As many of you know, I have a condition called Spondylolisthesis. I first noticed bad pain about 6 months ago, nearing 7 months. I have no idea how this occurred, just that one day I noticed pain. My pain has progressed pretty rapidly over the last 6 months. My most recent imaging study (MRI) was a month ago. I am wondering if it is possible for my vertebrae slippage to have increased more since then, because my pain has. I have a 14 month old, and although she is walking and has been for a couple of months, she still requires a lot of lifting and chasing. I also am in the my car driving for several hours a day for my job (I visit 4-5 accounts every day). The care has always irritated my pain. So I suppose it is possible that my slippage has increased, but I really don't know what the normal time line for this is.
I know my lifestyle isn't good for my condition, but I really have no choice. My husband and I work opposite hours (he is a retail manager and works afternoons and evenings). I ask for help in the evenings whenever I can from my family. I also can't take a leave of absence from work. I have only been with my company for 7 months, and I am not elligible for short term disability until April. Plus I would rather save it for surgery.
Do you think it is possible? Should I ask for another x-ray? My follow up appointment is in 5 days, and not a moment too soon, so any input would be appreciated!
I would guess that while slippage can increase over time, its more likely that in the space of a month its just a case of a flare-up...There's so much going on in there as nerves, ligaments and muscles try to get used to the slippage, that the slippage could remain the same, but everything else is readjusting, particularly as you lead a pretty active life.
I suspect that they wouldn't consider doing another xray so soon after your last scans, but there's no harm in asking seeing as you have a follow-up appointment anyway. Just be sure to mention that the pain is increasing...!
Hang in there
Last edited by jinks67; 11-07-2008 at 12:48 AM.
Reason: Misread a part of the original post.
Hi iam so sorry for your situation, i also have an 8 degree spondy and can not imagine keeping up with your life style,please be careful lifting hold in your stomach and bend at your knees,i made my back worse by lifting things that were to heavy for me and beleave me its not worth the pain,i go for a surgical consult dec 4 th and iam scared.i know its impossible to live and not lift anything ive been trying it and my trash just wont take itself out.please be gentle with your back,i wish you all the luck in the world. mary