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Johnnyb

Fighting digenerative spinal diseases

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Johnnyb

Pain. My daily life ! Learning a balance has been hard. Kratom has worked in large part but I think I need to step it up with muscle relaxers and possibly some stronger stuff. If my back goes out I can’t work for days . The pain can be so excruciating some times all I can do is sit And scream silently lol. Stretching and excercising helps a lot but it’s just not enough and that’s just the way she goes

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Johnnyb

What do others do for pain management?

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Johnnyb

What do others do for pain management?

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Nitetrain

what Have you done so far?  If you’re able to exercise and work your at least ambulatory. 

Its no picnic but maybe share other options you’ve tried?

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RubyRed

I've known about my scoliosis since I was a kid but just found out I have degenerative disc disease and two types of arthritis in my back, one being severe. I've had blood tests and x-rays but I'm waiting for a full spinal MRI. After I have that test I'll be seeing a rheumatologist and back pain specialist. My general care practitioner has prescribed me a mild muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory and some Tramadol which has helped a tad but it's all just a bandaid on a big, gaping wound. For years the pain was like background noise I was able to tune out but in the last several years it's accelerated quite a bit. I guess age will do that!

I know I should get myself back to the gym to swim laps again but I've been super busy with work lately. The pain makes it hard to concentrate. Swimming does help, though. So does hanging upside down on my inversion table. 

I know someone with similar arthritis who gets cortisone shots in her spine and they help her a lot so I'd like to find out if I'm a candidate. I'd also like to meet with a physical therapist to find out what the right exercises are for me so I can strengthen my torso and reduce my pain. I hope one of my doctors refers me to one so insurance will cover at least some of the cost. I hear they can be expensive. Even if we only meet a couple of times and I get a list of exercises to do, it would really help.

I'd be happy to keep you updated on what sort of treatments I'm given and how they work out for me!

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