I do have mild prescription pain pills, but since this is a long term situation for me, I avoid them whenever I can. I have found that arthritis strength acetaminophen (generic tylenol), helps a lot. It 's an 8 hour time release medication.
Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory non-steroid drugs can be very helpful, as long as they are used in moderation. They can also cause internal bleeding if used too often.
One does also have to accept the fact that, as we get older, we are going to have aches and pains.
My old country doctor always said, "Just keep on moving!"
We get by with a little help from our friends