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Bit of a shock....

Hi all,

I've had a fusion done at L4-5 recently due to a reherniated degenerative disc 6 weeks ago and recovery is going well.

Today, I collected a copy of the mri scan that was done in December. The scan was a full, head to sacrum one. When I viewed it at home, I got a bit of a shock:

It appears that I also have a spondylolisthesis at C6-7. By the looks of it, grade 1, and the vertebrae is misshapen. Strangely, I don't have any symptoms, apart from occasional pins and needles in my left forearm and hand. Now, I don't want to interfere with it as it isn't causing any issues at the moment. However, is it something that can easily go wrong?

L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.


  • If you read up on it, they have lots of statistics saying that something like 50% of people above age 40 have changes without symptoms and 80% of people above 70. I'm completely guessing at these stats, I don't really remember them, but they were definitely significant. I wouldn't worry about it unless you've got progressive symptoms or spinal cord impingement.
    You should be good :).

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

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