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post #1 of 19 Old 07-12-2012, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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A little upset :/

About 5 months ago it was determined I had advanced degenerative disc disease, Spinal stenosis, and scoliosis at 17. Had another doctor appointment and he informed me I have arthritis of the spine as well at now 18 years of age. Ahhh I'm in so much pain, it's annoying. Going to start treatment tomorrow. Yay. My little rant ;)
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-12-2012, 10:07 AM
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I am very sorry to hear that.
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I was 17 and diagnosed with scoliosis and a spinal disorder (spondylolesthesis) stage 4-5. I had a spinal fusion at 17, and have dealt with pain/discomfort from that for over 30 years.

I still ride.

It may seem overwhelming now, but hang in there..

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post #4 of 19 Old 07-12-2012, 11:22 AM
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sorry to hear that... keep your chin up though and stay strong :)
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-12-2012, 11:23 AM
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I'm a hugger so ((BIG HUG)). I hope you get medication that helps you and I will add you to the Mi Sheberakh (the prayer for those who are ill) on Friday.
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post #6 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 12:10 AM
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Hero, I am sorry that you had to learn how tough life can be at such an early age.
You have a choice here.
You can cave into the pain and frustration that your enduring.
Or you can look beyond it and find hope.
If you allow those afflictions to limit you they will further control every aspect of your life. Negatively.
If you can find something to live for and be happy about, it will lessen the control that your conditions have placed on you.
Find support where ever you can and use it.
Do not endure this alone.
Get all the information that you can about these disorders and the treatments .
Arm yourself with this knowledge and LIVE your life to its fullest.
These disorders can limit your Physical abilities.
They can not limit your mind . Unless, you allow them to.
Good luck my young friend.
You are very brave to post about this and very wise to do so.
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 02:34 AM
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Im 17 also diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and narrowing of the spine at 15. I have anothet appointment tomorrow to determine just how bad it is as my normal doctor didn't bother to twll me just put me in physical therapy. Im sorry you are going through all of that it is horrible and mine is so painful i could only imagine what you deal with.
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post #8 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 09:28 AM
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Success isn't playing a good hand well, but rather, comes with playing a poor hand good.

You've got to learn to play the cards you're dealt.

Keep your chin up.....I'm hoping the treatment help....


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post #9 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for your support! For a while I did kind of just stopped my life. I did the must haves with my horse and that was feeding him and mucking his stall out basically. I put riding for fun on the back burner and did kind of stopped doing a lot of different activites due to me having very painful flare ups and I was always the type to be out there doing something.

Then I finally decided I was NOT going to put my life on "hold". I mean heck i'm only 18 and I have so much I want to do. I'm trying to learn to just ignore the pain which it usually works during some exciting activities but then the after pain gets me. I just need to accept that I will most likely always have pain an discomfort.

Thanks again for all you guys have said!
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post #10 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 07:42 PM
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When I was diagnosed with the same at about your age, my Grannie told me that I could either lie there and whine until I rotted or live life like it didn't know what hit it. I figured she knew what she was talking about after fighting cancer for 18 years.

It's not the end of the world and I can't tell you that it's going to be sunshine and roses because it isn't. That being said though, don't let the disease win. Make friends with the pain, don't let it hurt you as bad as it wants to.

Good luck hon, been at this for a long, long time and I'm still not ready to lie down and whine. Hugs.
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