(C3-4,C4-5) with osteophyte formation and sclerosis on. C5 and then from below C7 in several discs all the way down to my tailbone, including my tail bone, and also a bulge on my tailbone. Everywhere that I have the Degenerative disease I also have either osteo-phyte formation or osteo-artritis. In my lumber area there a a few places that I have fluid also. I am in constant pain, I have to wear a neck collar to bed, when I drive, shop, or try to do things around the house. I also have osteo-porosis in my lower back. Is there anyone with these similar problems. I also have a rare disease that they consider a "skin disease", called Relapsing Polychondritis that is similar to arthritis, except that it degenerates ALL THE CARTLIDGE in the body, including the ears, nose, larynyx, trachea, and aortic heart valve. Worst case senerio is my trachea or aortic heart valve could collapse and then stints would have to be put in place to keep them open. And I could also go deaf. For that, they have me on prednisone 5mg daily and methotrexate (chemo drug they use for severe cases of Rhuematoid Arthritis, that I take by injection once weekly.) I also have fibromyalgia that they consider secondary to the Polychondritis. Is anyone familiar with any of these diseases? Or do you know someone who is? (These are only a few of all of my health conditions. There are more than a dozen of other health issues that I have besides these. Any input from anyone would be greatly appreciated.
I have a similar bone condition (I'm going to spell it wrong but this is close) it's called ostiomitits,and I've had to have c-1&c-2 vertabrae fussed because the bone deteriated and broke. After the operation I had to have a pic line installed & a machine that caused constant antibiotics infussed 24/7 for a month or so. The medications you mentioned,is that all,I mean don't they have you on any pain meds,or do you not like the narcoticts they write for bad,chronic pain? I fortunetly don't have something so extreme,but I know a little of where your coming from. I broke my arm last year doing something that before the disease Ive done a million times.
I played high school football,wrestled,ran cross country,and mountain biked everywhere,now I'm afraid that a small or forbid I go over the bars & end up in a wheelchair for the rest of my life,if I'm lucky because how high the broken vertabrae are. I hope you find something that let's you live a more happy and productive life and hopefully modern medicine will come up with something. Jeremy.
Hi, let's first start doing some light exercising whether it be walking (not a long distance). You might be in some pain after but, the more you do it the better you'll feel. Watch your weight, try not to gain alot of weight it's hard on your frame. See if your doctor is willing to put you on a strong muscle relaxer and long lasting pain pill. Swimming is great, your body feels good in the water but when you get out you may have some aches but not severe pain.Try also changing your diet lots of water and fruits and vegetables, and fiber in your diet.
Pain is a vicious master. As are the meds to treat it. You have several meds and will need to seek advice about anything additional. I am taking an herbal called Kratom for pain and opiate withdrawral. It is an herb and legal. But in your case, discuss it with your doctor, as it comes from the same family as the coffee plant and may cause BP problems. He/she has probably never heard of it. It can help with the pain, if that is your main issue.
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