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I just hope your old basketball injuries don't come back to haunt you as mine have come back to haunt me. What really slows me down, however is that I absolutely have to take a beta blocker. With it my pulse rate won't rise sufficiently with strenuous exercise and I can't get enough oxygen. This is an insurmountable problem at high elevation or with serious exercise. BP is both.
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One can never be sure how badly old injuries will come back to bite. My dad took a really hard fall on his hip on Mt. Goddard in 1977 (at age 49). He continued to be a death march horse until 1991. However in 1992 his hip had started to hurt him so badly he could barely make it up to Burro Lakes with his pack (we tried a backpack only once after that in 1995 and it was a trail hike, of course, en route to climb Langley). I took a horrible fall onto my own hip in 1979 (age 19 going on 20) and had pain for 10 plus years after that but it has been OK for awhile. I can only hope. I have some geology friends near my age (one older, one younger) who already have artifical knees. In the meantime, I hope that my epic rehab/preventative routine in the weight room (been a weight room regular now for 30 some odd years--the big reason I've come back from so many injuries) will continue to keep me duct-taped together for many years to come. As for the beta blockers, I can only hope that it will be a long time before I have to deal with that. Last year I had these splitting headaches that I know for sure (because of other symptoms) were related to allergies. My doctor was convinced it was a flow problem with blood vessels in the back of my head. They did an MRI on me and it was inconclusive (they were also checking for other potentially serious causes), but my doctor suggested beta blockers might be the solution for the vascular issue. I figured that even if it was allergies (which I'm pretty sure it was--Judy had a milder bout of the same thing when her allergies flared), if I stepped up my cardio program (I get a bit lazier in off season and tend to primarily do my strength stuff) things should improve. One week of doing my stairwell workout and the headaches vanished. No beta blockers for me before their time. This winter I had the congestion, ear canal clogging, sinus crud that brought things on last year. This winter, though, I kept with my stairwell stuff, so no headaches (except the morning after too much good beer or wine).
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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