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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 11/11/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I haven't been making it on the boards as much lately because I have been busy at work and just exhausted.

Things are at sort of a standstill treatment-wise. I saw my PM and asked him to run labs and take x-rays. The labs came back normal, but he never let me know anything about the x-rays. I got the x-ray report from the PT and it was quite shocking in my non-medically informed opinion. Moderate degenerative disk disease at L5-S1, mild DDD at other levels, facet joint arthritis, and SI joint arthritis. The PT reassured me that most of this is in the realm of "normal" for a very active person except the moderate DDD. The funny thing is we know my pain is coming from the SI joint and not from the lumbar disks.

All that arthritis has me pretty worried I have something else going on. I'm only 31 - that just seems like a lot of degenerative changes for someone my age. I am going to get a second opinion from my colleague, but I still need to set that appointment up.

In the meantime I'm doing PT again. The goal is not really pain reduction, just restoring the function that I've lost over the past year so that I can be more active again. My assessment was pretty bad - I'm very weak and inflexible in my whole lower body. I also was prescribed Lidoderm and it is happily helping quite a bit.

So that's where I'm at. I hope the second opinion doctor will at least give me more explanation than my regular PM, because right now I just feel confused and don't know what my options are other than more PT.
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

White Beard
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   Posted 11/11/2011 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Heather Lynn
 
I can understand your apprehension about your DDD in your back, I definitely would encourage you to get that second opinion! Keeping your back and adominal muscles strong is really important, so going to PT should really help you in the long run. You are very young, but unfortunately arthritis  has no age requirements! I do hope that you can get your pain under control, and hopefully you will gain your strength back in your muscles, and possible gain some mobility too!  Remember your not alone in this, and as they say "keep the faith" we care about you and are  here to support you! 
 
White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Heather Lynn
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   Posted 11/13/2011 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks White Beard. I am really hoping I'll gain some strength - I just need so much help these days! I'm very lucky that my partner is very patient and understanding.
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma
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