Good eveing forum members. I've had spondylolithesis that I know of for 15 years. I'm 45 and female; however, when I was 30 and running several miles a week I began experiencing severe leg and calf pain that led me to the chiropractor. The chiro told me about the spondylolithesis and said I could no longer run. After crying a few days, I went to an orthopedic surgeon who confirmed the chiro's diagnosis but said that I could run until I couldn't stand it anymore. Well, it's 15 years later and after surgeries on my knee and shoulder, my pain has resurfaced with a bang. I have continual pain in the right hip and buttock(sleeping is the worst)and noticeable sciatica in the left leg as well. I finally went to a neurosurgeon the other day who said that my MRI showed severe nerve damage at L5-S1 (and this MRI was from 2005). The surgeon wants to do the PLIF procedure and I just want to know if there is really any other options for me. I fear the recovery and reoccuring pain. Any suggestions would be very helpful.
Also, is it normal to experience throbbing pain in the groin area with L5-S1 issues? The pain began close to the fold (where the groin and pelvic area meet) and now is moving to the back side of the thight. This has been going on for several months now. The pain is different than the sciatic pain that typically radiates down the back side of the buttock, behind the knee and into the calf. Should I be experiencing pain (different characteristics) in both legs with the spondy.
Thanks for any advice/suggestions.