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pars defect in lumbar spine

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  • I'm going through the exact same thing, I have a 4 yr old & a 5 yr old. :(
  • After years of wondering and 5 different doctors I finally was diagnosed with a PARS defect in L5 to S1. I began having pain a few days a month at age 22 to it being most of the month by the time I was 28. I decided to do the surgery because of all the missed diagnosis it had gotten to the point where there were no more options available. When the doctor opened me up he said it was apparent the fusion of L5 to S1 wasn't enough so he fused L4, L5, and S1. Other than that small hiccup, the surgery went great and I was in the hospital for 4 days. I felt great when I got home, even to the point that after the 4th day home I was walking 4 miles without stopping!!! I had never felt better, even my parents had said that they had never heard me talk so much in the past 2 years combined. The surgery was July 1st and I was amazed at the results until mid September, that's when the problems began. One day all of a sudden I had soreness that was more annoying than painful but the next morning it turned to pain and hasn't stopped since. I am in double the pain that I was before the surgery and I didn't have leg pain before the surgery but now it's quite common for me to have pulsating pain down the side of my leg and I ALWAYS have pain in my lower back into my buttock. The lower back pain is constant and to best describe it is exactly like a TOOTHACHE in my back. I've been to numerous doctors and they all refuse to touch me because of my age or they don't seem to want to follow up after another doctor(my original surgeon moved a month after my surgery). I have spent 31 months in pain management and medication and there isn't any plans to move forward with any other procedures. They seem to be out of options, this is such a horrible position to be in. I would advice you to seriously take every avenue before bowing down to surgery. My pain has been constant and not gotten any worse since September 2008 but unfortunately I remain in constant pain. Please remember that once you get the surgery then it's forever, they can go back in and undo by taking out the hardware but usually the damage has been done. I though I understood what I was getting myself into pre-surgery but I was wrong so please think long and hard. Another discouraging aspect is that every doctor I have seen have said how good of a job my surgeon did and I agree and still trust that doctors abilities. So no matter how perfect of a job that your doctor may be able to accomplish, it may still not be a success. I hope I have not scared anyone because it has the potential to be WONDERFUL as I felt for the first 6 weeks out of surgery but it also has the potential to be a disaster as I have lived with since September 2008. Good luck and god bless!!!
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  • being in highschool and having a pars defect is not good for the patient..i've suffered with this stupid thing almost my whole life and just want an answer that is straight forward..CAN A PARS DEFECT BE CURED PERMANENTLY?
  • I suggest that you read as much as you can about pars defect and spondylolisthesis. Have they said what grade the slip is?

    I had a fusion and decompression on L4/L5 last March for my grade 2 spondylolisthesis. I am very much better now and the awful sciatic pain in my legs and lower back pain is practically gone. I am in a position where I am able to do most things again. :-)

    Because of the slip of my vertebra, I needed the back of my spine removed to take the pressure off the cord, which was under severe stenosis. I also had the disc completely removed and replaced with 2 cages filled with the bone that was removed from my spine. The facet joints also had to be undercut to take the pressure off the nerve roots.(All these were part of the decompression)

    As far as my recovery went, it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. My husband was home for 3 weeks and I needed a lot of help, even with personal care for the first couple of weeks, but then I gradually managed to do more. After surgery, most surgeons will tell you that you mustn't bend, lift anything very much, or twist. (No BLT) I would also say that reaching up or to the side is also painful.

    The fact that your children are 4 and 5 is better than a toddler or baby who needs to be picked up.

    There is a lot of helpful information about how to prepare yourself and home for fusion surgery and also items that will really help you while you are recovering.

    If you want more information, please do ask and feel free to send me a personal message (PM).

  • andy113 said:
    being in highschool and having a pars defect is not good for the patient..i've suffered with this stupid thing almost my whole life and just want an answer that is straight forward..CAN A PARS DEFECT BE CURED PERMANENTLY?
    I have had mine since high school. I am 40 now and still in pain. Waiting for appt. in June with ortho spine surgeon.

    I was never totally pain free but I did enjoy light activities...but nothing too rigorous...but I also have a grade 2 spondy and a few other things.

    I heard talk of a woman in our church with a pars fracture who healed with a rigid brace..but she didn't have bilateral. A friend's child has it and the brace worn for a yr did not help it.
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  • My diagnoses is a minor spina bifida occulta deformity of S1 with no other spinal abnormalities; does anyone know what the surgical treatment for this involve (the S1 doesn't meet in the middle). While my pain isn't yet excruciating, It's constant and my main fear is that it will become so (It's becoming harder and harder to simply sit in a chair, and the diagnoses seems to stem into other leg and back and neck muscular pains as a result).
    So what i was wondering is do they just connect the S1 at the middle and I walk away? (My Spine is still in a normal condition)>
    SO my question is; DOES ANYONE KNOW THE SURGICAL TREATMENT for S1 !!?
  • My diagnoses is a minor spina bifida occulta deformity of S1 with no other spinal abnormalities; does anyone know what the surgical treatment for this involve (the S1 doesn't meet in the middle). While my pain isn't yet excruciating, It's constant and my main fear is that it will become so (It's becoming harder and harder to simply sit in a chair, and the diagnoses seems to stem into other leg and back and neck muscular pains as a result).
    So what i was wondering is do they just connect the S1 at the middle and I walk away? (My Spine is still in a normal condition)>
    SO my question is; DOES ANYONE KNOW THE SURGICAL TREATMENT for S1 !!?
  • Please make your own post as this post is from a former member and will be missed if you need answers....

    Go to left hand column of this page to where it says under---> MY stuff about half way down-Forum topic or Create content and make your own post so you can get attention.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I am soooo glad I found this place as I am frustrated and a little ticked off. I just cant get any direct answers. A little background. About a year ago I started having really bad lower back pain so my PC sent me to have and MRI, CAT scan,Bone density scan and xrays. The MRI showed Lumbar Spondylosis, and pars defect as well as Osteoperosis. I have seen all kinds of doctors, and finally went to a spine surgeon a couple of weeks ago to discuss surgery. He informed me that my bones are to weak to do surgery. He informed me he would have to use screws or a rod and he was certain if he tried to fuse them they would crack. I am in so much pain, and have just recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Needless to say I am looking for some alternatives to back surgery I guess. They did a discogram too that how they found the disks. Any Any help you can give me I would so appreciate. I am desperate. Michelle
  • My friend is going to have surgery early part of July and was wondering if anyone has had surgery from both the front and back at the same time in repairing his back. He is in so much pain and has just had a new artificial knee done in early part of this year 2011. They are going to fuse him at L5 and S1. Any help to ease his mind would be greatly appreciated. He is not on any pain medicine but can barely walk without being in constant pain. No doctor has offered any pain management just this surgery and he's almost 60 years old.
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