Hi there everyone. I have been reading the postings on this board for quite some time just trying to figure out whether I am doing the right thing. My problem is that I have dessication from L3-L5 from spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 which is partially sacralized. L5 is sacralized to S1 (there's a difference). I have read mixed professional opinions and studies on the presence of a transitional vertebra. I have had 3 consults- 1 from neurosurgeon and 2 from ortho's. I saw the neurosurgeon for about a year during which I tried PT, nerve blocks, SI joint injections (had a few of those, none of which did anything), TENS (helped when I knew I'd be standing for awhile cause it's kinda like being massaged), various NSAIDs and stronger anti-inflammatory's and muscle relaxers, and heat and cold therapy. I am not willing to take any pain meds stronger than a Vic because I cannot function since I'm on meds to keep the mind in check. Prior to that I had seen an orthopedic surgeon who I wasn't too impressed with, who wanted to focus on some arthritic changes to the SI joints but never ordered any studies of my back, which I had presented to him in the first place. The other ortho is my current physician who suggested, based on the extent of my conservative measures, that instability caused by the partially sacralized l5 has caused neurological compromise at l4-l5. No cauda equina compromise. I have an ok balance right now, just sort of trying to ignore the pain and knowing that there's a possibility that the pain could possible be better over time after the surgery (wrist 8/28 and back 9/10). I am 23 but have had the back problem for about 3 years now. I have to wear pantyliners because I'm pretty incontinent at this point, and have chronic diarrhea. Numbness on the left side, mainly inner thigh and hip. Colonoscopy ruled everything out. Urinary consult came up with nothing. The doc doing the surgery said nothing about these symptoms - I'm just being the curious person I am and wondering if there can be a correlation between my spine issues and bladder/bowel dysfunction. If anyone would like to share, please enlighten me.