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    Houghchrist - Hang in there. I have simaler problems so I can relate. As far as Abalations go, I know very litte if anything except my Gut- feeling is NOT. I have heard too many horror stories from people who have had Back procedures and the results were Never Good.
    Take care, you are in my prayers, Be GOOD to yourself. Hot soaks in the tub help, Massage, if you can get one also helps. God bless and be with you.

    Alex44 AKA Skypilot Steve

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    The pain in my lower back has been knocked down a few pain points at resting thanks to lower back injections. Not much relief at all when trying to get something done. Doc thinks that 60% resting relief is fantastic. Yeah well I still can hardly get anything done. Now that is on hold because my upper back below my neck has begun screaming at me. I suspect it is from sitting at this computer in the mornings for a bit over a year now with slouched posture. Getting MRI next wednesday of Thoracic spine and I am sure Physical therapy will be called for as now doc is telling me that based on newish symptoms he thinks it is cervical. I have been working on my posture when sitting here and still doing a bit of neck strengthening for proper posture. I attempted to do try a couple neck physical therapy exercises that I found on YouTube which sent my upper back into a full flair for days. Only did a couple, not even full reps, just some samples. This should be interesting.

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    I'm very sorry to hear that you're doing so poorly. I keep you in my prayers.

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    It would be somewhat frightening but be strong and keep the battle win today. In Jesus' name!

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    Hope you are in the hands of a gifted, holistic therapist. Been in and out of here since the nineties and know your journey has been long. The cervical and lumbar spine are shot and the thorax has been carrying the load. Is it any wonder if is totally honked off? Geesh. Fibro on top of it. I was diagnosed in 76 when it was Fibrocytis and way too many "doctors" thought it was a garbage dx. This journey isn't for the weak, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by houghchrst View Post
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    My back and my legs are in agony. No matter how or where I sit my back is constantly throbbing. I am waiting for the call from my Pain Management clinic to set up back injections. My pain doc says that there is very little chance of them working but I will try almost anything at this point. He also is trying to help me get aqua therapy but I am pretty sure that the insurance will turn it down.

    I don't dare go to the ER. Thank God for the MMJ because that is the only thing that makes it all tolerable. That keeps me from tears all day long. I do have my break downs now and then everyday but I know there is something out there that will help. Any out there who have had Ablations done on their lower back? Can it cause nerve damage in my legs and feet?

    Houghchrist, Stillstannding, Hope ya'll are still here. Houghchrist, we have talked before, We share a LOT in the background History, etc. and I pray you are O.K. Stillstannding, we go back too. you have always been supportive. I hope that both of ya,ll are OK - I miss this place and hope others will stand up and be counted. I myself, well \, I have issues, with drinking, Pain management, MMJ - My VA doc. says it may be legal here, but not at the federal level - so if i get caught, bye- bye meds or at least a reduction. Diabetes sucks, nerve pain is incredible, stomach is always churning. Have not lost hope, the LORD is my savior but feel I am between a rock and a hard place. I go day to day, a new housemate helps, lost a good friendship to to poor judgement ( read Misjudged her- I was wrong) Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope this finds ya,ll well and others.

    AKA revstevefirewaler

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    ((((((Alex)))))) ~

    Whenever you post, I am relieved to know that you are still maintaining and working through your struggles. Unfortunately, your struggles remain the same over time, with a system, which is failing you and many other Veterans.

    Of course, you know that alcohol and diabetes are incompatible. They are also related biologically and genetically with an inherited tendency.

    Are you eligible for Medicare? If so, that would open medical avenues other than the VA for you.

    You are in my prayers, Alex. Be good to yourself, love yourself, value yourself, as God does. Ask for strength and guidance, for peace, comfort, forgiveness. Keep your faith and stay strong.

    Love & Light,


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    Mom to Jon, 49, and Michael, 32, who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Our Angel Jon received his wings April 2019. April 2020, Jim, the world's most wonderful Dad, joined them. Now, they all watch over me.

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