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Very new to this and a little scared.

musicaltwigletmmusicaltwiglet Posts: 2
edited 02/12/2015 - 1:55 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone. I'm Rob, i'm 42 and have finally been diagnosed with a few problems with my back after suffering for about 10 years on and off.

I have spondylolisthesis of the L4 and L5, plus a pars defect of the L4. I also have sacrolisation of L5 plus a disc bulge with right paracentral protusion indenting.

I've been taking a combination of Gabapentin and co-codamol, but it doesn't really help the sciatica that I've had since November 2014.

The specialist has recommended having spinal decompression and fusion as well to try and sort the problem out. The operations themselves do not worry me that much, but the immediate recovery period afterwards does.

Has anyone else suffered with the same thing or something similar, and do you have any words of wisdom to help my worries?

Many thanks

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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 02/12/15 07:55


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,802
    edited 02/12/2015 - 3:21 AM
    10 years to find issue , wow!! As they are just finding the reason for suffering for many years I could imagine a scary time , happy to find reason but reality sets in.. Always good to have multiple opinions before surgury and make sure you read about your conditions. Is the protrusion indenting thecal sac or cord?
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • I am scared about many things. I don't want the doc to suggest surgery or injections as a first line of treatment. I'd like to try PT and medication first. I am scared that I won't be listened to as that has already been a problem with the broken ankle/back issue. I am also scared that of what you mentioned, recovery if I DO need surgery or injections. I tend to get my hopes up a good deal. The worst though is worrying that I won't be as active as I want to be. I sincerely hope you get the treatment you need that works for you. Good luck!
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