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Old 04-07-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Question Retrolisthesis What To Do ???

[B][/B]My MRI report indicates that I have 6.1mm of retrolisthesis at L5-S1 and that seems to jibe with the constant ache I experience above my tailbone. I visited a surgical facility in AZ; they performed the MRI, but they later injected my right buttock which as a pre-surgery diagnostic procedure as I did have an earlier episode of sciatica which was triggered by a session on an eliptical trainer which I no longer do.

My right leg went numb after the injection but my lower back remained unchanged. Later, a rep - not an MD, RN, etc - suggested that a rhizotomy may relieve my symptoms and suggested that I contact a Pain Management specialist who could perform the procedure less expensively.

I visited a PM specialist andf I asked if skin patches might help. He wrote a prescription for a narcotic patch, but I was expecting something I could apply directly over the problem area.

Currently I apply Capzasin ointment and cold gel packs to the problem area but am seeking a more permanent solution.

All responses will be appreciated.


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Old 04-09-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
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Re: Retrolisthesis What To Do ???

I cannot tell from the information provided if you have consulted with or are under the care of a spine specialist? This could be either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the back and neck.

I cannot see why you would be given a diagnostic injection into your buttocks if your problems are at the L5-S1 level...unless it went in at that level right near the central canal and it felt like it was going into the buttock.

With any kind of spondylolisthesis in the lower lumbar area, it is common to have sciatic pain. I would say you are fortunate if you do not have constant sciatic pain, rather than episodes of it.

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