I just meet with my neuorologist yesterday regarding lower back, and leg pain My visit to the neuro was becasue of the ongoing pain I have in my lower back and down my legs and Ankle. I had originally seen an ortho who said not to be concerned and to just walk more and you should be fine.
Below are the findings from the MRI.
L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge. No central stenosis. There are
bilateral L5 pars defects without evidence of
spondylolisthesis. Disc bulge results in moderate bilateral
foraminal stenosis slightly greater on the right than the left.
1. At L5-S1, there are bilateral pars defects without
spondylolisthesis. Broad-based disc bulge lateralizes to the
right resulting in moderate bilateral foraminal stenosis slightly
greater on the right than the left. No central stenosis.
The neuor prescribed a 10 day taper of prednisone. I am a little concerned about taking such a strong drug and was hoping to get some input from people who have had some experience. He also said that if this does not work the next step will be injections to the L5.
Thanks for the encouragement. Thought I would give you an update. I took the prednisone for 3 days and ended up in the ER. Elevated heart rate, nausea, elevated blood pressure, anxiety (not usually a problem), and more pain in my legs than before the prednisone. The neurologist and er doc told me to stop the drug. I am bummed because I hoped it would help but I guess it is not a drug I can take.
If insurance isn't a problem, I think I would go to another spine specialist a second opinion. There may be more of a problem with the pars fractures than the first doctor indicated.
Did you have a flexion/extension x-ray? This is the most reliable way to check for a spondylolisthesis (which is a slippage of one vertebra over the top of the adjoining vertebra. It can result in instability of that spinal segment and can cause nerves to get "pinched.") Or ask the neurologist about this, but remember that the structure of the spine is not the specialty of the neurologist.
Usually the first conservative treatment would be an epidural steroid injection...but given your reaction to prednisone, they may be reluctant to try one. I don't know if there is another equally effective drug that can be used.
I did not have a flexion/extension x-ray. I will ask about it and also ask the neuro for a referral to anothe spine Dr. he is very good at that. As far as the steriod injections I would pass even if he suggested it. The 3 days on prednisone were not worth it at all!