The 30-year-old North Dakota native has a natural affinity for an active, outdoors lifestyle.
But for the past seven years, it has been a lifestyle with limits.
“All those things are really hard right now,” Roseth said.
Ever since Roseth was hurt in a lifting accident at age 23, she has experienced chronic lower back pain. Twice, the pain has become acute because of herniated discs. One of those incidents began in March and continues now. She’s scheduled for surgery later this month, and is confident about the difference that will make.
“Then I’ll go back to my good, old comfortable chronic pain,” Roseth said, laughing.
During an interview, Roseth was with her husband, George Peterson, also 30, in the living room of their home in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood. They were sitting on a couch they had searched for carefully, one with short legs that allows Roseth to sit up straight, sparing some of the strain on her back.
To accommodate the pain, she recently has been sleeping on all fours, “which is super awkward,” she said.
Roseth was in pain that evening. She later revealed that before guests arrived, she had been lying on the couch all day. “I’m sitting up now because I’m trying really hard,” she said.
Yet until she said that, Roseth didn’t betray any signs of discomfort. Instead, she and Peterson chatted amiably, sometimes laughing at shared humor.
The positive attitude evokes a deliberate choice Roseth has made, with support from Peterson, in responding to one of the most common health conditions people experience.
According to the U.S. Institutes of Health, more than 100 million Americans battle chronic pain, at an annual cost of $600 billion in terms of medical treatment and lost productivity.
In the past, treatment of that pain largely relied