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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Reply: D-Day is early in the morning~~
Joy, I will be praying for you tomorrow. A successful surgery with no complications.
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Update On My Wonderful Wife
Thank you, Deb. I am continuing to pray for your health concerns as well.
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Update On My Wonderful Wife
Thank you for your very nice replies Di, Aprilrose and Joy. We are doing OK and better...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Update On My Wonderful Wife
Several of you know that my wonderful wife fell off a ladder at work in March 2011 and...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
Have a blessed and thankful Thursday, friends. More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: neck fusion and tools
It would depend on what restrictions your doctor has recommended and if the action would...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Is my back pain arthritic?
Hello and welcome. I am sorry you are going through all this. I fully understand. I have...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Surgery Date is Set..............
Joy, I think getting the surgery sooner will be better for you in the long run. I will be...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Remembering Michelle
I was sorry to read this about Michelle both on the Diabetes board and here. Prayers for...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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