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Can I fix my stiff legs or am I just getting old?

Can I fix my stiff legs or am I just getting old?

Jeff, 57, has stiffness in his legs. When he gets up in the morning, his legs are really stiff. It takes longer than it used to to walk it off and stretch out his limbs. Over the past couple of months things have gotten worse for Jeff and now there’s soreness in his legs as well as the stiffness when he wakes up and also if he sits still for a long time. Will an over-the-counter drug like Motrin help, do I need to see a doctor, or is this just what happens when you get older?

Harry’s advice:

Jeff, I’m just a few years younger than you and I play tennis 3 or 4 times a week. I picked it up after I became a doctor. I wasn’t into fitness until I got older. Now I work out very rigorously. I work out with weights because it helps to keep me from getting injured. But, I get sore as hell. I try to avoid Ibuprofen and Aspirin. Motrin is bad for your liver and it can cause ulcers. I use medications like these only when I absolutely must.

I want to get out of bed without soreness, too. Jeff, I look like Lurch from “The Addams Family” when I get up in the morning. Do you look like that?

I’m sponsored by Anatabloc®, which is a dietary supplement that has anti-inflammatory effects. I can’t say it cures anything, for legal reasons, but it’s a natural sort of remedy. It supposedly helps your body’s natural inflammation regulating process with plant and vegetable alkaloids along with vitamins like A and D3. I haven’t used it yet, but I want to try it and I think you should, too.

You also need to stay hydrated. Drink lots of fluids to get the lactic acid out of your system. Sleep is also important and 8 hours of sleep is what you need. I know a guy who is an NBA coach and he had a sleep person come in and talk to the players and explain to them that they need their 8 hours, just like we do.

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