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Spondylolisthesis L3-L4: Any experienced avid swimmer


I had a trauma introduced by a friend, lovely, friend and never apologized!
Anyhow, I had Spondy for a yr and half. But i do not have back pain, just weakness and nerve pain on my left leg.
I am a consistent swimmer for over 30 yrs and if anyone similar would love to hear from you.

I have done PT for over three months last year and then went on my own. I also had acupuncture and tried medication, other than that, the nerve pain affected my sports tremendously as well as emotions and daily life.

I am planning to have surgery this coming Oct 7th and I am terrified!!!!
I'm in my early 50's, strong and don't get sick type of person. So, it's been difficult. I came to the conclusion of surgery because one doctor I saw told me that I have nerve damage. (But get this, I found out he has malpractice just over a yr ago. So I didn't listen to him and researched for more doctors).
Overall, I have seen 12 doctors, over half from Kaiser, so they don't count. I went outside of KP and saw five surgeons and one doctors. They are all reputable. I spoke to three patients and read online forums ( though this is first time I found forum here that is updated and recent!)
Particularly, everyone I spoke/read to w/ Spondy, said similar that they suffered for many years, 7 or more, and finally couldn't take it or else had nerve damage.
The asked the doctor that is going to perform my surgery, what is the ultimate sign that need a surgery. The answer was weakness or drop foot since can lead to nerve damage. I have both and all PT/exercise, weight lift helped only a little.

Long story short, appreciate any opinion/advice with Spondy and also post op advice, please!!
I am very worried that I am making a major mistake and also, I like to hear the different professional help out there right after I get out of the hospital for rest, changing wounds, etc...???
Thanks in advance!


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