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Not been getting in much shop time. My knees have bothered me for years, but this winter was the first time the cold affected them. Seems like as soon as I would leave the house,and it was the least bit cold, one or the other, or both, knees would start feeling like they'd been whacked with a large mallet. The shop was cold anyway, and would take a good 20 minutes or so to warm up enough to want to spend time in there, so that pretty much meant no shop time. Later when the weather warmed, head to town, and knees doing fine. But then most of the way thru my errands, the knee(s) started in again - even in the Jeep with the heat going. Did get in a few weeks ago long enough to make a toy boat for the grand-son - but not time for what I really wanted to work on. Then got a nice day, a week or so ago, really, really, nice. Figured, go to town, come back, shop time. Hah! Got in the Jeep, and it was cooler than outside, just got comfortable in the seat, ready to head out, and my left knee started aching. Arrrgghh. One or the other knee acting like that makes it really hard to concentrate, and I most definitely don't want to get some body part messed up, so pass on shop time yet again.
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Then the light at the end of the tunnel, and for once it wasn't a troll with a flashlight. Really nice day, knees felt great, got it made. Then hit the driveway, and suddenly had an almost emergen,in very shortly after. And so it has been going for me.

BUT, and this is a big but, today was the day. Nice day, knees felt great. What could go wrong? Well, before I get into the shop, the power went out. So, back to town to pick up some pizza, so I could at least have something to eat. Just waiting for tomorrow, to see how things go. Oh yes, there was good news for today - had an appointment with my heart doctor today, not only am I still alive - I always make it a point to ask, so I will know for sure - but my heart is in quite good condition. Now if I can just get the Woodworking Gods to pick on someone else for awhile, I will ge squatting in tall cotton.

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I feel for you Theo. I've not done anything in my shed since Dec. or Jan. due to my shoulder.
As for knees, about three years ago I went to see my doctor because my knees were giving way with a terrible stabbing pain. The Xrays showed bad Arthritis so Doc. told me to get "Glucosomine Sulphate 1500 one a day" tablets and I haven't had an episode since.

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The glucosamine does help. I didn't think so at first. I took it for 3 months and didn't think it was doing anything so I quit. Within a week I noticed more pain and some loss of function, probably due to increased pain.

A year ago this week I had one knee replaced. The doctors had told me to hold off as long as I could which turned out to be about 15 years but there were times near the end that I thought it was going to fold up underneath me. Now there is no more pain and I have over 90% of the range of movement a perfectly healthy natural knee joint should have. Have you considered knee replacement Theo?

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Getting older and the aches and pains that go along with it are bad news. I try to remember that not getting older is even worse. All the stuff you never thought would happen to you starts to happen.

Theo, hope you can get back with it soon. At least you have the scroll saw in the house. Like an emergency backup. Hope you are at least make a little sawdust and pick up a few slivers with that.
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Hi guys. No, don't think I'll be needing knee replacement. Overall, they just ache at times, no real failure to operate well. But, boy oh boy, has the cold ever done them a job this winter - and that's never happened before. With the weather warming up a bit, have high hopes of getting back in the shop soon. When I was seeing the idiots at the Veterans Administration, they continually told me they could find nothing wrong with any of my joints, even tho I had pain. This is the same bunch that diagnosed me with arthritis of the spine, but couldn't tell me what type of arthritis.

I have found something that really and truly helped me with my joint pain, and loosened them up some, even my back. Jogging In A Jug. Yep, it's real stuff, and about a gazillion recipes on-line, each with just a tiny difference in ingredients or qualities. The recipe I chose is:
Two quarts red grape juice.
Two quarts apple juice.
Two cups apple cider vinegar.
Two cups honey.
Mix it all up, then store in the fridge. I take 2-3 ounces of it a day. I used to take a tablespoon of vinegar a day, but kept forgetting to take it. The Jogging In A Jug is in the fridge, very visible, so don't skip taking it. Took about three weeks before I notices more mobility and less pain. I don't guarantee it will work with everyone, but even if it doesn't work on you it still tastes good, and won't hurt you. I'm pretty sure it's just the vinegar that works, but honey is supposed to be good for you, and the grape joice and apple juice certainly won't hurt you.

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Hi guys. No, don't think I'll be needing knee replacement. Overall, they just ache at times, no real failure to operate well. But, boy oh boy, has the cold ever done them a job this winter - and that's never happened before. With the weather warming up a bit, have high hopes of getting back in the shop soon. When I was seeing the idiots at the Veterans Administration, they continually told me they could find nothing wrong with any of my joints, even tho I had pain. This is the same bunch that diagnosed me with arthritis of the spine, but couldn't tell me what type of arthritis.

I have found something that really and truly helped me with my joint pain, and loosened them up some, even my back. Jogging In A Jug. Yep, it's real stuff, and about a gazillion recipes on-line, each with just a tiny difference in ingredients or qualities. The recipe I chose is:
Two quarts red grape juice.
Two quarts apple juice.
Two cups apple cider vinegar.
Two cups honey.
Mix it all up, then store in the fridge. I take 2-3 ounces of it a day. I used to take a tablespoon of vinegar a day, but kept forgetting to take it. The Jogging In A Jug is in the fridge, very visible, so don't skip taking it. Took about three weeks before I notices more mobility and less pain. I don't guarantee it will work with everyone, but even if it doesn't work on you it still tastes good, and won't hurt you. I'm pretty sure it's just the vinegar that works, but honey is supposed to be good for you, and the grape joice and apple juice certainly won't hurt you.

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Sorry to hear you've been waylaid by your own body Joat. Thanks for the formula, by the way.

I'm hoping to get my walls done and more power to my shop, so I can beat the over 100's this summer, and the below sixties (near and below freezing) this winter.

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It's a sad day in Mudville. Still getting absolutely zero shop time in. The universe is apparently conspiring against me. Weather warmed up enough so the knees stopped aching. Ah, shop time sayeth me. Ah, not lately sayeth the universe, as my lower left leg took its turn. Finally got a day when all seemed shop time doable, and the right shoulder took its turn. Then the leg, then the shoulder, repeat several times, then the last few days, for whatever reason, the knees decided they were getting left out, so they took a few more turns. The pain is mostly not that bad, basically because I've gotten used to it. But it does rob concentration, and not being able to fully concentrate is mainly what is keep me out of the shop for now, I value by body parts way too much to work with power tools and not being able to fully concentrate. But I do have faith, and will one day get out there again. Soon I hope.

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I'm 53 and have a ton of arthritis and you guys are making me even more worried lol .
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Theo...

Any chance of you doing some "detail" work without having to go out to the shop? Perhaps add a new feature to your canes that will allow for you to work in the house without making to much of a mess. Just a thought...

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