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Old 09-13-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Transitional Vertbrae Question

I was wondering if anyone had the same symptoms as me. I have a lumbarized S1 vertebrae with a herniation at L5-S1.
It seems like most of my pain is right in the sacral area, on both sides. After sitting for a while, maybe 30 mins, my tailbone hurts so bad. It feels like I am sitting on a golf ball. I also have the numbness in my right leg from the nerve compression. I see a specialist on Monday.
I've been through 2 rounds of steroids and it just keeps getting worse.
I am only 32 with 2 kids and this worries me. I really hope it doesn't get any worse but everything I have read says it will.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:53 AM   #2
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Re: Transitional Vertbrae Question

It is hard to know if your pain is coming from the disc herniation which may be pushing on a spinal nerve, or whether the transitional vertibra has something to do with it.

Many people have this transitional vertibra and are not even aware of it until a MRI is done for another purpose and it is discovered. There existence is not necessarily a cause for lumbar pain.

Hopefully the spine specialist can sort it all out and offer a plan of treatment.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:57 AM   #3
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Re: Transitional Vertbrae Question

Yes, I've know about my TV since I was little. I had an injury and it was discovered. I also have spondylolisthesis in that vertebrae which may account for some of the pain as well.

 
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Re: Transitional Vertbrae Question

Hello, i too have Bertolotti Syndrome. Mine is a sacralazation of the Lumbar spine on the left. I also have bone spurs, DDD, end-plate sclerosis, and facet arthropathy. Its very painful. I haven't seen a surgeon, my ortho just referred me to pain management. I'm not even going to consider surgery unless its absolutely necessary to be able to continue to walk or for structural stability. From everything that I've read surgery doesn't help the pain, only the structural problem. However, on the other hand, i don't have the sciatic type nerve pain, so if i had that my opinion may change 8-)

 
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