I'm a 44 year old female and was recently diagnosed with spondylolisthesis at the L5/S1. The doctor said my lumbar spine is slipped in 50% right above my sacrum. I'm in constant pain. He said surgery is my only option but of course, I have the final decision. I tried physical therapy and that only helped with the sciatic nerve on my left leg. That comes and goes but when I do all the stretches that I was given during PT, it helps! I'm very active, I hike, speed walk, do bleachers, but I can't jump, run, twist or bend rapidly because it hurts! So I try to do as much as I can.
I have an appt at the end of the month to talk about surgery and do the scheduling. My concern is that I'm one income. I can afford to be off work for a month but after that I know it will be tough financially. I've heard that disability takes forever to mail out the first check. My question is, has anyone had a similar surgery? The doctor said that he would be going in through my abdomen to push my bone back in place, then flip me over and go in through my back and insert a disc because I don't have a disc at the L5 anymore. I work in an office environment so it's not hard labor. My boss also said they can station me to work from home if I had to (temporarily). I'm really concerned about the recovery period. Right now I'm trying to get in shape doing a lot of leg work and also strengthening my abdomen. I know recovery is different for everyone, but I need a general idea. Will I be able to come back to work in a month?
What I'm looking forward to is gaining my height back! ha! yup I shrank 2 inches and the doctor said I'll be 2 inches taller.
I really appreciate everyone posting their story on here. It has helped. Thanks!
Casey********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
One of the most important things that need members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
. Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
. Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 07/17/15 21:13 est