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Spine and Back Health

Multiple back problems

05/13/2008

Question:

I am 32 years old. I have had a problem with my back for the last 3 years. It started with a pain in my lower left side. Doctors kept saying it was a work related thing. I finally got an x-ray and they saw that I had spondylolisthesis. I am scheduled for a decompresion, instumentation and fusion of L4-S1. I have had CONSTANT severe pain in my upper back and a stiff neck for 3 months as well as the lower back pain. After numerous MRIs of my spine, there was two slight bulging disks in the upper area. My question is: everything I read says that the problem with my lumbar spine will cause lower back, hip and leg pain. Can it also be the cause of my upper back? I have been feeling like maybe I was mis-diagnosed in the beginning and maybe there is a greater problem. I know that back and hip pain can be caused by many conditions. I am feeling like maybe there is something that the doctors aren`t finding.

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