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: GLYBURIDE NOW CONSIDERED HIGH RISK DRUG!!
I just had my script for Glyburide refilled without problem. I searched the internet and...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Gastric bypass surgery
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Reply: Burning on soles, but I am not diabetic.
Hello. The symptoms you describe could be caused by many conditions. You may want to...More
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Reply: Pre-diabetes inconsistent fasting blood sugar leve...
Hello. Taking the medication is a very personal decision made between you and your...More
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Reply: Non-diabetic- BS 151... bad?
Hello. That reading of 151 is in the range for being diabetic, but not too high....More
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Reply: diplopia and ptosis
Hello. I did a Yahoo search for the terms "displopia and ptosis" and got several hits....More
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Reply: A1c readings
I totally agree, betatoo. If sleep issues are a problem, such as chronic insomnia or sleep...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Can I stop the meds?
I totally agree with what you are saying. We do need to be proactive with our health care...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Can I stop the meds?
Just remember that the most important opinion regarding your health care is your doctor's....More
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Reply: Can I stop the meds?
Any changes to prescription medication must be discussed with your doctor.
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