With great difficulty. I suffer from arthritis; and, I depend on pain killers alot - both internal and external applications. I try to use the pain killers as little as possible; but, when I really need them, I use them. While the pain meds help me handle the pain, they don't do anything for the underlying cause, the arthritis. To that end I take herbal supplements and exercise the muscles around the knees to better support the joint.
I use my scooter when I am unable to walk and walk when I am able. I have arranged my home to make it easier for me to get around. I have things like a raised toilet seat, an electric lift chair and a mattress that adds an additional 4" to my bed.
When the pain becomes totally unbearable, I will have my knees replaced.
Hi Billy, I have degenerative spinal arthritis. Sometimes, the pain radiated down into my hips so bad, I couldn't sit or walk for long, but after a doctor punctured my spine with a routine spinal block (to ease the chronic pain), I got scared and started taking charge of my own pain. I lost the extra weight I was carrying and started moving. At first, walking a 1/4 mile, then a 1/2, then increasing every week as I felt better.
I now run 3 miles a day with my dog who also has arthritis. We have never felt better. You gotta get those joints moving to feel good again! Sure, it took me three years to get where I am, but where would I be if I hadn't started? (I'm 56)
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