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Sherry Beth
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi my name is Sherry and I am new to this group. I belong to the crohns group, heart and now this one. I have degenerative arthritis and it is in my spine. I went to a specialist (SPINe) and he said theere was nothing he could do, sent me to a pain management, he said the shots or pain medicine. There is no guartee on the shots and they may last 3 weeks to 6 weeks and do over. So I chose not to as I am on medicare. Oh I forgot, I have spinal stenosis, and spurs on my spine. My legs and lower back hurt so bad its hard to walk but I manage with my cane. I try to stay active so they will stay strong but sometimes it hurts to bad. I've been looking up all info I can find. Does anyone have any info or ideas on what to do? God bless. Sherry

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 10/30/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry.. welcome to the forum.. What shots did your doctor recommend for your? Do you have DDD? Osteo? The reason why I ask is because most arthritis is degenerative, and I'm trying to figure out which meds/treatments would be better for you..

sorry it's take a bit to get back with you, but this forum isn't as busy as the Crohn's Forum.. so don't be alarmed if you don't get a response right away..

hope to hear from you soon...

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Sherry Beth
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 10/30/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi thanks for answering!! As for as I know I have osteo. I also have broad-sbased bulging disc L2 thro L5 and S1. Spinal stenosis and spurs. very painful, and efficting my legs bad as it hurts to walk. Use my cane and walker sometimes. Am taking neuroton and vicadion so far. Pain spec. said my only choice was shots that might or might not work or pain med. Don't have the money to take the shots if they are not going to work longer than 3 to 6 months. Have medicare. Did you take the shots and did they work for you? God bless Sherry

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 10/30/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry,
I posted here a couple of days ago and I also have degenerative disc and joint disease. I have had 2 hips and 2 knees replaced and 4 spine surgeries. I had a titanium fusion on L4-5 in '97. I went to a Rheumatoligist for the first time yesterday and was told there is nothing we can do for our pain EXCEPT pain management. He is sending me to pain management also. I have been in pain management before, several years ago and that really just involves them regulating your pain meds.the  Rheumy Dr. upped my vicadin yesterday and said "if" it was RA it would be treatable. I know how much pain you are in! I have suffered Osteo And/or Degenartive joint disease for many years and I am only 57. I am having both shoulders operated on this month due to spurs also.
 I HAVE taken the shots. some of them lasted 4-5 months and some lasted 2 weeks.
I am on Medicare now also. have you had more than one opinion? I went two years with a hip replacement that had come loose and became infected, saw 6 different doctors and had MRI's, Bone Scans, Sonograms. and I was at the end of LIVING when I finally tried ONE more Specialist and it took him 45 seconds of looking at a simple xray to confirm my hip was loose. spent 4 months in hospital on strong IV antibiotics and 2 more surgeries.
Please seek another opinion before giving up Sherry. I am praying for you.
Good Luck and HUGS,
Severe Degernative Joint disease, Depression from pain, Hypertension, ulcers.
Prozac 80 mgs, Ultram, Metroprolol, Lipitor, Norvasc, Vicadin, Benadryl (for sleep)
Bilaterla hip replacements, Bilateral knee replacements, titanium spine fusion (L4-5)(4 spine surgeries)Angiogram, Oblation for SVT(supra ventricular tachycardia) Biopsy of left Optic Nerve

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