About Me: Female, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, member since Apr 2008
I am 5'10" and was diagnosed with early onset of osteoporosis and degenerative disc disease at the age of 29. At that time,I was told that I already had the spine of a 60 y/o woman obviously that wasn't the best news to hear at such a young age, I was the youngest patie
[More]nt that this doctor ever had been diagnosed with osteoporosis and DDD at such a young age. Today, at the age of 48, my osteoporosis and DDD are severe, I take daily shots of "Forteo" in addition to everything else that I take for the other conditions that I suffer from. I have also had 7 back surgeries, the most extensive of which was a 3 level lumbar fusion. I have had two spinal fractures, one in the mid-thoracic region and the other at the base of the thoracic discs. I also deal with asthma, fortunately not as often as I did when I was younger. I am also suffering from depression, which began in 2004 when I had to discontinue working and begin living on disability. I have two grown children, their ages are 20 and 24, I was a single parent since they were 2 1/2 yrs and 6 months of ages. I was diagnosed with Arachnoiditis in 2005, 4 yrs after a surgical error that ended with a spinal membrane being ruptured, and leaked for 4 days before they could get it to stop leaking. I also manage my diagnosed case of hypoglycemia, which I have been living with for over 2 decades. Over the last two years, the neuropathic damage has gone from having one nerve involved to having 4 nerves involved, I have poor balance and I have fallen several times. I am being put into a "turtle" back brace to hopefully help support my spine and slow the damage that occurs just from my everyday living. What's sad is that, my everyday life has been reduced to me living as a hermit, totally disconnected from the world physically. My rheumatologist told me that I could have a spinal fracture occur just as a result from me rolling over during my sleep. How does everyone in my life think that I should be able to find a way to be happy? If only they lived for a day in my shoes, I think that there would be a greater understanding, as well as much more compassion for me and what I have to live with. I hope to connect with people here, and make some new friends, share experiences, support and life together.
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