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Living with Spinal Stenosis

As we age, our bodies undergo numerous changes, and one area that often bears the brunt of these changes is our back. Back issues can significantly impact our quality of life, making it essential to understand how to navigate and adapt to these challenges. So, exploration and discovery were my next steps. Here is my story!

After 45 years of moving and grooving, my doctor informed me that I have some serious back issues that many people may deal with as they get older. Gees, I am only 67, what's up with that? So of course, I needed to see the evidence and he walked me through every level of my spine. Fascinating but what a mess.

My diagnosis: Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease and something about the Facet Joints. By the time he got to my Sacrum, I was totally zoned out. What the heck, I thought these were older folk ageing issues. But I guess not, or am I an older folk? He went on to tell me that many people suffer with back issues, so I really was not all that unique!

The first thing I told him was "NO DRUGS" then I asked if these issues would force me to rethink my fitness career. The bottom line..."do not add any more classes, No Jumping, and WE have to find a way to manage your pain. Funny thing I only had pain occasionally and I was sure I had it under control. Which I actually do. Drug Free!

Before we go any further, let me tell you what Spinal Stenosis is. - According to Google, "stenosis is a degenerative condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal, leading to the compression of the spinal cord and nerves and can result in pain, numbness, and weakness in the back, legs, or arms." Interesting - that may explain the feeling of worms crawling around in my legs. Ok I can see that. Next issue I have is Degenerative Disc Disease. Again very common in old folks like me. Back to Google and this is what I learned. "Degenerative Disc Disease refers to a condition that affects the intervertebral discs in the spine, characterized by the gradual deterioration of the discs, which are the soft, rubbery cushions that separate the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers for the spine. DDD typically occurs as a result of aging, wear and tear, or injuries to the spine.

There it is again... That word...AGEING! As of now I was batting 1000, obviously I am getting older so I went back to Google. "Ok Google, what is Facet Joint Syndrome? And please don't tell me that it is a sign of AGEING! So Google told me, "Facet Joint Syndrome is a condition that affects the facet joints in the spine which are small, paired joints located at the back of each vertebra, responsible for connecting the vertebrae together and allowing for smooth movement and stability of the spine. The facet joints undergo degenerative changes, similar to the wear and tear seen in osteoarthritis. The cartilage lining the joint surfaces may deteriorate, and bony growths called bone spurs or osteophytes may develop. These changes can lead to inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the affected joints." Aging I asked???? But no mention of aging. So now I was worried.

Ok Doc, what is the game plan? Drugs, shots, what more could I have asked for...Remember... NO DRUGS!

We all know that doctors specialize in giving prescriptions for medication and that is great but that is definitely not my first choice. So, back to Google, and here is a list of suggestions I received.

  1. Lifestyle Modifications: Living with spinal stenosis requires making certain lifestyle modifications to manage pain and maintain mobility. Regular exercise, such as low-impact activities and stretching exercises, can help strengthen the back and alleviate symptoms. Additionally, adopting a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing good posture can contribute to overall spinal health...So far I like this!

  2. Pain Management Techniques: Chronic pain is a common aspect of spinal stenosis and other back issues. Exploring various pain management techniques, such as heat or cold therapy, over-the-counter or prescribed medications,(to which I said, NOPE!) and alternative therapies like acupuncture or massage, can provide relief. Now that is something I could definitely do:)

  3. Assistive Devices and Adaptive Tools: To reduce strain on your back, consider installing aids like grab bars in the bathroom, ergonomic chairs, or braces can provide support and stability and modify my environment to reduce hazards and create a back-friendly space will be beneficial. No to me, That screams OLD AGE!

  4. Emotional and Mental Well-being: Living with chronic pain and back issues can take a toll on your emotional and mental well-being.

Not Me I screamed at Google...I have my own plan... The FREEDOM Patch by Super Patch is exactly the answer to my prayers.

So What is The FREEDOM Patch and Who is SUPER PATCH, you ask! Well let me tell you.

A year ago I was introduced to the Super Patch Company: The future of wellness in a Patch:

Wellness and performance mean different things to different people. At Super Patch we have easy drug-free solutions for everything from sleep to sports and other life-enhancing benefits.

Now that was true magic to my ears.

The Freedom Patch- The answer to my prayers. Pain management is a key factor of an enjoyable lifestyle. Less pain leads to greater mobility and energy. Freedom Patch provides on the go relief from minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with exercise, chores and daily activities. But what about my back issues??? YES...It completely manages my pain and has improved my life and future in a 24 hour drug-free patch that is non-invasive and registered by the FDA.

Today, I wear the Freedom Patch every day and my pain is gone. But why stop there? The Defend Patch has lowered my cholesterol from 350 to 199. The REM Patch blesses me with amazing REM sleep and the Flow Patch helps with my memory...after all, I am aging!

If you are dealing with Chronic Pain, High Cholesterol or any other health issues, you definitely need to check out the Super Patches for drug- free solutions for Active Aging!

Have a Blessed Day!

Peace Out


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