Grade 1-2 Spond 10mm anterior slip, going on 3 years HELP!
First time poster, but have been looking up the discussions here since I found out I had Congenital Spondy and my first disk herniation in 2005. (L5/S1).
I was first diagnosed as having a mild slip, GRADE 1 Anterolisthesis and Spinal Stenosis in 2008. Now, in 2011 (this past friday) I had an MRI and X-ray. Have not been able to go over the MRI with doctor, but can see an obvious Herniation at the L5.
The X-ray reports a 10mm slip, Grade 1/Grade 2 Anterolisthesis (26% to 50%), and narrowing of the disk space.
On top of that- I have servere osteoarthritis and adult ClubFeet complications and do not remember a time in my life when I was pain free.
When I saw my doctor before the weekend, he said that anything more than a 3mm slip would require immediate spinal fusion surgery. My guess is he came to this conclusion based on my history, and other medical (arthritic) complications.
Anyone else have a 10 milimeter slip that required immediate/emergency spinal fusion surgery? I just moved to a new town, and don't know anything about the doctors here. I am fine having surgery, no worries about that aspect (have had 11 starting at age 5 mos), but am concerend about having time to find a Good doctor if I am being told I need emergency surgery.....
ps- sorry for the disjointed post, so many worries and thoughts and nerves are running around in my head.... :)