I discovered I had grade 3 spondy 16 years ago, after the birth of my second child. Ended up at Mayo Clinic for consultation...absoluted a fabulous facility, I see why they are ranked #1 in the country for Neuro and Spine. They suggested a conservative approach (extensive PT and TLSO brace). It worked for 16 years. I took on a new job (not a desk position)....retail which required bending, lifting, etc and now my spondy is back full force. I am unable to work now due to pain and weakness.
My current MRI shows a grade III spondy with severe spinal and bilateral foraminal stenosis and severe disc degenerative changes with desiccation and complete loss of disc height at L5-S1 with compression of the exiting L5 nerve roots.
My current doctor has me on Darvocet and it just doesn't work to relieve pain...I don't want to start depending on pains meds forever, but I do sometimes need medicine that will give me a break from the shooting pain that I'm experiencing now. I am also taking Naprosyn, but after a few days of that, I find my stomach is upset. I'd like to know what medicines help others in this condition.
I am scheduled for PT starting next week. My current Neuro surgeon wants to approach this conseratively and said that surgery while he could do it, would be a "Big Surgery"....front and back and the outcome couldn't be guaranteed. Meaning, pain free and without losing some functional capabilities.
Any thoughts? Thank you and I look forward to meeting you guys and learning more about this forum.