I was diagnosed in 1995 with spondylolisthesis at L5/S1. I can't remember what grade level at the time (i was in 7th grade). My mom has the same condition at a higher vertebrae. She refused to have surgery or injections for hers and therefore never considered it for me. I just lived with it.
Since then, I went back for checkups to see where I was at. I am a high grade 3 and told that anymore slippage could affect bladder control, etc. I have occasional tingling in my leg. As far as pain goes, I am still okay with mobility. However, the days that it hurts, it hurts. I have been prescribed vicodin and neurontin for pain, but I try not to take them.
My surgeon wants to do a posterolateral fusion. He doesn't want to move my spine back into alignment, but rather relieve the nerve pressure and lock my spine into place.
I want to get pregnant in the early fall of 2010. I am penciled in for a spinal fusion on December 17th. I will officially decide tomorrow when I meet with my surgeon.
Has anyone experienced this? Does my surgeon's recommendation sound normal? I have been researching and thinking for weeks now. I have decided to go through with surgery. My mother is now in her 50's and has 5 back problems since she never had hers taken care of. She is just now considering spinal injections. She is still not on my side, but I am TERRIFIED that pregnancy might make my problem worse. I could not imagine losing bladder control or paralysis during pregnancy!
I need any advice that you can offer. I am scared, worried, confused, etc.!