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: A1c readings
Yes. Stress on our bodies, both physical like pain and emotional can raise blood glucose...More
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-Dave
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Reply: bloodsugar spikes
Hello. There are some people who post here that are Type 1 Diabetics, but the majority...More
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Reply: 6 Ads in a Row
The WebMD communities are very susceptible to ads/spam. Every community I am a member of...More
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Reply: 6 Ads in a Row
flutetooter, there are no more monitors or moderators in the WebMD communities. Simply...More
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Reply: Lantus Solostar
Flutetooter is right, that 5 mg does not seem to be a correct dose for Metformin. Also,...More
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Reply: does stress raise morning sugars
Hello. Yes, stress definitely can raise blood glucose readings. Dawn phenomenon has been...More
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Reply: Blood sugar levels
Hello. While I must first advise that you really should be discussing this with your...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Mental health and diabetes.
Hello. We are not doctors nor are we allowed to provide any type of diagnosis or medical...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Indentation on my lower right calf
Hello. There are a number of conditions that could cause the symptoms you describe. It...More
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Reply: need help to know want is wrong with me
Hello Nelson. We are not doctors and are not allowed to diagnose or give medical advice....More
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