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Hi! I am new.

miamirnmmiamirn Posts: 1
edited 12/13/2015 - 9:17 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all!

I'm glad to have found this forum! It's pretty fitting for me to be here. I am a 65 year old active woman who loves to swim and walk. Yes, in that order. Lol. I have Spondylolisthesis of L4 to L5. grade 2, Osteoarthritis of the Thorasic and Lumbar spine, mild stenosis in the Lumbar area, some involvement of the sacro-iliac area and chronic severe pain. I was diagnosed with mild Arthritis of the lumbar spine with mild scoliosis at age nine. I started to have pain in my 40's. It developed into chronic pain in my 50's. By 55 the pain became so severe I was unable to work full time. To add insult to injury I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis three years ago. For those that are unfamiliar with RA, it is an auto-immune disorder affecting theI cartilage, joints and bones. It is also affects the organs. Fun, eh? I see several specialists, one of which is a pain management specialist. I also take many medications. Fortunately, with the help of medication the chronic pain I experience is manageable. I walk three times a week, one mile and like to hike on occasion. I also swim one half mile five times weekly. I am a level one practitioner of Tai Chi. I stopped doing it and need to get back to it again. All my exercises have helped my back problem, Rheumatoid Arthritis and life in general immensely! My ultimate goal is to win the gold at the Senior National Games next year. These games are Olympic games for athletes over the age of 55. Wish me luck! :)

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So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?

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- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
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  • . Physical Therapy
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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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  • William GarzaWilliam Garza TexasPosts: 2,442
    edited 12/13/2015 - 3:16 PM
    Here on the little Spiney Village on the web, there is mutual respect and much much support!
    I hope you find the info you need
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • I love your attitude and am glad you find time and the ability to be so active! Arthritis (and the problems that accompany it) are no joke and difficult for a lot of people to understand. I remember many years ago that my dad told me the back of his hands were badly aching from having hurt them (under a window frame) as a child. It's strange how such old injuries and arthritis itself can progress, showing up so many years later.
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