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Hi Kona, I was diagnosed with AA in 10/07 by my neurosurgeon doing a second opinion. I had already figured out that I had AA from first hearing about the disease from Moldova being diagnosed with it. I started looking into it and found that all my symptoms and growing pain and disability could indeed be explained by AA.
I was a mystery case for more than 18 months-having more and more pain and growing neuropathic pain in my legs. Pushing myself to work a very physical job was doing me no good, either.
It's upsetting to learn that it is an incurable, painful disease, but at least I knew what I was dealing with. I'm on a cocktail of meds-lortab, neurontin, baclofen, tramadol, Celexa, and Androgel to replace depleted Testosterone. It's very important to get pain under control as my blood pressure was being driven way up by pain, even though I never had elevated levels before. Currently, BP is normal as the meds are doing their job.
You may want to do a search for Dr. Sarah Smith, as she has done a lot of research into AA and there is a fine support group for fellow-sufferers, though I can't link to it here.
My doc was willing to try a combo of Trental and Vitamin E for me, which I had found in a couple small trials online had been successful in some patients at dissolving epidural fibrosis. He thought perhaps it could work inside the dura, also. I'm willing to be a guinea pig.:D I'll let y'all know what happens with this. Only been on the regimen for 3 weeks.
First Rule of AA is to not have surgery to the area of the spine affected nor to allow any needle or any other invasive treatment to the spine.
May the Lord strengthen you in your day-to-day battle with this disease.:angel: