So I went to the Hospital this week to see the Doctor about the surgery on my right shoulder. I had surgery last year on my left shoulder to repair damage from my youth and I have been waiting for the same operation on the right. So I was told that I have raging osteoarthritis in my shoulders. AWESOME!
Then when the doctor asked me my age and come out with the reply “I thought my shoulders were in bad shape” that really made me feel good. So I can’t deny my age but the news about my shoulders was a bit of a shock. I knew I could not get my arms into some positions, like an americana but I just thought that due to the capsule issue as my left shoulder has much improved flexibility since the operation. But apparently not, it is the arthritis that is stopping my arms achieving these positions.
So I took the news a little negatively as the first thing that crossed my mind was “well thats the end on my BJJ training, when its only just started!!”. I was not happy as I was looking forward to my training. So I wallowed in this for a few hours at work. Then on the drive home I started to think out of all the people in the world I can’t be the only one that has this problem. So got home and hit Google to try and see how other people handle it. I managed to find a couple of blogs from people that have rheumatoid arthritis, which is far worse than what I have. It was inspiring to see how they were handling their condition together with their BJJ, but also the fact that they simply adjusted their game to cater for their limitations. I also saw the comment on the 10th Planet Forum regarding Training Over 40.
Thats when it struck me, my issues are bad but not bad enough to make me stop doing something I enjoy. I’ll just have to make some adjustments to my game. I am also going to go to an osteopath after the initial physiotherapy and strengthening work, to maximise what flexibility I have in both shoulders. I know unfortunately there are no specific supplements that can repair the damage that has been done, but I can look at stuff to help with inflamation to increase longevity. I’ll keep you updated following the operation about things I do to heal and beat the doctors estimations of my busted body.
So stuff the doctors what to they know. I may have found BJJ late in my life, but I’m not going to stop till I drop. If Helio can keep going until he was 95 I’m going to try my hardest to match to match him on that. (Probably the only thing I stand a chance on matching the master on)
Just incase you are interest here are the blogs I found that got me thinking:-