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Running out of hope

Started by Losing hope on 08/05/2018 7:28am

I'm a 44 yr old gymnastics coach, so with that I've got multiple issues with my back. From arthritis, degenerative disc disease,scoliosis, and so much more . I've been trying to find any ideas or help. My physician for 5 yrs now has said there nothing to be done . I guess I wasn't a candidate for surgery. The last 6 months I've been experiencing horrible edema I'm my hips lower to mid back ans both lesgs and feet. Depending on where the worst pain is that side doubles in size. My bloodwork is perfect and yet all I hear istheres nothing to that can be done. As a competitive gymnast and professionally I had a terrible battle with anorexia. Not wanting to be hospitalized after doing so well for 10 years the edema is worse than the pain. My Dr prescribes me 200 Percocet I've just stopped taking everything . Nothing helps. I'm afraid if I don't find some relief soon I might just give up.. please àny ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Somebody save me ll

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Hello, Losing hope--thank you for taking the time to share your story with us. We are so sorry to read about what you've been through.

It's incredibly discouraging and defeating to hear someone tell you that nothing can be done about your pain. Please know that one doctor's perspective does not have to be the set-in-stone truth for you. That's not to say that the doctor you've been seeing is unqualified--you just may need to seek out a second opinion (or even a third opinion) from another doctor to understand what options you have. If you need ideas on other doctors who might provide consultation, our doctor finder tool may help: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe...

We also urge you to please talk to your doctor about the impact your pain is having on your life--physically and emotionally. Knowing the full scope of your pain can help your doctor broaden treatment to address the emotional toll your pain is taking.

Your pain is real, but please don't let it win. Seeking new perspectives from other doctors may help shed light on different ways to ease your pain. Please let us know if you find out anything new. We wish you the very best.