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I have spondylilisthies. I did something really stupid an was in terrible pain for 3 days. Had to call pain mgmt see if I could take extra meds. Was awful. Anyway. I was sitting in chair all bent over an I tell you it seemed I could feel my spine move. Kjust wondered if anyone else ever felt like you knew it just slipped one way or another.


  • I think I know exactly what you're talking about and have had the feeling (with accompanying cracking sounds) many, many times. I have not; however, experienced it since my fusion 4 months ago. Just before I decided to have surgery I did something stupid, too. I walked on my treadmill for one hour and could barely walk for the next 3 days! I'm thrilled that I'm now walking 45-60 minutes 5-6 days a week and suffering no pain from it. :)
    Lumbar laminectomy L-4/L-5, 2006
    XLIF with posterior pedicle screws L-4/L-5, 4-23-2013
  • Yes, I had surgery to stabilize my spondylolithesis. When I went to bed at night, my spine shifted into the right place so I had no pain. Every morning when I got up it was a new day and I felt great. As my day went on and the pressure built it would slip forward and tilt. I had developed synovial cysts under the vertebra (my n/s said this was rather impressive......yay me) and they would fill during the day and then drain at night. The more activity I did, the more pain I had. Heavy cooking, cleaning, shopping, exercising all caused pain and it was hard to walk. I realized right after surgery that I had been walking around with just a sick feeling that something was really wrong with me and that feeling is now gone. I'm not 100% pain free, but probably 80%. I understand that I have had excellent results (so far) and that I'm one of the lucky ones; I thank God for that every day. I'm still hanging around here because I know most back surgery superstars are out waterskiing and don't have time to post about their experiences. It's been such a life changing thing for me and this site has been so tremendously helpful, I'd like to give back a little bit. Also, let me add that before surgery, standing was the worst, especially on a hard surface. When I was outside and saw a neighbor walk toward me I would bolt inside my house because I couldn't tolerate standing in my driveway. 2 1/2 weeks after surgery I went to Costco with my hubby, we ran into a friend (also a back patient) in the parking lot; we stood there talking for 20+ minutes and I wasn't in pain. Of course I had loaded up on Percocet to go on that outing, but still!
    Lumbar laminectomy L-4/L-5, 2006
    XLIF with posterior pedicle screws L-4/L-5, 4-23-2013
  • Helen3Helen3 Posts: 205
    edited 09/01/2013 - 4:27 PM
    But I had never noticed until then. Thank u for responding. Its nice to know I'm not crazy! I am still trying to understand my problems!
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