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spondylthesis with pars defect grade 3

bgilbobbgilbo Posts: 1
Hello, I was diagnosed with spondlythesis with pars defect grade 3 about a year ago. I had my daughter in Aug of 2013 and when we brought her home I started to have extreme pain in my left butt cheek, hip and leg. I thought that my hip had been displaced due to giving birth. I had 3 epidurals that night but none had worked so I ended up giving birth naturally. I went to my GP and he said oh that is normal just take Tylenol and advil to help control the pain. I did that for 6 months before I went back, the pills were not working very well anymore, I was taking 2 extra strength advil every 4 hours. So then my doc sent me for x-rays and those results to him said that I was suffering from arthritis of the lower back and that if I would just lose some weight I would feel better. I am not an overweight person but did have some extra weight due to being pregnant. I was very upset at this but accepted the results because I believed my doctor. Fast forward another 4 months, I was scheduled to have surgery, leep/laser and I was in a lot of pain waiting for my surgery. The doctors were concerned about the amount of pain and I told them what my GP had told me, they disagreed strongly that arthritis was not the problem. The surgeon ordered an mri and that is when I found out about what my real condition was. I ended up going to a back clinic and they confirmed my spondlythesis with pars defect grade 3. So I did all of the back injections with minor relief, then the pills and they did not sit well for me. Currently I take T4's and extra strength advil. My pain tolerance has increased to the point of I can ignore the pain....mostly. Finally I have now gotten into seeing a surgeon, she tells me that I fractured my lower back when I was approximately 6 years old and over the years, I am now 39, my spine has slipped to the grade 3 level. My surgeon has said that she will do the surgery but it is elective and the recovery is long. My husband and I would like to give our daughter a sibling and I don't want to be in my 40's trying to get pregnant so we have deferred surgery for now. We have been trying to get pregnant for the last 3 months and we have given ourselves until November to see if we can get pregnant again. My surgeon says that there is no danger of anymore slippage because there is so much scar tissue built up. I don't know if I believe her. If and when we do get pregnant I'm wondering with the extra weight that I would be carrying could there be more slippage. I am also afraid of the pain and if there is anything I can do to help with the pain as I do not want to be taking pills or having injections, I don't and won't compromise my pregnancy. I know that I may not get any answers here but it feels good to write this out on a forum with people that have similar issues. Thanks for reading and listening.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You are right about no one here being able to comment on your condition and choice of treatment and or delaying it.

    Only you can decide your priorities and choices.
    Your concerns about pain or increased pain during pregnancy seems to be quite normal.

    Please continue good communication with all you doctors...as only they know all about your situation and issues and can best guide you.

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