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sheryl=jk
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   Posted 8/6/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am new to the arthritis forum, i just recetnly found out i have ddd and that there is severe arthritis, and has progressed severly as compared to last years cat scan. im scared and wondering how fast can ddd go, i know eveyone has it to some degree, but some worse then others, im one of lucky ones thats progressing faster than others, is facet joint injections my only hope? im on loratab, butit doesnt cut it , at least at the strength he got me and only twice a day. i feel like its beginning to afffect my hips, does anyone else get that along with ddd. Anyways I just wanted to introduce my self Sheryl, you can see my bio beneath my siggy. Anyfeed back is very welcome, thank you in advance...
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06 Spondlylosis/Disc Degernation Disease severe arthitis lower back -08,implantedInterstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines
 Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan, loratab, zanaflex  marrried 2 children, 1 with mild autism, Bipolar(8),  Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


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   Posted 8/6/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sheryl, welcome to the forum. I can't really help you with these questions as I'm fairly new and learning, too, but I wanted to extend a welcome to you. I've learned quite a bit from lurking here and hope you will too.
Take care,
Cindy

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks 1323, i hope i can find some answers, im scared its gonna just progress worse each year.
I cant take anti immfalmmatories which i know would help, but they kill my stomach, and give me ringing in the ears.
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06 Spondlylosis/Disc Degernation Disease severe arthitis lower back -08,implantedInterstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines
 Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan, loratab, zanaflex  marrried 2 children, 1 with mild autism, Bipolar(8),  Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


Ducky
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   Posted 8/8/2008 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Sheryl.. so sorry you are feeling so poorly.. what type of plan does your doc have you on as far as managing the DDD? Are you being seen by a rheumy or by your Primary?

Please let us know how you are doing..

Duck
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs/Migraines/Hypertension
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Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


sheryl=jk
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   Posted 8/8/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Duck, I have had a rhem in the past dx me with fibro, he did xray my kness , and said yes there is arhtrtis but everyone has arthritus, he told to to do water aerobic, wish is good, but i hate the sun, make me feel awful, overcast days is better for me, i wish our pool was indoor.
 
My old pcp ran alot of tests on me bascially saying you have arthrits and aome type of aoutimmune disease, as i had always had an elvated temp, probably due to inflamation, which I cant take any nsaids, for it, becasue they destroy my stomach, amongst other unwanted side effects like ringing in my ear ect.
Bextra was the only one i could ever take, if it were destrying my stomach, i didnt know about it, it was great it help my inflamtion giving me some relief. but they went and took it offf the market eyes
 
My pcp now is an interlist( i cant spell), and my pain mangement who has had me have to cats one last year one this year, showserious severe changes in one year with the arthrits, and withthe disc dengeneting, than it did one year ago, so i asked the PM im i just gonna keep getting worse and all he has to say was
lets put your on zanflex for my spasms, and continue strecting.
 
I think i probably need to go to a ortho pedic sugeon. but thats more money and yet anther dr, and more test more money, my husband will kill mee, allready thinks im on too many meds, and doesnt bleives how much i do hurt, i have to take apain killers to actually get  a good clean throughly bathroom etc.
I have applied for disablity again, i have moere issues than arthritis, i have Interstial Cystitis, which is where my bladder has constant ulcer on it and casue bllous to be on my urine at time, makes me go to the bathroom sometimes more than 70 times a day, and is painful. My limbs go numb very easliy.
so I am just looking for someone who has ddd and advanded to tell what they did, and how is the out come. Becasue i have no Idea what im gonna be doing, God help me, thanks for listening., I hope i get more replies with people with ddd with severe arthritis to go with it and how they cope etc, thank you........
 
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06 Spondlylosis/Disc Degernation Disease severe arthitis lower back -08,implantedInterstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines
 Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan, loratab, zanaflex  marrried 2 children, 1 with mild autism, Bipolar(8),  Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


Ducky
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   Posted 8/8/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Sheryl..

I found this article on DDD.. I am still looking up some stuff to see what you can possibly do to help alleviate some of your pain.. since you can't taking NSAIDs, you are kind of limited with your meds.. I'll let you know what I find out.. hang in there!

Ok, I found this too.. Not sure if you want to have surgery or not.. but that is a treatment option as well..



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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs/Migraines/Hypertension
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prilosec/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin/Midrin/HYZAAR/Methotrexate
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


Ducky
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   Posted 8/8/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Here are some things you can do as well:

Passive treatments for low back pain from degenerative disc disease may include:

  • Pain medication. Typical pain medications used to treat the low back pain include acetaminophen, NSAIDs, oral steroids, narcotic drugs, and muscle relaxants. Each type of medication has strengths, limitations, and risks, and the patient’s particular low back problem and overall health will determine which pain reliever, if any, is indicated.
  • Chiropractic manipulation. Manual manipulation by a chiropractor or other qualified health professional is thought to help relieve low back pain by taking pressure off sensitive neurological tissue, increasing range of motion, restoring blood flow, reducing muscle tension, and creating a series of chemical reactions in the body (such as endorphin release) that act as natural painkillers.
  • Epidural injections. An epidural injection into the spine delivers steroids that can provide low back pain relief by decreasing inflammation in the painful area.
  • TENS units. These devices deliver mild electrical stimulation that overrides the painful signals sent to the lower back.
  • Ultrasound. For acute low back pain, ultrasound may be used to warm the area, which in turn brings blood flow and healing nutrients to the area.
  • Massage. Therapeutic low back massage is thought to provide low back pain relief by improving blood flow, reducing muscle stiffness, increasing range of motion, and raising endorphin levels in the body.

In addition, heat and/or ice therapy, acupuncture, behavioral therapy, and other therapies often provide enough low back pain relief to allow the patient to progress with his or her exercise and rehabilitation program.

Active treatments for low back pain may include:

  • Exercise. For the vast majority of patients, the only way to achieve long-term healing is active exercise, which usually includes a combination of strengthening, stretching, and low-impact aerobic exercise.
  • Quitting smoking. For patients who smoke, doctors recommend quitting smoking to improve blood circulation and healing. Chronic tobacco use is closely linked to chronic low back pain.
  • Weight loss can reduce low back pain in overweight people by lessening the amount of stress on the low back’s muscles and ligaments.
  • Ergonomics. Proper lifting techniques, ergonomic furniture, supportive footwear, and avoiding static posture for prolonged periods of time can help take pressure off the low back.

The following pages provide additional information on the main treatments usually used to treat low back pain from degenerative disc disease, including:


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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs/Migraines/Hypertension
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prilosec/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin/Midrin/HYZAAR/Methotrexate
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


sheryl=jk
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You Ducky, there are some things I can do on there. I have a neurstimulator in my sacral spine to act as a pacmeaker to my bladder. Not doing that great.
I cant have ultrasound becasue of it, now the tens maybe if i turn my unit off in me, i sure would enjoy tens, or the massage, already do the heat and cold thing, helps pretty good short term.
i wish i could go see a chircprator love them, we are so short on money i dont know id hubby gonna pay for PM appt on monday.
You know they say money cant buy happineness, this may be true, but money can buy you health.....
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06 Spondlylosis/Disc Degernation Disease severe arthitis lower back -08,implantedInterstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines
 Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan, loratab, zanaflex  marrried 2 children, 1 with mild autism, Bipolar(8),  Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


Ducky
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sheryl.. I totally understand what you are saying.. usually the people that say money can't buy you happiness are the people that have money and not a care in the world, because they can afford the medical care they so desperately need.. for those of us that cannot, it's a daily struggle.. hang in there..
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs/Migraines/Hypertension
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prilosec/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin/Midrin/HYZAAR/Methotrexate
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


sheryl=jk
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Ducky I appreciate you listening to me and replying to my posts trying to help.
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06 Spondlylosis/Disc Degernation Disease severe arthitis lower back -08,implantedInterstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines
 Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan, loratab, zanaflex  marrried 2 children, 1 with mild autism, Bipolar(8),  Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


Ducky
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Anytime! That's what we're here for.. let us know how you are doing.. and if anything is helping!
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs/Migraines/Hypertension
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prilosec/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin/Midrin/HYZAAR/Methotrexate
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


sheryl=jk
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I definatley will, thanks!
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06 Spondlylosis/Disc Degernation Disease severe arthitis lower back -08,implantedInterstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines
 Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan, loratab, zanaflex  marrried 2 children, 1 with mild autism, Bipolar(8),  Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/

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