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Spondylolisthesis (spaun-di-lo-lie-thee-sis) is a mouthful and is a common cause of low back pain (although it can exist anywhere in the spine, the lumbar spine is the most common area affected). The spinal column is a series of building blocks called vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. Sometimes these blocks do not line up perfectly. This slight separation in the spinal column is called a spondylolisthesis .
"Doc says I have a spondy-something-or-other. Don't ask me what it is; all I know is that it hurts". Steve tries to explain his low back condition to his friend. But, he finds that he cannot explain what he does not understand. Steve has had back pain for a number of years. Every year the pain gets worse and has now become constant. His doctor sent him for x-rays recently. The x-rays showed a spondylolisthesis with disc degeneration at L5/S1. Steve could not understand his doctor's explanation of the condition. So, now he has pain and has confusion.
One of the major risks of having spine surgery is the development of an infection. Discitis is an uncommon infection of the spinal disc that can occur after spinal surgery. Because of its rarity, discitis is often not on the minds of doctors. In this world of rushed, inattentive doctors, a person with an infection of the spine can be dismissed as a "common back pain" case when in fact discitis is the culprit.
A 58 year old woman who had years of lumbar pain came to me one and a half years following a complicated lumbar fusion; the surgery was complicated by the fact that the surgeon had to operate twice in order to get the hardware placed correctly. Unfortunately, the surgery did not cure her pain; and she came to me for pain management.
Two months into her treatment with me, she had a severe episode of low back pain after shoveling snow. She went to her primary doctor with not only complaints of worsening back pain, but she also had a fever and an upset stomach. That ...
All aboard! Anyone with chronic pain can have a free ticket aboard this street car named " Depression ". We expect standing room only today because the number of people with tickets is growing daily. So step right up and take a seat. All baggage will be checked at the door for any forbidden items like: lollipops, flowers, games, or any items of happiness, fun or amusement. Our first stop will be Helplessness Avenue. Our second stop will be Pessimism Parkway. Those who wish to ruminate should signal the driver. All aboard and away we go.
Before we arrive at Helplessness Avenue, let me give you some facts about this historic byway. This avenue received its name after a nearby laboratory conducted some famous experiments in the 1960's that unveiled the concept of "learned helplessness". In the face of inescapable discomfort, canines and humans alike were taught that their actions were futile. In turn, these poor creatures became passive and gave up trying. Scientist called this beha...
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