Dealing with Osteoarthritis
I'm new here and wondering how others deal with the pain & suffering? I started having back problems, at the age of 18. By the time was in my mid 20's to early 30's, was diagnosed with Spinal Arthritis. Gone through so many doctors & specialists. 29 yrs later, just this past week, my new doctor
ordered back x-rays; since been 3 yrs. Results; Spinal Osteoarthritis & back in 2007, was just mild and 3 yrs later it became moderate.
What happens next? Severe level! Has anyone gone through the severe state? How do you deal with it? I was put on new meds and don't work.. I mean stronger than one can with stand. Only thing helps, is Flexril. I keep getting told that I am not a candidate for surgery. Has anyone had the same problems with their doctor?
Is there hope for us? I've just about given up after 29 yrs. of suffering. What does it take to convince someone that you feel or deserve back surgery?
Thank you for letting me get this off my chest! 'Cause when I returned home from work.. I totally lost it and crying & screaming.