Hi Joy, Your story is an inspiration to many. You've often stated that your spine was stabilized by the fusion surgery although your pain was not resolved. I am curious as to what would have happened if you didn't have the fusion surgery.
I am learning so much through stories from you & others.
Hello Heidi, I'm sorry to hear of your pain. Concerning your need for assistance with grocery shopping, etc., if there isn't a neigbor available for such there must be some type of social service agency who could be of help. Please try calling your local Lifetime Assistance & other such offices. There has to be someone out there available to help you.
Have you lost weight because you're not eating much or is it due to another issue?
Is your husband gainfully employed? If not, you may be eligible for some type of financial assistance.
Concerning your pain, I would recommend seeing a pain management specialist such as a physiatrist. They have helped many manage their pain. There is no reason why you should be suffering as you are. If you were able to better control your pain, tackling school along with work would be so much easier for you. I commend you for attempting to better yourself while feeling so lowsy.
Seeing as you've been denied LTD through your employer, you could always try for SSDI in hopes of it being temporary until you get your pain under control. Unfortunately, the application process for SSDI is time consuming.
I'm sure others will reply with additional suggestions. I hope we can all help guide you in finding solutions to your problems.
Hello retmed, Spinal decompression has always intriqued me as it makes so much sense. I'm glad you found some relief from your treatments & would be very interested in hearing how you do with the inversion table. Has your doctor given you the green light in using one? There are quite a few models to choose from; which one do you plan to purchase?
Hello regcha, I believe I can speak for many of us by saying that permanent or complete relief from pain is never really achieved however, my personal experience is that I've learned to manage my pain well.
As individuals, we react differently to various treatments so what may work well for one may not have the same results on another.
In addition to osteoarthritis I also suffer from fibromyalgia. The combination can be brutal but I will share with you what has helped me to manage the chronic pain, much of which is suffered in my lumbar spine where I also have stenosis.
I keep my weight down & eat a healthy diet. Supplements I find helpful include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, glucosamine chondroitin & 5-HTP.
Exercise is crucial in both managing pain & remaining flexible & mobile. It may be hard to get motivated or even think about doing so while in pain but it is always well worth it. My regimen includes water walking & swimming in a warm pool; stretching throughout the day; walking as much as I can tolerate; & light weight training.
It is best to check with one's doctor before engaging in any exercise plan.
I don't care for pharmaceuticals as any I've tried have had unpleasant side effects. I can tolerate aspirin & on most days I take two.
The mind is a powerful thing & maintaining a good attitude is crucial to an overall good feeling. If it's hard to attain on your own, I understand many have been helped by therapy.
If your pain is severe & chronic you may want to seek the help of a physiatrist. They deal in pain management & have been known to help many.
I know I'll never return to the level of activity I once enjoyed before my symptoms erupted, however I have learned that by taking care of myself as outlined above, I am managing my health in the best way I know how, which has allowed me to stay mobile.
As a "fibromite," pacing is crucial & I must remind myself that I can no longer perform as I once did.
Acceptance, managing, & pacing are key factors in my survival.
Best wishes to you in finding a successful treatment plan.
I hope all is going well with your treatment today, rjmjr911. I have been considering RFA but holding off due to mixed reviews. I realize we all react differently to various treatments but I want to continue my research before coming to a decision.
Please give us a progress report on your treatment.
Absolutely yes, regcha! Additional weight is unhealthy in every way & especially for arthritic conditions and/or back problems. Extra weight on an arthritic joint is a much greater burden for the joint.
You will not only feel the difference in your back but I truly believe you will feel better in every way after shedding the pounds. Losing weight will also make it easier for you to move around, something that is essential for maintaining spine health.
Warm water therapy has been very beneficial to me as well. I have Fibro along with Osteoarthritis in the hip, knee, & spine (where there is also stenosis) & the warm water pool not only feels good but allows the body to move in ways it can't on land. Most of the users of the pool at the gym where I belong suffer from similar conditions.
As Congres said, water therapy allows the body to function better (more flexibility) afterwards as well.
I'm so sorry to learn of all your problems, Debsbears, but you have been blessed with the right attitude. So many of us feel all alone with these conditions & although we wouldn't wish for anyone to suffer as we do, it really helps to share these problems with those who are in the same boat.
I plan to visit your blog regularly. Please know how much it helps me & I'm sure others as well.