We all have had various things in life we have had to deal with after having spinal problems, surgery and then chronic pain.
I have tend to put the pain and discomfort things behind me. It is what it is and I can do whatever I can to make things as comfortable as I can. And that works.
But, its those not so obvious things that creep up on us, at least for me.
During the holiday, some of my son's friends stopped by to visit us. Havent seen them for perhaps a year. When they left, they told me son, that I really have aged!
I talked to my wife about this and since she sees me on a regular basis, its hard to make an opinion on that.
But we took out some photos from past Christmas's. 2006, 2007,etc through this year. WOW! I have aged and aged so much. From some salt/pepper hair in 2007 to 100% gray now.
From a sign of a devilish grin before to a more docile look.
That all sort of hit me hard... Not that I care about vanity or having to be Mr GQ. But I've tried to care about my appearance and try to look the best I can. I still do that, but the years of chronic pain has taken its toll.
I know I can reverse what the beast did to me, so I really need to work harder on doing better things ...
- Eating better (less meats, more veggies )
- Less coffee, more tea
- Less alcohol ( of course that does not include wine )
- More exercise
I cant stop the steam roll of what chronic pain has done, but I do know I can give it a damm good run for its money.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences