I began experiencing problems with my back about 5 years ago, straining it by lifting a heavy object, which I should not have lifted alone. The foibles of youth. I thought it was manageable. The next day, back pain. The pain lasted but a few days but the back seemed to have been weakened and was now very susceptible to injury thereafter. Anytime I lifted something of noticeable weight, we are talking something about the weight of a kitchen chair or slightly more, the next day noticeable pain until the pain no longer disappeared.
Xrays and a diagnosis by my family doctor confirmed arthritis.
I am fortunate. After trying various pain medications, Tylenol seemed to be the best at reducing the pain to a level where it was barely noticeable and having the least side effects or risks associated with such pain medications. The pharmacist confirmed Tylenol was a good medication for managing arthritic pain. Now, I live with 2 extra-strength pills at breakfast to manage the pain throughout the day, and two more just before bedtime to help me through most of the night.
Recently, I found the daytime dosage was not as effective as it once was. The pain was quite noticeable when Fermo and I went for our daily walk which was becoming shorter and shorter as the pain became more and more evident.
Finally, I reverted to some therapy that had worked for me in the past, massage therapy.
The massage works. It reduces the pain to near negligible levels, almost to non-existence. The added benefit is that it is totally physical, with no medication, no chemicals. Stiles massages the appropriate parts of the body to alleviate the pain and incredibly, it works. really well. I can walk with Fermo without any pain. I can climb stairs with barely any noticeable pain at all. In short, it is a working solution for me and the added benefit is that I am not adding to my medications or chemical intake.
Try a session. Meet with Stiles who will discuss treatment, expectations and potential benefits. You have nothing to lose, except pain.[ A little note, Stiles is often in session and may not respond to messages. Hence, one should wait until super-efficient office manager Cathy answers. She will ensure your message is dealt with efficiently and as needed. Thank goodness Abbey Chiropractic has her, along with Stiles. ]