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L5-S1 spondylolisthesis grade 1

RowllyRRowlly Posts: 1
edited 04/14/2013 - 11:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi there!

Im 18 years old and 2 months ago i was diagnosed with L5-21 spondylolisthesis, grade 1. This has unfortunately forced be to be off work and i am now no longer entitled to sick pay and according to my doctor i am not able to go back into work as i would be risking the diagnosis progressing to grade 2.

My medication i am currently taking is morphine, tremadol, diazepan and gabapentin. The pain was that bad on one occasion i was forced to go to hospital where i was admitted and stayed in over weekend. Whilst i was at the hospital i had three different doctors see me who all said i need to see a spinal surgeon. The doctors at the hospital then wrote a referal to my GP, however my GP hasnt acted on this and has instead sent me to physiopherapy and pain management.

Due to the pain i am under, i am having a lot of trouble sleeping so my physiopherapist is giving me nothing but accupunctures everytime i go which is apparently going to fix the issue. So far it hasnt done anything and ive had three of them now.

As for the pain management, i have been given exercises to do and i am also going to have some quarterzone injections.

Im just wondering if anyone else has been through this, its just that i feel im not being treated well by my doctors and they arent doing anything to fix the issue, all they are doing is trying to help me deal with the pain which is doing nothing what so ever and everyday goes by where i am bed bound for most of the day and losing out on money and having a social life.

I would be very greatful if anyone has an information they can provide so i can get this fixed once and for all.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,952
    edited 04/13/2013 - 5:49 AM
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  • Where are you located? I am in the UK and the drug names you mention and being sent to Pain Management and Physiotherapy make me wonder if you are in the UK too. Here, they seem to make us wait longer before sending us to a Spinal surgeon.

    I had a grade 2 spondylolisthesisof L4/5 and had a spinal fusion done 3 years ago.
    Before that I couldn't stand more than a couple of minutes before the pain started to build and could only walk for 5 to 10 minutes. I would get awful sciatica in both legs. I was actually terrified of surgery and tried everything I could to avoid it. I had physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, and daily exercising. When I finally agreed to go and see the spinal surgeon he told me that he didn't know how I was managing to walk and that I couldn't continue to avoid surgery or I would end up in a wheelchair. I had surgery about 3 weeks later.

    I gave me wonderful relief of my pain and enabled me to get back to a much more normal life. Now I got into my 50s before having surgery, but I do know that with this condition it is not uncommon for young people to have it. I was told that young women particularly are offered the fusion surgery because carrying a pregnancy is known to be very painful with the bump pulling the slip even further forward. They were amazed that I had carried 3 pregnancies!

    I think you will find this site very helpful, both for gaining information about your condition but also for the support from others who understand what you are going through.
    Do ask any other questions that you may have, and good luck :-)

  • I did physiotherapy first to see if that would help me. I did think it was helping but then slowly things got worse. I did try chiropractor too for a year of very regular visits (4 times a week at 1 point) but the imporvement never lasted.

    They said things had progressed too far for cortisone injections to help at all.
    It may be worth your while trying the injections and definately try the physiotherapy. Spinal fusion should be a last option. I do know someone who has a spondylolisthesis and he has spinal injections every 6 months or so and they really help him.

    Do let us know how you get on.
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