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Posted in: Back pain, and Spondylolisthesis.


Started by smiller0206 on 09/16/2010 11:30am

I am a 47 year old female that was recently diagnosed with Isthmic Spondylolisthesis. I am seeking other people's experiences with this condition and their outcomes. I started having sciatic pain on 6/21/10 (6 weeks after a Hysterectomy). I stand 80% on my job and the very day that I started back to work after being off for 6 weeks I started having severe right butt pain radiating down my leg. I thought that this was just from being off of work for so long and being "out of work shape". After 3 weeks I went to see a spine specialist and was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis Grade II-III. So far I have tried Physical Therapy, Celebrex and have had an epidural injection with no relief. I am desperately seeking to speak with another person that has actual experience with this condition as I think my next step is to see a surgeon. Is anyone out there living with this condition that can give me an idea what I am in for? Any information that you can provide would help. Thanks!

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Hi am diagnosed with spondylolisthesis along with severe bilateral recess stenosis, unstable facet joints along with broad based disc protrusion. I had facet steroid injections along with ablation. I am getting worse and have pain down my butt and legs. I have a hard time even walking or standing. If I lift or carry my grandchild I pay for it for days. I have seen a spine surgeon and he suggests L3-4 decompression Instrumented fusion, And TLIF with local bone graft. I am seeking a second opinion tomorrow. Yes, I am scared to death about surgery after reading these blogs. I am told by friends to stya away from these web sites because people actually do good with surgery. I have a grade 1 degree of slipped vertabra not a grade 2-3 like yours. I just don't know if there is any other way to bring a vertabra that is slipped out of alignment other than fusion. If anyone knows any other procedure to remedy I am all ears! Hope this helps you!


I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis (Isthmic) last spring after herniating a disk between L5 and S1 when carrying a heavy box to the garage in Mid-Nov 2009. I had sciatica that got progressively worse over 2 months until the only thing I could do was lay on my side on the couch with pillows between my knees the last half of Jan. Then I had an epidural steriod injection in early Feb and felt much better right away and could walk again. I started PT in mid-March and could only do isometric type exercises. I slowly got better and progressed to the excercises like the ones shown in the video on this site. I had a second epidural steriod injection at the end of April and again saw a big improvement. I continued with PT until Mid-August. I had one big setback over 4th of July weekend when I did a lot of gardening and I had sciatic pain again for about a month. I'm doing much better now but have to be careful with lifting and with body mechanics. I did see a surgeon in March and he didn't want to do surgery due to the instability in my spine. He hoped I would get better on my own. I am continuing with my PT exercises and have added walking now. I feel lucky that I had good luck with the injections. But it did take 2 injections and the PT and a lot of time. It has been a very slow process. Hang in there!


I have dealt with spondylolisthesis Grade II since 1978 without surgery or injections. I'm now at Grade III and still managing, only occasionally using tylenol or advil. It does take some lifestyle changes - no heavy lifting, limited bending, and exercise, exercise, exercise! Everyday I do the PT exercises and stretches (your hamstring tends to draw up and tighten). If I skip a day or so, I really feel it.
I sit at a computer most of the day, but will get up and walk around and stretch a bit at least every hour without fail.
A recent discovery after a knee scope for osteoarthritis is shock absorbing insoles for your shoes, even with the best tennis shoes. I found it helped the back, leg and hip pain as well. I get the gel insoles for sports with the extra heel shock absorption. No flat flip flops or sandals, I use the FitFlops (or generic brand) because they have so much cushioning.
Good luck to all.


I am a 43 yr. old female diagnosed with spondylothesis, suffering for about a year now done chiropractic, physical therapy , have had epidural steroid injection, so far have had no success. going back to the doctor tomorrow.
She said if epidural steroid injections didn't work she was ref me to a surgeon. I also have a bulgin disk pain down my left leg burning and tingeling sensation right now pain so intense can barely walk. spend most days in tears. I know they say to stay active but when you're in constant pain that brings you to tears how is it possible? I am looking for the same information your loo for what does this mean going forward?