There is a slight space between the gate and the piece of wood and he tries to get between them. We had to put the black piece of wood on this side of the gate because he managed to either pull the gate over or push it over, depending on how it was set up. He is a resourcefull little bum, that is for sure. I do love him, as he can be loving, entertaining and very interesting to watch.
Oh my gosh, that doesn't look fun at all!
If it could be put in the budget, maybe something like the following might make life a little easier? Especially with your fibromyalgia (one of my friends suffers from this, too…my heart goes out to you!).
We built our own gates for our home… and made them high enough that mine could not climb over and it they are slated wooden "bars" so they can't get a foot hold to climb... also remember in doing gates, if they can get a foot hold especially on the top... they are over it...