Spondylolisthesis and pinched nerve

Hi everyone I’m a 27yr old male I was recently diagnosed with grade 2 spondylolisthesis in my l5 vertebrae which is pinching the nerve going down my left leg my toes are also numb combined with a herniated disk at l4. I am in constant pain all day everyday, nothing I do gives me any relief. I’ve tried physical therapy, cortisone shots and acupuncture, muscle relaxers only make me sleepy. They now want to do surgery and I really really really don’t want someone touching my spine, plus I was told I will always have the pain just not as bad maybe like a 3 instead of a 9. I was wondering does anyone else have any advice on relief besides just taking pain meds for the rest of my life.

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Medical massage therapy, cbd oil, work out at the gym to help being mobile

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I was the same way, but when I did finally do the surgery it relived my pain. Couldn’t believe I waited so long to do surgery.

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I would do the gym but that how this happened now I can barely stand or walk. I will look into the medical massages. Thank you.

With your surgery did they do a fusion with a bracket?

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They did on me I take for pain pills A-day

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So you didn’t get any relief after the surgery?

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Yes I did I don’t use My electric wheelchair Any more. I walk on my own now as much as possible

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I glad you’re able to walk now. How is your range of motion as far as bending

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Because right now I can’t even tie my own shoes

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Everyone is different with back surgery. I didn’t really have a lot of pain but was falling because of the nerve impingement. Unfortunately my surgery didn’t help my balance as I waited to long. Being a licensed physical therapy assistant I am a big believer in PT but if none of it helped you maybe should consider the surgery. I would suggest get 2 opinions. I am now having pain but my spine looks like a jigsaw puzzle.

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Lol I were silpons a lot

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I actually have to wear a brace on my left foot to lift my toes. Bending forward isn’t that much of an issue unless I do a lot of it. Standing is worse.

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Think hard on the surgery, it could become worse and may damage cord. Have had neck and 2 back surgeries, didn’t solve all the problems, makes tolerable with very little pain meds.

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I wish I had some different news for you, but I don’t. I was injured in 2001 and have been on pain killers ever since. To date , I have not become addicted, just pain management. As for surgery , look at the odds and level of improvement.

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Hello to everyone! I am in the process of getting a Spine Stimulator. I have severe neuropathy, sciatica, herniated and bulging discs, and am tired of pills, as well. It is an outpatient procedure and from the testimonials and people I have spoken to, it is life-changing. I had to get a psych eval and my next step is a trial run. Yes, you get to do a 5-7 day trial to see if it works before they implant it. I will keep you updated on this journey of mine!

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I had a lower lumber fusion. I am still having issues so I will have my neurologist look at my upper and mid back

I have a type of neurostimulator that is specific to the neuropathy in my feet. It’s called a DRG- Dorsal Root Ganglion. She put the leads at the s-1 nerve. I had my choice between S1 and L5. In the trial the S-1 did better. It has been a life-changer. Prior to that, I had an intrathecal pain pump which took care of all of my other pain except for my neuropathy. There’s zero side effects from this pain pump because it bypasses the blood system and goes directly secreted into your spinal fluid via a catheter. I am off all of my pain meds and wear regular shoes. Any pain I do have is certainly livable compared to how I used to be which was almost bedridden.

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Fractured L1and L2 in my early 20’s worked as a CNA all my life. Now 51 and hurt most of the time. I found the best thing for the pain was the electro stimulation it gave me the best relief I’ve ever had. Other than MM.

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Hi Becks1227, are you referring to a SCS Device (Spinal Cord Stimulator Device)?
I went through the trial period too (9 days) and it helped lessen my pain lvls. by at least 80%. My pain management doctor said that 50%+ in pain relief was good, so I now have the permanent SCS Device implanted since April 2019 and what a relief it is! I still have some pain here and there, but I just dial up the SCS Device and it helps lessen the pain, and on really painful days I may have to take a pain killer meds, but my dosage have been cut way back from before like from 4 tablets a day every 6 hrs. to 1/2 a tab. only as needed.
I hope you’ll have good results in your trial period too…God Bless!

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I were slip ons or put the shoestrings that don’t require tying. Bam problem solved. Lol seriously that’s what I did.

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