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    Old 11-27-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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    Unhappy Is it time to go back to the doctor??

    I'm 15, I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthsis a few years ago. After a while of wearing a brace, physical therapy and medications I felt better. About a year ago, I started to get back into walking for exersize, jogging, lifting weights, and my stretches .
    A few days ago, I thought I would be okay to try out for cheer, but when I did a back bend with a spotter, I left tryouts in tears of pain .
    My Spondylolisthsis used to only effect the lower left side of my back and leg. Now it radiates through my lower right side of my back. I've been wearing my back brace, but it's back to the point where I can't bend down to grab something without toppling over. I'm moving very slowly and my left foot hits the ground awkwardly as I walk. My foot hits the ground on it's outer side and then makes the full step. Walking straight has also been a struggle. (I look wasted and I dislike that lol )
    Also, if I do bend my legs, the muscles shake very intensely.
    I feel blobby. :
    Time for a doctor or over-concerned?
    Please help.

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    Old 11-27-2013, 10:58 PM   #2
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    Re: Is it time to go back to the doctor??

    It is time to see a spine specialist...this can be a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Just be sure their practice is limited to the neck and back. While you are waiting for the appointment, do not do any movement where the spine is put into not bend your spine back even a little bit. This can make your spondylolisthesis worse and can lead to further nerve damage.

    It sounds from the description of your walking and your foot that you already have some nerve compression, and the foot problem sounds like a mild case of drop foot, which is caused by a spinal nerve compression, usually the L5 nerve, I believe.

    The doctor will probably want a flexion-extension x-ray to check on the degree of slippage and to see if the instability is getting worse.

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