I have right leg nerve pain, tingling in the calf, and a little numbness in the foot. Standing is difficult, but if I bend forward or move around a little, it goes away. Walking is somewhat painful, but it actually makes the pain feel good, if you know what I mean. My left leg is a little sore on the IT band. Had done PT for 4 weeks with little results, but the exercises are great and have continued them at home. Visited an orthopedic surgeon shortly after, and he took x-rays, and these are the results:
There is L4-5 degenerative disc disease and facet arthrosis with grade 2 anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 measuring 12mm. This does not significantly change on flexion and extension.
There is also L5-S1 degenerative disc disease and facet arthrosis. There is grade 1 retrolisthesis of L5 on S1 approximately 5 mm without change on flexion and extension.
I have spondylolisthesis, and the options I were given were steroid injections (no), nerve pain meds (no), continue with pt/exercising and strengthening, OR, he would perform an L4-L5 laminectomy and an L4-L5 interbody fusion with pedicle screws, rods, and a cage.
The surgery scares the crap out of me, as I have been doing much research on this procedure, and am concerned about the long term consequences of fusion surgery. I will do the surgery as a last resort. Does anyone have experience with my condition and recovering using non-operative procedures. In addition, if anyone has had this particular surgery, please relate your experience.
Thanks so much.