My pain started 7 years ago and was, probably, not caused by trauma. I was told by the chiropractic surgeon that I have had this condition since either birth or adolescense.
-No PT, as it really isn't necessary. I have grade 3 spondylolisthesis of L5 S1.
-Offered the spinal fusion and decompression on the X-ray results alone. My MRI was for surgical procedure; I'm sure.
-I'm on no medications and never have taken any pain killers.
My goal in creating this topic is for support in my recovery and pre-op. I am saying yes to this surgery because I can only stand upright for about 15-20 minutes and I NEED to squat or sit. Staying upright for longer than that leads to excruciating pain. I have been this way since I was 22; I am now 29. In the last three months I have experienced some sciatic pain in my feet, thigh and buttocks but it has subsided. No pain other than from standing for more than 15-20.
Any advice or words of encouragement would be warmly appreciated. My surgery is set for January 2015.
Condition: Bilateral L5 pars defects and anterior slip of L5 on S1 by about 50% of the width of the L5 vertebral body.
Surgery: L5-S1 PLIF January 19 / 2015
Condition: Spinal stenosis at L4-5 immediately above the level of fusion on the basis of broad-based disc herniation. posterior element overgrowth and retrolisthesis of 4 on 5. There is impingement on the L5 root bilaterally at this level.