Am I suffering from 1 Condition or 2

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Hi all I'm Nathan and I am new to the group.

I was looking for a little insight as I am confused with regards to my X-ray results.

Let me start by telling you a bit about why I had the X-ray done.


About 5 or more years ago I started suffering from a bad lower back and to cut a long story short this has got progressively worse over the last few years, I am 39 By the way.

I am now left with chronic lower back Pain that is also in my buttocks and thigh area and even numbs my feet that and this is permanent Pain that nothing rids, no pain killers (even not a cocktail) no heat pack or ice pack, no exercises, no chiropractors (paid for over a year) I was referred by my doctor for physio and that never helped and they referred me back to my GP as there was not even a 10% improvement and they usually expect a 90% improvement, I never heard anything from my doctor about being referred back even after 5 months waiting and by this time the pain was so bad I cant even function like I used to I cant even walk 200yrd before I have to crouch down for 5 mins just to ease the pain before I can continue to walk another 200yrd.


At this point I decided to research the internet again for the pain I was experiencing and the only thing I could find that fitted the pain was Spondylolisthesis, Convinced this was what I had I rang my mum first as she to has suffered from a bad back and has been unable to work since 1982 and also in constant agony, to my amazement having forgotten what her problems where she to has Spondylolisthesis and according to professionals she was born with the condition rather than it being acquired from other forms.


So I made another appointment with my GP and told him I thought I had Spondylolisthesis and took my mum for backup, I demanded an X-ray.


I have since had the X-ray and the results are bellow and I need some help to determine what they are saying.

To me how it is worded is that I have two problems but I am unsure.


The results read


Sacralisation of L5 vertebra noted on both sides with grade 1 Spondylolisthesis of L4 over L5.


Now I know what the Spondylolisthesis bit is, but what about the Sacralisation of L5 vertebra noted on both sides bit?


The wording where it says WITH leads me to believe that this is two conditions and not just a Spondylolisthesis.


I did read up about Sacralisation of L5 vertebra before posting this here and according to the internet a Sacralisation of L5 vertebra is the fusing of two bones or something and mine is on both sides.


Is Sacralisation of L5 vertebra and Spondylolisthesis 2 separate conditions or does one go with the other for example if someone has a Spondylolisthesis do they also have a Sacralisation of L5 vertebra?


Information on this seems to be scarce.


Thanks and sorry it was a long post.

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    Go back to your Gp and get him/ her to write down what your condition is make them explan in basic terms you also may need to see a specialist ? Have you seen one if not ask for one plus a mri scan which will tell everything 

    Push for the information its your body maybe take your mum again

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    What I have seen online is that condition 1 is movement of 25% or less and 2 is 25-50% movement . With that much movement you are probably pinching your nerve .
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    I would endorse the advice that you ask for an explanation(in laymans language) of your x ray results and as to what showing is producing your symptoms. Then what can be done for relief, if anything. Dont self diagnose, get the professionals to do their job properly because it doesn't read like they have.


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    Thanks all for the replies I already went back to the GP thats how I got the results and have been refered to the Leicester royal for further tests and to see a specialist. my question was is it 2 seperat conditions and further reserch tells me it is
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