Quote from musicmaker650:Hey BigDog,
do you think a 60 year old AB is in any better shape than you are? CP certainly is tough, but should we really blame it for all of our ageing ills? Talk to a few older AB's without CP. You'll find that they are suffering too. If you've been able to stay out of a wheelchair till now, you're doing damn good! I don't like the streroidal injections... they will aid the bones of the spine to disintegrate at a faster rate if given too often. I use the injections in the first joint of my right thumb for an osteo-arthritis treatment. I get one a year. Have you considered surgery for your back. With the disc compression, I would think surgical intervention now before it gets any worse, would be a better course of action. Activity is the best remedy for the Arthritis pain. A little activity is better than no activity. I take 100Mg's of Diclofenac daily for my Arthritis pain. I use a UBE (Upper Body Exerciser) for my daily workout. You can see one at [url]www.scifit.com[/url]. Please watch the use of prescription pain killers including Lortab. It's been good for 2 years... This will change, and then you'll go to something stronger, then... Believe me I know!
Good luck to you! Us old gimps must stick together... :)
Musicmaker 650 - thanks for your reply.
Sorry, but I don't know what an 'AB' is? And I don't blame CP for all of my aging ills either. As a matter of fact, I really don't complain about ANYTHING in life. I learned as a child that it really changes nothing, so why bother. You know the old cliches - play the hand you're dealt, etc. Well, I guess I just practice it.
If the Lortab becomes something that stops giving relief or requires a higher daily dose, you can bet I'd do something else. But so far I am sustaining a minimum level (3 a day) in combination with exercise and Arthrotec 75 mg for my arthritis. Using a treadmill daily, watching my diet, and adequate rest seem to work for me. I won't consider surgery for the compressed disc - my doc advises against it, as by the gait I have - it may increase the pain, etc. or decrease my mobility.
And I gave up after two steroidal injections - not enough relief. Same for accupuncture. No long-term benefits
Thanks....and have a good day!