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Marsi Fox Degenerative Disc Disease Fund

$1,045raised of $25,000 goal
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Organizer: Lia Metz Beneficiary: Marsi Fox

Due to DDD, spinal stenosis, & bulging discs, my sister can barely walk, is in constant chronic pain, & can't work to support her family. She turned 31 on July 23, 2013. This is her birthday present.

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THE LOWDOWN:

A mother of two, Marsi can barely walk or support her family, and is in constant chronic pain, which the multiple doctors she has seen have told her will only get worse throughout her life. Speaking with others who have Degenerative Disc Disease, there are a few (expensive) options she can explore. If possible, there may be a surgeon in Los Angeles who can help her, and hopefully get her off of the ridiculous amount of medications which have been prescribed to her. If surgery is not possible, these medications will prove to be very expensive over her life, and she will need help paying for them since the disease is so debilitating that she cannot work.

ABOUT MARSI:

Marsi is a compassionate, unique, bold and caring person who often takes people in emotional distress under her wing and helps guide them to a better life. She wears her heart on her sleeve. She is a mother of two delightful children (4 and 6 years old), and her family is her everything. Her husband doesn't make enough to support all four of them, and government programs don't even begin to pay for the treatment she requires.

She has been told that the extreme constant pain she is in, has little hope of being alleviated. She can't even pick up her own kids or chase them around like any normal parent. She doesn't have the freedom in her own body that we take for granted. She wants to be strong role model for her kids. Doctors have told her there is a chance she will be in a wheelchair before she reaches 40.


MEDICAL HISTORY:

She's had multiple surgeries to burn/repair nerves in her spine, injections , years of physical therapy, and been prescribed every pain killer you can think of. She doesn't want to be on pain meds for the rest of her life. She doesn't want to be in constant pain for the rest of her life.

She's only 31.

Please help her with medical bills and travel to doctors who will give her proper specialized treatment she needs, so that her family can have what the rest of us take for granted.

THE TREATMENTS SHE'S TRIED (to little or no avail):

•Physical therapy (12-week program, and a 6-week program, as well as on-going practicing at home)
•Acupuncture (45+ sessions)
•Cupping (6 sessions)
•Massage (multiple sessions)
•Inversion table spinal decompression (on going)
•Chiropractic spinal decompression (6 sessions)
•Leander table stretching (10 sessions)
•Electronic muscle stimulation (10+ sessions)
•Ultrasound therapy (6 sessions)
•Epidural injections (3 seperate times, with very minor relief that only lasted a couple days)
•Facet block injections (both left & right sides, causing more pain, than before the injections)
•Radio Frequency nerve ablation (burning of the nerves, on the left and right sides)
•Sacroiliac joint injections (2 times on the left, once on the right. Caused more pain at the injection sites, as well an no relief in my S1 joints)
•Alterations in diet/caffeine consumption
•Medications (pain meds, nerve blockers, muscle relaxers, anti inflammatories, topical)

THE DIAGNOSIS:

1. L5-S1 broad-based central protrusion & moderate bilateral facet osteoarthritis. Mild L5-S1 central canal & bilateral forminal stenosis.

2. L4-L5 asymmetric central disc bulge & ligamentum flavum thickening with mild central canal stenosis

3. Advanced Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)


SYMPTOMS:
The symptoms of advanced degenerative disc disease depend largely on which spinal level the pathology occurs and the amount of herniation or stenosis involved, according to the University of California San Diego Center for Functional MRI. Generally speaking, the most significant feature of the condition is pain. This pain is usually continuous and can radiate into the back, hips and legs. Flare-ups of the pain often occur, and when the spine is twisted or bent the pain frequently gets worse. Severe cases can result in more pronounced symptoms. Sensory dysfunctions, known as parasthesias may occur in the back, arms and legs, and may be so severe as to cause paralysis on one side of the body. Occasionally, weakness in one or both legs may occur, and walking behavior may be affected. Bladder and bowel function may also be disturbed, and there may be paralysis of part of the diaphragm muscles.

(Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/266209-the-end-stages-of-degenerative-disc-disease/#ixzz2ZBObLArO)


ANYTHING YOU CAN GIVE, EVEN A DOLLAR, WILL HELP HER AND HER FAMILY HAVE A BETTER LIFE. Thank you so very much.

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07/23/2013
by Lia Metz
YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE: 
Today is my sister's birthday. As a gift, I've set up this fund to help her with her medical bills and to hopefully alleviate the pain associated with her Degenerative Disc Disease. If you can find it in your heart to donate, it would be wonderful! If you don't have the funds - I understand - just repost this link so that you can give it forward. Thanks so much! 
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