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|Mickey, if possible, find a good masseuse and begin getting regular massages. Studies show that massage helps produce serotonin in the body--the happy chemical. The serotonin helps reduce pain sensitivity. So not only are massages soothing, but they actually cause your body to produce a vital chemical to help control pain.
I have osteoarthritis. During warm weather I'm fine. But we're having a harsher than normal winter and I'm in a lot of pain in my spine and hips. My masseuse is wonderful. The massage I had last week was wonderful. She had me lie on a long heating pad while she worked my neck and shoulders. By the time I turned over on my stomach, my back already felt much better just from the heat.
I started out doing massages once a month, but this last time, I only waited two weeks and found my muscles really appreciate the greater frequency. So I've already scheduled another appt for Thurs, only a week since my last treatment. I'm going to go every week for a few weeks, until spring is here. Pain tends to make me irritable and depressed, and the massages help tremendously to relieve both.
If you try it, let us know how it works for you. Not all masseuses are the same, so try several before you decide on one. And be vocal about how much pressure they apply. Some are too rough, some are too soft, but most will adjust the pressure as you require if you speak up.