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    Old 02-28-2019, 10:35 AM   #1
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    Hi. I'm new. I'd appreciate some helpful info.
    I've been in constant pain for 8 years.
    I have 2 herniated disc in my lower back, and arthritis I had an MRI 3 years ago.
    I had 2 steroid injections that only made things worse. Physical therapy also makes things worse.

    The only drug treatments my doctor has prescribed have either not worked or are contraindicated because of other health concerns, or have not been approved by my health insurance (Medicare/BCBS).

    I'm 59 but I walk and feel like I'm 89!!!!! My doctor wants to exercise!! I can't stand or walk more than 2 minutes without stabbing pain. Because of this I am forced to live a sedentary lifestyle which will surely kill me.

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    Dear veronica,

    I cannot tolerate physical therapy either. But it will NOT kill us.
    I have only had one therapist group that took my condition into consideration. I am limited from an accident when I was age 17 and I am closing in on 70 now. The damage that happened is not correctable. So I can say with the authority of personal experience, being sedentary won't kill you. But of course, it's not going to be as healthy as being active. And there are still ways to be active and get our blood flowing. Even if we have to do it on our back or in bed.

    Still, I am healthy and I can at least walk, but not for exercise. I can only bend at the waist, plus my leg bones are all different lengths, so regular exercise is clumsy and difficult. usually I do stretches on a bed. That's about it for activity. I was very active before the accident.

    Anyway I still have a good life, so nevermind what we cannot do. We need to do what we can. If all you can do is lay there and bend your knees and lift your lower legs and arms, do that. Do what you can to stimulate your circulation, and do stretches. Learn to do these things the right way so you don't injure yourself, of course. And it is worth it to pay for a full body massage once in awhile. Just to keep the circulation going and relax tightened muscle

    Also, when you are sitting or laying, make sure to keep your body straight. I know pain makes us want to bend over or curl up, but our muscles need the stretching. You can just be sitting and stretch your muscles. Do what you can, hon. You will be amazed at how much better that feels.

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    Old 05-18-2020, 10:10 AM   #3
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    I know what you are going through. I was in a four wheeler accident and broke my back. From that same accident i have 2 herniated disks in my neck which up to this point was not as big of a deal pain wise, but within the last few months it has gotten much worse. I have trouble sleeping laying flat and when i do find a comfortable position propped up, my arm goes numb and its not a full nights sleep regardless. Lack of sleep alone will catch up to you. I was prescribed pain killers for years as a buffer for the pain which eventually led to addiction. Now i am taking zubsolv which is an opiate blocker but does not do much for the pain but rely heavily on tylenol and motrin as i dont want to do down that same road. Surgery is the next option but i have been putting off this as long as possible but its going to be sooner than later i suppose. Physical therapy hasnt made things worse but i havent seen any improvement either. At least not anything significant or very noticable. I dont deal with the level of pain that you have but I definitely can relate to how you feel. Dont give up looking for a solution and I dont know what you believe spiritually, but prayer definitely works if you believe in it. There is a risen savior, Jesus Christ and he will meet you exactly where you are. I dont want to push anything on you but this has been what has helped me through the most. I hope this finds you well and keep pushing and stay hard as that may be, a positive outlook is good for the soul! Be Blessed!

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