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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. I am hoping to have at least the
right hip replaced in 2015,

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 eventually a rhizotomy.

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: Back Testing
I am so sorry this did not seem to work for you. I will be praying that you do find a...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Rhizotomy (aka Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)) Tod...
Well, its been a week and I am extremely thankful to report an approximate 50% reduction...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: fired from doctor
Hello. You would benefit by seeing a pain management doctor that is a physiatrist. These...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Dr said I waited too long
Hello and welcome. I am sorry you are in this much pain and fully understand. We always...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Medicare in August
Hi, Tim. I've had a plan for two hears with two different health care companies that...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: OT - My Dad
Thank you, everyone, for your prayers, good thoughts and support during this difficult...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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OT - My Dad
Some of you may recall that my dad has been in a VA nursing home with Alzheimer's for the...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Rhizotomy (aka Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)) Tod...
Thank you, Debbie. I guess the terms "rhizotomy" and RFA are now interchangeable. I'm...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Rhizotomy (aka Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)) Tod...
I am having a rhizotomy on the left side of my L2-L5 facet nerves at 10:00 am today. This...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Man What A Day ~~
Thanks for the update, Joy. I understand how hard those "simple" errands are now that we...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center