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.