Disclosure: Sposnsored post. All opinions are my own.
If you’ve been around here for a while you may remember my microdiscectomy experience. That was about 4 1/2 years ago and to this day I don’t take my ability to walk for granted. I do, however, still have a lot of issues with my spine. A ruptured disc was just part of the issues I have, but I recently discovered that I have degenerative disc disease and nearly every level of my spine has a problem with the discs. As you can imagine, this causes pain, some days more severe than others. On my less-severe pain days, I can get by without the use of medications, but with the help of topical arnica cream. It may not prevent or eliminate all of my pain, but it does help with some of the muscle soreness I have due to my spine issues.
Along with a good arnica cream, I’ve also taken up pilates to strengthen my body, and I attend physical therapy as if it was my second job. I’ve taken my health very seriously, because if I don’t, the result will be constant pain, an inability to take care of my family, and I won’t be able to work. As someone who is on the go a lot and loves to travel, not being in charge of my health and body just simply isn’t an option anymore.
Having degenerative disc disease means I have to take extra care of my body in order to slow down the rate of degeneration. Although most people do have some spinal degeneration when they are older, my age and the degree of degeneration I’m already experiencing is not typical. For this reason, I have to take extra care in all I do- watching my diet to not include inflammatory foods, exercising daily whether I want to or not, and keeping my pain at a tolerable level with natural arnica and without medications.