Spondylolisthesis and DDD

Posted by red3 @red3, Nov 5, 2019

I am a 52 year old female with no prior surgeries. I have suffered lumbar pack pain for 30 years. It started out hurting from time to time. Now I have constant pain and have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and can barely get the dog walked. Doctors have told me I need spinal fusion of L5-S1 and possible L4. Also, disc replacement of L5. I have seen an Orthopedic surgeon and a Neurosurgeon for opinions. The neurosurgeon wants to do the surgery. The orthopedic surgeon said his goal is to keep me off the operating table because I am opening myself up to a whole host of problems if I have the surgery. I decided to see another spine doctor. They currently have me on Gabapentin, 2 capsules a night which has made zero difference in my pain. They want me to work up to 3 capsules a night but I'm not happy about taking it. It makes me dizzy and has other negative side effects. My question is: Should I have the surgery? Or do I need to accept my condition and learn to live with a decreased quality of life?

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Good Fortune should smile on you this Holiday season.. let us know how you are doing .. In preparation strengthen your mind and body.. I'm on the beach this month..think good thoughts..ken

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Jennifer, yes, I'm checking off the tasks…not to mention Christmas shopping for my family. And YES, I just might get used to being taken care of instead of being the caretaker! Thanks again. Happy Holiday!

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@ken82

Good Fortune should smile on you this Holiday season.. let us know how you are doing .. In preparation strengthen your mind and body.. I'm on the beach this month..think good thoughts..ken

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Ken, I will keep you guys updated. And yes, I have been thru the gamete of emotions. My "athlete" mentality has now taken over. I am calm (mostly) and know that it will work out fine. Trying to fit in my last walks with the dogs, pilate and yoga classes for a while. Happy Holiday and enjoy the beach!

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@red3

Jennifer, yes, I'm checking off the tasks…not to mention Christmas shopping for my family. And YES, I just might get used to being taken care of instead of being the caretaker! Thanks again. Happy Holiday!

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@red3 Merry Christmas, Ruth Ann. I hope you find some peace and relaxation among the busyness, and enjoy the people in your life.

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@jenniferhunter

@red3 Merry Christmas, Ruth Ann. I hope you find some peace and relaxation among the busyness, and enjoy the people in your life.

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Enjoy this time of year & be careful not to over-do yourself.

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Hi Guys! It's done and over with and I'm doing great! I stayed 2 nights in hospital. I couldn't tolerate the heavy drugs so went on a schedule of Ibuprofen and Tylenol 2 days after the surgery and that's all I need to manage the pain. I'm already walking well, dressing myself, and taking care of bathroom duties. The surgeons say the surgery went great. They fused L5-S1, laminectomy, spacer, and titanium rods and screws L5-S1 as well as my iliac crests. The material for the spacer came partly from bone from my hip and a donor. The donor thing was a surprise. They gave me paperwork to fill out and send a thank you note to the family. So glad it's behind me, thank you so much for your encouragement and support through my decision making process. You don't know how much I appreciate it.

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Your future is bright…. structural problem solved.. congratulations on a speedy recovery.. Ken..

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@red3

Hi Guys! It's done and over with and I'm doing great! I stayed 2 nights in hospital. I couldn't tolerate the heavy drugs so went on a schedule of Ibuprofen and Tylenol 2 days after the surgery and that's all I need to manage the pain. I'm already walking well, dressing myself, and taking care of bathroom duties. The surgeons say the surgery went great. They fused L5-S1, laminectomy, spacer, and titanium rods and screws L5-S1 as well as my iliac crests. The material for the spacer came partly from bone from my hip and a donor. The donor thing was a surprise. They gave me paperwork to fill out and send a thank you note to the family. So glad it's behind me, thank you so much for your encouragement and support through my decision making process. You don't know how much I appreciate it.

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@red3 Ruth Anne, It's great to hear from you. Get lots of rest. I have donor bone too. At about 6 weeks because of healing things tightened up for me, and it was a while before I could do stretching and physical therapy. I don't know if you'll experience that. I'm glad your pain is manageable. Isn't that a nice surprise? As humans, we kind of expect the worst pain from surgery, and find that we can do this and manage on our own. I didn't do well on pain medicines either and found I could do without and was better off. I'm glad you found comfort here in our community and you are on the mend.

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I'm new here & just wanted to say hi.

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@spondi64

I'm new here & just wanted to say hi.

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Hi @spondi64, and welcome to Connect. You may notice I combined your discussion with an existing discussion titled, "Spondylolisthesis and DDD." I did this so you could both read through the many messages posted on this subject and so the members already discussing this topic would have a chance to see your message and respond as well.

@spondi64, if you are comfortable, would you share with the other members of this discussion a bit more about your diagnosis and how you are doing with it and how you are currently managing it?

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