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I was diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis (thoracic) 4 weeks ago. My worst pain is nerve pain, which wraps around my back and into my abdominal area. I wake up most days in pain, which usually starts out in my back and is sometimes really bad, sometimes just there in the background (I'm getting used to it!). Then the nerve pain kicks in. It lasts anywhere from an hour to 3 - 4 hours. I cannot sit for more than a few minutes (that's all day!). And not to get too personal here, but going to the bathroom (BM) is a nightmare...during and after I am in extreme pain for at least a half hour to an hour. They've had me on NSAIDS, then steroids, now back to NSAIDS with no relief. I take tramadol usually 1 x day, in the morning. Today I'm trying to get by without, just to see if it's just time that makes it better, or the tramadol. I have been going to physical therapy for the past 3 weeks. Anyhow, I know I'm rambling here but I'd be curious to know if this is typical? Oh, and I'm exhausted. I am a person who in any given year would normally take less than 5 naps; I took 2 yesterday! I have a follow up with a spine doctor next week, but really feel like I'm losing my mind. Is this just my new baseline??? I just want to know what to expect here. I'm supposed to start a new job (desk - I'm an acccountant) and can't imagine how...Thanks for any input. I can take it!
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