Stop complaining!

David has severe arthritis of the spine, particularly in his lower back. He recently ordered this lower back brace for $27.00 on Amazon. He said it lessens the back pain significantly, though it does not totally eliminate the pain:


Another way to deal with back pain is sitting on this recliner:


He also likes this recliner, because it rocks back and forth:


As for me, I have arthritis in my right knee as well as neuropathy. The neuropathy consists of pins and needles in my right thigh with a sharp, stinging, burning, numbing sensation all over the skin. I have found some relief by taking Baclofen at bedtime. This wonderful drug, prescribed by Dr. R at Straub Clinic, keeps me from waking up in the middle of the night with pain in my right leg. Baclofen is used for multiple sclerosis and/or spinal injury/disease. Whatever it is used for, it does the trick and gives me some relief from neuropathy.

I also like using my reclining sofa, which is powered by electricity. It takes pressure off my right arthritic knee. I can adjust the reclining feature by pushing a button. There also is a USB port for my Samsung Galaxy Tablet (see the white cord on the arm of the sofa).



The trouble with this reclining sofa is that it pushes my head forward, causing a crick in my neck. See my double chin. I would rather have a sofa that lets the head lean backward.

Oh, well, you can’t have everything in life, so I should stop complaining!

P.S. I experienced neuropathy again last night so the Baclofen does not prevent it from flaring up again. I found relief by taking 2 Advils (Ibuprofen) with water to quell the inflammation and pain. I also doubled the dose of Baclofen as Dr. R instructed so that helped, too.

Also, as you will note in comments, I followed Rain’s advice by propping a pillow behind my back, thus eliminating the crick in my neck and the double chin. Thank you, Rain, for the great advice!

22 Responses to “Stop complaining!”

  1. Valerie-Jael Says:

    I think you both cope very well with your aches and pains. I love David’s rocking/reclining chair and your couch, both are fantastic. Have a great day! Vaerie

  2. DavidH Says:

    Yes you have so many blessings. Even though you have pain in your knee the condition appears to be improving. The day is coming when you can again sit in the blue furniture and tilt your head backward. Then you will have nothing to complain about.

  3. AC Says:

    Our tv recliners downstairs are also motorized but they don’t have USB ports, so I am now feeling deprived. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like my old-fashioned recliner upstairs. It is roomier, and I can sleep in it with no problem for the whole night if need be.

  4. Sue Says:

    Another pretty dress ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Hank Chapin Says:

    On another note, my new stove arrived yesterday, and I plan to try your baked egg and hot sauce
    recipe over the weekend. The old stove had died after 21 years of faithful service. Your statement convinced me that not any hot sauce would do as the one you used has chunks of tomato and onion which will add taste and texture. I found your recommended sauce on a different shelf at Safeway which I had never really looked at before. I learned
    how to cook as a Boy Scout on hikes and campouts.
    In connection with cooking, I was the fire-by-friction champ of the Hudson River Valley. So I have
    lived from one end of this nation to the other. (And
    things better improve fast in November or I am moving to Melbourne, Australia.)๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‡

  6. Andrew Says:

    I seem to have a permanent crick in my neck. It is not painful, but annoying. I will pass on to my mother the information about Baclofen.

  7. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …I gave up complaining years ago, no one ever listened.

  8. DJan Says:

    Both of your recliners look quite comfortable. I feel very blessed to have both acupuncture and massage to help me manage my arthritic knee. I can walk several miles now without discomfort. So I won’t complain. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. wisewebwoman Says:

    I too have a great recliner and it does tilt back enough that I don’t get cricks and I have fallen asleep in it the odd time.
    I am glad you are taking care of each other.


  10. Iris Empereur Says:

    I think at times you just have to complain/tell to get it out.
    To learn you are not alone with this.
    So far body-wise Iยดm doing very well. Ankle hurts, scoliosis is no fun, but all in control. Add the years, huh.
    Hope you two get better soon, we have those braces, also, but so far I can be too lazy to wear it all the time (and was told I should not, the muscles have to work still).
    Best wishes from here, from 28C!!! Summer, finally! (Just wanna make you smile a bit)

  11. Doug M Says:

    I don’t consider this complaining–I’ve been living with chronic pain for the last 19 months and it helps me feel less alone when others share. I just hope you & David see some real improvements soon!

    PS. Gigi I spent the other night going thru & reading many of your older blogs, what a colorful & interesting life you’ve had!

  12. Arkansas Patti Says:

    I agree with Doug. Writing about our problems at least for a moment makes them less miserable for we have others who can commiserate. Love both yours and Davids chairs. Helpful tools.

  13. Christine Says:

    Hope your knee improves a bit.

  14. Nancy Chan Says:

    I try to keep positive and not complain because complaining makes my situation worse. I am thankful for the many other things that I can still do and enjoy. I know that as we age, we can never be like what we used to be. Hope to grow old gracefully and able to enjoy life to the fullest in simple ways. Take care and stay safe.

  15. Rain Frances Says:

    Hi Gigi ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that you and David are doing well to try to manage your pain. It’s not easy. We can try to be positive but we all have days where it gets to be a little much. I like your attitude! I try to always see the glass half full for sure. And I remind myself that others have it worse than I do. Very nice to see photos! What will you do about your neck issue? The couches are really nice! Can you prop a pillow behind your back so your head doesn’t hit the back of the couch like that?

  16. Tom at Sightings Says:

    I used to sit in bed and read at night. I found out that’s bad for the back, Now I sit in an old recliner I inherited from my mother and read my book . . . and reflect on the irony that I’m using the recliner I inherited from my mother to help the bad back that I inherited from my mother!

  17. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I’ve a bit of arthritis in the knee and I think starting in my hand. So far so good on that, but you learn the best ways that work. I’m glad you have both found an effective way to be a bit more comfy.

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