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    Old 04-22-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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    Hi there,

    I've been searching the internet for quite a while and I can't find anyone who has been pregnant with a spondylolisthesis s1-l5 grade IV. I hope to find someone whom I can ask questions about it. Is there anybody on this board who's been pregnant with this condition or do you know anybody who's done it?

    Thank you very much!

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    Old 05-20-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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    Re: spondylolisthesis s1-l5 grade IV and pregnancy

    I was pregnant with spondylolisthesis. Although it wasn't diagnosed until after delivery when they could do an EMG. I am assuming you are looking for advice on how to cope? I can tell you what worked for me but at the same time know that I was in a lot of pain through out my pregnancy. I found a few things that made it more manageable. Of course your spine becomes more unstable during pregnancy beacuse the hormones cause your muscles to relax. I did physiotherapy to maintain some muscle tone in my stomach to help with spine stability. They also showed me stretches to relieve some of the pressure off my spine. I wore a Bella Band (support garment) 24 hours a day. I was really careful about my weight gain. The last 2 months were the worst, particularily at night. I spent many nights on my hands and kness on the floor sleeping just to take the pressure off my back. After a long discussion with my OB I started to take Tylenol PM to help ease pain and help me sleep. This was a last resort and I absolutely hated doing it. Finally after enduring the 36 weeks I was induced on my due date. I felt much better after delivery, probably because of the epidural but my back pain returned.
    So I guess my advice is it may be painful but the baby is worth it (for me anyways)
    Wear a support garment
    Go to physiotherapy
    Talk to your OB about pain management
    Stay in as much shape as possible

    Hope this helps!

     
    Old 05-21-2008, 01:23 AM   #3
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    Re: spondylolisthesis s1-l5 grade IV and pregnancy

    Thank you very much for your answer! Maybe next week I have an appointment with an gynaecologist. After that I'll have to make up my mind. Tough decision though.

     
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    Cool Re: spondylolisthesis s1-l5 grade IV and pregnancy

    I also have spondylolisthesis in L5 and S1, they grade me at 6 on a scale of 5. I had surgery when I was 14, My husband and I are thinking about children currently. I have been searching the web for answers of anyone who has been through pregnancy with the same problem. I am meeting with a specialist to see what concerns there may be. Have you had surgery as well?

    [QUOTE=Paultje;3577116]Thank you very much for your answer! Maybe next week I have an appointment with an gynaecologist. After that I'll have to make up my mind. Tough decision though.[/QUOTE]

     
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    Re: spondylolisthesis s1-l5 grade IV and pregnancy

    Hello Heatherby,

    No I didn't have surgery, even though they tried to confince me. I'm not in a lot of pain and I can do many things. I didn't want to risk that. You say you've had an operation, then I think it won't be a problem if you got pregnant because your spine is fixed (with metal?). But I wish you the best of luck in finding answers. I know how difficult it is. My gynaecologist is searching medical files to find a similar case. In August he hopes to have an answer.

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    Re: spondylolisthesis s1-l5 grade IV and pregnancy

    Just to clarify:

    The "amount" of spondylolisthesis a patient has is graded in quarters, from 0% to 100%...grade 1 being 1-25%, grade 2 is 26-50%, grade 3 is 51-75% and grade 4 is 76-100%. When the vertebrae no longer overlap and the percentage is 100%, it is considered "complete" or sometimes called grade 5.

    I would think your pregnancy might be able to proceed with lots of bedrest to miimize the impact to your spine...like they do with multiple births...but I'm just guessing.

    I hope you doctor will have good information for you when you return in August.

     
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