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very bad lower back pain?

jake-tjjake-t Posts: 1
edited 11/17/2014 - 6:57 PM in Lower Back Pain
hiya...about 6 months ago i took a nasty fall off of a deck (drunk - totally my fault). anyway, started to notice some lower back pain which has progressively gotten worse (at 6 months, you'd think it would have healed). i have a hard time bending or lifting. back gets stiff. sitting too long is also a huge problem. walking seems to help things (well, kinda. my b. collie loves to PULL haha), weirdly. and of course rest.
anyway, finally went for an x-ray last week. just got the results. "there is a suggestion of a defect in the pars interarticularis of the L5 vertebra..."
anyone know what the heck this means? is this related to arthritis? the clinic doc just told me to get an MRI...which I'll be scheduling ASAP.
thanks so much!


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • X-rays are a first step but only really good for bones. A 'suggestion' there should be followed with a MRI. Have you scheduled it yet? I would sooner rather than later. By 'clinic' do you mean a specialist spine clinic? I'd find a good specialist to read & explain your MRI results for you. I see a board certified neuro surgeon but some are happy with their orthos. Just make sure it's a board certified spine expert.

    Let us know how you get on. Best of luck ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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