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ptense1978pptense1978 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in New Member Introductions
I am a 30 year old female. I have DDD in my lumbar and cervical spine (so far)...I haven't had a MRI on my thoracic spine, yet. I have osteoarthritis, degeneration, and bulging discs (3 of them) in my cervical spine. I have degeneration, osteoarthritis, retrolisthesis, hemangiomas (covering L4), and herniated discs in my lumbar spine. I don't have my MRI reports in front of me at the moment...so I am going by memory. I have been suffering from chronic pain for over 8 years now. I am not on any pain management but am going back to my doctor tomorrow for pain relief. Whenever the pain gets severe, I get migraine headaches and my legs become painful and numb. I also have incurable Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (of both hands), which has caused muscle atrophy and nerve damage in both hands. I had surgery on both hands last year, but it only made it worse on my left hand (which is the worst one). Did I forget to mention that I have Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT)? I am glad to have found this board and support group! Of course, I am in severe pain, early this morning and am awaiting the doctor's office to open. I have tried injections on my spine and intense physical therapy (which worsened my condition, due to an inexperienced therapist). I am anxious to get to know everyone and find out how you each cope with the chronic pain. Thank you!


  • I almost forgot to add that I also have bone spurs, which are causing nerve irritation. Thanks, again!
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are suffering so much!! :''( you don't say what pain medications you are on.. :? they can certainly change your life when administered correctly and used as directed. we share many of the same problems and besides medication, exercise and stretching can often be of a benefit.. perhaps your doctor knows something of this as well. :-C swimming is amazing!!! absolutely pain free!! =D> good luck and keep us posted! :D Jenny :)
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hi ptense

    Welcome to spine-health, you have come to the right place for support and advice on how to manage your chronic pain.
    I have suffered chronic pain for most of my life and have found I have to stay within my limits, pacing myself gives me a better chance to keep the pain manageable, and getting a quality of life.
    I am sorry to hear you have so many health issues, i hope you get the help you need
    Take care

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thank you all so much, for the warm welcome! I unfortunately was unable to visit my doctor today, due to my husband being very sick. I am in so much pain tonight! I am not on any type of pain management or pain medications, at this moment. I do believe it is time for some type of pain management because my quality of life is at a minimal because of the limits I have on my daily activities. I will be sure to keep you all updated...I am praying my doctor's office is still going to be open tomorrow and that I will be able to see her...I know it is a holiday weekend, so I'm not sure if they will be or not. Thanks, again.
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