Hello,how is everyone doing? I`ve been to my last NS...I`ve seen 5!!! They all agree. That is another big surprise!!! What is really sad, my insurance will not approve it!!! I won`t say which one.(that is against forum rules,right?) They all say it needs to be done sooner not later. The ALIF is the best option for the fusion. The surgeons, when they learned of my health insurance,all said, they won`t approve it til I`m using a walking!!! Number 1, who in their right mind wants a fusion? I don`t!!! My insurance premium is 1400.00 a month, and that is with a high deductable. I think I`d be happier with a health diagnose of a terminal death. At least, I`d know the pain would lead to a conclusion. A final countdown!!! For all you country fans,Live Life Like You Were Dying. Dang it, my body won`t let me do that. Take care all. Sorry this post was so depressing. I just needed to vent.