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I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis over 30 years ago by a rheumatologist. A few years after that a neurologist treating my seizures said my sed rate was within normal limits, so the AS diagnosis must have been wrong. So I've operated all these years as if I did not have a diagnosis.
Now I've had a bilateral lumbar laminectomy without fusion and a 3 level anterior cervical fusion with instrumentation for bony central and foraminal stenosis. Both surgeries removed excessive bone but… read more
Yes DeeJoy. I had blood work for years, and never had imagine. I got sick in 1996, I hurt my back, never got checked for anything, then I got disability in 1998, in a chair in, 2000, still no blood… read more
Some days it does and others, not so good. I think the important thing is not to push your body. I find when I’m kinder to myself and follow my bodies limits the inflammation isn’t as bad. Sometimes… read more
My friend had been diagnosed with severe arthritis in his lower back. He goes to a pain clinic where he receives two strong prescriptions (Norco & Tramadol) for the pain but they only give him little. I feel like he needs something for inflammation but he can’t take NSAIDS because they make him bleed terribly. How does his doctor know it’s not AS instead of arthritis? If it is AS, has anyone tried acupuncture? If so, has it helped. He is very depressed and I’m worried about his mental… read more
My wife uses cbd and it helps with her pain and flairs of RA. it gives me minor head fog so I don't care for it. But I know many who find it helps them. its necessary to find a good blend and dose… read more
Also they keep wanting to inject with shots they dont help I have had shot 10 to 15
times they dont help hurt more. The only time the shot helper was when I had a pinched nerve in my upper back neck area. I'm 71 yrs.
What else can help with pain
And what type of mattress would help everything I have tried just puts so much pressure on the places that hurt. I dont sleep well at night Im costantly tossingfrom side to side because my hips hurt and wake me up.