I'm a big baby but, my 74 year old Grandma says she has the same problems as me. DDD, Arthritis, Gout, Sciatica etc.... and she says that she wakes up with pain every day and there's nothing like mowing the lawn for her and her lawn is BIG. She can't take narcotics but, she will take Ibuprophen, tylenol and Lidoderm and/or Voltaren gel. She thinks I ought to do more and that will make me feel better.
For me a walk down the block is to far and 'cause more pain. I do have a routine of stretching and light excersizes. I also walk every day. I have to walk Skeeter my pug. This does help with strength but, it cause more pain. I in now way shape or form can mow any lawns, I would die.
Distraction is a very good tool to keep in mind and I will add it to my long list of tools....thanks LitaView Thread
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