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It pains me to grow older

November 29, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER , Times-Republican

OK, in these days of modern medicine I shouldn't feel like I'm getting old, but my body begs to differ, especially lately.

It seems it's playing a game on me which is called "guess what body part will be hurting next?"

From my back to the legs to other spots, it seems the pain the past few weeks doesn't completely go away, it just shifts.

Can it at least give me a whole week without feeling some pain?

Heck, I even hurt myself walking in my house a few weeks ago when my toes curled under my feet and the weight of my body gave me a minor sprain in the toes. That was a first for me and it was pretty painful, mostly because it was witnessed by my wife.

It looks like I'm inventing new ways to hurt myself as I'm now well into my 30s. If you see me on the street it's best to take cover as I seem to take on any random injury lately and you don't want to be caught in the debris.

In my younger days, there were only a few places where I would have injuries. Since I'm a basketball player I would get the occasional rolled ankle or finger injuries. Of course headaches would come and go and so does the occasional stomach ache. But those are faded memories as I seem to take on new places for pain. It seems no place is off limits to start hurting.

I don't want people to think I'm falling apart, but all these new areas of pain are interesting to me.

I also know I'm getting older when my workouts change. In my younger years, I would work out to get into shape and feel better about my physical and mental health. Now it seems lately I'm still doing this but have had to add different workouts just to keep from hurting in certain areas.

Is this what getting older is all about, preventative pain workouts?

Do I need to start buying Bengay in bulk? Will I soon be doing water aerobics and complaining about what the "young whipper snappers" are doing?

It seems like I've already got the complaining part down just fine, which should help me when I really get older. And I already seem to detest some of the new technology a little bit so that part is right on track.

Speaking of track, I better hit the one at the gym now. Better to beat the pain to the spot, I guess.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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