Can anyone relate? Or explain why it happens to certain people?
My L5 spondylolisthesis is 'only' Grade I. But I am in plenty of pain, both local and radicular, even with daily stretching, weekly yoga, 'sufficient' sleep, fine diet, my BMI is 'normal' range, I limit my activities appropriately, take sitting breaks, the whole charade...... and even now I am using up some leftover physical therapy sessions - but still I could not imagine going about my days (40 hr/week desk job) without strong pain pills and gabapentin. And my pain has only ever increased over time. and then related issues like my left hip flexors are being destroyed and wasting away, other muscle dysfunction, uneven hips and legs make it all tougher to work with... oh and I'm always tired. That sure doesn't help
My PM doc understands thank god but every other doc I see is like 'your MRI has problems but it's really not that bad, your pain is more extreme than any of the images, you're too young (25), wean off your meds, imagine 10 years from now bla bla bla'.
Not that it's bad advice, and I don't want to make this a discussion about medication, but can anyone relate to my experiences? My PM even told me that he had a Grade I patient years ago who lost bladder& bowel control! and needed emergency fusion.
Grade I Spondylolisthesis L5-S1, bilateral pars issues
Mild Scoliois double curve
Arthritic activity in SI area and L5 through L3