Ahhh, I need to try this. I have rheumatoid arthritis, so I too know how it feels to have all sorts of pain. But when I do, I rely in pills WAY too much! I've found hot water helps though. I usually take a hot bath or shower to loosen my stiff swollen joints up.
This is really inspiring, thank you so much for sharing your story @patrickballeux. I've been very fortunate in my life to have avoided situations like this, but my father lived with chronic pain for many years so this touches close to my heart. It's incredible how you took what many would look at as a bad situation and chose to be positive about it and move on with you life.