My Husband Is 27 Years Old Suffering From Spondylolisthesis
Well, where do I begin? My husband got hurt at work (salesperson/account manager) where he basically was doing his usually duty of stocking shelves at a supermarket of the product he sold. He was lifting a couple of cases which wasn't out of the ordinary OR nothing more than he usually lifted and felt a sharp pain in his lower back. He called me right away telling me what happened and I told him to go to the ER. However, being a man he decided that he was going to tough it out and finish the day. It was a Friday, therefore, he spent the whole weekend moaning and groaning and still went to work on Monday saying he felt better. When he got to his first stop at work he began to lift cases out of his truck and experienced the same pain yet again, therefore, he FINALLY went to the ER. With all of that being said that was three years ago. He has been to numerous doctors (orthopedics, nuerologists, etc.) who have all told us many different things but with the same conclusion that he cannot be helped and the only thing he can have done is minimally invasive procedures. When he was 1st hurt he was told that he had three herniated discs (not sure at this time exactly what L-?) and with that he also has an extra vertebrae L-7 and they mentioned he had spondylolithesis with severe nerve damage in both legs due to the herniated discs pinching his nervers. No doctor ever elaborated on this condition past just mentioning it to my husband. In the past three years he has seen several doctors who have told him "nothing can be done" . He has tried physical therapy, which only made him worse...epidural shots which do ABSOLUTELY nothing, and ALOT of NON-Invasive procedures (I would write thew names of all of them down, however, there have been so many in the past three years I would be writing FOREVER! Well, after nothing has helped him my husband (not to mention myself) have become VERY frustrated, therefore, he decided what could it hurt if he went to see a Chiropractor. First, since he was hurt at work, he has been on Workman's Comp for the past three years and still is to this day so we needed to see if they covered it which they do so he made an appt. He went to see the Chiropractor, who looked at him and saw the way he walked in and told him that before he touches him he needed to get a series of tests done. He sent him to get the following: complete Bone scan, two special xrays (standing up and bending over), and a MRI (I think there was more but I can't remember). To make a very LONG story short after all of the tests the Chiropractor found that Chris (my husband) has 5 fractures not herniations and told us again about the Spondylolithesis. Anyway, this doctor is telling me (not my husband) that he is going to try a back brace and send him to a surgeon, however, he states that all surgeons are going to tell my husband that there is nothing that can be done because all of Chris's Diagnostic test results have come back Negative. I'm not sure what this means but his words were as follows: "There really is nothing that can be done for Chris, no surgeon will want to perform surgery on your husband because of the Negative results from the Diagnostic tests, therefore, I regret to tell you that your husband will HAVE TO live like this forever!" I know my story has some holes since I really DONOT know all of the correct Medical terms, but I can tell you this.....In the past three years my husband has gone from a healthy 27 year old man to walking like an 80 year old barely able to get up and down steps and cannot even sleep in his own bed because if he moves a little bit he wakes up screaming. I hope that this site can at least give me back the hope I had that he will be able to live his life like before and feel more like his age rather than saying to me almost everyday "I can't live like this anymore, I'd rather be paralyzed then live in this pain." Thank you for reading and allowing me to tell my story.