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Hi Everyone, I'm new to the forum and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is John, I'm 49 and feel like I'm going on 80. I've got my C5 and C6 fused, which wasn't totally horrible (had to give up golf ), but was able to still do most of what I enjoyed (hunting, working out etc.). Then a year ago I started having a lot of pain in my thoracic region, which an MRI and CT showed 8 fractures from T3 up. They have tested me for cancers, which have come back negative (which is good), but they don't know what is making the vertebrae fracture. Bone density test showed osteopenia, but still not sure why. I'm in pain from my neck down to my lower back, involuntary muscle contractions in my legs and arms, tremor in my hands (periodically). I've recently started having the feeling that something is crawling on my feet and up my lower legs. I'm taking 16 ibuprofen a day just to survive the work day. I've pretty much had to give up everything I enjoyed, including trips on the motorcycle (heck, it hurts bad enough to ride in a car for three hours). So that is my background.
It does get depressing, which I'm sure everybody on this site suffers from, so just stating the obvious. I've got a lot to be thankful for and things could be a lot worse, but it is still a struggle.
I'm looking for information exchange to slow the anxiety down everyday when I get a new symptom.
Thanks for the space to vent.