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Spondylothesis

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  • Posted By: deluccas
  • October 26, 2006
  • 04:19 PM

I have been diagnosed with having spondylothesis. I developed this after a laminectomy and fusion of L4 and L5 and S1. I have constant hip pain and leg pain. Emg shows no nerve being pinched but I feel the instability of my vertabrae is causing problems. Is there anyone out there that has had surgery for this condition? Also any good Doctors in NE PA?

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    deluccas 4 Replies
    • November 7, 2006
    • 06:17 PM
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  • I can relate. I had a fusion of L5-S1 which failed was refused about three years ago. Now I have increased pain and had a CT which showed Spondylothesis. I see the surgeon tomorrow but have been told by others there is nothing that can be done since there is no nerve impingement. I am not thrilled at the thought of living in pain.
    kpsrza 3 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 01:48 AM
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  • WEll good luck at the surgeon. You are absolutely correct when you say that the will not operate if there is no nerve impingement. I have started to go to the chiropractor and it has helped so much! I didn't think that I could go to one but I can. My pelvis was out of position causing me to walk unlevel. This leads to hip and SI joint pain. I can't tell you how many pain management shots I have had and nothing helped until now. I would never believe that a chiro could help. Let me know what the surgeon tells you. Thanks for responding!
    deluccas 4 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 10:23 AM
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  • I was told that a chiropractor would not even touch me as my back is a mess. While there is no nerve impingement I have severe thigh and back pain. I must say I am completely frustrated that once again I feel like I will be dismissed. I am glad to hear that the chiropractor is helping you. While I don't want surgery again, something has to give at this point the pain is getting to be a bit debilitating. I know once before there was really no great nerve impingement on my CT scan but when the surgeon went in (because I was not fused) there was alot of impingement on nerves that were not even looked at on the CT. Anyway, this probably has not made much sense but I hope it has in a way. I will let you know what the surgeon says.
    kpsrza 3 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 10:34 AM
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  • I know that sometimes thing don't show on the tests. An EMG test show more about nerve impingement. Have you had one of these? Don't rule a chiro. Make sure you go to a highly recommmended one and I'm sure they will tell you if they can help. He doesn't adjust were you have surgery. I know what you mean about being debilatating. I could not walk at all or even stand up straight. Let me know what happens.
    deluccas 4 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 10:39 AM
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  • I had an EMG before my last surgery when they were working me up for a spinal cord stimulator. It should I had severe nerve damage. I go this afternoon to the surgeon so I guess I will see what he says. He has not officially given me any diagnosis as I picked up my CT/myelogram report because I could not wait. I guess I am a bit impatient.
    kpsrza 3 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 11:40 AM
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  • Hi ThereI suffered lower back pain and pain in my glute muscles. I went to a Chiro for 3 months 3 times a week before he finally sent me to another chiro for a second opinion. He then sent me to a specialist who finally sent me for xrays which revealed my spine had slipped 20ml forward and diagnosed spondylothesis.I was unable to do even do grocery shopping and my entire lifestyle as I knew it changed.For 12 months I went from specialist to specialist tried physios, steriods and then finally they told me we'll try and epidural and if that doesnt work we'll operate. I was devistated and under no circumstances wanted back surgery at 30yrs old with no children yet and in the peak of my career no way.Finally I was referred to and Exercise Physiologist - I'd never heard of them before. They combine physio with muscle strengthening exercises. I went twice a week for 12 months and did the exercises at home to. With commitment and dedication my muscles are now strong enough to support my spine slippage. I can now walk, jog, ride a bike and recently started dancing classes and aerobics at the gym. I appreciate every step I take without pain and now focus purley on my commitment to maintaining these muscles and strength. Ive been advised that theres nothing a chiro can do for me as my pain which whilst it derived from the bone structure is based on muscle and not fixing the bones as without surgery the bones cant be fixed.All I can tell you is that 2 years ago I couldnt walk 500 meters without pain. I worked with the muscles I have, strengthened them and now I feel cured. It's absolutley unbelievable and to this day I wish my chiro sent me for xrays sooner to diagnoise me sooner so I could have gotten on with my life sooner.Really though if it's working for you stay with it anything to relieve the pain. Be sure though to check out these exercise physiologists a good ones worth their weight in gold.Tammy ****
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 05:34 AM
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  • Hi Guys,I came across this and what's interesting is I've neva had any back ops, just a hard fall in dancing...it took how many xrays to pick the spondylothesis up...chiropractors really helped, as well as doing exercises to strengthen the supporting muscles...but the pain, i know exactly what you mean...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 01:04 PM
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  • Thanks everyone for responding. Tammy - where do I find an exercise physiologist?
    deluccas 4 Replies
    • November 24, 2006
    • 05:09 PM
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  • Dont know what country you're in I'm in Melbourne Australia and go to a company called PACE.Try googling them under Exercise Physiologist or EP.Best of luck to you **
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
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  • Tammy is right on. I had strained my back several times over the years but it recovered. Then I had a replacement hip. I continued to work out and still work in the yard etc. (I am now 61) One day i was reaching for something and had so much pain I could not stand up. I went to one chiro and he wanted me to come back every day for a week so he could 'adjust me' Then I talked to a woman I worked out with who was a chiro and she had me get an MRI. It showed I had spondylothesis (sp) and 3 discs were bulging. She got me a prescription for ' back school' at a physical therapist. Went to 2 sessions and learned specific exercises and got copies of them and now do them every day. I work out every day for an hour- do my exercises and am healthy and can do pretty much anything. Most people think I am in my mid to high 40's. You can work with your body and help strengthen it where it needs it. Only you can fix yourself- don't let the doctors tell you that a knife is the answer to your problems. AND beware of chiros who tell you that ' if you come to see me every other day, I will solve your problems'. Garyest
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  • I was diagnosed with spondylothesis a year and a half ago. My nerve that runs down the left leg was completely compressed. Surprisingly, I had very little back pain but for about a year before I saw the doctor whenever I would go out for a jog I would have what would later be called a "foot drop." I thought I had just pulled a muscle or something but when it came to the point where I couldn't walk without my foot dragging behind me I saw my doctor. I ended up being referred to a neurologist who diagnosed me and I soon found myself in extreme nerve pain in left leg. I had a spinal fusion L5-SI and a lamectomy. The symptoms have improved but I still have the foot drop just not as much as before. I was told that my fusion has not completely healed so I am having micromovement which can put pressure on the nerve. I have been on a spine stimulator for sometime and just started physcial therapy for my foot, in hopes other muscles can make up for the muscle strength and possible permenant nerve damage. I am frustrated and have lately felt my neurologist blowing me off because he doesn't know how to fix it. I was asking some questions my last appointment and he seemed annoyed and then said, "Wow, you ask a lot of questions." My way of life has definitely been affected and I want to get out there with my kids again and do all the stuff we used to without worrying about falling on my face. Has anyone else had the "foot drop" and what did you do about it. It has been a year and a half since my fusion and it hasn't fused. I worry about ending up in surgery again. I appreciate reading everyone's story here. It made me feel like I am not alone.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2007
    • 06:25 PM
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  • I too have Spondylolisthesis, I have had it my whole life. I am at a 2.5grade. I would not recommend surgery as your mobility will be more limited. If you are over weight, lose it. Take a yoga class and get theraputic massage every other week. Carefull of any anti-inflammitorys as they ate a hole in my stomach.
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  • I was diagnosed with Grade 1 Spondylothesis and found this out due to back pain after a car accident. My pain was due to a Herniated Disc. I had 3 steroid injections which worked for about a month each, but after repeating pain and numbness, decided to repair the herniated disc (laminectomy). I lived on Celebrex for about 5 years and got sick of taking medication to manage the pain so I started cycling and lost some weight. That and stretching really helped a lot!!! The one thing that seemed to really help the most was when I purchased a "Hang-Ups Inversion Table". 3-5 minutes a day on that thing did me wonders. I highly recommend it to help with flexibility, relieving pressure on the nerves, and straightening things out. Of course, discuss this with your doctor first to ensure it's right for you. Now I'm actively competing in 100 mile cycling races in the mountains and living relatively pain free. My heart goes out to all of you who live with back pain as I have. Don't give up!!!Tom
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  • Dear All I am new to this forum. 20 years back I had severe back pain. Doctors gave all the medicines possible focussing basically on pain killers but effect was only for some time. Slowly I lost faith in them. Then suddenly I got a very good book on Yoga and I atarted pacaticing yoga for some time. The pain vanished after 6 months. The book had recommended exercising ever after but I did not pursue it not withstanding that I never had any problem till now. But recently I stasrted having pain in my left arm and at the neck. I am afraid of starting yoga once again. Can some one suggest some exercises, I am diagnosed with disc heriniation with prominent right posterolateral component and posterior osteophytes ar C6-7 level resulting in marked compression over the right nerve root. Will doing yogic exercises at this stages will be alright. Or should I go for operation straight way. Thanks in anticipation. akniginjunior member
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  • Hi all I had severe back pain for several years which was finally cured by practice of yogic exercises. Since then I did not have any back pain but now I am facing cervical problem. Can some one suggest suitable exercises. aknigin
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  • 59 People viewed this post and not one comment. What's with that?? I just saw in the internet a site named Laser Spine Institute in King of Prussia, Penn. not far away from NY and NJ. They explained that pain can be helped with some treatment, and not open surgery but endoscopy procedure.
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