Oh No! I might be deformed!

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Just recently, I keep having terrible pains across the top of my buttocks and both butt cheeks go into charlie horses. Sometimes just one, sometimes both. Then I get these shooting pains down the back of my hammies. It happens every day as I'm running around the store putting all of the tills into the registers before we open. And most mornings when I attempt to get out of bed, then eases off a bit and starts again at work.

I can't bend over like normal. I have to sort of bend a little, shift my upper body to the right then continue bending down.

I made an appointment with my doctor finally after putting up with it for about 4 months. It's later this afternoon.

Weird thing. My daughter called me last night and told me her back went out on her again, except this time, she couldn't feel or use her legs at all! Long story short, she had an MRI and the diagnosis was that she has a congenital birth defect, congenital pars deformity. Basically the top of her pelvic bone did not fuse with her spine, or something like that. And now, her lower vertebrae are tilted downwards and her dics are bulging.

Since she fell off the the high bars in gymnastics as a teen and suffered a stress fracture, she has had intermittent back pain which increased in frequency since her car accident from the tornado. Then what I mentioned above.

Here's the kicker, her doctor told her that this condition, more times than not, is genetic/hereditary. He asked her if anyone in her family was suffering from lower back/hip pain. She answered her mom started with some recently. He told her that makes sense as most people with this deformity don't know they have it til much later in life as they age. It goes undetected. So he told her to tell me and have that checked.

I already had my appointment made for today, how convenient.

I'm just flabbergasted! I might be deformed.

I guess, I'll just have to wait and see what my physician says in a couple of hours...

Sigh...

Terra
  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

    and her dics are bulging.
    I had to read that part 2x. lol

    On a more serious note, we are all deformed.

    Wait - ok, really now, on a more serious note, I hope the appointment goes well and should you also have this issue that there is something not too costly or stressful to endure that helps you to alleviate the problem.

    I've had back spasm issues myself that leave me unable to walk upright. Anything hips and spine can be tough.

    Wishing you good thoughts on that appointment.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

      I had to read that part 2x. lol

      Hahaha!

      Actually, for as fast as I was typing, I'm pleased I only had one typo, but what a doozy, lol!

      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Body and mind finally aligned.

      Bravo, Dan!

      From you, I'd expect nothing less. Keep up the good work, you make me laugh!

      Well, those shots I just got probably are helping too.


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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Okay, I obviously am home from my Dr.'s visit.

        After a grueling appointment with hands on manipulation of my torso, rib cage, hips, pelvis, etc., her unofficial diagnosis is, and I quote, "You are all kinds of messed up!"

        Phase one, I have to get some x-rays tomorrow after work. I have to get an L-5 spinal one and a right and left hip with AP Pelvis one, whatever that means. In the meantime, I got two shots and let me just say, OWIE! Those suckers burned! One was something called Torodol and the other was Prednisone.

        I have three prescriptions to pick up from the pharmacy when they text me that they're ready. One is a steroid pack, one is a muscle relaxer, and I forgot what the other was.

        I have to take them after work, obviously, and before bedtime.

        Oh, and yes, hubby will be driving, I don't think I can manage that just yet. Heee, hee!

        So, the process has begun.


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        • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
          Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

          Okay, I obviously am home from my Dr.'s visit.

          After a grueling appointment with hands on manipulation of my torso, rib cage, hips, pelvis, etc., her unofficial diagnosis is, and I quote, "You are all kinds of messed up!"

          Phase one, I have to get some x-rays tomorrow after work. I have to get an L-5 spinal one and a right and left hip with AP Pelvis one, whatever that means. In the meantime, I got two shots and let me just say, OWIE! Those suckers burned! One was something called Torodol and the other was Prednisone.

          I have three prescriptions to pick up from the pharmacy when they text me that they're ready. One is a steroid pack, one is a muscle relaxer, and I forgot what the other was.

          I have to take them after work, obviously, and before bedtime.

          Oh, and yes, hubby will be driving, I don't think I can manage that just yet. Heee, hee!

          So, the process has begun.


          Terra
          Dang Terra ... I thought this was going to be a joke thread.
          I'm sorry that "You are all kinds of messed up!"

          I hope your Doc is a good one and gets you sorted out fast.
          After a while daily pain is soul crushing so if its not helping fast
          enough - get another opinion or ten.

          Best of luck
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          • Profile picture of the author Cali16
            Terra, just proudly think of it as "my body is extraordinarily unique"!

            On a more serious note, I hope the medications help and that whatever is causing the pain can be resolved without any kind of invasive measures. You've already been through enough health stuff this past year!
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      • First thing: please be ok.

        Second thing: feelin' is such an indiscriminatorial sensor sumtimes.

        Informed second opinions are cool mirrors in which to find yourself reflected.
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    Good luck with your appointment. Hopefully it's something that they can treat and provide relief.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

    I'm just flabbergasted! I might be deformed.
    Body and mind finally aligned.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      De-form I have been looking at looks pretty good to me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Some like to call these things deformed while I like to think of them as evolving.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Oh No! I might be deformed!
    Well shape up!


    Sorry, couldn't resist. Seriously though, I'm sure you'll get through this just fine and find yourself in better shape soon. Good luck, Terra.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Terra,
      It sounds exactly like the symptoms that I had right before my OA of hips diagnosis.

      I pray and hope it is not. It's hell and only gets worse until you get total hip replacement .

      Keep positive though, as it could be a multitude of things
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Awww, thanks so much for the well wishes, you guys! (And ladies) I don't care what anyone says, you're all a bunch of sweethearts!

        Okay, I got my four x-rays done today. It's Friday so I probably won't hear anything until Tuesday.

        But, this is what I do know. I'm all kinds of messed up, lol!

        Seriously though, I couldn't lie flat on the table for the x-rays. You know how when you lie flat in the supine position, there's a small arch in the small of your back? About enough of an arch to slip your hand under and that's it?

        Well, from my behind all the way up to mid back is stuck in a big arch. Owie! And my right hip protrudes an inch further than my left. In other words, they're sort of diagonal rather than straight across. Yikes!

        Yep, all kinds of messed up, lol!

        Anyway, I have taken the steroids and muscle relaxer and the 800 milligram Ibuprofen, so I'm all kind of messed up that way, too, haha!

        Like I wasn't loopy enough?

        So next, we wait...sigh...

        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Terra,
        It sounds exactly like the symptoms that I had right before my OA of hips diagnosis.

        I pray and hope it is not. It's hell and only gets worse until you get total hip replacement .

        Keep positive though, as it could be a multitude of things
        Don't say that! It reminded me of this post I made a few years ago...

        my old post

        It would be horrible if I word cursed myself, Hahahaha!


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  • Profile picture of the author joseph7384
    Pictures are worth a thousand words so it may be better if you take a photo of both butt cheeks and your hammies and I then can meticulously study your buttocks and give you my prognosis!

    BTW yes I'm back!
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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Sorry to hear and hope it is something that goes away very un-invasively
    through chiropractic or a DO, or maybe a Tens unit. If they do talk surgery, I'd sure look
    at the laser stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by joseph7384 View Post

      Pictures are worth a thousand words so it may be better if you take a photo of both butt cheeks and your hammies and I then can meticulously study your buttocks and give you my prognosis!

      BTW yes I'm back!
      Oh my goodness!

      Yes, you are back, and um, you know that is never going to happen, right?

      Clean up in Joe7384's mind, needed!



      Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

      Sorry to hear and hope it is something that goes away very un-invasively
      through chiropractic or a DO, or maybe a Tens unit. If they do talk surgery, I'd sure look
      at the laser stuff.
      Thanks Dan!

      I'm holding my own what with the steroids and muscle relaxers. At least now when the spasms hit, they're a dull jolt rather than dropping me to the floor. That's progress, right?

      I am being smart though and not doing anything that I know will induce a flare up, like vacuuming. And not vacuuming this weekend is driving me nuts! I did dust everything though, lol!

      I really don't want surgery at all. But we can't even plan a next step until the x-ray results are back and see what they show.

      I have to go back to work tomorrow and be on my feet for 5 1/2 hours with a smile firmly planted on my face. I think I can pull it off.


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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Oh no!

        I am deformed and I'm a degenerate! LOL!

        I went to my medical portal and found the radiology reports from my spine, pelvic and hip x-rays.

        I'll just wait til my doctor calls me. I have no clue what should be done next.

        Here's what they say...

        TECHNIQUE: AP and lateral views of the lumbar spine were obtained

        FINDINGS: There are 5 nonrib-bearing lumbar vertebrae. Lumbar vertebral body height is maintained. Grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4 over L5 x 7 mm. The disc spaces appear relatively maintained. Facet degenerative changes at L5/S1, L4/L5.

        IMPRESSION:
        Grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4 over L5.
        Facet degenerative changes of lower lumbar spine.
        and

        TECHNIQUE: Frontal view of the pelvis, AP and lateral views of both hips were
        obtained.

        FINDINGS: No evidence of fracture or dislocation. Mild degenerative changes of the hips with joint space narrowing and sclerosis of the superior acetabular region. The pelvic ring is intact. Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints. Facet degenerative changes of the lower lumbar spine.

        IMPRESSION:
        Mild degenerative changes of hips, sacroiliac joints.
        No fracture or dislocation.
        On the bright side, I haven't shrunk because my vertebral body height is maintained, lol!

        I'm going to have to wait until my doctor calls me with the results and see what on earth we're going to do next. I just wish she'd be quick about it. These meds are messin' with my brain, haha!


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        • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
          Dr. Jill's prognosis:

          You are going to live.

          Prescription:

          More pain meds.
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          • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
            Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

            Dr. Jill's prognosis:

            You are going to live.

            Prescription:

            More pain meds.
            It's good to be Dr. Jill's medical malpractice insurance broker.
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            • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
              Oh boy!

              My doc called saying she has my results, but rather than discuss anything over the phone, she wants to see me in her office Thursday.

              I don't know whether to be scared she wouldn't discuss my results, options, etc. over the phone, or be agitated she wouldn't discuss anything over the phone because there isn't an office visit charge for that.

              I'm just going to take another pain pill, lol! Jill told me to.


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              • Profile picture of the author discrat
                Hey Terra,
                just from my own experience narrowing of the space within the Hip Joint is degenerative OA. ( they even said 'degenerative' didn't they ?)

                Although you do seem in early stages. Which is a good thing

                I am NOT a doctor but just from my experience if you do any kind of running be sure stay off cement and asphalt. And do not walk long distances like a Marathon. Do low impact stuff

                Not sure what exercises you do ?? But swimming is a great alternative.

                But just listen to what ole doc says and most importantly listen to what your body says
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              • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
                Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                Oh boy!

                My doc called saying she has my results, but rather than discuss anything over the phone, she wants to see me in her office Thursday.

                I don't know whether to be scared she wouldn't discuss my results, options, etc. over the phone, or be agitated she wouldn't discuss anything over the phone because there isn't an office visit charge for that.

                I'm just going to take another pain pill, lol! Jill told me to.


                Terra


                Take a deep breath and relax.


                She doesn't want to talk over the phone because she doesn't know for sure who she is talking to.


                It may be good, it may not be, but that's got nothing to do with her refusing to talk about it over the phone.
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                • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                  Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

                  Take a deep breath and relax.


                  She doesn't want to talk over the phone because she doesn't know for sure who she is talking to.


                  It may be good, it may not be, but that's got nothing to do with her refusing to talk about it over the phone.
                  Thanks.

                  Trust me, she knows my voice, but I also understand about the stringent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA).

                  I've thought about it, and she may have the films and want to show me things as she discusses the problems and options of treatment, or further imaging.


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                  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                    Well, Jill was right, I'm going to live, lol! And I got more pain pills.

                    And I have to go to physical therapy to strengthen bone and muscle. (Did I mention that I hate going through physical therapy?) At least that is step/plan 1. Hopefully it works.

                    And I have to wear a brace , and I might not be working because I have a ton of restrictions that will undoubtedly restrict me from doing most of my job.so I'm debating if I'm going to call the store right now and tell them, or if I'll just show up tomorrow with the list and see what happens, lol!

                    Anyway, the best I can muster up how I feel about this is yet another...

                    Sigh!

                    Except a bigger one this time.


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                    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
                      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                      Well, Jill was right, I'm going to live, lol! And I got more pain pills.
                      Glad to hear that, Terra!

                      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                      And I have to go to physical therapy to strengthen bone and muscle. (Did I mention that I hate going through physical therapy?) At least that is step/plan 1. Hopefully it works.

                      And I have to wear a brace , and I might not be working because I have a ton of restrictions that will undoubtedly restrict me from doing most of my job.so I'm debating if I'm going to call the store right now and tell them, or if I'll just show up tomorrow with the list and see what happens, lol!
                      I had to go to physical therapy for a couple months after a car accident years ago. I hated it too - I'm sorry you have to do that, although I do recall it helping tremendously. Hopefully you won't have to go (or wear the brace) for very long.
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                      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                        Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

                        Glad to hear that, Terra!



                        I had to go to physical therapy for a couple months after a car accident years ago. I hated it too - I'm sorry you have to do that, although I do recall it helping tremendously. Hopefully you won't have to go (or wear the brace) for very long.
                        Thanks, Cheryl!

                        I hope this bout of physical therapy does the job.

                        Years ago, I was in a water skiing accident that caused me to have 7 small muscle tears in my, neck, arm pit and shoulder blade. It dragged on for 7 years on and off of PT. Plus a myriad of different narcotics and nerve meds.

                        I got so sick of it after 7 years, that I finally said forget it! and refused any more of either. And guess what? I healed on my own without anything. I guess the best thing was to just leave them alone and stop agitating those muscles.

                        I still refuse narcotics. My pain pills are 800 mg of Ibuprofen and Torodol shots. I won't take anything stronger.

                        Anyway, there's some insight into why I hate Physical Therapy. I'm going to do it, but reluctantly. At least this time if it doesn't help, my doc says we'll move onto something else. I must admit it will be nice to have my buttocks out of spasm though, lol!


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                        • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
                          Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                          I must admit it will be nice to have my buttocks out of spasm though, lol!
                          Something tells me this needs to be quoted for posteriority.
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                          • Profile picture of the author Cali16
                            Spasming buttocks! Well, let's hope this physical therapy fixes that!!

                            7 years - wow, Terra, no wonder you got sick of it. I can't even imagine going for that long! I got tired of going after just a couple months!

                            Good that you're refusing more potent pain meds. I was given a whole bottle of prescription pain meds years ago after a laparoscopy - they made me really nauseous, and throwing up was far too painful, so I never took them once I left the hospital. Plus, they're so highly addictive that avoiding them if possible is a good thing.

                            You'll get through this, and hopefully your body will heal quickly and you'll be good as new very soon!
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                        • Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                          I must admit it will be nice to have my buttocks out of spasm though, lol!


                          Terra
                          Jus' gotta hope those buttocks don't spasm up in the mall.

                          People gonna think you are a twerk junkie.

                          I had a twitchy eye a while back which prompted a "she is about to have a seizure" look from passers by.

                          Mebbe I shoulda started flailin' my arms, but there were kids present.

                          Anyways, I am inspired to go clench






                          ...aaaaand release.

                          Prolly for the whole weekend.
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                          • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                            Well, this morning I 'm going to report to work like always and see if they send me home or make a lot of accommodations for me.

                            I honestly can't decide which it will be, but with no lifting anything over 10 pounds, no overhead lifting, no bending, stooping or twisting and must sit down as needed...

                            I certainly can't do my job, at least in the same way I usually do. Perhaps they have a cart I could use for the tills, one waist high?? But there's the heavy money bag I have to get out of the rolling safe to fill the tills. I definitely can't do that.

                            Aw well, I'll know soon enough.

                            sigh...


                            Terra

                            Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

                            Jus' gotta hope those buttocks don't spasm up in the mall.

                            People gonna think you are a twerk junkie.

                            I had a twitchy eye a while back which prompted a "she is about to have a seizure" look from passers by.

                            Mebbe I shoulda started flailin' my arms, but there were kids present.

                            Anyways, I am inspired to go clench






                            ...aaaaand release.

                            Prolly for the whole weekend.
                            Princess, they've been in spasm for about a week, I need them to unspasm, lol!

                            We had a visiting manager yesterday whom I have a good working relationship with, and who always compliments my positive attitude and my happy demeanor, ask me, "Whoa! What got shoved up your butt?"

                            I asked him what he meant, and said,"I thought I still had a good attitude."

                            He said, No, no, I know you do. But you're walking like you've got something up your butt!"


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                            • Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                              He said, No, no, I know you do. But you're walking like you've got something up your butt!"


                              Terra
                              I am so jealous.

                              It has been an age since anyone told me I walked like I had sumthin' up my butt.

                              But I will not be outdone!

                              Gonna bind my chest in duct tape an' roll around in manure.

                              Someone, somewhere gotta tell me I got no tits an' smell like a frickin' horse.

                              But hey, I hope you fix your pulsateus maximus soon.
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                              • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                                Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

                                I am so jealous.

                                It has been an age since anyone told me I walked like I had sumthin' up my butt.

                                But I will not be outdone!

                                Gonna bind my chest in duct tape an' roll around in manure.

                                Someone, somewhere gotta tell me I got no tits an' smell like a frickin' horse.

                                But hey, I hope you fix your pulsateus maximus soon.

                                Hahaha, Princess!

                                Thanks for the giggles, lol!

                                Okay, it seems I am well loved. All accommodations have been made for me to stay and do my job with the assistance I need, so as not to violate any of my restrictions. We did it today, and it worked out very well. The big guy even went and bought me a stool so I could sit as needed.

                                I'm still a little sore, but nothing like before when I worked doing all of the things I can't now.

                                All I have to force myself to do now, is find a physical Therapy facility that is in network and set it up.

                                I'm not looking forward to it nor the $40 co-pay per visit!

                                Sometimes, life stinks!

                                I guess I just have to find a comfortable clothespin now...


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                                • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                                  I had my Physical Therapy evaluation yesterday. The therapist agrees that I'm all kind of messed up. He said it was amazing how limber I still am at my age and that was saving me a lot more problems.

                                  He discovered a whole bunch of things about me that I didn't even realize. For instance, when I walk, my pelvic cage swings to the left, then right, then left, right, etc. A normal gait is that your pelvis is supposed to be stationary and your legs just go back and forth as you put one foot in front of the other.

                                  He also said most of my pain is from pinched nerves. Not only is my sciatic nerve pinched, but also a bundle of nerves. It was freaky. He had me sit, slump forward with my head down and he began to mess around with my lower back, pushing in certain areas and I kid you not, it felt like some one was rubbing the inside if my legs, right above the knee! He said it was a different nerve.

                                  Anyway goal number one is to find safe, happy spots to alleviate the nerves as to get them to calm down and then work on strengthening my abdominal muscles without disturbing the nerves. He told me I need to walk with my pelvic cage thrust forward without looking like an idiot!

                                  I feel I must look like Gumby, or the dude that eats hamburgers in Popeye, or the keep on trucking guy from the 70's or maybe even Steve Erkle.

                                  Anyway, for the second half of today, I have been right buttock spasm free!

                                  Hooray! The rest of me (lower back, left buttock, rear thighs and calfs) hurts like a biotch, but no buttock spasm on the right. Now, let's hope it stays that way. I have my next session tomorrow after work. I wonder if it can last that long...

                                  Anyway, I'm off for a hot soak in the tub.


                                  Terra
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  • It is a cool thing to return from a meetin' with your doc holdin' zero YOU ARE A MUTANT diagnosis.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I've done a little research while waiting for my doc to call, and I'm not sure I like it so much...

      Anterolisthesis

      The vertebrae are the bones that protect the spinal cord. Each vertebra has a thick drum-shaped area in front called a vertebral body. Between the vertebrae are spaces that allow nerves (nerve roots) to go from the spinal cord to other parts of the body.

      In anterolisthesis, the upper vertebral body is positioned abnormally compared to the vertebral body below it. More specifically, the upper vertebral body slips forward on the one below.

      The amount of slippage is graded on a scale from 1 to 4. Grade 1 is mild (20% slippage), while grade 4 is severe (100% slippage).

      Symptoms can vary depending on whether the slippage is enough to pinch the nerve roots (the portion of the nerve that leaves the spinal cord to connect to other parts of the body) that go from the spinal cord to other parts of the body. In this case, the symptoms will differ depending on where the affected area is.

      Symptoms can involve movement or problems feeling sensations (such as heat, cold, pain, position in space, etc.), loss of control of bowels or bladder, pain and poor posture.

      A doctor will take the patient's medical history and do a physical exam, including checking the patient's reflexes.

      X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will also show the slippage.

      Treatment options include interbody fusion and surgical instrumentation techniques.
      Source: Cedars-Sinai

      Okay, so I'm slipping. At least I've only slipped 20%, haha!

      Hopefully, Doc will call today.

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

      It is a cool thing to return from a meetin' with your doc holdin' zero YOU ARE A MUTANT diagnosis.

      Well, she did tell me I was all kinds of messed up, lol!


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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Robert's post reminded me of a physical therapist (PT) I know.
    She was not your average PT. She was an Olympic athlete,
    and an Apple executive was a PT client of hers.

    Anyway, her big thing is PT in swimming pools. Salt ones are better than
    chlorine ones.

    Just another darn thing to keep in mind.

    I wish you well, and please carefully explore the options.

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

      Robert's post reminded me of a physical therapist (PT) I know.
      She was not your average PT. She was an Olympic athlete,
      and an Apple executive was a PT client of hers.

      Anyway, her big thing is PT in swimming pools. Salt ones are better than
      chlorine ones.

      Just another darn thing to keep in mind.

      I wish you well, and please carefully explore the options.

      Dan
      Thanks Dan!

      As soon as I get a list of options, I'll certainly explore them!

      I talked with my daughter a bit ago and her diagnosis reads the same as mine, not the hip one, but the slipped L4 over L5. The one her doctor said was a birth defect and genetic.

      The hip one is mine and mine alone.

      Robert,

      I walk Lexi, I dance, I ride my bike (not in the winter, though, lol!), I water ski and swim. I lift lady weights, the not too heavy covered in different colors of rubber ones, haha!

      So, back to more waiting...two more days...sigh...


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        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post


        Okay, so I'm slipping.
        Some of us slipped a long time ago.

        Dr. Jill is now drinking her own prescribed red wine.

        A cup of wine is good for the heart.

        Terra, ask your doctor about taking up some pilates - if that might be good or not at some point.

        I personally hate it, had to do it as a course requirement in college (being a dancer).

        It is all about strengthening the core.

        I realize yours is bone and slippage, but stronger core muscles might help keep things pulled together. Just a thought.
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    I'm trying very hard to resist the temptation to make a comment on my eyes and your butt going wonky at the same time.

    In the meantime, I hope it all gets fixed up soon for you.
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      Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

      I'm trying very hard to resist the temptation to make a comment on my eyes and your butt going wonky at the same time.

      In the meantime, I hope it all gets fixed up soon for you.

      Hahaha!

      Thanks for laugh, I needed it.


      You too Dan! How very clever of you.


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    I'd look into yoga, physical therapy in a pool, and a Doctor of Osteopathy. I think they can provide methods which are less stress on the body.
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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    ^^^^^^^^^
    Sounds good. I hope the non-invasive body work is all you need.
    Good Yoga too?

    I thought a left, right sway was normal for women.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

      ^^^^^^^^^
      Sounds good. I hope the non-invasive body work is all you need.
      Good Yoga too?

      I thought a left, right sway was normal for women.
      Ha!

      Sway perhaps, swing, probably not so much, lol!


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        Cat's out of the bag now - Terra's a swinger!
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        • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
          Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

          Cat's out of the bag now - Terra's a swinger!
          deformedswingersonly dot com
          "It sway different than you think."









          (Sorry. Long day. Still can't do the small print either.)
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    I got that too, had it for 18 months now hurts like crazy to stand up doesn't it?
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    • Originally Posted by tc888 View Post

      I got that too, had it for 18 months now hurts like crazy to stand up doesn't it?
      The spasmin' buttocks or the deformed swingin'?
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Oh! wonder if one of these might make you feel better.
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

          Cat's out of the bag now - Terra's a swinger!
          Oh no! Never!

          You see, after loving hubby, I could never love another. He's just the perfect man for me in every way.

          Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

          deformedswingersonly dot com
          "It sway different than you think."

          (Sorry. Long day. Still can't do the small print either.)
          Haha! That's very CC, clever and cute.

          Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

          The spasmin' buttocks or the deformed swingin'?
          I was wondering the same thing!

          Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

          Oh! wonder if one of these might make you feel better.
          Hmm, maybe... I've only been to PT twice so far and the second time was yesterday. Unfortunately, I was worse than my initial visit on Monday.

          Had a bad day at work yesterday. That's why I'm home today, actually. We got that snow that was predicted and because of that, there was only 3 employees at work with me being one of them.

          There were no cashiers at all, so all of the customers came to my register at customer service. Someone had moved my tall chair they provided for me out of my area so I was standing.

          Funny how employees couldn't make it to work, but customers certainly could.

          Next, our freight truck came early, so the only other two employees had to go out and unload the freight. I felt the compression in my lower back and paged for assistance. I did this 8 times in 3 and a half hours and got no assistance, no response.

          I found out later that they couldn't hear my pages because they were outside in the freight truck unloading. Anyway, all of a sudden, it felt like someone injected burning hot acid into my lower back. It felt searing hot and I dropped a bit and tears just flowed from my eyes.

          My customer at that time was a little old lady and she said,"Oh honey, you look like you're in pain." I just nodded at her. I assisted 5 more customers while "the burning acid" dripped down the back of my legs.

          Then two more employees got there, the front end lead and our human resources lady. She looked at me and yelled to the front end lead lady and told her to get me a cart. I guess what was happening was written all over my face. They told me to take my break but to lean and put all of my weight on the cart which I did.

          After my break, the pain was less severe, a cashier had showed up and a few more employees. I was able to sit for the remaining hour and a half til my shift was over.

          I went straight to physical therapy where they told me I was worse. Rather than having tight muscles just in my lower back pinching nerves, I now had them up to my shoulder blades tight and pinching more nerves. I just had manual traction on my back almost the whole time. It was followed up with a tens unit and a huge heated pad thing over the tens unit on my lower back. That felt great.

          My PTist told me to stay off my feet and that I should do minimal walking and standing on the job. Well, that's primarily all I do. Walk and stand. So I took the day off work today and I follow up with my doctor today at 2.

          It will be interesting to see what she says and does. I may not be working at all. If not, it won't hurt my feelings any. I just want to get better and if my job exasperates my condition, then it wouldn't be very bright to continue...


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          • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
            Ask your doctor if a teeter type thing would be useful. See if you can have your insurance cover it.

            I'd totally get one if I were staying in any one place permanently. Not feeling any pains now, but I do like the back stretching thing - looks like a positive thing to me.

            Of course, I'd have to get a TV mounted and upside down on a wall somewhere for maximum enjoyment.
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            • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
              Sorry, I've been out for a bit, but between work, physical therapy and doctor follow ups, I've been a tad preoccupied.

              Jill, I asked Brian, my physical therapist, and he actually recommended it but added never tilt the table more than 30 degrees.

              Speaking of Brian...after my treatment today, he wrote a letter to my doctor and asked me to give it to her tomorrow at my follow up visit. He basically told her as long as I continued to work, my nerves would continue to be very aggravated and I couldn't heal so therefore, we are never going to be able to move on to my core strengthening exercises. After 8 visits, we are still just treating the inflammation, irritation and pain.

              He stated he was leaving it up to her good judgement as my physician, but that is what he recommends. He wants me totally off my feet for at least a week.

              I'm not sure how I feel about that.

              Anyway, after I see my doctor tomorrow, I'll let you know what she says and does.


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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    some of you guys need to get out more.....just sayin! haha.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Update:

      Not that you really care, but it helps to just get it out rather than fretting.

      Anyway, my doctor put me off work for a week, suspended my physical therapy, and is sending me to an orthopedic. Just lovely!

      I think it is rather stupid to set up an appointment with a specialist the same day as you scheduled my follow up, just a couple of hours apart, buy hey, I'm just a patient, what do I know, right?

      I'm getting tired of this...

      <sigh>....


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