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Candace’s Story (Degenerative Disc Disease, Fibromyalgia)

Candace's Story (Disc Disease)My name is Candace. I am a 42-year-old mom of one boy.   He is 13.   We are living in Georgia at this time.  I am suffering from severe disc disease and fibromyalgia. I have been told that I need to see a rheumatoid doctor.

I live in constant pain.  My neck and lower back are both effected by protruding discs.   I feel like my life has been robbed and I worry what life will be like for me in 20 years.  I am a CNA.  I take care of people who can’t take care of themselves.  I constantly wonder if I will be one of the people who cannot do anything for themself in a few years.   I am scared!  All I can do is keep going and keep trying to make it.  Sometimes, when I have flare-ups, I can hardly even walk.

Other than that, I just ache and my neck and shoulder hurt really bad.  It’s miserable.   I hope if you are experiencing anything like this, or if you are young, you realize that if you lift heavy objects incorrectly that you are putting yourself at risk for this type of problem.   Be careful and treat your body good while you are young because disc problems do not always get better, and you have to live with the disc problems for a long time.  I am going on 10 years now with mine.

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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. anne

    I hear ya! I suffer from the same thing and it does suc#!! Of course still being unemployed does not help since I don’t have the money or insurance to go to a neurologist….they cost a fortune! Hang in there! Epsom Salt baths really work well. Not a cure all of course, but does help take the edge off!

  2. anne

    BTW, Candace, I’ve also tried Acupuncture and it did NOTHING. After a few visits of laying on my back, she decided to have me lay on my stomach….both times I got up off the table completely swollen. From head to toe and she had no answers for me…needless to say, that was my last visit!! I’ve also tried the hydro massage….feels good, but offers no relief. Went to a Chiro who has the computer adjusting machine and …..nothing. My Dr advised against manual adjusting. So, I continue with the pills so I can function each and everyday….sometimes they only take the edge off.

  3. Neha

    Hey, sorry to hear that. I heard about spinal decompression center for such problems. Did any one tried it, if not then wouldn’t you like to go for it. It might help you to get out of this disease.
    May god bless all of you 🙂

  4. lindsey berkson

    Look into IV colchicine. It is made from a plant, the autumn crocus, and it is most often used to treat gout. but just several 10 minutes slow push IVs (that do not hurt, but must not infletrate so have to go to sound medical center), can often stop disc swelling and inflammation, especially in younger people. Check out Dr. Rask who has worked with over 5000 patients and Dr. Gaby who has worked with 500 has an entire chapter in his book nutrition in medicine.
    also high does turmeric from a reputable company, high dose chondrotin sulfate, vitamin C, Fish oil, all have to be in high enough dose and you have to have robust adequate enzymatic digestive enzymes.
    but you can heal!
    identify your food allergies and avoid.
    You can heal. the body is designed to heal. you just haven’t found the answer yet. don’t give up.
    lindsey berkson

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