Ali Esfahani was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1989 and grew up in Columbus, Ohio where he attended The Ohio State University. Ali started suffering from chronic back pain after a minor basketball injury when he was 21. He sought help from numerous doctors, specialists, and therapists, but was not able to get a definitive diagnosis for the cause of his back pain until four years later.
Last year he was finally diagnosed with facet-joint arthritis in four levels of his spine and with proper treatment, the amount of pain he lives with was greatly reduced. Although it has been difficult at times, Ali has learned to cope with the physical limitations that arthritis of the spine has caused.
Despite living with chronic pain, Ali got accepted into the University of Toledo’s Medical School and is currently a fourth year MD/MBA student learning various aspects of medicine in his clerkships.
Ali enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and eccentric cat, working out, watching all things Chicago sports related, and writing about various topics related to chronic pain and osteoarthritis.
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"I still struggle with osteoarthritis symptoms on a daily basis but with each passing year, I have learned to cope with the disease better," Ali writes.
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