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DDD with Spondolithesis

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi Everyone (|:
New to the forum, have posted under leg and back pain, but thought I would also write in here. Im a Type II Diabetic, post Cervical CA from 2001, (loss of one kidney from my CA) and have severe DDD with Spondolithesis L4-5 I'm 50 years old. I have daily constant pain down my legs and alot of pain in my hip area that chooses the left or right side. Mornings are terrible as I can hardly move. This condition has started since last Oct, but only in the last month has the pain so intense. Had Cat/MRI X-rays and seen Spine Doc all telling me to lose weight and the pressure will be better. They also mentioned that the spine can fuse together in time which would make the pain better. Surgery not option. I use aspirin 325 mg, and Ibuprofen 600mg. I'm due to go to the pain clinic 12-1-2008 for eval. Is it a good idea to try walking when you are in such pain? I don't want to harm myself more.
Any input would be appreciated!


  • Hello Lyndas. Welcome to the club!

    The short answer: YES keep walking, if possible, but in moderation.

    My docs have always told me to keep moving. The joints in the body need to move. This helps them keep lubricated, get nutrients, etc. If they don't move, they start to deteriorate. Also, my docs want me moving to lose weight, etc.

    However, when I walk, there is some movement at my discs that's not normal. It's very minute, won't show up on XRays, but I believe it causes friction, and consequently inflammation and pain. So I can't walk as much as they would like me to. I do the best I can, maybe slower and only to perform life functions. No more walking around the block for exercise - got to painful.
    To compensate, I'll do some stretches, mostly legs.

    Have you gotten a second opinion?
    I've heard that discs can fuse together. However, it may take a long time. In 18 years, mine have not fused on their own. I think because there is too much movement there.

    Also, my pain used to alternate between the left and right side. I believe it was because the lamina at L5 had broken free and was floating in there on it's own. When it floated to the left, it pinched the left nerves and vice versa for the right. That doesn't happen anymore since the surgeon removed the lamina.
    This might possibly be a cause at your L4. I don't know if it will show up or not on XRay or MRI.

    This has been my experience. Hope this helps. Good luck !!
  • You need a referral to a pain management Dr. and ortho. It's good to get a second opinion and a specialist to look at your MRI and to help decide a treatment plan for you, especially being a diabetic and 1 kidney. You've been through so much, I hope you get some relief soon. My excercise is the recumbent stationary bicycle, I only lost 12 pounds in 3 months but my legs are more fit. See you around. Take care.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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