it was annoying then the discomfort got painful, within a few days it started to keep me up at night. 

My lifestyle focuses on wellness, I am perusing an anti-inflammatory  diet, I exercise daily, I enjoy supplementsthanks to the Co-op, and I practice meditation and prayer every day. 

What could the cause for this pain possibly be.  It came on all of a sudden, from one day to the next something was wrong and I couldn’t imagine what I had done to be this uncomfortable. If I was up and moving I didn’t have any trouble but when I laid in bed, oh my.  I had peace for the first hour or two and then the throbbing would start and I would be up and unhappy.  After a couple of weeks of this I was starting to get grouchy, which is very unusual for me.

I cut back on my yoga practice, omitted hip openers, started taking Epsom salts baths which were a little help, and I took a couple of aspirin which was surprisingly helpful.

After almost three weeks I got back on schedule with my massage therapist.  I told her what was going on and within a few minutes she said, “Its the tension in your shoulders.”  “No Theresa I said my hips were bothering me.”  She said, “Yes, I heard you.”

Theresa worked on my shoulders for quite a long time.  When we were done she told me to drink plenty of fluids and she showed me some self-massage techniques for my shoulders that I should do for the next few days.

I have not had any more hip pain.

If you are closer to 60 than 50 you may remember a  song about the leg bone being connected to the hip bone.  Muscles are connected too and sometimes the muscles get tight and “forget” to relax.  Massage is a wonderful way to help muscles “remember” to release.   

 My wonderful mother has been telling me for decades, “Getting old is not for sissies!” Ah the lessons.

Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc


  1. WOW! Do I know about this. Turmeric Curcumun has been a fabulous addition to my OHC intake. As a mater of fact, I am promoting it to my friends when they discuss their aches and pains. Thanks to you and the Co-op

  2. I am reminded of that commercial that states, “A body in motion stays in motion.” I have to admit when I was going through that discomfort I did not want to stay moving. I wanted to sit in my pain and feel sorry for myself. My experience suggests that when I did do some moving the discomfort was noticeably less. On the days I sat around not doing any exercise, I hurt all day. So far I am considering myself lucky in that each problem has had a ready solution.