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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. Hip surgery is on hold until I loose more weight. The orthopedic surgeon says there is too much risk to do the surgery until I have lost at least 20 more pounds, preferably 40. The pain won't kill me, but complications from the surgery might so I understand. I will continue to work at losing weight and even try to be more active despite the pain.
I have gotten the opinion of a different orthopedic surgeon on 4/9/15 who will perform the surgery at my current weight, but still wants me to lose a bit more. I will see the surgeon again in late June or early July to discuss and probably schedule the hip replacement surgery. This new 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 so I am happy I changed surgeons.

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: Lumbar issues
Hello. You should do no exercises or have no treatments without an accurate diagnosis....More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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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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-Dave
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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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Reply: NO ONE HAS OXYCODONE!?
The one problem I really see with medical marijuana is that even though it may be legal...More
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Reply: back pain
Hello. I believe the procedure is called "vertebroplasty". I know somewhat that had this...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Radio frequency nerve lesioning
Hello. First, realize that spine surgery only has a 50-60% rate for relieving pain and...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Frustrated with mid-back discomfort
Hello. The best type of doctor to see for any type of back pain is a spinal orthopedic...More
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-Dave
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Reply: frusterated, in pain, and depressed
Hello. You have already received excellent advice. I will just chime in and say I fully...More
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Reply: Update On Me and My Hips
Hi, Debbie. I will make another appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in a few months...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Lower back pain after walking or laying for short ...
Hello. Congratulations on the weight loss! If you read through the discussions in this...More
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-Dave
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