Spondylolisthesis no its not a type of dinosaur…

No its not a spinosaurus (bigger than a T-Rex) thankfully it doesn’t look like something you would wanna mess with, at the moment id rather take on this spondylolisthesis.

Spondylolisthesis is where a bone in the spine (vertebra) slips out of position, either forwards or backwards. It’s most common in the lower back (lumbar spine),which is where mine is.

Spondylolisthesis isn’t the same as a slipped disc, which is where one of the spinal discs between the vertebrae ruptures. Only 2-3% of women get spondylolisthesis, great add another rarity to the  list!

Grade 1
25% of vertebral body has slipped forward
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Vertebral body completely fallen off (i.e.,spondyloptosis)

Mine is thankfully grade 1 in Lumbar 4-5.

Symptoms can include:

  • lower back pain – which is usually worse during activity and when standing, and is often relieved by lying down
  • pain, numbness or a tingling sensation radiating from your lower back down your legs (sciatica) – this occurs if the slipped vertebra presses on a nerve
  • tight hamstring muscles
  • stiffness or tenderness in your back

I jut thought these symptoms i was experienceing were from overdoing it or all the amount of chemo, so i guess we have some answers for the back pain and extra tight hamstrings.

Dr Awesome is going to refer it to a Neurosurgeon (sounds scary) to see what they suggest however, they may decide not too look at it or touch it due to being on chemotherapy. Oh well, we will see what if they say anything.

For now:

  • a short period of rest, avoiding activities such as bending, lifting, contact sports and athletics
  • anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen, or stronger painkillers available on prescription can help reduce pain and inflammation
  • physiotherapy – simple stretching and strengthening exercises may help increase the range of motion in your lower back and hamstrings

Need to watch out for loss of balance, so letting me know if I’m tripping over more! Also, be very careful to watch out for tingling and numbing in legs and any changes in bowel and bladder habits etc.

One comment

  1. Anonymous · July 15, 2017

    That looks and sounds painful.i wasn’t expecting g to hear that ?. Sending love

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