Today is not as bad as it has been in the past. Mostly my lower back causing me grief. I think it is partly due to sitting for extended lengths of time while at work in front of a computer. I have been doing my best not to cross my legs while sitting, as well as getting up to walk around more. I do have to drive quite a bit for work, so I’m also sitting for ages heading out to different locations.
I do enjoy walking when the pain isn’t around. My wife knows that I have struggled occasionally to keep up with her- I feel elderly some days even though she has five years on me! At work, the ground isn’t exactly an even surface to walk on (railroads are like that). Sometimes I’m naturally tense as I walk the rail yard talking to crews.
Slouching is also a bad habit I have. But being 6’8” means I have to lean over naturally while standing. Slouching while sitting is a habit I need to break; and I should have broken years ago. Back stretches help. I hate to say it, but last week when building the roof on the gazebo was really good for my muscles. I felt great after the physical work.
What I’m saying is, the back pain is back. Or it never really left in the end.
I have mentioned experiencing back pain a few times over the years. Getting older is rough on the body- you can’t do what you once did. Recently, my back hit a new level of pain.
Over the years, dealing with the pain has been a challenge. Besides stretching and Advil, I have a few other tricks I use.
A5-35 is always soothing. The smell is unforgettable and is ingrained in my memory from childhood. I have tried many different types, but original extra strength is my favorite.
The next favorite is Acuhealth. This is an electronic acupuncture that I bought 20 years ago on eBay from Australia. It was my parents that introduced me to this device. They had one back in the late 80’s/early 90’s. It works amazingly and helps relax tense muscles.
Recently we picked up a roller and my wife also bought an item called Bang. That machine bumps the muscles rhythmically to remove tension. Great for calf muscles.
Living with pain sucks. But I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have back pain. I remember my mother saying it was just “growing pains” when I was a kid but they never seemed to stop. In fact they have definitely gotten worse over the years. Most people don’t notice that I suffer since I usually just keep going through the pain. Sometimes the pain is too debilitating and I have to call it a day by laying on the floor attempting to stretch my back.
This growing old thing is painful. After being on my feet for about seven days straight, walking about 20,000 steps everyday, my feet are angry at me. I don’t walk that much on a regular basis anymore. That’s about 18 km per day. I have two more days of this to go. I’m at the age that I need to make sure I am wearing good shoes or I really suffer.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
It may sound strange, but walking around is my favorite thing to do. It clears your head, it’s easy exercise and you get places. I try and walk a few kms almost ever day around our neighborhood. It’s a time for my wife & I to talk and keep our relationship in order.
“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Back to my complaining about walking ten times more than usual – I have days where I hurt so bad, my slight limp becomes extremely obvious. The pain begins in my feet and works its way through my heels to a burn in my calves & thighs and ends with a lower back pain. Over the past week, at the end of each day, I take off my shoes and deal with my little tootsies throbbing for a few minutes. My heals calm down and my thighs relax. But the back pain causes me to bend over and makes me about as sexy as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Advil has become my new best friend.
I am now looking back on my life and realizing that I should have done more exercises to help my back. I’m a fairly tall gentleman and should probably look into Yoga to help my posture. But I’d look pretty badass with a walker…