I saw your suitcase on the Anniversary Review page and thought I'd drop in to honor this occasion, your 15th WDC Anniversary!
I find it a little humorous that I chose to read this today. I have a mildly ruptured L5 Vertebrae, and once in a while it acts up on me. Last night I bent over and felt a twinge. I tried to adjust my stance, but it was too late. Once again, I'm saddled with chronic back pain. It's been about 10 years since it last acted up, and I'd almost forgotten what a chronic pain felt like. It's a not so pleasant reminder.
I love your suggestions on how to deal with pain. The water one sticks out to me. I gave up sodas years ago, and other than a little alcohol off and on. Yeah, I know, alcohol is not that good for you, which is why I only drink it in great moderation. I've not over-indulged in alcohol in over 30 years now, and was never a heavy drinker. All of your suggestions are good, but I can't drink milk. I'm not lactose intolerant, but it does make me a little congested.
Other than water, I think the one that really stands out for me, is Love. There's no babies around, so I'm out of luck there. But we have three dogs that are great, and I have someone who will care for me no matter how badly I feel. I'm very blessed there. I love fruit too, and am eating all I can of that, especially grapes and peaches (at the moment). I walk when I can, but right now, it's tough just to mosey around the house. Since it just started last night, I'll give it a few days, and see if I can do more then.
Thank you for this! I think it's excellent advice!
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