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L5-S1 Anterior slippage (spondylolisthesis)

sidelinedssidelined Posts: 1
edited 12/06/2014 - 8:10 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi there

I am new to this sort of thing.

Am a 32 yr old, (formally) physically fit & active female with a grade 2 (13mm) anterior slippage of my L5 over the S1. DDD noticed there, marked foraminal narrowing, mild canal stenosis. Mild arthopathy has begun. Recently the L5 moved 3mm. It's been AWFUL since, more deep, dark, pain than I have ever felt in my life. I caved to cortizone shots in the facet joints and will go for a second round because I want to get up out of a chair without wanting to bash something breakable with a bat. I have had MRIs, Ct scans, bone scans, x-rays, nerve conduction tests, endless specialist and doctor appointments and horrible, violent reactions to drugs over the last twelve years. I'm exhausted. It has been surmized that; a congenital defect in my spine, aggravated by terrible flu at a key development time was irritated by some gymnastics, broken by a snowboarding accident, set off by a car accident (not my fault) then destroyed by another car accident (drunk driver, again not me) is the cause of my pain.

A violently bad reaction to NSAIDs (stomach bleeding, abdominal swelling, never-ending flu) and gabapentin (terrifying depression) pushed me to look into whatever natural product could help. I found great results with webber Naturals Osteo Joint Ease for chronic pain with InflamEase. The nerve pain isn't quite so bad now. Before, loud noises like dog barks, chrs moving or car doors shutting would cause a nerve pulse of pain throughout my entire body. I hate those.

Since my spine is unstable (was out 10mm in 2004 and is out 13mm present day), I have been heavily considering a surgery to keep that flippin' thing where it should be.

My question is: has anyone just had a surgery to stabilize a vertabrae that can't stay together (pars defect) and in place?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have a very similar diagnosis to you. I feel your pain (quite literally). I have not yet had surgery, but will be booking it next week. I finally met with the surgeon yesterday after attempting to manage it conservatively for the past couple of years.
    I wish you luck. I can't take NSAID's either, I've developed an allergy to them. such a shame too, as they did work wonderfully.
    I personally use a heating pad once the pain gets bad. hot showers work too. but that's what works for me. you may find different things work for you.
    good luck
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