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davedsel

Joined: 05/08/2013
My Story:
I have managed moderate to severe chronic back pain for over 35 years. I was born with hyperkyphosis (middle section of spine curved outward too much) which has caused many problems as I've aged. I have DDD, severe osteoarthritis in my spine and entire body, a total of 8 herniated discs, bulging discs, fully degenerated (gone) discs, bone spurs, stenosis in 3 areas (C, T and L), retrolesthesis at T12/L1 plus a few other fun things.

I live with pain levels averaging a '6' on a scale of 1-10. I can only take enteric coated aspirin and a muscle relaxer as far as medication. In May 2008 I stretched and due to my spine being so unstable T12/L1 tipper outward more which tore ligaments and tendons. My pain levels soared up to a '10' and 3 doctors told me I could no longer work. I applied for SSD through an attorney and was approved in two months. Last March I turned 55 years old and was able to start collecting a small pension from a company I was with for 14 years. So, now I am both officially retired and disabled.

I manage other health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Bipolar Disorder, obesity, a history of blood clots in my left leg and lung and sleep apnea (treated with CPAP).

My faith, family and positive attitude have helped me to manage my pain and all health conditions as best as possible.

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Farewell...Again
Some of you may recall I left the WebMD communities for several months earlier this year....More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Suggestions
Hello. My suggestion to you would be to do your research thoroughly and get at least one...More
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-Dave
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Reply: The Patient and the Cumulative Effect
Any lab I have been to for blood work requires a script from the doctor, not the paper...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Hey Everyone~~
Merry Christmas to all!! More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Need advice on whether to switch meds!
Hello. The best advice I can give is to call your pharmacist and ask that question about...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: My update about Surgeon's appt.
Deb, I am so sorry this happened. I am continuing to pray for all your health issues.
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Sudden pain in lower back when standing
Hello. Please read through the Tip at the to of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Clamshell exercises for lower back pain??
Hello. The general rule of thumb for physical therapy is that if something hurts do not...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Hey Everyone~~
Joy, I am so sorry this has been such an awful experience for you. I pray you can continue...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: MRI results
Hello and welcome. While some doctors may consider your spinal issues to be a "normal"...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center