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Spondylolisthesis/DDD/Herniated disc/ & pars fracture

Ash76AAsh76 Posts: 18
Hiya, i was wondering if anyone could me me any help/tips or advice.Same as most its a long story but i have recenly been diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis/DDD/Herniated disc/ & pars fracture. I have tried all the conservative treatments ie physically threapy, nsaid, nerve pain tablets, pain killer, exercise etc. most recently i went to theater for epidural spinal injection via live x-ray (floroscopy I think its called) with the cortizone they also injected some anaestict into the direct place in the spine. since that though the pain has became much worse. then it eased a little. but where I previously had a numb leg/foot etc I now have pain. the spasams have eased ever so slightly & I do have a very small amount of extra flexability in my movement as was very stiff before. But the pain just feels worse & im still unable to function properly & every day is agony at best !! I just seem to be getting worse & worse. The surgeon did seem to think even though he was giving me the epidural shot I would still need surgery to fuse & stabilize the verabrea from further movement. I have one more mri booked & back to see consultant in few weeks where he will decided what to do. I am worried & scared. There are so many different stories about surgery working & not working. I would appreciate any help, advice, or even just a chat with fellow suffer's. before this I was a very fit active mother of 3 !!.......I just want my life back :-( Thanks for reading xx


  • Hi ash76
    Sorry to hear you are suffering with this awfull disease,Me 2 is the same with spondylolthesis with pars defect on both sides spina bifida with nerve impingement with sciatica and disk bulge at L4/5.
    I to had epidural spinal injection like your self which i had relief for bout 4 wks to calm the sciatica nerve root down but still had spinal pain from the pars.
    they want me to have the spine fused with the metal rods, but not to sure bout this as ive known people who still have problems after there opp. but hey every 1 is differant.
    I really dont know what to do as im in so much pain carnt change bedding find it hard to do house work clean the car etc every day life things, im a security officer but find work really hard but boss is really good to me.
    I really now what your going through and its nice to know that we are not alone out there.
  • thanks was lovely to read about someone in a very similar situation with very similar problems. Sometimes just nice to know im not alone. It woul be far easier to just have one bad thing that could just be fixed !! itd the frustration of having the disc disease, the Spondylolisthesis, the fractures & the disc herniation.
    I have had a recent admission to hospitaland not ong come out. I went in as the pain was totally unbearable. the problem i have now is mu surgeon cant do anything surgery wise as im curently on pain relief higher than that of someone post op, so if an op was done they would have no way controling my pain. while in hospital the did take me back down to theatre for a small op & put some steriod directly into my spine it was very differnt to having the full cortizone down the leg. ( and less painfull than that)
    Im now back hoe rattling with med but still experiencing some pain. they have also found added to my probs they have found another disc higher up has a tear & they think it may be leaking fluid ontom my nerves etc. awiting further investgations into that one !! i go back in 3 weeks to see surgeon again. yeas i forgot to say the slipped vertabre is my L4\L5 region. think this is most common.
    Im now at home waiting on crutches feeling totally ed up ..again. while in hospital the surgeon did say there are a few surgery options opening either from back or front ??? but thats all he said he did say they is also a couple of non surgigal options but when iasked wht they were he wouldnt even tell me, he just said we need to concentrate on controlling the pain !! but considering the amount of meds im on i dont know how im supposed to do that !! but suppose they know best and at least i can research the tear aswell now xx thanks again for yor reply
  • Hi Ash its been awhile since been on i lost all site details, Hope your well and sorry to hear bout your other probs, chin up be posative im sure thing will get sorted for you.
    My opp is getting near 5th oct so not looking forward to this day just hope i come back on the ward hoping nothing has gone wrong with them touch the nerves which are compressed,
    thanks for reading
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