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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 10/18/2005 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Just thought I'd say hello rather than just start posting. I've been hanging out around CP for a while but because most of my problems seem to be related to OA, I though I'd see what you all were up to . Without a lot of history, I have advanced DDD and was told two weeks ago I needed some SERIOUS surgery to stop my legs from going numb.

There are a total of 4 herniated discs along with spurs, the two dreaded S's and impingement. I'm looking at a 4 level laminectomy, discoectmy and fusion. I have the same thing started at C2-C5 but not as advanced. If I could get the rocks outa my head it might make that part better.

Hope you are all having a reasonable and bearable pain day and are enjoying the wonderfull fall light and color.
If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3199
   Posted 10/18/2005 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sailor - Welcome to the Arthritis forum! Sounds like you have a whole group of things wrong with you too, welcome to the club! Hope you find this forum interesting, enlightening, informative and most of all fun! Warm and gentle hugs coming your way - {{{{[[[[((((Sailor))))]]]]}}}} - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Dactylitis/Spondylitis 
   -Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
   -Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 10/18/2005 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hiya Sailor,
ugh!  disc problems...the worst.  so what are we looking at?  are any of these things going to happen soon?  how's your mobility?
i have to agree with you that it makes a BIG difference in our lives when we DO stop and take in the Fall colors and fresh brisk cool air.
take good care

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Date Joined May 2004
Total Posts : 724
   Posted 10/19/2005 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
You're so right, Erin. I noticed the leaves starting to change while I was driving back from doc. So pretty. Waiting for the big explosion of color. City park is right across the street from work. I have plenty of beautiful scenery in the Fall.
Sorry about your disc probs, Sailor. I'm in the same boat but only have C-6 and C-7 making my arm go numb. Hope it goes ok for you. Boo

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 1361
   Posted 10/23/2005 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Hiya Sailor,
Welcome to HW. I see the family has welcomed you and sure more will follow. Glad you joined us.

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Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
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