Patient Comments: Spondylolisthesis - Effective Treatments

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Comment from: Meggi56, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I am at the end of my rope with pain of spondylolisthesis! I declined fusion surgery eight years ago, because of risks. I am dependent on drugs. I have little life. Pain is all.

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Comment from: nurse50, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I have increased sciatica with driving. Spondylolisthesis lights my leg and buttock on fire to have to depress the gas pedal and brake. It's the absolute worst. I am going in for spinal fusion soon as the sciatica has gotten so debilitating, and decreased quality to life not to mention the depression of being in daily continuous pain.

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Comment from: Gabbie1962, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I was wondering if there is any self-help I can do for congenital spondylolisthesis. I am going to be 54 this year. I have had discs degenerating since my 20s. I can stand for 30 minutes then I am screaming in agony if I don't sit down. The pain medicines help with my rheumatoid arthritis, but they don't even touch this back. Thank you.

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Comment from: Lucy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I have been diagnosed with grade 2 spondylolisthesis at the age of 20. At the moment I am struggling day to day with pain, and the balance of using narcotics and other medications to help, and using as little as possible. I am currently studying nursing, and have been told by my doctor to reconsider my career goals. Which absolutely sucks. I have been doing physical therapy and am about to have my second steroid injection, the first one didn't help! They are thinking of sending me for surgery.

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Comment from: In pain in Texas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I originally had back surgery back in 2008. It did not go well, and I had the rod and screws put in and fusion done, but the doctor has since then lost his surgery privileges apparently. I am left with pain in my middle back as the disc just above the rod and the disc just below the rod are now degenerated. It is very depressing, plus about 3 years ago, I started having osteoarthritis in my hips as well. I am in pain a lot and often cannot get up unassisted from a chair. I am trying to lose weight, but it is very hard when you cannot move without some sort of pain in your back or hips. I understand how much each of you feels your pain; I go through the same thing, being depressed and trying to stay positive. I have degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis, but the last doctor said it wasn"t very bad. He obviously does not have pain every day like me and all the others. I am concerned that as I age, I will be unable to walk or stand because my back does not feel strong enough to hold me up sometimes. I have numbness and sciatica in my legs. I wanted to try the laser treatments, but apparently the surgical group does not take my insurance.

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Comment from: cgholtz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had surgery for my spondylolisthesis on March 24. Immediately I could walk normal again but I am still very stiff and in some pain. I am glad I got the surgery but I wonder how long these symptoms will last.

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Comment from: mom of 2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis at age 14 at L4 L5 grade III. I wore a brace, tried traction and had spinal fusion at age 15. I am now 45 and have daily pain, and have now been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease of L3. I have had one steroid injection and am slated to have 2 more in the next 6 weeks. I am glad I had the surgery, because it saved me from being paralyzed. I am hoping the injections will relieve the pain.

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