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Posted in: Back pain, and Spondylolisthesis.

How common is spondylolthesis in people in there mid 20?

Started by Jacquelyn-Leigh on 07/10/2011 2:34pm

I am just curious. I have looked everywhere to find this out. I wonder how often people are diagnosed with this condition?

I never had any trauma in my life. Never had an injury growing up. So I have never had an x-ray. Up until April, I never complained of back problems. I got diagnosed with grade 3-4 spondy in February, after having aggrivated leg pain. My symtoms since then, have changed pretty fast from left leg pain ( pain management injections fixed it) to right leg numbess when walking ( pain management isn't fixing the numbness). I still can do everyday activity with almost no pain. But I think it is very rare that I have such a high grade with barely any pain. Many doctors think I should have surgery cause of the high grade but my nuero and DO think I should wait. I had an xray, that shows my condition is stable. I currently take ultram when needed and do pain management and pt.

Would you wait to have surgery if you where me? How common is this condition?

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I also suffer from spondylithesis, but not as high of a grade as you. I'm a grade 1 with a 10mm slip. I was first diagnosed with it at 24 years old, I am currently 32 years old. Up until recently I just have been dealing with the pain, which has gotten worse as the years go on. Finally when it started to affect my leg for the last 8 months i decided to see another surgeon. He said my only option for pain relief was surgery. I was dead set against it at first, but after researching everything from my surgeon to the condition to surgery itself, I decided to go ahead with it. I'm scheduled for a fusion with disectomy on sept 15th of this year. I would suggest you wait until you have symptoms that bother your daily living, and seeing that your surgeon feels your stable why not. Eveyones symptoms and pain tolerance is different. You are the only one that knows how you are feeling and what you can handle. Unless your condition worsens or it becomes unstable don't jump into it. And when the time comes, and it most likely will at some point, do your research. Ask questions and make sure have a good surgeon you are happy with. Feel free to ask questions I would love to hear how things go for you.