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Spondylolisthesis, par fracture of the lower lumbar and DDD

By February 6, 2011 - 12:22am
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Hello my name is Christina i am 31 yrs old, in 2009 i was DX with Spondylolisthesis, a par fracture of the lower lumbar as well as severe DDD and im preliminary diabetic which makes all of this much much worse....i tried the injections threw a rheumotologist , the first one was suppose to do nothing the second one was suppose to provide with 30 - 40 percent relief, unfortunetly that wasnt the case with me, the injections did absolutley nothing accept make me feel like i had a cylinder block on my legs lol, so then i was sent to a spine surgeon in La Jolla, CA and there i went threw with the surgery, i was cut open in the front and the back...they went in threw my lower back and put a brace and screw on L4 L5 S5 S1, and then they went in threw the front to fuse the right side of my disc...i fight depression atleast twice a week, i have always been "the tough girl" basically a tomboy, i use to work on cars, race, ride dirt bikes...now i am in pain 24/7 pain meds only take the edge off...i need to know what alternative medication there is other than narcotics, i would like to get pregnant this year before the DDD gets anymore severe but i cannot do that if i cannot control the pain, also are there any support groups i could look into , i am not one to be depressed and i need it to go away

thank you

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Hi Christina,
I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing. Non-narcotic pain control is a great question. The main prescription medications used in pain control such as Oxycodone, Percocet, Vicadin, etc are all opiates and are also highly addictive.

If you remove pill forms (opiates) from your pain control...there are alternative methods of pain control such as acupuncture and Chiropractors. You should always consult your physician before removing yourself from narcotic pain control due to the severity of withdrawals.

Under the circumstance that you have back issues, having a baby will also put severe weight on your back and may not be suitable for you. Have you talked to your treating physician about pregnancy? What did he/she say?

We can certainly provide you information BUT you should be monitored by your physician due to your back and pain issues prior to trying to get pregnant. I hope this information helps. Please keep us updated.

Good luck,

February 6, 2011 - 10:02am
(reply to Anonymous)

Missie...thanks for the tips, they have me on Norco 10/325 but they switch it from percocet now and then, ive been on them for a lil over a year, but i am pretty stubborn and hardly take them, i actually was yelled at by the P.A lol because she said i wasn't taking enough pain meds...i take maybe 2 a day 3 if its cold outside or just a bad day for my back, i did ask my surgeon if i could carry a baby and he said it was possible i would need bed rest and a mandatory C section...I am willing to go threw the pain , to have a baby, all babies love me and to be completley honest that whole biological clock thing...so so true lol i swear i watch 16 and pregnant or a show about babies and i cry and then laugh at myself...thank you for answering some thoughts i had, if you have anymore tips i would greatly appreciate it

take care

February 6, 2011 - 9:07pm
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