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davedsel2

Joined: 01/10/2014
My Story:
Personal Info: Currently disabled/retired living with my wonderful wife, two young adult sons, 3 dogs and 4 cats. I have managed moderate to mostly severe chronic pain for over 35 years. I've been a member of WebMD for over 10 years.

Spinal Conditions: Hyperkyphosis (thoracic section curved outward too much), osteoarthritis in my spine and entire body, DDD, 7-8 herniated discs, stenosis at all 3 levels of spine, spurs at all 3 levels of spine, major problems at T12/L1.
Hip Replacement: In mid 2014 x-rays revealed that both of my hips need replacing due to severe osteoarthritis. There is no cartilage or visible space around the hip ball joints. I have gotten the opinion of an orthopedic surgeon on 4/9/15 who will perform the surgery at my current weight This orthopedic surgeon does a minimally invasive procedure with the incisions at the front. No muscle or tendons are cut, as he goes in between these to replace the hips. Recover time is 2-4 weeks and much less painful. Better than the traditional approach. My right hip replacement surgery is scheduled and will be in June. If that one goes well, my left hip will be replaced in about 3 months after that.

Spinal Pain Management Methods: Chiropractic adjustments, Sleep Number bed, good recliner, enteric coated aspirin and muscle relaxer. Allergic to all narcotic prescription pain medications. Now seeing a pain management specialist that is a phyiatrist and he is helping with steroid injections and rhizotomies (radio frequency ablations) of first right L2-L5 facet nerves and two weeks after that left side, same procedure. They are providing about 50% pain relief in that area as of now.

Philosophy: My family and faith help me to keep a positive attitude.

Motto: Keep doing your research. Keep moving as much as possible. Keep a positive attitude.

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Hello. Only your doctor can tell you what is going on. Make an appointment asap. If it...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Back Excercises
A person with spinal problems should always see a spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal...More
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Reply: Neck and back facet joint, muscle, nerve damage
Hello. I am sorry you are going through all this. The best doctor to see for an accurate...More
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-Dave
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Reply: EMERGENCY - Please help a single 32/Male not lose ...
Hello. I am sorry you are going through this and fully understand. Unfortunately, the...More
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Reply: Loose Pedicle Screw
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Reply: Back Pain
It sounds to me like you should visit a local hospital emergency room or urgent care...More
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Reply: pain swelling
Hello. Sounds like it is time to visit your doctor again for evaluation and treatment. ...More
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Reply: Lumbar issues
Hello. You should do no exercises or have no treatments without an accurate diagnosis....More
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Reply: Update On Me and My Hips
I decided to make an appointment with my new ortho yesterday, and they had an opening for...More
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Reply: Back Pain and Antidepresant
Hello. Your question would be best answered by your doctor or your pharmacist. We are...More
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