Hey guys, I'm Ron. 34 years old, 5 feet 7 inches and 143 lbs.
Yesterday I was diagnosed with "Retrolisthesis (Grade 1) at L5-S1, along with mild canal stenosis with bilateral foraminal narrowing, and L5-S1, with contact of the descending right S1 nerve root."
Background: A groin lymp node swelling started this whole process for me about 3 months ago. After countless blood tests, the MRI last week finally showed the problem. I ended up getting my nodes biopsed twice and that came back clear. I have also been tested for autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and RA, both of which were clear. My neurosurgeon ended up finding the root cause of my issue, which I listed above.
Meds: I'm not on any meds currently, but am starting to take supplements such as Vitamins.
Current symptoms: I feel sporadic hip pain, along with groin tightness. I feel a burning sensation on my right arm at times and random muscle twitching (arm and legs). The strangest part is this burning sensation in my mouth that comes and goes (if you have heard of this before please let me know so I can rule out something else going on).
QUESTION: do I go see a Chiropractor or a Physical Therapist? My doctor has written a prescription for a PT, but I have done basic research on Retrolisthesis and seems as though many prefer a Chiro and think that is the more appropriate route?
I'm pretty anxious to get this started so any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Last night was rough and I'm hoping I don't develop anxiety issues because of this.
Thank you in advance. I look forward to contributing to this forum as I research everything more deeply.
The choice is always yours. But as you read more posts here, you will see that the majority of the people do not opt to see a Chiropractor. They have their places and do excellent jobs, but once a spinal problem disc/nerve has been diagnosed, the chiropractor is not your best option. Plus, if your doctor wrote a prescription for physical therapy, then that is what he/she believes is your proper action. If you dont agree with that, discuss it with them.
-- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 08/25/15 13:48