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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all, I am new here. I'm a (previous) runner who has grade 1 spondylolisthesis L5/S1, based on bilateral spondylolysis, along with bilateral foraminal stenosis at L5-S1; also a moderate degree of facet arthropathy at L4-L5. (Based on an MRI)

I am trying to figure out a pain management plan, along with what to ask the doctor when I go for my follow up appointment. I was able to obtain the MRI results prior to the appointment.



  • And welcome to SH!! Unfortunately I don't have any answers for you, but I am sure you will find much if not all the information you are looking for here. The people of the SH community are all so warm and welcoming. They have quite a range of experiences, and are happy to share them with you along with any advice, opinions, or even just listen to your frustrations at times.

    I am fairly new here myself, and feel I have found a whole new group of friends!!

    If I could offer you any advice, it would be to write down everything, so you don't forget a thing when you speak to your doctor. I keep track of all my symptoms, where my pain is, what time of day etc. as well as any side affects of medication.

    Take Care, and Good luck
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846

    For a Spine-Health Site introduction, Click on :

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    Who setup your MRI? Was it your PCP? Personally, I always head to Neurologists or Neurosurgeons when it comes to dealing with the Spine and Disc problems. Basically you are going to need a complete review of what your MRI says and what the action plan(s) could be. It so difficult to tell someone what their MRI report says because only trained medical professionals can do that.
    What I can say is that you should always go the conservative route in terms of treatments for spinal problems. There are so many different ways to help patient with Lumbar, Cervical or Thoracic problems. Surgery to me is something to be used as the last resort.

    But the bottom line get the complete details from a medical specialist.

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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. there is alot of give and take in planning your treatment. you will probably try different conservative measures and see what works best. perhaps you will need medication. good luck and i hope you find your pain under control in no time. see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Glad to have you here and we will offer support any time that you need it. Look forward to seeing you around.
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