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Does my case require Surgery!!?

Thank you in advance for your support and feedback.
My case is 3 years old with lumber disks issues and sciatica and I have been living with pain for quite a while by now. My treatments included Osteopath, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy and they have proven great in reducing symptoms only. However, I am sure by now that I have a spine imbalance that is causing me recurring pain despite all exercises recommended for core strengthening and stretches.

I would appreciate your professional feedback in my case and whether a surgery is a must as expressed by many Orthopedics I met before.

My MRI report says:
Transition vertebra at the lumbarsacral junction – Sacralization of L5. Based on that there is a grade 1 anterolisthesis at the level L4-L5 with a diffusely protruded disk, which contributes to complete obliteration at the left neural faramen and additional narrowing of neural foramina at this level caused by bony element.
Less advanced lumbar spondylosis is seen at the level L3-L4. Multiple schmorl nodules in the thoracic spine and mild thoracic/cervical spondylosis noted.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,720
    edited 05/17/2014 - 9:11 PM

    there is nobody on the forum qualified to advice on an mri finding the rules state....
    5.13 you agree not to ask for any analysis or interpretation of diagnostic tests (ie mri, ctscans, emg, etc.),
    advice on whether surgery is necessary or not has to be a personal decision taken on the information discussed with your doctors.



    welcome to spine-health and how to get started here


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thank you Liz,
    What I am looking for is more of understanding of my case details based on the report provided. And also relate to people with similar cases so we can share ideas and solutions.
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  • Surgery is between you and your doctor. All the forum moderators remind us. I get it but you want some understanding. Just from what you have posted it sounds like you have some degeneration and nerve compression but a qualified physician can tell you this better than anyone here. I just had my primary care physician look at my MRI findings and say "what a mess"……so I'm guessing my spine looks like train wreck. Most people don't want to be cut into for a surgery that can be life changing, so I get it. Please ask your doctor to explain some of these issues to you as the more you know the more informed decision you can make to future treatments. To be 100% pain free is a goal but realize that you will have good and bad days. If the doctors won't help you understand then get linked up with a good physical therapist that can explain. They can tell you a great deal of information as they actually work with people who actively work through their pains and become more functional.
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