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pain while standing

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello Everyone, thanks for taking the time to post. I've been reading some of the threads and finding them very enlightening.

My question is, is the pain I'm feeling typical?

It is at its worst when I am standing still. Sitting is most comfortable, even moving around is ok. I can walk on a treadmill and feel ok, but have me stand in a line to buy something at a store and the pain begins to build until my leg will become numb. Most mornings I wake up with pain in my lower back (maybe I have a crappy mattress). I am surprised that the pain is less as I move around as opposed to standing.

I had been diagnosed with a pars defect resulting in grade 1 spondylolisthesis a little over a year ago. I am considering surgery as the pain over time (5 years) has gotten progressively worse.




  • I have pain sitting in a upright desk chair but more comfortable on the couch for sitting. I have pain when standing still and can only stand on one leg while doing the dishes. I have a herniated disc though. Before I had facet joint injections it was painful getting out of the bed. It's best to call your Dr. if this is a new symptom so he can reassess you. Take care and feel better. Charry
    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
  • Prior to my surgery, I had trouble for several years standing in one place for more than a minute or two. My wife used to get annoyed because I was always "bouncing" around.

    When I first met my surgeon, we were standing and discussing my MRI. I was leaning against the exam table when the surgeon tured around and said, "You can't stand in one place for very long, can you?"

    He explained that he has seen that many, many times with patients who have severely degenerated discs.

    I had surgery because the disc was severely dehydrated and degenerated - the disc space had partially collapsed. The issue of standing in one place was a symptom of the real problem and no factor itself for having surgery.

    I hope things work out for you.
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  • Hello JJ,

    Welcome to SH.

    Standing and not moving - Oh man, like you that will kill my back within a few minutes. As long as I keep moving I am much better. You are fortunate that sitting is still okay for you. I wish I could say the same. It is the uncomfortable chairs that kill my back.

    I wish you the best.

  • I have the same complaint sitting doesn't hurt that much but standing is hell , walking small amounts is ok but too much like going shopping or to the mall is bad. I have a herniated L-5 S-1 and a buldge at L-4 .
  • I had decided to go ahead with surgery. As I told the doc, "can I live with the pain another day? a week? a year? yes of course, but do I want to go through the rest of my life like this? NO!

    Then I come here and read some of the posts and wonder if I should hold off. On the other hand, I'm 50 years old and recovery now would be much easier than it would be in another 10 or 15 years, not to mention the potential for further damage if I wait.
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  • Hello JJ,

    It is not easy making decisons regarding our spines. It took me 3-4 months in the summer/early fall of '07 to make a decision which I was comfortable with at the time and I am still comfortable with. Do I just lay back and forget or ignore issues that may arise? NO way!!!

    My first spinal surgeon gave me three options after reviewing my MRIs - (1) try ESIs, (2) do only that which is needed at this time, or (3) do the whole thing now. And then he walked out the door without my being able to ask questions, so I scratched him off of the list.

    Surgeon No. 2 - Summer of '07 he said I needed back surgery within the next 6 months. (I had started ESIs in April and they were working.) In Dec I saw No. 2 again. He went over the usual with me. Asked how I was doing. I told him the ESIs were working very well and that I had very little pain. His reply "Seems best that you continue with the ESIs." That was a day to CELEBRATE for me.

    JJ, the ESIs are still working for me. I can still be a VERY active gardener. That means all the twisting/bending/lifting that goes with it.

    I'm now in the process of scheduling another set of MRIs because the others are almost two years old. YES, I want to keep up with how my spine is doing or not doing.

    I'm still searching for Dr. "Right". If all goes well I will have an appointment with him mid-late February. I MUST be prepared in case of an emergency. I also need to make sure a situation does not arise which will cause permanent damage.

    As Spineys, we can't stick our head in the sand. lol

    For me, I will stay away from the knife as long as I can, and as long as the ESIs still work, AND as long as I can garden. Surgery IS the last option as I have been told by a number of spinal surgeons, and Spineys alike. Surgery IS a high risk crap shoot with no guarentees the pain will be less.

    Sorry, I know this is much too long. I just wanted to give you an idea of the "process" that I have been through and am still going through.

    DEFINITELY get several opinions from the very best spinal surgeons you can find.

    Take care.


    P.S. - I am 72. I have read two EXCELLENT medical publications regarding the effect of age on spinal surgery, etc. Bottom line - Age is not a significant factor.

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