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BSalsman (@strokemyoak)

Chronic hip and leg pain

Chronic Pain | Last Active: May 24 8:22am | Replies (15)

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@strokemyoak. I can relate to the type of pain you are experiencing. I’ve had multiple joint replacements,(knees and shoulders) but within the last year began having a sharp pain in the lumbar area going down my right leg and to my outer calf. I had an MRI and was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis where one vertebra has slipped out of alignment. I used to be very active but that sharp pain keeps me from doing much. I get the pain especially when I walk. I go to PT and follow the exercises to strengthen my core. So far, the only thing I have found that works is bilateral cortisone injections at the facets of L5 and S1. I can have 3/year. The last one gave me 90% relief for a month then gradually less relief until now at 3 months I’m scheduled for more injections. To @robbinr, I didn’t know you could have stem cell/plasma injections for vertebral pain. Could you tell me more about where one would go to try this? I find insurance is a real stickler when it comes to even the cortisone injections. Would this be considered experimental? Thanks

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Phob, I’ve also been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. I was told you either accept living with severe pain unless sitting or lying in bed, or have surgery to hopefully repair it. This will be my fifth spine surgery but I’ve had great surgeons and all four went well, so I’m going to do it. I’m seventy five but I can’t imagine losing my independence without a fight!