L5/S1 Pars Fracture and Spondylolisthesis
Hi my name is Rachael i am 22 years old and around 8 months ago i was diagnosed with a pars fracture and Spondylolisthesis on L5/S1. I believe it is from weight training. When i was 20 I took an intrest in fitness and started to do crossfit which involves weight lifting. i also cycle long distance. Anyways, it has been one long past couple of months. At first the pain was sharp in my back to the point were i could not laugh, sneeze, bend, ANYTHING. I waited for a week to go to the ER, because i thought i was just sore and it would go away. I finally went to the ER and they took x-rays said everything was fine, then dismissed me. I knew something was not right, i was having trouble feeling my legs, the sides of my legs were bruised from me pressing on them to relieve pain. I was having trouble sitting, standing and even sleeping. i was in and out of doctors for about 5 months until they finally decided to do an MRI and Cat scan, and that is were they found the pars fracture and slippage of the spine. I was so angry that it took so long to find out, then i asked about my options, whats next? He recommended because of my age that I try other options before I jumped right into the spinal fusion surgery. He started me on a medicine called Molexicam (mobic) which is a very strong anti-inflammatory used for arthuritus. At first everything was going fine. The inflammation went away, which was causing most of my pain but after two months the medicine gave me stomach ulcers and acid reflux and this was all around december. My doctor then switched me to another medicine like mobic that is easier on the stomach But it does not work as well for me as the mobic. It is now April and the stomach ulcers and acid reflux is not going away, it is getting worse every month. So now i have to juggle between back pain and stomach pain. I am lost as what to do about my spine, has anyone had a similar fracture? or no anyone who has? what options did you/they take? were they effective? anything will help!