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Spondylolisthesis and Stenosis?

Started by Ryan Adkins on 04/16/2017 4:02am

Hi, I'm new here, I'm a 26 male and I have a laundry list of diagnoses. I'll list the main ones, herniated disc, brachial neuritis, and the main ones spndylolisthesis L5/S1 grade 1 unstable, and moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal narrowing (is this spinal stenosis?). I have pain severe pain in my lower back, sides, butt, groin, and legs. The pain is unbearable most of the time, and I take 0 pain meds. Tylenol and asprin are useless so why take them , and nsaids gave me ulcers. I live in a state where painkillers are locked away and never thought of by Dr's. I have a back brace, hot showers, and ice. I had one physical therapy appointment, then learned that the spondylolisthesis is unstable and the therapist said that we would have to stop until my Dr said it was OK to continue. I called my Dr's office for a quicker appointment than April 8th, being that was my follow up appointment from my last appointment on March 8th. I was told I couldn't see her until April 24th, and wouldn't even be in her office on the day of my appointment. worried and at my breaking point, I can't work or play with my 3 year old son. I'm a son of b@$^# most of the time because the pain is so severe. I try to be nice but the pain causes anger and depression. The Dr's aren't doing anything to help me and they aren't explains anything to me. What am I looking at here? Surgeries? How successful are the surgeries for these conditions? And what are my chances for being pain free?

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Hi, Ryan--thanks for posting your questions. We are so sorry to hear about all the spinal issues you've endured (yes, it sounds to us like you may be experiencing spinal stenosis).

You have a lot of options when it comes to treatment. Spondylolisthesis, for example, can be treated with such conservative treatments as rest or as major procedures as spine surgery.

It sounds like you're ready to have the conversation about spine surgery with your doctor. This article is a good overview about spine surgery specific to spondylolisthesis: ( Surgery for Spondylolisthesis )

We'd like to share another perspective with you, too, which we think is helpful for anyone to read before pursuing spine surgery: ( When is Spine Surgery the Next Right Step? ).

We hope these articles help and wish you the very best of luck!