I'm so glad I found this place. I have been suffering with back pain my whole life, but the past 2 years it's gotten progressively worse.
I saw a neurologist and after doing an MRI, he found out I have spondylolisthesis. It was a relief to find out this is a common back problem.
My questions are these:
1) Has anyone out there had spinal fusion for this?
2) Was it successful for you?
3) How long was the recovery period and was it hard to NOT get hooked on painkillers? (I realize everyone's tolerance of pain is different, but very curious about that)
Medications: Vicodin and muscle relaxants
Diagnostic Tests: X-Rays and MRI
Prior Surgeries: None, new and scared about this
Upcoming Surgery: (Possible) L4-L5 Spinal fusion and removal of bone spurs for sciatica relief
Current Medical Problem: I have trouble standing for longer than 5 minutes. The pain starts in my left foot and radiates up my left leg until it's a red hot pain moving up my leg. I have to sit down before it gets to that point and take pressure off the nerve, otherwise my leg and back aches for hours afterwards.