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Old 11-09-2004, 12:14 AM   #1
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Hi fellow sufferers,

for nearly one year now I am experiencing radicular pain in my leg, which - according to my neurosurgeon - seems to be caused by a spondylolysis in L5/S1. Until now workout for my body has not brought any decrease of pain.

Does anybody have a spondylolysis, which has been dealt with succesfully??

What was the solution to solve your problem?

Thanks folks!

Al

 
Old 11-09-2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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Re: Spondylolysis

I would LOVE to know too since I have it in my neck. I have heard surgery helps but my dr doesn't think any surgical procedure will help (plus I have a bulge and pinched nerve too). I'd be interested to know also.

 
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Old 11-09-2004, 05:11 AM   #3
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Re: Spondylolysis

Hey guys.. is this the same thing as spondylolisthesis?

 
Old 11-09-2004, 06:38 AM   #4
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Hi Britt,

As far as I know a spondylolysthesis can be caused by a spondylolysis. The problem is that through the instability your nerves get pinched. I found a good site for spondylolysis and spondylolysthesis on google. You should try that to find further info.

Do you have a spondylolysthesis?

Al

 
Old 11-09-2004, 10:52 AM   #5
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Hey Al.. yeah, I had a spinal fusion and reduction for Spondylolisthesis 6 years ago.

 
Old 11-09-2004, 12:57 PM   #6
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Hi there,
Spondylolysis is a fracture in the spine. Spondylolysis can lead to Spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis occurrs when one vertebrae slips forward onto another, causing quite a bit of pain.
I have suffered with this for 2 years and have not had any relief. It's been a long battle beween going to this doctor and that specialist and getting this test done and that test done. I have treid Physio and injections and nothing has worked. Right now my ortho wants me to do Physio as a last resort before surgery. He wants me to strengthen my back and stomach muscles to help alleviate some pain. I don't think I expect much relief as I have done it before and was worse off! But I bailed early because of the pain so this time I'm going to stick with it no matter how hard it is and hope for some relief. Take care. Kristy.

 
Old 11-09-2004, 01:09 PM   #7
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I have spondylosis but no fracture???

 
Old 11-09-2004, 01:39 PM   #8
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Hey Guys,
Sorry but I thought that Spondylolysis meant that it was a fracture from the start. Spondylolysis can lead to a fracture which is apparantly caused by a disruption to the pars interarticularis of a vertebrae. Abnoraml vertebral stress is what leads to a fracture. Sorry for the confusion and I hope this helps clear it up. Kristy.

 
Old 11-10-2004, 01:35 AM   #9
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Hi Kristy,

Thank you for your comment. I was doing regular physio from April until October,so roughly 1/2 year and there was no significant relief. Itīs much better than at the beginning when I was not able to lift my foot and could hardly walk. But I think it is not good enough to enjoy life and what is even more important I am currently not able to do start my carrer after my studies in business administration. I am somehow scared of a surgery but I am slowly coming to the conclusion that itīs necessary.

Fortunately, in Cologne (Germany), there are a couple of good clinics. My neurosurgeon wants to do a B-Twin, which he says is a very advanced technology. Type discotech in google and you can have a look at the product. My surgeon says I will be able to get up on the same day of the surgery and will be able to work again very soon.

Tell me how your physio is going
Al

 
Old 11-10-2004, 08:24 AM   #10
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Kristy,
When are you having the surgery? Are you doing the fusion, or the fusion and reduction? I've struggled with spondylolisthesis for about 6 years now. Let me know how you're doing.. and trust me, it gets better
-Brittany

 
Old 11-10-2004, 08:39 AM   #11
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As yall can tell by my screen name, my son had spondylolisthesis. He had a 360 fusion 18 months ago by a great ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, with a 100 percent reduction. He is back to playing high school baseball with NO pain!!!

Our ortho used a device made by Braun to do the reduction with minimal danger of nerve impingement. He was able to do the fusion with only posterior entry. I would trust a good orthopod over a neurologist with this surgery.

 
Old 11-10-2004, 08:43 AM   #12
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Hi Britt,

you seem to have a lot of pain from your back problems. For my radicular leg pain I took cortisone twice. It was like a little wonder because there was nearly no more pain after a couple of days. Of course cortisone is nothing for regular treatment but maybe itīs a nice thing to relax from pain for a couple of weeks. I took pills for 6 weeks. 15 mg first week, 10 mg 2nd. week, 10, 5...

I thought I was relatively young for back problems (28) but you seem to be our youngest here.

Al

 
Old 11-10-2004, 08:54 AM   #13
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Re: Spondylolysis

[QUOTE=Al Bundy]Hi Britt,

you seem to have a lot of pain from your back problems. For my radicular leg pain I took cortisone twice. It was like a little wonder because there was nearly no more pain after a couple of days. Of course cortisone is nothing for regular treatment but maybe itīs a nice thing to relax from pain for a couple of weeks. I took pills for 6 weeks. 15 mg first week, 10 mg 2nd. week, 10, 5...

I thought I was relatively young for back problems (28) but you seem to be our youngest here.

Al[/QUOTE]

My son was 14 when he was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. I know of kids as young as 12 with it. It is highly treatable.

 
Old 11-10-2004, 04:50 PM   #14
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Hello again,
I hope there is an end to all this and a good one too! I was diagnosed with spondy when I was 20 (now 23). It's been really rough. As soon as I figure out all my benefit papers and what not then I start physio. I have a follow up appt with my ortho on Dec 29th. So I guess we'll see how things go until then. Take care everybody. Talk to you later. Kristy.

 
Old 11-10-2004, 05:49 PM   #15
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I was told there was no surgery that could help ease the pain in my neck. I have the bulge and pinched nerve at C5-6 as well as spondy-any one have one similar w/surgical success? If not surgical, any treatment for this??
I am going to try Neurontin, arthritis meds and flexoril-if they don't work, I guess I will have to look into a fusion of my neck-but I will more than likely have a two level fusion in my back that might be a bit much, especially if the neck surgery wouldn't help at all.
Any thoughts???

 
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