After a life of contact sport and a workplace injury in 1987 I’ve had a bad back my whole life. I was diagnosed with a bulging disc L4/L5 back in 1987 but have remained active…running, cycling, playing hockey etc. right up to the ripe old age of 49. Sure I had the odd flare-up every 5 years or so…then every 3 years, then annually…but I was still functioning at a high level as a result of daily stretching and strengthening and staying active.
In late 2016 things got worse. I was waking up every morning with a very stiff back. By 10 at night it was locked up and I could barely get out of bed after reading to my daughter. For the first time I actually hung up the skates.
Following an X-Ray I was diagnosed with advanced arthritis in my lower back. My Doctor told me that there was no reason to hope the condition would improve…that I could only hope to delay or slow the worsening. I was encouraged to keep up with my stretching and strengthening, but that I would likely have to take Tylenol morning and night for the rest of my life. I should give up hockey. I should give up running.
At the age of 52 I am now happily almost pain free and have not taken anti-inflammatory or pain medication more than once a month or so for 2 years. I went back to hockey this past season and felt no discomfort. Gardening? No sweat. I have been cycling over 150km per week for over 8 weeks now as part of my Give’r Project toward a world free from cancer. If I didn’t have a sprain in my abdomen I’d be running too. I am looking forward to another 30 years of daily strenuous activity.
I attribute this to 2 things. First of all I have remained passionate about movement, sports and exercise and there was no way I was going to give up things I loved. Ping me in the comments if you are interested in what my daily practice is. I also started taking Turmeric (Jarrow Formula Curcumin Phytosome 500mg) daily around 2 years ago after conducting a bunch of research of my own. Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s recommendations sealed the deal.
Turmeric is really the only thing that is new in my routine…that and the simple passage of time that may also have had an effect.
Try it out!