Originally Posted by Pelagic Dreams
I have found that most aches and pains which are not injury specific are due to lack of exercise / activity which grows as we grow older.
When in doubt, avoid any drug and ramp up the movement.
Fish, I feel your pain. All the stupid stuff I did as a kid finally caught up to me. What was I thinking when I strapped a 6" wide x 1/4' thick leather belt around my waist, wrapped my knees with compression bandages and proceeded to do squats with 315 lbs. on my back, twice a week for years???
I still train 90 minutes a day, every day, but these days... it's all about protecting my back. I'm in agreement with Palegic Dreams, if the pain is bearable, then moderate exercise with light weight can work wonders. In some cases (at least with me), you can literally rehabilitate yourself over time.
I've also spent time hanging around, upside down, with anti-gravity boots to help in spinal decompression. There are chiropractors that have decompression machines and they truly help, but I'm not a big fan of chiropractic. For me, massage worked better.
Feel better bro!