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Auto fusion

im new to the site , im a 35 yr old female and am finding reading all the info useful on here. I have grade 1 isthmus spondylolthesis and degenerative discs I've been in constant agony since Jan this year. I've seen two surgeons who both said that because one of my disc has almost completely gone the bones have started to self fuse, because of this they want me to wait for this natural process to happen instead of an operation. ( I don't really want an operation unless absolutely last resort ) 
my question would be have any of you been through a similar situation re self fusing and any ideas how long this takes ( I know it's prob different in different cases) but I would be interested in hearing anyone's experience and if the pain subsided eventually 

thank you so much 


  •  It happened to me as well at L3-4, right above where I had a fusion. I'm not sure how long it took; it was discovered this year when I had an MRI. I know it can be very painful. I had other problems crop up like stenosis and already have chronic pain in that area. Has it autofused at the same level of spondylolisthesis?
    Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,212
    edited 12/19/2016 - 9:15 AM
    hello chihuahualover!

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