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Old 12-20-2005, 12:10 PM   #13
charliecat31 charliecat31 is offline
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Re: Degenerative Disc Disease.....

Carol:
Thanks for your comments about my fusion surgery. This is the only thing I actually never got more than one opinion on. I realize that some people have good success with multilevel fusions, but this was a highly respected surgeon that I saw with excellent creditials. Now having been told that there would be a good likely hood that the fusion could make matters worse, I don't know that I would ever consider it. Many of the decisions I've made or had to make have been dictated by WC and at the time had he said fusion was an option I probably would have done it. Now, a couple of years later, it's not a risk I'm willing to take. I'm in a great deal of pain every day - most days it's painful to lean over the sink to wash my face and brush my teeth. There are days my husband has to shave my legs for me because it hurts so much.

Thank you for your concern and information, it gives me something to think about.
Dee