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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.
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. The right one is a little worse. Right hip is being replaced 3/16/15 and if all goes well the left hip will be done in June or July.

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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Reply: Acquiring Pain Meds
You need to see a spinal orthopedic surgery or spinal neurosurgeon and have them order an...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Hello everyone it's Tigger
Hello, Donna! Good to see you. As you can see, these communities have really changed....More
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-Dave
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Reply: What helps prevent lower back pain
This is a group of lay people who manage chronic back pain. No doctors reply to posts in...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Herniated DIsc
Hello. Make sure the doctor you are seeing is a spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal...More
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Reply: Certain noises in ear cause back pain
Hello. We are not doctors and can not diagnose or give medical advice. I can say that...More
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-Dave
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Reply: thoracic electric implant?
Hello. Make sure you are seeing a good spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal neurosurgeon...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Spine Pain?
Hello, Steve. I believe that God never promised us a life without pain and trial. What...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Back pain when I lay flat on my back
"Cracking" your own back is a very bad idea. You can cause damage, which it sounds like...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: It's been 2 months already -
I've been thinking and praying about you, Debbie. I will continue to pray for a complete...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Lower right side back pain, no tingling
Hello. I'm sorry, but we are not allowed to diagnose or give medical advice in any WebMD...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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