I'm 20 years old, I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis on the L5-S1 segment when I was 14, continued with physical therapy since, and had no problems. Last summer, 2008, I was having continued pain, and saw 2 different spinal surgeons, and my spondylo had degenerated and was slipped about 75%, causing some nerve damage and general pain. Surgery was recommended especially because of the nerve issues and the degenerative nature. I had surgery in December, and I went back to my college in late January with pain killers and in a back brace. I did physical therapy, and I was doing really well through 5 months post op. Now it's around 10 months, and I'm having a lot of pain, localized in the spinal area and generally around my lower back. I saw my surgeon two months ago, and in the x-rays the fusion wasn't setting as it was supposed to, one side was more fused than the other, so he wanted to see me again 3 months later and he wanted me to try PT again, I did for 2 months, and it did nothing to improve my condition. I was getting fed up with the pain, after all, I am a healthy 20 year old college kid who doesn't want to deal with chronic back pain, so I saw my surgeon again, and he wants to wait for the 12 month mark to do a CT scan, and leave the 2 months for possible continued fusion. He talked about a possible pseudarthrosis, as did my PT, and I might need a revision surgery.
Does anyone have any advice for me in keeping my head up in all of this, because it is very discouraging, because for the next two months I have to do pain management including getting an electro-stim TENS pack, taking pain meds, which I HATE, decreasing my already significantly decreased activity level, and wearing my brace again. I thought I was getting better, my life could start up again, when I'm supposed to be in the best time of my life.
Anything would be great!