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Oliver
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I am due for a progress report but, in fact, I may be going backwards (?)  My Doctor thinks that a recent diagnosis of early arthritis may be affecting my violin playing.  Over the Summer I noticed a loss of precision, coordination, etc.  Any arthritis is not yet in the crippling stage so I am continuing to play but only with more effort and concentration and the result is not up to my former ability.

These conditions have not helped my motivation but I am not totally depressed.  I expected that starting to play very late in life might have bad consequences.  That's no surprise.  And the violin owes me nothing.  It's been great fun!

Now, according to "Fiddler on the Roof" there is sunrise and sunset.  So, I get a phone call that my son had been chosen to sing the solo tenor aria from Bach Cantata 142 and he did that on Dec. 5 with the Belmont Chorale Chamber Group of Boston.  I think of that as "passing the torch".

Now I only have to worry about my 11 year old Grand Daughter who dumped the violin after one year in order to focus on her wardrobe and her collection of Monster High School dolls. 

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Fiddlerman
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Sorry to hear this. Did you try Joint Juice by any chance? I've heard that it helps enormously.

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I did not try anything yet because I thought the aches and pains were simply due to strenuous outdoor chores and it would all cease when Fall came around and the easier life style.  I will be looking at some of the remedies.  I'm always cautious with any new medicines given the frequent bad reports that appear in the media.

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Not good news, Oliver. But i remember that the darkest time is right before the dawn.. So i hope, if playing violin is not forbidden by the doctor - then it's not so bad =) birthday_balloon

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I hope that some medication as suggested by Fiddlerman will help.  I just was not prepared for the diagnosis so now I have to do some exploring.

(There are probably some people who would forbid my playing for other than medical reasons rofl

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I hope that some medication as suggested by Fiddlerman will help.  I just was not prepared for the diagnosis so now I have to do some exploring.

(There are probably some people who would forbid my playing for other than medical reasons rofl

Just tell them it's therapeutic, Oliver! LOL

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My doctors told me to stop working on the farm.  I told them that yhe day I stop is the day I die.  Now every time I see them they only ask how the horses are doing.  My wife has arthritis very bad and her biggest problem is when she stops using her hands they hurt worse. her doctor tell her to keep moving as much as posible to keep her joints moving.  There are so many things available now and a lot of them work wonders.  Owning horses we find out about new treatmwnts far before they are used on people and the one I found to work miricles on joints is glucosamine.  I had a horse who had broken his knee and could barely bend it.  After a month on glucosamine the farrier came to trim his feet and was shocked that he could lift his foot up again.

 

In short keep playing.  Even if it's not up to the way you did play at one time I'm sure you will always love playing.

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Hi Oliver, I'm also saddened by your news.  I know exactly how you feel, at times it's difficult to just get out of bed.

I've had aches and pains for years, especially my hands and fingers.  I've tried glucosamine tablets, chondroitin and msm, and I can seriously say they didn't do anything for me.  Now I take a powdered form of msm with added chondroitin and glucosamine.  Within days of the first dose I felt a difference, and now I can feel it if I miss a day.  I have to screw up my face to take it, tastes like sh*t, but it works for me.

I've just said all this because sometimes the same ingredient in a different presentation will be absorbed better or worse, so I think you'll need to try some out.  I'm already googling joint juice in Australia, I've never heard of it.

Good luck, and keep those joints moving.

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yea, Oliver  I remember when I could jump down from the back of my truck and take off running.

 Now the thought of that makes my teeth rattle.  Getting old is hell , but it beats the alternative. exactly

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Joint Juice ..... new info for me but I found it on Amazon along with a few reviews.  Some good, some so-so.  Might have to resort to something like that.  As reported, I was surprised with the diagnosis being there is no history in my family (that I know) and so I am really unprepared with remedies.  Besides, I had a very active Summer outside and thought it was just normal aches.

The punch line which I failed to report ...... my very first violin was a present from a man who suffered from advanced arthritis.  I gave it to my son who was very good at it and had occasion to play in church but he lost interest and the violin went in his cellar.  A few months ago he told me he wanted to play again and had some work done to revive the violin.  Strange coincidences.

I have every intention to play as long as possible be that with fancy medicine or duets with Jack Daniels smile  (just kiddin).

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Kevin M. said:

In short keep playing.  Even if it's not up to the way you did play at one time I'm sure you will always love playing.

Robyn.fnq said:

Good luck, and keep those joints moving.

 

Oliver said:

I have every intention to play as long as possible be that with fancy medicine or duets with Jack Daniels smile  (just kiddin).

Keep the spirit alive!  Good luck.
 

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Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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