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    I am very sorry to hear about your difficulties Sean.
    Several years ago, a very close family member was stricken with a life threatening illness.
    She heard about how a lack of vitamins in our bodies can have devastating long term effects on the body.
    To make a long story short, she opted for a drug free treatment using fairly large doses of vitamins.
    She made an astonishing recovery, and has more energy than ever before.
    What the body is lacking in vitamins, minerals etc. it will take from the body. If this lack of vitamins is corrected, the body will have a chance to rebuild .
    One product is Osteoforte. This is taken with other vitamins to build up the entire body.
    Unfortunately, the amazing healing results of vitamins is often not mentioned or discredited by the media, as it relies heavily on advertisers of the pharma industry.
    I have seen what is possible the natural way.

    All the best to you!

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    Dear Sean;
    I've read all the wonderful responses to your terrible news with tears streaming down my face and now that I've composed myself, I'd like to offer my sincerest wishes for your recovery. Many have recommended Glucosamine and Chondroitin and other supplements which may be helpful. Regarding Glucosamine/Chondroitin, my mother's Orthopedic surgeon, recommends triple the recommend dose for effectiveness in osteoarthritis as neither are dangerous and other than the expense have no known dangerous side effects or drug interactions. When I was in medical school, it was drummed into us that narcotic drugs for pain relief must be prescribed only rarely and as a last resort.... BUNK. After his illness, Dr. Sabin suffered excruciating and unrelenting pain and so spent the rest of his life studying pain relief with the same intensity he put into his Polio vaccine, and his conclusion was that addiction is only possible in the absence of pain. Please consider and talk to your new specialist about the importance of pain management as it is the pain that is the most debilitating aspect of illness.
    Sincerely,
    Denise Libby

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    Lots of well wishers here who just want to help, so I guess I can chime in here too. It might be a good idea to consult an occupational therapist and/or an ergonomist regarding your work station. I have been in the Human Resources Field for 30+ years, with the last 20 as a Professor. I have seen some truly amazing results from something as simple as keyboard/monitor height, footrest, chair design, etc. One of my grads is training now to be an ergonomist. His undergrad degree is in Kinesiology. People often focus on the body and the condition and the medical treatments while forgetting about day to day activities that can exacerbate or ameliorate the condition.

    Best of luck Sean, we're all thinking about you.
    Rick Jason.
    "I'm still developing"

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    Thanks again everyone, I'm taking all of your kind thoughts and many great suggestions on board. This morning was the first time in nearly two months I could get out of bed without gritting my teeth and nearly hyperventilating (I think several here know what I'm talking about!), so hopefully it isn't a fluke and many of the things I'm doing to fight it are slowly starting to help. So far today things are just mild so I'm feeling recharged and ready to get caught up on a lot of work Will post some updates when I get my MRI results. Thanks again, part of me feeling better is thanks to you.

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    Sean, everthing i think and feel has already been expressed far more eloquently than i could hope to acheive, all that is left is to wish you and your family the best with this situation, which going on your acheivements so far, i am certain you will attain.
    regards
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    My best wishes Sean.

    It is good to have people/friends/family one can talk to. Next to doctors.

    I do hope everything will turn out well.

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    Sorry to hear this, Sean. Best wishes.

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    Hi Sean, I'm very sorry to hear about your battles. Arthritis is dibilitating and if you remember that car/bus accident I was in back in 2006, my smashed ankle still gives me a lot of grief today. Take every day as comes. Swimming is great therapy and worth sticking to long term, if you can manage it. Here's to a better day tomorrow.

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    Sean...

    Really sorry to hear about all of this ...

    Possibly I can help. I am NOT a "Bible Thumper" !!! _ I am probably the worst evangelist in the world... but even so this mAY help.

    I have been diagnosed with some rather severe problems, four (4) varieties of cancer (myeloma, lymphoma, bone, and prostate); total renal faiure; at one point, congestive heart failure; severe anemia ---

    The day I learned of that diagnosis was the blackest I've ever experienced. I kept thinking "I am going to die from all this." - a thought that would not leave me.
    Until... something else - another thought - "took over": simply "Maybe not."
    I realized that no one could predict what would happen - I might as well die in an automobile accident, or get hit by a meteorite in the parking lot.
    When? No one could predict that either... the doctors can't and WONT try.

    So - I don't know how, or when. Realizing that, nothing had changed.

    It would be up to what I call a Supreme power, "God".
    What will happen, WILL happen, according to God's will, according to God's plan, and in God's time.

    Some time later, I died during a normally routine procedure, a heart biopsy, where a catheter was inserted into my heart, through a blood vessel in my thigh; the purpose being to obtain a sample of heart tissue. Unfortunately the catheter pierced a ventricular wall, my chest filled with blood, and my heart stopped. They had to crack my chest, drain, and repair the damage - and restart my heart.
    Four days later, I was discharged from the hospital and returned home.

    Now - I feel GOOD! Probably much better than I did before all this trouble began. I' too had some severe back problems (herniated 4th and 5th Lumbar
    vertibrae), which seemed to "go away" with the regulation of my blood electrolytes.

    The only advice I can give is to try to listen to you body. If something hurts (you'll have to disover your own "alarm' levels), give it rest. Be kind to to yourself. Realize that there are many working very hard (if it was not for one doctor who would not accept the decision to "give up" on me ...), and there are many praying for you ... including me.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    Sean, sorry to hear of your situation. I've had severe back issues for many years now, 4 herniated discs, so i can sympathize with what you are dealing with. Life will go on, you'll just have to adjust, but I'm sure you're well aware of all that.

    I can recommend something that helped me, and it might be of benefit to you. It's called the Alexander technique, and while it won't help with the arthritis itself, it might help you adjust to some of your limitations and might also make the symptoms less obvious to you. The alexander technique is basically about using your body properly. Something which most of us never do and suffer long term as a result of. The technique itself is not invasive in any way, it is all about doing things like sitting properly, standing properly, posture, etc. Common sense stuff, but the stuff that we all seem to ignore. And while it won't treat anything, it's use might decrease the motions and actions that cause you to feel acute pain. I still have my 4 bad discs, I just learned how to not piss them off. And unlike physical treatments, once you get the hang of the technique, you don't need to go back. So there's little to lose.

    In any event, I hope that this new challenge is one that you master, and I wish for you and your family all the best.

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