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I'm confused by a couple posts I read. I'm new to this and not sure where to start. I've never joined a support group before and certainly not online. A good friend recommended it so I searched and found this and was intrigued but not sure where to get started.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,708
    i am sure that you will find your time on spine-health very rewarding. this site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Welcome to Spine Health. If you can give us a bit of information about your condition, why you are here, and what you need help with, it would be easier to direct you to the right areas of the forums and resources.
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  • Again I'm a 40 year old mom of four and married to a wonderful man for almost 20 years. I found out I had scoliosis when I was a late tean but nothing was done and only had minimal pain. When I really starting noticing my pain constantly was about 10 years ago after my youngest son was born. That started the process of physical therapy, chiropractors, MRI,x rays, emergency visits, specialists, then ending up at a couple different pain management doctors. I've been told my scoliosis is not very severe, and I have arthritis in my spine, which again they say isn't very much and that I have mild degenerative disc disease but then I had another doctor tell me that everyone has that. Another words nothing I have been diagnosed with explains how much pain I'm in. I had shots in my back which the first one lasted about a month but after that they didn't help. It is extremely frustrating to be in this much pain and not have a real answer for any I'm in pain.I'm currently doing a cleanse to cleanse my body of toxins by eating fruits and vegetables to see if that would help. I feel like this is my last hope. I'm an outgoing, energetic woman and really fighting depression because I'm so tired of this and its affect on my family.
  • I'm sorry, I can hear the frustration in your post...........and I know that many of us have been down a similar road, feeling like something is wrong and not being able to get the answers as to what it is.
    DDD is a misnomer, and yes, the doctor who told you that everyone has it to some degree is correct. It is a normal part of the aging process and anyone over the age of 18 or so will have some degree of it. How much, depends on the person, and unless it is severe or causing compression of the spinal nerves somehow, then it is usually considered a non significant finding.
    How extensive is the curve? I know that I have a bit in my thoracic area but was told that it was not a big curve so not to worry about it.
    What type of injections did they do and what level in your spine? Sometimes, when injections are done, they are both diagnostic and a treatment at the same time. Meaning that they do them in part to see if it relieves the pain and secondly to see if they are in the right area. It is not all that unusual for them to help once or twice and then not the next time. That's why they are usually done in a set of three injections. It could be that they missed the target area the second time and that may be why you didn't get relief the second injection.
    As far as the arthritis goes, again, many of us have it. Yes, it can be painful , and there are treatments for it.
    Anti inflammatories, more injections to soothe the inflammation. What did the PM doctor you saw recommend?
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