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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: Mid/Lower back Spine/Muscle pain
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Wrong-site surgery question
Hello. I can't answer your questions because I have never had spinal surgery. I am so...More
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Reply: Flat Back Syndrome & Chronic Pain
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Reply: Back Pain
Hello. I tried Cymbalta, but it did nothing or me. All I can take is enteric coated...More
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Reply: Too Young To Give Up.
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-Dave
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Reply: Working full-time with chronic pain & withdrawal
Hello. I've been reading your discussions with Tim. I am sorry you are going through...More
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Reply: Lower back PAIN normal MRI
Hello. I'm sorry this has happened to you. My wonderful wife was injured at work in...More
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-Dave
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For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center