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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. 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 was June 15, 2015. I am thrilled with the results and recovering very well. My left hip will be replaced this coming September or October.

Spinal Pain Management Methods: Chiropractic adjustments, Sleep Number bed, good recliner, enteric coated aspirin and muscle relaxer. Allergic to all narcotic prescription pain medications. I also take OTC supplements of Vitamin D3, Calcium and a Glucosamine complex. 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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Blessings,

-Dave
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Hello. I know you have posted a lot, but can't remember if I replied. Spinal problems...More
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Hello. Are you seeing a spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal neurosurgeon? These doctors...More
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Hello. I am sorry you are going through this and fully understand Only your doctors can...More
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Reply: Severe Chronic Back Pain
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Tim, I am so sorry this is happening in your life. It does sound like it will eventually...More
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Reply: Bilateral Foraminal Stenosis Due to Disc Bulges
This is something you really need to discuss with your doctor. No type of exercise or...More
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-Dave
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All sutures are out and the incision is now healing nicely. They like to wait at least...More
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