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    Hey Sean,

    Just reading this today. My thoughts and prayers for you.

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    Sean;

    You have my best wishes. As a sufferer of severe osteoporosis, I have just a hint of what you may be going through. I hope that they can find a way to slow it down or relieve the pain or both.

    Ron

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    Sean, I hope you find relief somehow. My wife has severe osteoarthritis. The first surgery for it she had (at about your age) was spinal fusions of about 3 vertebrea. She later ended up with two hips and two shoulders. It is a tough road, but it is amazing how much the body and mind can adapt. All the best.

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    Sean, I just saw this–you have my best wishes.
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    Thanks again guys. I am hoping the MRI will be better news, it will at least give a more clear picture of the hot spots. I have already started to do things that help, for example 3 weeks ago I would always wake at 4am in strong nauseating pain but now I have a memory foam contoured pillow that keeps my head and neck stable, I sleep on my side slightly curved with a pillow between/spacing my legs.. when I roll over I have a new method for that.. all of this combined means I have been waking up with pain but the pain not waking me up. I think the more discoveries of what helps is a big part of dealing with it. I need to find a good specialist too. My GP is amazing but my current specialist is like a robot. My GP has recommended a good musculoskeletal specialist that can work with me on this, not like the current specialist who is "test shows this, this and this. your 5 minutes is up ok bye now". At this point I'm not in constant agony or anything, in the mornings it is bad, throughout the day it is mild to moderate. I just don't want to end up having the morning issues all day. The tests indicate this is inevitable but I will try to head it off at the pass with supplementation and inversion therapy. My heart goes out to the others in this thread far worse off than me.

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    What a bummer. Some of the pills you mention I have personal experience with. Because of bursitis, and arthritis, causing joint pain, my wife convinced me to take daily pills that contain glucosamine, chondritin and MSM, omega oils. They do work for me, help a lot.

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    I know what you mean about the pillows, I put a memory foam curved one made to go between the knees and it takes a lot of pressure off the back. Also I put a travel pillow, cheap and found in many stores, elevate my head and when the pain is the worst I use a back brace made of soft plexi, TLSO, or a weight lifter belt. The problem with typing is the tendency to hunch over forward maybe for you some kind of shoulder / upper back support would help. Getting a physical therapist to evaluated the situation is gold. The best of luck with the scan.

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    My thoughts are with you Sean.

    Would working standing up at a raised work surface (as compared to sitting at a desk) help?
    Matt

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    Although I've not suffered myself, family members have had debilitating conditions like this and I've seen how frustrating and upsetting it can be for the sufferer when they can't live their life the way they are used to doing. My very best hopes and wishes for the future.

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    Sean, I just saw this today and wanted to take the opportunity to express my concern for you in this very trying time. As several others have said, there are many of us who have you in our thoughts and are hoping for the best for you.

    George

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