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Just found out I have Spondylolisthesis

Turtle3201TTurtle3201 Posts: 1
edited 09/01/2015 - 12:16 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had lower back pain that would come and go the last 12 months and it's got to the point where it hurts first thing out of bed and I'm stiff as a board. As I sit down and move around throughout the day it goes away. If I'm active playing sports or running or doing yard work it gets really sore about 24 hours later. I just saw the X-ray of my L5 at a stage 2 and it almost broke my heart. My pain hasn't been that bad, just stiffness in my lower back that I thought some physical therapy would cure, then to find out I have this.

My chiropractor discovered it, hasn't given me a full diagnosis or treatment plan yet. I see him again tomorrow. I'm 32 with my first child on the way and still active in sports. First thing he told me was to start losing weight now and aim for about 30 lbs in the next 3-6 months if possible.

He sounded like it wasn't too much of a concern in the immediate future as I'm still very mobile and flexible and I don't feel any of the nerve pains that others have described. It's just this spine condition piled on top of needing tonsils removes and a rotator cuff repair surgery to add to the list.

I'm really bummed out about this. I'm sure it's too early to freak out but based on what I've ready online so far it seems like this is a condition that only worsens over time and surgery can only make it mild to moderately better.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,868
    Please read Spondylotishesis That is the root article, and then there are many other medical articles under that root dealing with Spondylolisthesis

    Every one has their medical professional preferences, but I believe as you read more threads on this site, you will see that most patients who have any type of spinal problem do not to go chiropractors. Chiropractors have their place and they are very effective working on muscular-skelatnal issues. But when it comes to spinal discs, spinal cord, etc, that should be in the hands of a qualified spinal specialist.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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