Ugh, I just now got back from a consult with a surgeon for a problem I've been chasing, with no great success, for almost two years. He picked up on something that no one else had seen: a pars defect, a fracture. He says its the culprit behind the Spondylolisthesis, contributed to my DDD, all of which is giving me grief -- numbness on one side, pain on the other.
He is recommending an Anterior Lumbar Interbody fusion and a minimally invasion instrumented posterior fusion.
He believes because of my age and my health, I am a good candidate for a successful surgery, and he thinks I could be back to living an athletic lifestyle within 6 months.
Needless to say, it's been a bummer of a morning. But there's been some relief: I finally have a diagnosis. And I've been blaming myself for this, for so long, wondering if my stubbornness and OCD running tendencies made this worse. That fracture has been there for a long time.
Big decision, big decision. Anyone else had this? Results?
I may also post this in the SI forum, because he says he thinks this procedure will also eliminate my pain (he says the joint looks pretty healthy).