Pop a Pill

Dec 05

My poppa had his knee replaced mid-October. His recovery has been remarkably fast: he went from lying in a hospital bed to walking unassisted in less than 2 weeks. During his physical therapy appointments, the experts marveled at his progress given that this man is 83 years young. If you know my dad, he doesn’t roll over and play dead: on the contrary, he’s stubborn, willful and does everything with 110% effort. (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)

However, these days he’s been getting night cramps in his hamstrings. If I had to guess, he’s pushing himself a bit too much during therapy and his muscles seize up from years of relative inactivity, only to be worked to exhaustion during re-strengthening exercises.

I recommended that he stretch, get routine massages, perhaps even a bout of accupuncture would do him good.

And the doctor? Prescribed my dad with yet another pill to pop. O yes. Did you know there’s a medication for muscle cramps?? This is absurd!! What a solution: for a week, my poppers dealt with less muscle cramps but side effects that included indigestion, bowel irregularity and nausea. I wonder if there’s a pill for that?


9 Responses to Pop a Pill

  1. AR says:

    Sounds like he needs to drop the pills and go see the masseuse, which would be a lot more enjoyable and have less side effects!

  2. Jana says:

    sounds typical…our 18 month old has food allergies. we want to get to the bottom of it, the pediatrician clearly doesn’t. when i asked about an allergy test or figuring out what’s going on, she said he’s too young. her recommendation…stay away from the foods that bother him and administer benadryl as needed! how many years of school did it take for her to prescribe that treatment?

  3. Diane says:

    He may simply be lacking in calcium . . . that causes muscle cramps. I experienced it several times when pregnant.

  4. SkoogFit says:

    Argh…muscle cramps: did you get them in your calves? So common…! Stretch, stretch stretch!

  5. Here are a couple of options. My mom had that after her knee replacement. Not being a prescription pill popper she upped her calcium. Little relief. She loves massages and got several. Little relief. She was learning to live with it. She was going to try MAT (muscle activation therapy) since it did wonders for Jen Jurmu but didn’t have time when she was home from AZ. Then after being on ASEA for awhile she realized no more leg cramps. Simple and affordable and benefited her whole body.

  6. shanna says:

    Ugh.. Dr’s and pills!!! I run into your mom at the gym every once in awhile. Its great that they are staying active!

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