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Spondylolisthesis and spondylolsis

Started by Jenncourt82 on 09/08/2015 2:09pm

I recently was injured by a bike causing a fracture (spondylolsis) and causing spondylolisthesis in my L5 and L4.

I am a mother of three young children and i feel like the news has completely put a stop to my otherwise hectic life. I can barley keep up with any house work before needing to rest. I get vertigo so bad that i cant function for hours after. even walking 5 blocks to drop and pick the kids up from school is agonizing. I have a physio appointment for next Monday, where they are supposed to tell me how to "live" with this condition. I can find a lot info about spodylolisthesis, but I can't seem to find a lot about the fractures, Spondylolsis. I worry about the fractures, my doctor didn't go into details and left it up to the physiotherapist to tell me more. It was my husbands idea for me to come on here and find out more about my conditions and talk to others who are going through the same thing.

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I also have vertigo issues from cervical spodylosis. Dizziness nausea and severe headaches. Sometimes I feel like no one understands or wants to hear about it LOL... especially my 11 yr old girl and twin ten year old boys. How long ago did you find out?

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I was born with congenital spondylolisthesis . I was diagnosed when I was 17 and fused in my late 20s, at L5-S1. I wish I didn't have to say this but I have a lot of knowledge and experience with back pain and back issues . That being said, there is no such thing as Spondylolsis. According to the chart of ailments and conditions on this site, they associate something similar to that word with spondylosis/osteoarthritis. I don't know about that word spondylosis, but DO know about & have osteoarthritis (assuming that's the same thing you're talking about.). Overall, I would say it might be a good idea to see an orthopedic surgeon or possibly a physiatrist. Get a good set of x-rays (and possibly an MRI) of the area(s) that troubles you . That will be a starting point and a baseline for treatment and things to come. You may have something that requires immediate attention and not realize it - which is why I suggest having the x-rays and/or MRI. Having young children and a family to take care of, means that you need to put your health first . I would pursue a firm diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. In the meantime, you might want to see your PCP or (possibly a pain management doctor), explaining to them how you need to get through the day with your painful problems, while you are waiting to move forward with treatment (some medication and physical therapy might do you some good) - and no, I don't believe in the saying, "you have to live with it - that's a bunch of bunk. Sending positive vibes your ways & hoping for a speedy path back to your normal life.....Misfit

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Thanks for the reply. it was spondylolysis. Spondylolysis is a defect of a vertebra. More specifically it is defined as a defect in the pars interarticularis of the vertebral arch. i figured out that google was changing the spelling it and thus changing my search. i have found some info, but yea i have tons of questions for the physiotherapist on monday. I have noticed in the last two days i've been getting worse. I get these stabbing pains in my spine that feel like a broken bone poking at my spine. sitting, standing, laying, nothing seems to prevent the pain from coming.

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i'm going to call my doctor tomorrow and see about getting a referral to a physiatrist. thank you for suggesting it. I want as much help and info as i can get, and i don't think a physiotherapist can help fully

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