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    My Experience -- Bummer
    An_247154 posted:
    I was first diagnosed with Degenerative Bone Disease about 3-4 years ago; and at first I thought it was just a byproduct of aging. Then body parts started failing. I have had since my diagnosis:
    • Fusion of C2-C3 in my upper back
    • Fusion of L4-L5,S1 in my lower spine
    • 12 Epidural injections to ease recurring back pain
    • 2 total knee replacements.

    I had a right hip replacement about 20+ years ago due to malignant tumors and just found that the left hip has failed and is scheduled to be replaced in 4 weeks.

    It's truly getting to the point where life is not nearly as much fun as it used to be and as it should be at my age (70).

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