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: Body pain due to fibromyalgia
Hello. You need to speak with your doctor and tell him/her that you are still in pain....More
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Reply: Butrans and hot baths.
Here is the information about Butrans found in the WebMD Drugs & Supplements section: ...More
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Reply: Foot and leg pain
Hello. What is your doctor saying? What testing have you had done? What exactly are you...More
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Reply: Heavy Bleeding and Excessive Pain Before &/or Duri...
Hello. You may also want to post this in the WebMD Womens Health Community here: ...More
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Reply: RA and severe back pain
Hello. I have no real opinion as I have never done either one. However, I replied to...More
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Reply: Are there any of you good people have bad bouts of...
Hello. It makes sense to me that you would have this experience. Fibro is usually...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Head and Face Pain
Hello. I am sorry you are experiencing so much difficulty with your symptoms....More
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-Dave
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Reply: My Current Pain Mgt. Dr.
Hello. First, WebMD probably did not refuse to post your discussion. Most likely you...More
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-Dave
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Reply: In pain need advice
Hello. I am sorry you are in so much pain and going through all this. I fully understand....More
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Reply: Possible Pharmacy problem with Pain medication fil...
The laws governing controlled prescription medications are very strict. You would benefit...More
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