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28 yr old with spondylolisthesis

Started by jhicks on 03/21/2011 6:08pm

Hi I'm 28 and after 3 doctors put my chronic bk pain as pulled muscles I found a doctor that took me seriously and ordered a MRI which found a anular tear and spondylolisthesis I have been in physical therapy for 8 weeks with no improvements in my pain I have seen an ortho dr that has recommended an epidural or brace however I see these as symptom reducers and nothing that will fix the spondylolisthesis does anyone have any advice in what works I'm currently not able to work for the last 2 months and no idea when I when I will or if I will be able to return really do not want to be on disability at 28

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I have found out I have 11mm movement which puts it between a grade 2 and 3. I am unable to stand or sit for more than 20 min at a time I just want to be able to go back to my normal activities without so much discomfort any advice would be great

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I had my SPONDL diagnosed for 10 years at least. I was able to deal with the flare up of spasms when I aggravated it with medication. Over the years the condition worsened until last year it became that I could not operate without pain medication. That when I knew it was time to get the surgery. My doc told me all along that the condition only had one real treatment in the end, but to wait as long as I could.

If an epidural or brace helps, then those are much less invasive solutions. If they solve the problem for 6 months, or a year or whatever then you should go with those options. A surgery is a big deal and should be reserved for when all else fails and or you can't take the pain or discomfort any longer.

Good luck

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Five years ago after walking a lot at the zoo, I woke up the next morning in a lot of leg pain. I went to my doctor and he said it was sciatic nerve and gave me pain pills and anti flammatory pills. After completing the round of pills the pain would return. It got to where I could hardly walk was bent over walking, couldn't stand without being in tears.
I finally broke down and saw a chiropractor, he diagnosed me with spondylolisthesis. I began therapy with my Chiropractor. I did adjustments 4 days aweek when just the adjustments did not work he suggested the decompression table. This is where they strap you on this table and hook you up to this machine and it pumps your spine to pull that disc back in. It pulls the vertabre's back in alignment. I did this four days a week for 20 minutes for 10 weeks. I did the table along with the adjustments, after 10 weeks of the table I went to once a week, along with the adjustments. It took a good year for me to finally see and feel a difference. And now 5 yrs later, I still get adjustments but every other month and I do not do the table any longer. I can walk and stand up stright now, I still will have pain and that is when I bend over to much instead of squatting, but it's tolerable. And if I rest it will heal on it's own after about 3 days. This is what I went through and what worked for me. good luck.

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Hiya,
I'm 21, I've had spondylolisthesis for years, since I was at least 11 as far as the surgeons & dr's could tell, but I wasn't taken serious until I broke down crying in pain. Before I was diagnosed with it in august last year, I'd tried physiotherapy for a long time with no relief what so ever. When I was actually diagnosed with it, we went through the options, physio (done) which left me with either an epidural or surgery to possibly help the problem, at least ,stabalise the spine and correct the trapped sciatica. As the epidural only has a 50% chance of working & it's effects aren't long term anyway, I didn't see the point and opted for the surgery. I had my surgery on the 5th April 2011, I'm now 10 weeks post op...
The op cured my leg pain straight away, but like the surgeon said to me before, it won't necessarily even touch the back pain, it may reduce it from a 9 out of 10 for pain to a 7... For me, I've had no get up from back pain since the operation and even with muscle strengthening that I'll be doing from the rehab in physio, I don't expect it to get too much better. I'm currently unable to work and I've not had a job for two years, I've had all that can be done for me, and I'm 21, I have the option to get on with it and handle the pain as best as I can or wallow in self pity and feel bad for myself.... I choose the first, not because I like a challenge but because I refuse to let my pain control my life. If you're worried about you spondy getting worse then maybe look at the option of surgery, if you're just worried about the pain, then in all honesty, surgery won't necessarily fix that, it may help it, but it won't cure it. I'd say do pilates, lots of pelvic exercises, just to keep the muscles in that area strong (that's if it's lower in the spine, you haven't said where yours is) it sounds like it might be though, if it's somewhere else then work on that area. Just, don't let the pain control you, it's hard... and we ALL have our down days, trust me, at 21 I don't want to be stuck on benefits, and I know I won't be, because as much as the pain stops me sleeping etc, there's ways to deal with it.

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Hiya,
I'm 21, I've had spondylolisthesis for years, since I was at least 11 as far as the surgeons & dr's could tell, but I wasn't taken serious until I broke down crying in pain. Before I was diagnosed with it in august last year, I'd tried physiotherapy for a long time with no relief what so ever. When I was actually diagnosed with it, we went through the options, physio (done) which left me with either an epidural or surgery to possibly help the problem, at least ,stabalise the spine and correct the trapped sciatica. As the epidural only has a 50% chance of working & it's effects aren't long term anyway, I didn't see the point and opted for the surgery. I had my surgery on the 5th April 2011, I'm now 10 weeks post op...
The op cured my leg pain straight away, but like the surgeon said to me before, it won't necessarily even touch the back pain, it may reduce it from a 9 out of 10 for pain to a 7... For me, I've had no get up from back pain since the operation and even with muscle strengthening that I'll be doing from the rehab in physio, I don't expect it to get too much better. I'm currently unable to work and I've not had a job for two years, I've had all that can be done for me, I have the option to get on with it and handle the pain as best as I can or wallow in self pity and feel bad for myself.... I choose the first, not because I like a challenge but because I refuse to let my pain control my life. If you're worried about you spondy getting worse then maybe look at the option of surgery, if you're just worried about the pain, then in all honesty, surgery won't necessarily fix that, it may help it, but it won't cure it. I'd say do pilates, lots of pelvic exercises, just to keep the muscles in that area strong (that's if it's lower in the spine, you haven't said where yours is) it sounds like it might be though, if it's somewhere else then work on that area. Just, don't let the pain control you, it's hard... and we ALL have our down days, trust me, at 21 I don't want to be stuck on benefits, and I know I won't be, because as much as the pain stops me sleeping etc, there's ways to deal with it.

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First of all, I would say get second or third opinions if you have any doubts about the way your treatment is going. Results from surgery are different for everyone.

I had a grade 2 spody, with bone calcification where the nerves come out from the spine, with an anular(?) tear at L4/L5 with it being punctured into what they call the "crabmeat like" layer. I went over a year with having 5 spine injections of different types into different areas. Now with my high activity/incident job those only lasted about two months each. September 2010 I had my spine fused at L4/L5/S1. My pain is better, but no where near am I to carefree. I am one of the unlucky ones where my spine still is not fusing at L5/S1. Since they waited so long to get me a bone growth stimulator - I am propably looking at another surgery for donor bone. Also, I am one of the unlucky ones where the stimulator gives me migraines so I cannot use it. (He better cut on the old damn scar!) I am still not really allowed to lift anything, nor bend over to touch my toes.

As far as surgery goes - to me it was a worst case scenario. My job may or may not be ending, which is not what I had planned at the age of 34. I am still in pain, but until I can "stretch out" my spinal cord, i.e. touch my toes without causing damage, I am still on my own to deal with pain management. A tens unit helps quite a bit, as does ice. The best ice pack is 1/3 rubbing alcohol to 2/3 water in a ziploc bag. The brace may help as it keeps your posture more straight. I can say this: if you have any extra weight in the middle LOSE IT. Extra weight makes you hurt more. Also, they gave me rounds of steroids to reduce the inflammation. You also might want to check in physical therapy to doing more resistance/ab work. Be careful on any weightlifting machine that excercises your back as they are not good for those with back pain (found this out through switching physcial therapy offices post surgery.) Good luck!

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One more thing: look into acupuncture. I might be going that route soon as sitting kills me. I have avoided it up to now because I hate needles. Do not go see a chiropractor without a orthopedic's permission. They can worsen your symptoms!

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