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X-Rays: Spondylolisthesis Broken L-5

I went in for a physical for a job and during the physical I screamed out in pain. I lost the job and laid in bed for 2 weeks because that was all I could do. Finally scraped up some money to see a Chiropractor. After examining me he looked startled and very concerned and insisted I go get X-rays. When I saw him the next day I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis (slippage of vertebrae over another one) @ L5/S1. I had constant lower (lumbar) back pain and and have a Broken L-5 S1. Grade 2. I need to have an MRI done to determine disk damage, etc.. I have burning pain like fire from my lower back through my left leg. He also noted that it looks like I was born with some genetic abnormality just below the L-5. I was approved for Washington apple and finally get to see a doctor soon. I am 48 and have always worked in accounting. I can be up for around 20 min max before I'm slammed with pain and in bed sobbing. My father, brother, sister and Aunt all have been diagnosed with DDD and I am betting I do too. I'm wondering what happens next? Can this be fixed? Should I apply for SSI? I'm so confused and depressed.
T. Cabe


  • Best thing to do would be to see a spine specialist, Ortho or Nuero. Depending on what they think is your best option. MRI will probably help give more information on the problem. There's different options depending on what it needed. I've been battling a DDD at L4/5 for 10 years. Physical fitness has always helped me feel better in the past. But now, my disc is breaking down faster now. I had a microdisectomy 6 months ago to remove a broken piece, but I am still having issues. Dr says a fusion should fix me up. But it comes down to a specialist looking at your scans and going from there. Hope you can find some relief.
    The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
  • My doctor appointment did not go well as he didn't show up and had a nurse practitioner straight out of college deal with me. She just told me my x-rays looked like I just had some mild arthritis and to get up and walk around more. To also stop taking pain meds as that is my problem with have problems with constipation. I just burst into sobbing tears. I had already been made to wait an hour over my appointment time and I didn't even get to see a doctor. While I am sobbing hysterically and in pain my husband yells at this woman that she just caused me more pain and that I haven't taken any pain meds since the first week (Mar 7-14). My hubby demanded I get a referral to a Neurologist/spine specialist and we wanted an MRI done asap. We got both referrals but whether my insurance will pay for the MRI is a shaky question.
    T. Cabe
  • is the slippage of one vertebra over another, which can be a tiny slip or a larger one.......the seriousness of it depends on the degree of slippage......
    You said that you broke the vertebra at L5-S1, but I think that you meant that the disc is either herniated or dessicated? They can not tell that from an xray........so if you haven't had an MRI done as of yet, there is no way for anyone to tell you that there is anything wrong with the disc.....
    In the event that it does show DDD , that can be a perfectly normal finding since anyone over the age of 20 or so is going to have some degree of it......it has to be listed on the report since the radiologists must list all of the things they see on the films, but that doesn't mean that it is a problem or a reason for concern, unless the symptoms you are having match up with the imaging .
    A NP is a common treatment option when it comes to going to the doctor......she is trained to work under the direct supervision of the doctor and is qualified to interpret xrays and conduct tests and diagnosis's just as a doctor does.
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