Due to an accident 25 years ago I have managed to live with pain, but recent spinal stenosis which has trapped the sciatic nerve has increased the pain to unbearable at times. Like many I can only walk a few hundred yards in one go but at the age of 74 i do still totter around the tennis court as I cannot bear to give up the joy that tennis gives me. Playing tennis you only move in short bursts. I do this aided by cocodemol and gabapentin. I also have recently taken up Petanque ( French boules) twice a week, involves walking short distances and is great fun. There are times when the pain is too incapacitating to participate but both activities help me mentally to avoid depression and physically does no harm.