I live in a small chalet in the back garden that connects to a main house that my parents live in. I go in to the main house for the toilet, kitchen, and such like. I make about 8 trips back and forth each day, length of path from my chalet to main house is about 100ft give or take 10ft. I used to have to walk across the garden but due to the rain this became a hassle as my shoes would be so muddy and I would slip all over the place.
Anyway, my parents very kindly organised for a gravel path to be made, I believe pea shingle, or similar which was installed Monday. The problem is, and I have no idea why, but my upper back and neck aches for quite a while after I walk on it, and because I make so many trips I am left with a constant sore ache which is really uncomfortable and because of the neck ache I get a headache. Also when I walk I feel a bit like I am bobbing up and down afterwards even when no longer on the shingle. Normally when I walk on shingle and gravel I am fine, so I have no idea why this is causing me so much aching, but as soon as I step foot on it I feel a strange heaviness.
The place that hurts is the upper right hand side of my back, just below the shoulder blade area, and my neck. I have thoracic scoliosis which was found in a MRI so I am unsure if this adds to the problem. I am also morbidly obese. The frustrating thing is I would probably be feeling okay if it wasn't for the new path as I have avoided most other ways that cause me aches and pains, but there is no way around this.
I am going to get stepping stones added but I am told I have to wait 2 months for the pathway to settle and the weather to improve. So my questions are, why do you think the gravel/shingle is causing me this soreness and aching, and is there anything you can suggest I can do in the meantime (until I get the stepping stones) to try and stop it ? Such as a special type of sole, or walk, etc. I can't walk off the path as it surrounds me.
Thanks for any advice.