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I Have DRASTICALLY Cut Back On Wearing Knee Support Compression Sleeves.

by Anura Guruge



Prior posts on this blog.


I had my major knee surgery to reattach a completely busted quad tendon on March 7, 2019, i.e., roughly 11-months ago.

As soon as I was permitted to walk without crutches — i.e., after 6-weeks — I started a rigorous exercise regime which sees me walking around 7-8 miles a day. To start with I wore a proper brace on my damaged knee. After about 3 months of that I discovered compression sleeves.

I got HOOKED on them. And that was the CLUE.

I got hooked on them.

I wore them on both knees. They were super comfortable, provided great support and made both knees feel great. Pain was never a factor. I lucked out! I was pain free within 2-weeks of surgery. Great surgery and I am strange.

But, this got me thinking.

No gain without pain.

If it is too good to be true.

I think about these things.

Did some research. Yes, I could have continued wearing them, all the time, as I had done.

But, they were REDUCING the muscle & tendon strength I was gaining from all my exercise. Oh! I do 23-minutes on a stationary bike, most days too.

So, I have cut back on using the sleeves. Cut back quite dramatically.

Most days I don’t use them at all, at all. No problem so far. No pain. Knees haven’t buckled.

I do wear them if I conditions underfoot are bad. Want my knees supported if I fall.

So, that is the new regime. Hope this helps.

Do some research. Basically, it boils down to: “too much of a good thing“.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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Is Chief Justice John Roberts Showing Early Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease?

by Anura Guruge


From today’s Senate Impeachment trial swearing in ceremony. Watch YouTube video below.


Start at around the 3 minute mark and watch.


I hope NOT. I like him. He might be a Republican but I think he is an honest, decent, conscientious man. I want him to be as able as he can be.

My mother as well as a number of other relatives have had Parkinson’s. Also a couple of folks that I have known.

I noticed his hand shaking RIGHT AWAY. It was hard to miss.

Yes, it could have been just nerves. Momentous occasion. He knew the world was watching. But, this is nothing new to him — not now. He was sworn in two presidents. He is on TV quite a bit.

The shaking continued. Possibly even got worse.

Parkinson’s is purely ‘mechanical’. It doesn’t, at least at first, impair one’s cognitive powers. So, that is good.

But, I am hoping that I am wrong. I really do like him.


From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Roberts


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I Now Fast For 15-Hours A Day, EVERY DAY, Without Trying & With Ease — It Is A Piece Of Cake.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access the original article. Google “16:8” for more, many more.


This 15-hour fasting was NOT an intentional part of my new diet — the one that I have been on for the last 11-months following my major knee surgery (to repair a busted quadricep tendon).

What I did was CUT OUT all snacking, cold turkey and with ruthless determination. I have 2.25 meals a day. A HUGE dinner around 8:30pm. A LARGE lunch just before 2pm and a miniscule breakfast around noon. That is it for solid food. NOTHING in between.

Though I was on a fairly strict low-carb diet prior to this snacking on raisins, nuts and cheese was my downfall.

I have totally (and I mean utterly & totally) given up nuts & raisins (and I (being a nut myself) am very partial to nuts).

I love cheese. I can live on cheese. But, now I restrict myself to a little amount of cheese every 4th day.

It has kind of worked. I have lost some weight — like 30 pounds (13.6 kilos, 2.1 stone). Still some ways to go. Really want to lose 3 to 4 more pounds to get down to 142 pounds (10.1 stones, 64.5 kg).

I had never heard of the 16:8 diet until last week. It amused I. I don’t think 1-hour makes much difference.

I am NO stranger to fasting! I used to, in my prime, fast 3-days a week! Yes, 3-days a week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Then for about 15-years I fasted 30-hours once a month.

I don’t fast anymore! I do NOT consider my 15-hour break from solid food fasting. Just part of my routine.

Just thought I will share this with you in case you were considering a 15:9 diet. Piece of cake. Requires NO effort.

Oh, I go for a 90-minute walk/run in the morning which helps. SMILE.


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Fairly Decent Article On ‘PAIN’ In The January 2020 Issue Of ‘National Geographic’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. January 2020 issue.


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The 2 most salient points made in the article.


I have covered this same ground in my book.

Click for more details.


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Just two relevant pages from my book.


This article is worth it JUST for this one CRITICAL message — said twice:

“Pain — in such cases — becomes the disease.”

“Their pain is not a symptom; it is a disease — one caused by a malfunctioning nervous system”.


That malfunctioning of the nervous system is ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) — the topic of my book.

So, I am delighted that this article HIGHLIGHTS this very crucial aspect of chronic pain — where pain itself is the disease.


The other key message in this article is that pain is felt (i.e., perceived), tolerated and handled by each person in a different way.

Some folks deal with pain better than others. Some can modulate their pain.

This is another topic dear to I. I talk about this in my ‘Central Pain’ book as well as in my books about ‘Brain Meditation’. Yes, you can teach yourself to handle pain — and do so better than others.


As is inevitable with all ‘National Geographic‘ articles there is a lot of ‘fluff’, ‘futures’ & ‘gratuitous color’. But, the key messages make up for that.

The author, who appears Indian, pussyfoots, shamelessly, around the opioid issue. Touches upon it multiple times BUT avoids taking the issue to its conclusion. NatG does not want to offend anyone!

The article also is way too generous when it comes to doctors. Again it tries not to offend anyone. So many doctors have NO CLUE when it comes to pain. I really do mean that. They are completely clueless.

But, if you can SKIM through this article. If nothing else you should learn that ‘pain can be THE disease — not just a symptom’.

Happy Holidays.


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I Now Wear FOUR Knee Braces (Plus Studded Shoes) When I Go Out In The Snow/Ice!

by Anura Guruge


IF you want to be ultra pedantic
2 of the braces are ‘compression sleeves’.

But, this is my new regime for snow/ice.

These go on first for muscle/tendon support.

Then, these on top of those.

The lockable brace, LOCKED at 0° on my left injured knee,
the other on my right, so far uninjured knee.


Studded shoes.
But, have to be careful. You can slip/slide on them.


Walking stick with crampon to top it all off!


Living in New Hampshire I can’t escape snow and ice. Though we now have a monster 3-stage snowblower, with tracs, I still need to be out in the snow/ice — and I still do some shovelling. PLUS, I have to get in my 6 — 7 miles of walking.

After my slip-and-fall 10-months ago when I busted my quad tendon, I am rather anxious not to damage my knees again. Hence the precautions.

Since my injury (even prior to surgery) I started wearing a knee brace.

I now wear knee braces, on both knees, ALL DAY. I don’t need to, but they help and I have, honestly, become addicted to them! As my surgeon has said, it will not do any har. Might even do some good.

But, I know that it is the sudden ‘twisting’/extension of the knee/leg tendon/muscles that lead to injury. Hence, the locked brace and the semi-locked one. Hoping that if I do fall, and that seems odds-on, they might help keep the knee straight. That is the theory.

Just sharing with you, just in case.

All the braces are from Amazon. The compression sleeves are cheap; i.e., under $7/each.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

I Was Blatantly Racially Profiled By ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord)’ Today!

by Anura Guruge


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I could NOT believe it. At registration, at the front, the receptionist asked me, point-blank: “Are you a U.S. citizen?”

Ah?

I had presented her my valid N.H. driver’s license WITH REAL ID (which states that I have been fully vetted) & my Humana Advantage card that showed that I was on MediCare. Moreover, I had been a registered patient there of 12-years! I was just there to get a pneumonia shot — by appointment, after having got my flu shot a few weeks ago.

They have never previously asked whether I was a U.S. citizen.

What does citizenship have to do with Dartmouth ‘bloody’ Hitchcock?

I asked her that. She just shrugged her shoulder.

This is NOT right.

I am NOT going to let this one pass.

This was the final straw with the bunch of clowns at Dartmouth ‘bloody’ Hitchcock — Concord.


They have screwed me by overcharging $1,600 (out-of-pocket) for a colonoscopy.

Click to access my post from 10-years ago.


They nearly KILLED me by not giving me the treatment I needed.

Click to access my post from 6-years ago.


They treated my daughter since she was born BUT thought she was a BOY when her gender was never in question.

Click to access another post from 6-years ago.


That is it. I am DONE.

I have already reported them to the ACLU and Senator Maggie Hassan. And I have just started.

They can’t be allowed to carry on.

Bloody Dartmouth Bloody Hitchcock.

And they are NOT even ASSOCIATED with Dartmouth Hitchcock in Hanover. They have JUST bought the rights to use the name. You didn’t know that did you?


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