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Spondylolythesis

Started by Kristie-Lynn on 09/08/2011 3:05pm

Hi,
My name is Kristie-Lynn, I am an 18 year old attending college. I had spodylolythesis but had surgery to correct it April 8, 2008, the doctors dont know how I got spondylolythesis I was never in an accident but I was and still am a very active person. I did hop hop, ballet, softball, swimming, volleyball,hula dance, track (hurtles)and cheerleading and was in 7 organizations in highschool. They told me that they have never delt with such a young active person like me so they told me I had to stop all those activites but that was extremely heart breaking to me a 15 year old. And like a teenager I didnt listen I kept doing cheer, but I realized a problem when I went back to cheering. I had lost 15 pounds so I was now 89 pounds and had lost all my muscles and flexibility so i worked even harder to get back to the cheerleader I use to be so when i realized that I still couldnt bend over and touch my toes, I couldnt do the splits or a heel stretch it was aggrivating thats basic cheer. So I asked my doctors to remove some of the screws that were drilled into my hips. They did I had surgery May 8, 2009. I am currently back cheering again and now in college cheering and have no major problems. Some nerve damage and aches here and there those are understandable. Now that I am in college I have to write about my biggest obsticle in life and I decided to write about my surgery, as I am doing the reasearch I noticed that a lot of people that had spondylolythesis have a ton of problems now that they are older, so my question is, was taking the screws out a mistake? what do I have to look foward to in the future? Should I continue to cheer? What do you think?

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Also something that i forgot to mention I have a lot of problems with my stomach they thought it was chrones is this related to my back and if so what is the treatment what should i do

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Every person is different. I know people who get the surgery may have to have other levels fused later in life. People who do not have the surgery have pain. I am not sure how to answer the question. You may want to google this or ask your doctor. I think every person is different. Not to mention the technology in our future will change. So it is possible you may have made the right choice by taking them out. Who knows. But I look at quality of life. That is the most important part. Not the unknown and what if's.

Also what grade did you have? My team of doctors I work with all talk about how I am too young as well with no trauma and out of no where symtoms. I have a grade 3/4 but everyone thinks I should hold off on surgery because they feel I am actually very lucky because I live with mild pain.

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I feel compelled to reply to this, not because I know anything, but just because my gut feeling is you need to watch yourself and your activity level. I started running 5 years ago, after having back problems my whole life--I am now 40 years old. In 5 years of running (I had to stop) I ended up putting what I believe is 15 years of wear and tear on my back. The last 3 years I have gone downhill considerably. Things can happen fast. Spinal diseases are degenerative in nature, the outlook is not good for anyone. I wonder if I will walk at age 70?

For what it's worth--you mention stomach problems. My own journey is taking me into the realm of nutrition. I believe the western diet and inflammation is responsible for many of the spinal/pain conditions people have as well as digestive ills. I have found eliminating wheat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, gluten to help tremendously with muscle and joint pain and stiffness. I am still having problems and experimenting with the spice Turmeric and considering an all raw food diet without starch--sounds dramatic I know, but please don't dismiss this info. Do some research on "inflammation and disease" and your eyes will be opened. Good luck.

You are young, exercise mildly,

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Sorry it took so long to reply I forgot my password and made a new account. But I am not sure which grade I had but I think it was bad cause as soon as I saw the specialist they had me in surgery in less than two weeks. I have an appointment this thursday and I will ask better questions. I havent been for a spine check up for a while that is until last week when I was cheering they threw me in the air and didnt catch me I fell on my back and my neck so the upper part i have a concussion and my lower back is okay it actually didnt hurt at all but this makes me want to stop all activities i do because I know i should and my family is concerned but I really dont want to stop doing what I love I dont want to let what happened control the rest of my life I just dont want any regrets.

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