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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: tennis elbow or tendinitis of the elbow.
Hello. Yes, IMHO you should go to any doctor that is available to you. They can diagnose...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Burning Leg Pain
Hello. You really can't be diagnosed over an internet message board. You do need to see...More
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Reply: pain across body after surgery
Hello and welcome. IMHO, it is your doctor's job to diagnose what is causing your...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Hockey Injury
The only way to know what is causing your pain is to see your doctor for evaluation and...More
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-Dave
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Reply: Hip pain
Hello. I am sorry you are in so much pain. The best way to get answers is to see your...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Help me diagnose my knee pain?
Hello. I am sorry, but it is against the Terms Of Service (rules) in all WebMD...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: dr.loosing it slowly
IMHO, it is time to change doctors. You are in charge of your health care, and if you do...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: pain radiating from right side of back to groin ar...
If these symptoms have continued the wisest thing to do would be to take your wife back to...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: Neurpothy pain in feet.
Hello. The procedure is called "Radio Frequency Ablation". The term "Rhizotomy" is also...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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Reply: how to want to live (HELP)
Hello, Chris. I am sorry you are in so much pain and fully empathize. I strongly agree...More
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Blessings,

-Dave
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