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What was the treatment for your spondylolisthesis?

Comment from: BD, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I am 35 years old. I was feeling the pain since last 1 and 1/2 years. I have been diagnosed with grade I spondylolisthesis (L5 S1) 6 months ago. Now as per doctor's suggestion I am doing some physical therapy. I have also an Ayurvedic treatment, but it has not helped much. Pain is not there all the time, but some times when I am exhausted I am getting horrible pain. I am not sure what should I do. I want some suggestions.

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Comment from: Slw11, Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I can so relate to everyone. I was diagnosed about 18 years ago with spondylolisthesis level one and now it a level 2 with degenerative disks and sciatica nerve pain. The depression is the worst! I hate all the medicines because they cause upset stomach, constipation and depression. I'm going to have the selective nerve block and I'm hoping that it works. Like a lot of you, I loved to run, bike, exercise and play with my grandchildren. A lot of that has stopped because every time I feel better, I want to do everything I did before and I end up hurt again. I also broke my neck at 16 but the doctors couldn't see it so I was misdiagnosed with muscular dystrophy due to the atrophy in my muscles for 18 years. If I don't keep pushing myself, I'm afraid I will just shut down. My mind wants to go but my body doesn't. I'm only 49 years old and feel like this is so ridiculous and that I'm too young for all this stuff. People really don't understand until they go through it. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.

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Comment from: achin back., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

Taking medicine alone is not a cure for spondylolisthesis. They can be good but you also need to maintain your spine stability with pelvic tilt exercises and hamstring stretching. I lie on the floor with my legs up on the chair or couch several times a day to try to make my L5 return to a more normal position. I also sleep on my back with a pillow under my knees. If you don't do the right exercise and stretches your condition will get worse.

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Comment from: AccidentProne, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 11

When I was 21 I was in a motorcycle accident, most everything was apparently ok. Five years after my accident my back started hurting terribly. I called out sick for a day at work, but pain was manageable so I stayed home. Next day pain was still present but I decided to go to work anyway, and had a huge safety violation because I was distracted by pain. I called out sick again the next day and went to the hospital. I had to beg for an MRI, waited 6 hours to get it. I was misdiagnosed with a herniated disc from the emergency room. When I followed up with a specialist who confirmed it was spondylolisthesis. Drugs made it bearable but still painful. I ran out of drugs and could not get a physician to refill me a prescription. Finally I followed up with a neurologist as well for a second opinion. My neurologist prescribed me gabapentin 300 mg three times a day. After 1 month the drug really took effect and I barely felt any pain. Just a thought for you guys for pain management. Gabapentin has some side effects that rarely happen. I've lost motor functions or coordination for small amounts of time so please be careful. Honestly though, between the side effects and the pain I choose the side effects.

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Comment from: wdzkjr, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I had surgery ALIF (anterior lumbar underbody fusion) at S1-L5 for spondylolisthesis and my surgeon went through the front side. I was 57 and had to do something as pain and numbness were a daily ordeal and the pain medicines were getting where they were not good. I had horrific pain down my legs with numbness. There was no longer a disc between L5 and S1. A few days in the hospital, about another week in bed and then 4 on a walker and I was up and going. I really did not need the walker but was more of a precautionary measure. One year later, I work out 3 times a week in the gym with the same weight as at 45 years old now. Getting off the pain medicines resulted in more improvement as anything else after the surgery. If you still have pain, get off the medicines for 3 months minimum before thinking you have not had significant improvements!

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