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Hello! Im a newbie looking for answers and don't know where to start..

I want to thank you in advance for all your informative posts and sharing your experiences! I am 31 and have been diagnosed with 
spondylolisthesis (grade I) is present with associated bilateral L5 pars defects. Suspect annular tear or disc herniation
Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 level
Radiculopathy, lumbar region
Bilateral low back pain with right-sided sciatica
Annular tear of lumbar disc
Pars defect of lumbar spine
Scoliosis of lumbar spine, unspecified scoliosis
Straightening of cervical spine
i have been having epidural steroid injections and facet blocks every 3 months for the past year. No improvement and hasn't helped with the pain. Not only that but has been financially devastating. I have been to two doctors and both haven't been able to tell me why all of this is happening. They have basically told me it's just coincidental and not related. I have not had any serious trauma that would be an obvious explanation. I guess I'm just looking for anyone with similar experiences or stories. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this and look forward to any information you can offer! 


  • hello, mckenzie.c!

    your "chart" reads very much like mine--minus the straightening of the cervical spine (though i do have a herniation there!)

    i went through years of conservative treatments (injections, physical therapy, medications, various lotions and potions!), all to no avail.  my l5/s1 bilateral pars defect remained undetected, however, until i was in the operating room!  has surgery been mentioned in your case?

    i can also relate to the financial devastation of which you write.  to have the added stress of financial problems added to the pain you are going through only adds to the feelings of being overwhelmed.  of that, i also have personal experience--i'm sorry.  i do understand how badly the financial aspect of things can so deeply affect a person!

    i'd like to welcome you to spine-health!  please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started!

    welcome to spine-health
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Mckenzie.CMMckenzie.C Cypress, tx Posts: 3
    Yes actually today I had an appointment with my pain management doctor and they ordered another MRI of my neck and back to see if there have been any changes but they said that I should go ahead and prepare to meet with a neurosurgeon to see what they think. 
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    I just wanted to point out that you did very well with getting started.  The hard part is starting your first discussion, the rest gets easy - just join in on the discussions.

    Welcome to the forums, I am glad that you found us.  I don't have much advice, but Kimmy is much more familiar with your symptoms, she really is great!


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,472
    Like you, my MRI is a lot like yours plus some. Idiopathic scoliosis in thoracolumbar region, levoscoliosis in the upper lumbar, Dextroscoliosis in lower lumbar region, L1-2 bulging disc, L2-3 restrolisthesis, bulging disc, L3-4 spondylolisthesis, severe disc narrowing, facet hypertrophy, bulging disc, L4-5 spondylolisthesis,rods, pins, screws,, L5-6 bulging disc. Also, spinal stenosis, severe degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia.
    No one else in my family has any of these problems where I might have inherited it. But my daughter does, everything. It's always been a mystery to us how this happened.
    Have you gotten the results of your MRI? Hang in there and let us know.
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
    Please read my  Medical History
  • Mckenzie.CMMckenzie.C Cypress, tx Posts: 3
    I guess I have another question, do you all know what caused these problems? I find it very hard to believe all of it is a coincidence and have not had any answers as to why this has happened to an otherwise healthy 31 yr old. Memerainbolt briefly touched on it and I was just wondering if y'all have had significant trauma or something or if it just came out of nowhere. And if it's normal not to have any answers as to why it's happening. 
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