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Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Started by Nikkik82 on 11/14/2018 2:34am

Hi everyone,

I would really love to hear about other people’s experiences that are similar to mine. So here is a little background.

I am a 36 year old female with a 18mm L5/S1 Isthmic Spondylolisthesis ( bi lateral pars defect) which was diagnosed 13 years ago. I have been seeing a chiropractor and Physio since I was diagnosed and I was managing ok. However after having my 2 children my symptoms have become more severe. I had some xrays done at the start of 2018 and the slip was 16mm and as of Monday it has increased to 18mm. I also now have severe degenerative disc disease at L5/S1 to the point it’s almost none on bone , I have stenosis and flattening of my L5 nerve root. I have basically ceased all physical activity and house duties due to it aggravating my pain to much. I have constant lower back ache, pain through my buttocks and hips, knees and abdomen. I get a lot of nerve pain in particular in my left side which is worse at night or if I have been on my feet longer than 10 mins. I can’t stand for long periods and I feel like my legs are constantly tired and weighted down. I do get some pins and needles in my big toe and bottom of my foot. I take Pain relief almost daily.

I also have constant bladder issues ( not sure if related ) have been seeing a urologist and has diagnosed overactive bladder ( no relief from Botox)

I have seen a neuro surgeon and he wants me to have a spinal fusion at L5/S1 and possibly L4 to make it more stable.

I am so nervous and I just don’t know if I am doing the right thing! I have heard HORROR stories about fusions.

My pain is not debilitating, however it certainly has a large impact on my quality of life. I don’t do the things I love and am very sedentary now.

What would your advise be? Would you do the surgery?

Thank you :)

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