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Newly Dx -Spondylolisthesis 4mm slip w/moderate to severe forminal stenosis

Started by Whitedaisymom on 10/23/2016 7:57am

Hi everyone, i'm a 38-year-old mom of a two-year-old and 10-month-old baby. I have previously never had back pain,. When I was 37 weeks pregnant with my second child, I had the Webster technique performed by a chiropractor on my sacrum because my baby was facing posterior. (She used a torque release spring tool on the left side of my sacrum.). The procedure went very wrong, I could not walk by the next day due to severe pain in my sacrum. Within a few days the pain spread to my right hip and lumbar area. I spent 2 last two weeks of my pregnancy crawling. I saw a nonsurgical orthopedic osteopath physician who believed my injury was simply overstretched ligaments. X-rays and an MRI were never done during the acute stage. My pain decreased, but it never fully went away. A few months later I began to have tingling in my legs. I saw neurologist he believed I had MS due to family history and a hyperreflexsive neurological exam. But my head and neck MRI were negative. The tingling in my legs discontinued but I was told not to worry about it. In the meantime I've been caring for and lifting my two-year-old and baby repeatedly all day. My sacrum pain has lessened but my lumbar pain has worsened.Finally, I got a second opinion from an orthopedic site on regarding my back pain. MRI showed spondylolisthesis with a bilateral pars defect (left) and fracture (right). My slip is 4 mm. My orthopedic was very negative and told me physical therapy won't work for me because I already look like I'm fit. I'm really not fit. I'm too thin right now due to being so busy taking care of the kids and loss of muscle mass due to pain and lack of exercise.

My physical therapist said that 4mm is large slip. Is this true? Flexion extension x-rays her not been done yet but will be this week.

I'm considering prolotherapy the PRP in my SI joint's and lumbar. Has anyone had success with this?

My husband and I are devastated. We wanted to try to have third baby this year or next, but we are scared it may not be safe. Anyone have insight on pregnancy and spondylolisthesis?

We are wondering at this point if it's better to try conservative treatment and get pregnant now. Or have a fusion surgery and get pregnant afterwards...but the delay will put me at age 39 or 40. Or if we should just give up and instead adopt.

I'm very scared about this injury. Several docs have warned to avoid surgery at all costs. Thanks in advance for all the insight everyone provides on this website. I'm so glad I found it.

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I went through a fusion for grade 2 Spondy and it didn't go well at all. I cannot give advice about pregnancy but fusion doesn't relieve pain and it might put additional stress on the levels above. Try all conservative treatments. All the best.