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    Old 02-10-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
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    Need some help, re spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis

    Hi everyone, im new on here but firstly i wanted to say how helpful ive found reading your threads. hopefully you can help me.

    i work as residential social worker and in march 2006, two female collegues were violently assaulted my a male resident, i had to physically intervene resulting in me damaging my spine. after x-rays and mri scans and ten months of work im still not seeing any improvements. work are now looking at making me redundant and not considering ill health retirement.
    the scans and x-rays have shown that i have Grade 1 L5 S1 Spondylolisthesis and Bilateral Foraminal Stenosis, i have considerable pain in my left leg and have very limited mobility. is this considered as permanent, ive heard so many horror stories about spinal fusion i dont know if i dare go through with it.

    PLEASE HELP !

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    Old 02-10-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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    Re: Need some help, re spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis

    [QUOTE=CraigRSW;2792353]Hi everyone, im new on here but firstly i wanted to say how helpful ive found reading your threads. hopefully you can help me.

    i work as residential social worker and in march 2006, two female collegues were violently assaulted my a male resident, i had to physically intervene resulting in me damaging my spine. after x-rays and mri scans and ten months of work im still not seeing any improvements. work are now looking at making me redundant and not considering ill health retirement.
    the scans and x-rays have shown that i have Grade 1 L5 S1 Spondylolisthesis and Bilateral Foraminal Stenosis, i have considerable pain in my left leg and have very limited mobility. is this considered as permanent, ive heard so many horror stories about spinal fusion i dont know if i dare go through with it.

    PLEASE HELP ![/QUOTE]

    I have Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 level with Spondylolysis at L5, I dont know if spondy is permanent. I do know that after about 7months I dont feel much if any better, and I dont understand why my back has not healed. I have regenerated broken bones in a months time, so why is this taking so long, I can only hope that it's not going to take much longer. I too have pain in my legs, groin - insides of the thieghs - behind the knee - outsides of the calfs - insides of the ankels. It's like my legs a candycane and the pain in the red stripe, I donno. I'm 24 and can still walk kinda, with a cane or walker, they help when I get sharp pain in the thiegh or knee, it's like my leg gives out. When riding in vehicals if someone stops or takes a turn or speeds up to fast I can feel the bone shifting around in my back, it does not hirt to much but I commonly vomit from the feeling. Bumps in the car send sharp pain shooting up from my tailbone, as can sitting from time to time. I cant leanback without sharp pain in my lower back.

    I'm sorry I did not want to seemingly hijack your post, heh, mearly say I can understand what your going through. I've just receved my Tens unit at home, it does not seem to be helping me much. I would look forward to any kind of treatment that could rid me of this back pain. If fusion was a option I would say take it, but I dont want to take meds forever.

     
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    Re: Need some help, re spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis

    [QUOTE=Spondy=ouch;2792421]I have Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 level with Spondylolysis at L5, I dont know if spondy is permanent. I do know that after about 7months I dont feel much if any better, and I dont understand why my back has not healed. I have regenerated broken bones in a months time, so why is this taking so long, I can only hope that it's not going to take much longer. I too have pain in my legs, groin - insides of the thieghs - behind the knee - outsides of the calfs - insides of the ankels. It's like my legs a candycane and the pain in the red stripe, I donno. I'm 24 and can still walk kinda, with a cane or walker, they help when I get sharp pain in the thiegh or knee, it's like my leg gives out. When riding in vehicals if someone stops or takes a turn or speeds up to fast I can feel the bone shifting around in my back, it does not hirt to much but I commonly vomit from the feeling. Bumps in the car send sharp pain shooting up from my tailbone, as can sitting from time to time. I cant leanback without sharp pain in my lower back.

    hey spondy your not alone, my pain is worse now than its ever been and i agree with all youve said. what irritates me th most, if you have your leg chopped off you get lots of sympathy, if you have a bad back youre accused of been a liar.

    I'm sorry I did not want to seemingly hijack your post, heh, mearly say I can understand what your going through. I've just receved my Tens unit at home, it does not seem to be helping me much. I would look forward to any kind of treatment that could rid me of this back pain. If fusion was a option I would say take it, but I dont want to take meds forever.[/QUOTE]

     
    Old 02-10-2007, 02:57 PM   #4
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    Re: Need some help, re spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis

    I first want to welcome you here!!! We understand more than anyone, since going through it ourselves. I am not a doctor or presuming to know everything by any means. I have spondy as well, there are diffent types from what I have read mine is degenerative, others are traumatic, maybe what you are describing from an actual event that can be a break or fracture of the pars effect. I would think that first of all they would do flexion and extension xrays to see if the spine is unstable like you are saying it feels like it is. I don't know if this could heal by itself or not. I know in my case with the degenerative spondy, my spine has sometime tried to fix itself it was called on my mri attemtped sacralization. However didn't work out.

    I to was really afraid of fusion...but...after trying everything else and my quality of living decreased so much..I finally gave in as my only hope in my situation of getting better. Not that yours won't get better with conservative treatment, I don't know.

    I always was afraid of fusion like a nightmare, but thanks to this board and this support and talking to so many people I am no longer petrified. If you read through here you can see Diet Dr Pepper is just nine or ten days out from her fusion, and her story is quite enlightening. My surgery is on the 22nd and thanks to the people here...I am feeling very optimistic and not scared to death as I once was.

    I wish you the best and I hope you find all the answers you are looking for. you will find tremendous support here. vette

     
    Old 02-10-2007, 06:21 PM   #5
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    Re: Need some help, re spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis

    Craig
    Welcome. You will find lots of good support and advice here. I have learned lots of things to help me with my pain that Dr's and nurse's would never know to say. This has really been my life line for the last few months as I have gone thru all my pain.

    Good luck and come visit us often.

     
    Old 02-10-2007, 09:44 PM   #6
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    Smile Spondylolisthesis Grade 3

    I've had chiropractors work on me for years, but haven't had help for 5 years. I had xrays this past week and have been told that I need to have surgery and that my back will only get worse, there is nothing else I can do but have surgery. I've suffered with this for 32 years, since I was 20. On Monday I will be having a myelogram and am very nervous. This scares me terribly. My L5 is the problem and I have acute pain that does come and go. My pain now is different than when I was young. There has been so much movement (over 50%) that I have different symptoms than what I had at 20. I use to have siatica on the left side now I have sharp pain in right side and him and numbness in top of foot. Its late I'm tired, will check back tomorrow, thank you for being there. Claire

     
    Old 02-11-2007, 12:11 AM   #7
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    Re: Need some help, re spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis

    [COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Hi Craig,
    Welcome! I'm sure you will find tons of info on here. I have a gr.2-3 spondy,
    L4-S1 that is secured with hardware at that position, I can't be fixed, because of yrs. of misdiagnosis I have perm. damage to the nerve root and also have perm nerve damage. I have so much scar tissue from 4 attempts to repair it that they can't be put back into place. I also have DDD, stenosis, lordosis, arthritis. I do not for one minute regret any of the surgeries because I am better now than I was before them. I do regret not finding this board before things got sooo bad I couldn't be fixed.Your spondy is not very bad at this point, I know it hurts terribly for not being that bad, Dont wait intil it gets worse to get answers and help.

    I dont' mean to scare you but waiting is NOT the answer. From what I have learned since 1998 until now is that once your vertibre move they have to fixed, not by a chiro but by a fusion. I know you see many scary stories on here about failures but there are thousands of success stories that have gotten healed and have left here and started living again. PLEASE PLEASE dont' make your decision by what you see on here alone, but more importantly PLEASE dont' wait too long either.

    Find a spine specialist, either ortho or neuro, with a fellowship in the spine. Get at least two opinions, research and learn all you can about your condition, ask every lil question you can think of even the ones that sound silly to you. Then you will know you have made the best decision possible.

    I wish you good luck and hope you keepus updated on how things go.

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    Old 02-11-2007, 07:23 AM   #8
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    Re: Need some help, re spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis

    I would definatley ditch the chiro's, adjusting an unstable spine doesn't sound like a good idea, sounds like major damage.

     
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