Hi, just to say thanks for a great race (my first marathon) 4 hrs 45 mins. Came up from East London representing East End Road Runners. Struggled the last six miles but now feel really proud of myself. So proud of having Liverpool ancestry (great/great/grandparents). The support on the last two miles got me through (very emotional). Loved the Mersey Tunnel and the brilliant band as we came through into daylight. Well done to everyone involved. Wendy
Hi, started running at the age of 48 after undergoing three back operations (2 in my 20s and 1 in my 30s). In my experience running is fine for me, in fact all the adrenaline seems to relieve pain rather than aggrevate it. My spine is fused in the lumbar regions and the only concession I have had to make is to ensure that I have a really good cushion shoe (Nike Lunarglide2) works for me. After longer runs, over 10k I sometimes experience some neck pain but I make sure that I take a rest day. I am training for my first marathon in October and have run upto half marathons. So really, I feel that as long as I take care I am going to continue running I enjoy it too much. Good luck and I emphasis that this is only my experience, Wendy
Good luck Liverbird, hope it all goes well. It took me a year to loose the weight. At the time I had only been running just over a year and could not work out how the hell I was gaining weight! Also felt that I was constantly running uphill even on the flat. Touch wood no hot flushes even though periods stopped two months ago. Any other suggestions for vitamin/mineral supplements for the menopause? Wendy
Liz I have just re-read your post and really feel for you. Please, please get your thyroid tested, honestly I had all the same symptoms as you and whilst it may not be that, it could be. I am so grateful that I went to see the Nurse Practitioner who ran a series of blood tests which showed a TSH of 99 should be no higher than 5 and also that I was menopausal. However once I had taken replacement thyroxine for a while all my hormone levels returned to within the normal range. How many other women out there are suffering needlessly. Sorry if I sound abit evangelical but I was getting desperate with the hot flushes and weight gain and all the other awful symptoms associated with the menopause. Good luck Wendy
I am not sure about obtaining a progesterone cream on prescription? I can say however that the cream lasts a long time and I found that as the hot flushes decreased I could obviously decrease the amount of cream I used. I was so desperate I would have honestly tried anything at the time the hot flushes were dreadful and I was sceptical about trying the cream but so many women with a lot worse symptoms than I was experiencing swear by it. Could I just say Wilkie please get your thyroid tested, I think there are a lot of women out there undiagnosed who put these hot flushes and weight gain down to the menopause, I know that I did being 48 at the time. I am a retired nurse and I honestly never dreamt that the symptoms were anything other than my age.