Hi,I've known about my spondylolisthesis since I was in the first grade. My first grade teacher and I wore the same back brace! (She was 70!) I studied Shotokan karate from then until I was 19. Back pain is not new to me, but I always managed to keep a strong core and managed to keep any pain associated at a very low to moderate level.
I was playing golf 10 days ago. After a huge slice from the #8 tee box, I felt a much more intense pain in the lumbar region than I ever have. I am 35 now, and just received results of my very first MRI.
L3-4 - Mild facet disease
L4-5 - 3mm central protrusion w/annular tear and moderate facet disease. Mild neuroforaminal narrowing
L5-S1 - 3mm broad disc bulge w/central and right paracentral annular tear. Moderate facet arthropathy and moderate bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing.
I just got the results today and am very scared because of the pain that I'm in. I haven't scheduled an appointment w/an ortho or neuro yet, but will Monday morning. I've learned alot tonight while doing research and look forward to spending time on this site to learn more about treating this.