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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Lower Back Pain

So I was diagnosed with spondylothesis at the age of 20 which was last year. I was out of work for two long painful weeks. I am still in pain, the sciatica, can't stand, can't sit, or do something for a certain amount of time. I went to a surgeon, he said that I need surgery by the time I'm 30- the screws and the bolts- all that fun stuff. I can't stand the site of needles so you can tell how I felt about the surgeon's advice. I have tried ice, heat, therapy, this and that. I'm still in pain. Any advice?

I was also in a car accident this year (2009) in July. I had whiplash- I still have whiplash- now November 8. Is it supposed to last this long? I have major headaches- feels like a band of headaches on my head (like a tight headband). Muscle spasms, I have upper back pain between the shoulder blades which makes it hurt to even breathe sometimes. I have pain in my right shoulder, and numbness and tingles down my right arm into my right hand. And my neck is still swollen on the right side-SINCE JULY! I've been missing a few days of work in which I started this job two weeks ago. I don't know what is going on. I went to a doctor last week- a chiro.- she cracked it and massaged it and all that. I felt the pressure and the headaches kind of float away but two days later-I'm dealing with it all again. And they give me muscle relaxers and muscle spasm pills. Yeah I'm still in p ain. I can't do anything normal that I love to do and it's drives me insane and I'm only 21. ANY ADVICE???


  • Hi Kailyn

    Welcome to Spine Health and sorry you're in so much pain, but then that's why you're here, and we will support you as much as we can.

    In regard to the whiplash, you may need to have a course of treatment with a physio, keeping in touch with your doctor.

    I had spondylolisthesis for many years and had L4/5 fused three weeks ago and the relief from all the nerve pain was instant. However, I'm much older than you. My fusion was through the abdomen (anterior). The hardware used was a cage with a plate and screws and the only discomfort I'm feeling now is an aching back and some tenderness in the tummy. This operation jacks up the vertebra so that it no longer compresses the nerve root. My energy levels are pretty good and I'm hoping to keep going forward. However, fusion has a long recovery period where you need lots of patience and need to observe the no bending, lifting, twisting (BLT) rule for a period of time.

    Of course, I can't advise you what to do, but I'm grateful to my surgeon that I'm no longer experiencing all that unrelenting pain.

    There's lots of good articles on this site and I'd recommend that you do as much research as you can so that you can make a decision that is right for you.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Yes. Stop going to the chiropractor and do not let anyone crack your back or neck or whatever ever again, or at least until you know what is the cause of your problem.

    The lumbar problems can be ignored as long as you can tolerate the pain, with the exception of a couple issues such as loss of bladder or bowel control which would be considered a medical emergency.

    The cervical discs are another matter as they are located so close to the spinal cord. You don't want to run the risk of having someone inadvertently cause more problems than they are solving.

    What kind of treatment did you receive after the accident? Have you been looked at by a spinal specialist? Since this has been going on so long, I would suggest you find a fellowship-trained spinal specialist to evaluate your condition. This will be either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic spinal surgeon (not an ortho. generalist) whose practice is devoted to issues of the back and neck.

    As you mention, you are young. You need to have your problems correctly evaluated and diagnosed so you can receive proper treatment. You don't want to risk receiving a poor diagnosis and the wrong treatment as it could cause further damage to your back that will just cause you more and more problems as you age.

    I hope you will be able to find a solution to your problems soon.

    Good luck.

  • Welcome to the board. I don't know anything about whiplash, sorry. I do know about spondylolisthesis. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and it progressed over time to unmanageable. I had a fusion 6 weeks ago. I'm struggling some but I'm still better than I was before surgery. I hope you find some answers to your pain soon.
  • I also had surgery: a laminectomy and fusion at L5/S1. At what level is your spondy? What grade is it? Do you have a pars fracture? Susan
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