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 started collection a small pension from a company I was with for 14 years. So, now I am officially disabled and retired.

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: pain in right upper abdomen
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-Dave
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Reply: When is enough, enough?
Hello. Spinal surgery has only a 50%-60&% success rate for pain relief and up to an...More
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Reply: Switching pain management doctor and need advice!
It is always best to inform a new doctor of your complete medical history. A new pain...More
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Reply: Severe back pain
Hello. Definitely time to see another doctor. Spinal Neurologists or Spinal Orthopedic...More
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Reply: Pain Reliver
I think asking your doctor and/or pharmacist for options would be your best course of...More
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Reply: Somebody tell me a instant pain relief solutions ?
Hello. As the other poster said, there is no such thing as an "instant" pain reliever. It...More
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Reply: Will I ever be pain free and does my doctor believ...
Hello. I am sorry you are going through all this and I do understand. It is hard to...More
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-Dave
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Reply: How do i find a list of non narcotic pain medicine...
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Reply: copying with fibro
Hello. I have been managing moderate to severe chronic pain for over 35 years. My...More
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