it's been a while since I have posted here, and I'm basically a newb to this anyway so bear with me please...
ok-the "short" story is July 2008 I saw the dr because my right leg was going numb and lower back pain when walking. Went for MRI and then our insurance was dropped-bummer. I acquired my MRI but never knew what any of it meant since I could not see a dr. at the time...so suffering con't...fast forward to Spring 09, pain is much more intense between my hips, leg numb all the way down, etc...go to ER they perform x-ray and tell me I have Grade II Spondylolisthesissisisis on L5-Sl, Bi-lat pars defects, "every right to be in pain, go see a doc, here's some drugs" Insurance is up and running now so off to the doc I go...he sends me for new MRI with contrast. Results say Grade l spondy-same as first MRI (Huh?) and a few bulging discs and (I quote) "everything's fine but I still want you to see a Neurosurgeon" (Again...Huh?)
So my queries (there's a few)
Is this 'standard procedure' to go see a surgeon...a neuro-surgeon at that?
Why are my tests diff? One says grade l, other says grade 2...is my spine having a raging party in there or what?
Surgery....hmmmm...sounds delicious at first....until you find out whats actually in it....other options for spondys such as myself or am I just dillusional?
I will bombard with more to come...
I welcome all replies, experiences, answers....anything.
As you may have guessed I'm a bit of a cynic, helps me deal...that's my story
But on a serious note...thank you Spineys...ive "lurked" here for awhile and the support and info and thoughtfulness is beyond...words. Just a great place on this vast WWW.
Peace to all