Hey to all. I am so glad to have found you all. I have been reading the forums for a couple of weeks now and am learning so much. In a matter of just a few months I have gone from a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis to having spondyliolisthesis and facing a multi-level lumbar fusion. I went to my mom's orthopedic regarding some progressively worsening back pain thinking maybe it is arthritis and after an xray was told I had a slippage of the L4-L5 and degenerative discs. I was referred to a wonderful neurosurgeon and had an MRI. The MRI verified the grade 3 spodylolisthesis of the L4 on L5 and the chronic bilateral pars defects, apparently something that had been progressing for many years. Upon further testing via Myelogram and CT it was proven even worse with fracturing of the facet at L4 and L5 and nerve compression on the L4 slippage. I am now scheduled for the lumbar decompression with multi-level fusion for December 15. It is my understanding that I will have the vertebra pulled apart and fused with cadaver bone, then have the rods and screws inserted(cage). He said that I would be in the brace for about 3 months and out of work 6-8 weeks (I am a receptionist at a clinic). The surgery will be more of a challenge than most he's seen according to him I will be in the OR for the better part of 7 or 8 hours.
I appreciate all the prayers you can offer and words of wisdom. I have already printed the post op list and have begun gathering my supplies. Thank you all so much. I feel more at ease knowing I am not alone here.