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L5-S1 Spondylolthesis Grade 2 - Minimal Pain - Surgury

NorthernVA99NNorthernVA99 Posts: 2
edited 04/20/2015 - 6:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello All,

I am 38 years old and I am in relatively good shape. I bike, jog, and do a lot of manual labor around the house.

I had an adominal CAT scan done for a stomach issue and to my suprise it showed up that I have a Grade 2 Chronic Spondylolthesisn in my lower back. My back has been mildly hurting me for the last decade. It seems that the better shape I am in, the less pain I have. SOmetimes no pain at all. I never have pain down my legs, just soreness in the actual lower back.

I made an appiointment with a local Neuralsurgeon, and he told me I need a Spinal Fusion. No talk of PT or any other type of medical intervention. I am in a state of shock, I thought the purpose of a Fusion was to eliminate back pain. I am not in Pain!!!

I just had a LUmber Xray and MRI done late last week. It just seems not right that I should be letting someone cut open my back at this point. I just made two more appointments to get a second and third opinion.

Now I feel like my back is a ticking timebomb and I am really afraid to continue me active lifestyle. Any advise fwould be greatly appreciated.



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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Of course, you may want second opinion, which never hurts and may give you more information.

    Did your doctor answer your question as to why the need for surgery before pain?

    It could be to prevent something further from happening....that doctor is seeing from your tests and not explaining clearly enough to you.

    If it were me, I wouldn't strain my body unnecessarily and try to stay in good alignment until I received satisfactory answer from doctor.

    Let us know how things progress for you....good luck
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  • The doctor actually told me i needed surgery before he even loaded my cat scan images. He never tested me for spine stability, or gave a neuro test. It seems to me he is jumping the gun a tad.
  • sounds like a crooked doctor...best to get a second opinion. fusions are usually done to correct nerve damage or structural problems..not ever for pain...at elast they aren't supposed to.do
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