The Aging Process


I’m going to pause Tropes Thursday for this week… I haven’t had any real inspiration and I’ve been playing epic catch me up at work and dealing with my thyroid issues….

So, I went to this specialist dentist today, that my primary care doctor referred me to, for TMJ issues. My SSRI is making me clench my jaw. Now, I have this clicking on the left side of my face when I chew or open my mouth.

After getting irradiated so they could look inside my face, the dentist tells me “you have arthritis on the left side of your jaw…”

Now I need a night guard and doing the molds was uniquely unpleasant. The mold stuff wasn’t bad, but the tray… I could taste the disinfectant. Yuck.

I’m going to be 30 this year… and I was feeling pretty good about it. I seem to like myself much better as I get older. I kind of view myself as a grocery store good wine — I get better with age, but without much pomp and circumstance.

I mean, I’m getting a good hold on all my health issues, losing weight, feel really good about myself mentally and emotionally…

I ran out of thyroid meds this week and since I’ve been making up time and my pharmacy changed hours I wasn’t able to pick up my meds; I’ve been taking some of my left over lower dose thyroid meds, and OH BOY I could tell. I ended up picking up my meds on tuesday and took my full dose yesterday… but it was too late.

Yesterday, I just went through the motions — couldn’t think, couldn’t talk, couldn’t focus… it was bad… I drank a sugar free redbull (which I hardly ever do, unless I have to go on a long drive) and still could not pull it together. I ran a couple of errands after work, made a low carb zuppa toscana recipe using cauliflower instead of potatoes. I just cooked the sausage and thawed the bone broth I’d made for Pho and threw in some kale and cauliflower with red pepper flakes. It took 20 minutes.

I was in bed by 8:30 and slept all the way until 6:45.

I feel much better today.

Except for being told I had arthritis in my jaw.

Hello 30!




3 thoughts on “The Aging Process

  1. Arthritis is a bummer especially at such a young age. I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis at 25 (I’m 28 this year) in my neck and back…it sucks because I have a desk job but there is not much I can do about that. I will never be a “super” active person. The more weight I loose and the more I move the better, but having it in your jaw is not really something you can alleviate the symptoms of. I’m not trying to scare you, I just know what it’s like. They have a lot of good drugs these days that are quiet good on your stomach. Chin up 🙂


    • … literally. lol. I didn’t know it was arthritis. I went in, originally for TMJ and a night guard — my SSRI makes me grind my teeth and clench my jaw. I, honestly, thought it was a small price to pay for not having anxiety/panic attacks. They did an x-ray and he was like, “yep, you have arthritis.”

      Desk jobs are horrible for any skeleton/muscle problems. I’ve had really bad sciatica from sitting 8+ hours a day. I’m the person you will see looking for any excuse to get up and move around. I walk on both my breaks and my lunch. I will also do some yoga poses on my floor. Being fat and sitting all day will evidently give you bulging discs in your back. WHO KNEW!?!?! lol.

      That’s one of the reasons I went low carb/keto. I know that when I lose the weight, it will help with the sciatica. Officially one month done and 14 lbs down.

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      • Wow that’s awesome! I had to convert pounds to kilos lol and that’s like 6.5kg…great effort 😊 I know what you mean about SSRIs I have had to change mine so I can actually loose weight. I’m one of those extremely unlucky people who doesn’t just gain a few kilos as a side effect; I gain heaps of weight. I think I’ve finally found one that works and I have been able to loose 2KG in about 2/3 weeks.

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