davedsel

Joined: 05/08/2013
My Story:
I have managed moderate to severe chronic back pain for over 35 years. I was born with hyperkyphosis (middle section of spine curved outward too much) which has caused many problems as I've aged. I have DDD, severe osteoarthritis in my spine and entire body, a total of 8 herniated discs, bulging discs, fully degenerated (gone) discs, bone spurs, stenosis in 3 areas (C, T and L), retrolesthesis at T12/L1 plus a few other fun things.

I live with pain levels averaging a '6' on a scale of 1-10. I can only take enteric coated aspirin and a muscle relaxer as far as medication. In May 2008 I stretched and due to my spine being so unstable T12/L1 tipper outward more which tore ligaments and tendons. My pain levels soared up to a '10' and 3 doctors told me I could no longer work. I applied for SSD through an attorney and was approved in two months. Last March I turned 55 years old and was able to start collecting a small pension from a company I was with for 14 years. So, now I am both officially retired and disabled.

I manage other health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Bipolar Disorder, obesity, a history of blood clots in my left leg and lung and sleep apnea (treated with CPAP).

My faith, family and positive attitude have helped me to manage my pain and all health conditions as best as possible.

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Reply: Metformin is not digesting
Hello. This subject has come up a few times in this community. I believe it is only the...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Intrigue and Veiled Ads
Deb, I could not agree more. That is the reason why these communities have changed so...More
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Reply: Merry Healthy Christmas!
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Reply: Who is "glucerna"?
I replied once by my post was deleted. I will say it again even though this post will...More
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Reply: A1C Borderline & Food Intake
Hello. A good thing to get familiar with is the Glycemic Index. This measures how a food...More
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Reply: Meter Inconsistency/Finger Prick Fatigue
Many people do still go to a lab for blood work. Each doctor's office does it differently....More
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Reply: It doesn't make sense
Hello. I think the operative phrase in your post is "commonly caused by untreated...More
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Reply: Brittle diabetes
Hello. I used Yahoo and did a search using the phrase "brittle diabetes". I got many...More
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Reply: I have Type II Diabetes and occasionally get hypog...
Hello. Many diabetics who experience lows rely on glucose tablets. They are available in...More
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Reply: peanut butter and ways to cut carbs
Peanut butter is NOT always the healthiest choice. It is high in fat, and most commercial...More
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