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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.

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: hurt my back a week ago
Hello. First, contract a good WC attorney to ensure you get all you deserve. My wife...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: support
Hello. Just make sure you are seeing a spinal orthopedic surgeon or a spinal...More
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Reply: Epidural Injection
Hello. From what I understand, an epidural injection would not cause your symptoms or a...More
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Reply: thinking about surgery
Hello. Unfortunately, a simple poll on an internet message board is not going to help...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Pain meds
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Reply: L4L5SI Nerve impingement/Herniations-
Hello. I have never had spinal surgery, but have been managing very serious spine...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Lower Back Burning Pain
Hello. You need to see your doctor. Start with your primary. Then see a spinal...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Sleeping positions
Hello. Sleeping on your side is usually the best position for those of use with spinal...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Stabbing lower back pain
Hello. Your mother-in-law needs to see a doctor right away. Start with her primary, then...More
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-Dave
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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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-Dave
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