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please help, ive got spondylolisthesis

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Old 01-12-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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please help, ive got spondylolisthesis

hey there guys..

the thing is, ive been having lower back pains for a long time now, and so i always just stretch it, and keep stretching it ( for 2 years ) and then finally i did it, i stretched it so much that it started to hurt badly, worse than usual, and so thats when i went to the doctor and get it checked, and thats when i found out that ive got spondylolisthesis... and now i really regret by being ignorant...and im kinda scared also now.

everymorning when i wake up is when my back hurts the most, i cant even bend forward or backwards in the morning without feeling like my back is going to break.

but i have no numbness or weakness in my leg, but in my x-ray its really clear that i have spondylolisthesis... now the thing is, ive been going for physio theraphy where they kinda shock me with some electric stuff at my back ( i guess thats for pain reliever, but it dosent really help)

i think i might need surgery.

but for now, my brother is getting married next month, and i really wanna get in good shape for it, and i started doing like 50 pushups everyday, but then i stopped cause i was scared if it might worsen my condition, so now im asking, will push ups worsen spondylolisthesis? and while im at it, can anyone give me some advise on what should i do and what should i prevent?..
im living far away from home atm, and sometimes i get this idea that one day as i walk, my back will just fall down or something lol... scary stuff man.
i was thinking if i need the surgery, can anyone help me out here? like approximately how long would i need bedrest? i really dont wanna get out of school right now.. i was thinking if i can get it done during long holidays.. but i dont know .. im really scared of this surgery thing. Thanks guys.

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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Re: please help, ive got spondylolisthesis

Welcome to the board.

You say you have back pain but do you have any other symptoms tht go beyond the back? There is no numbness or weakness in your leg, but do you have some pain? Pain in the buttocks, or running down the back of the thigh?

It is difficult to say much without knowing more detail about your situation. A spondylolisthesis can exist for years without causing any issues. Many people don't realize they have it until a x-ray or MRI is taken for another purpose. A spondy can be very minor or go on up from there. The amount of slippage is graded in 25% increments and from Grade 1 to Grade IV with IV being the "worst." Many times, surgery will not be necessary until the slippage goes beyond 50%...but it all depends on whether a nerve is being caught up in the slippage. My spondylolisthesis was only a Grade 1 but it was badly compressing the L5 spinal nerve, causing a great deal of sciatic-type pain and numbness in both toes...which gradually led to numbness in both feet and ankles before I had surgery.

In order to get an accurate idea of what you are dealing with, you will want to consult with a spine specialist. If you are in the US that would be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the neck and back. Usually a spondylolisthesis does not exist all by itself...meaning, often there is something else going on in the area around it, like a herniated disc or stenosis. For this reason, I think you need to consult with a specialist and if needed, have a MRI.

As to what to do right want to avoid any activity or exercise that puts the spine in extension (bending backward). This can include any swimming strokes done on the stomach. Bending forward isn't a problem...but avoid anything where you twist at the waist, bend backward, and repetitive bending forward. Doing planks, push-ups etc. shouldn't be a problem.

Do you know if the treatment at physical therapy is a TENS unit? If you feel it isn't helping, be sure to tell them. I was not able to use a TENS as it made my nerves feel more sensitive and resulted in more pain, not less.

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