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Transitional Vertebrae - What is it
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familybeckwith posted:
I have just been told that I am one in 6% of people who have Transitional Vertebrae. From a photo the most I can tell is that one (?) side of my S1 is sort of fused to S2. Pretty much any type of fusion is not good, but what does this mean? What does it do?

I've been dealing with excruciating pain for the last 2 years, and, from what I have read so far, this is not a direct cause of it, but it has affected it over time.

I just want a clear explanation in layman's terms of what this is, and how it may have affected me. It hurts! Thanks!
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caroldp responded:
Welcome to the board. I'm not sure how much help I can be to you, but this is what I know. A transitional vertabrae is when 2 vert. fuse partially on their own. It can be associated with arthritis and some patients with this condition will develop nerve root compression which is quite painful.

I would assume that you have seen a spine specialist? What were his recommendations? If you haven't seen one yet, you should and if you have but he doesn't explain things to you in a way you can understand, then you probably need to find someone else. Lots of people have this condition without having problems, but the folks who have a lot of pain need to have a good specialist to care for them

I did a google search to come up with the information....there was more in the article but I didn't have time to do a lot of research since sitting has become difficult for me.......

Best of luck in getting the right help and treatment.

Carol
 
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familybeckwith responded:
Thanks for the help! I actually see/work for a chiropractor on a regular basis, and it helps, but I think because of the fusion, it has caused a domino effect with my SI joints, and I have problems with inflamation. That's mostly where my pain comes from. But I am treated about 3 times a week.

Thank you!
 
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Shelleeey responded:
Hi Hilary,

I'm wondering if you have found relief from your pain. I also have a transitional vertebrae segment on the L5 S1 and have had low back pain for two years. I've tried physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, a cortisone injection and nothing has helped me. Since you posted your question last May, have you found anything that helps?
 
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Slowerlearner replied to Shelleeey's response:
Drugs. Drugs work, at least to some degree. You were dealt a poor hand at birth, but these are the cards you have to play. As the Bard said, the choice is to takes up arms against the slings and arrows of out outrageous misfortune or .... I things that's the "not to be" part.
I'm not just trying to be funny, but you have, and will have chronic pain. Not everybody needs narcotics for pain relief, but all drugs have baggage (side effects). Everybody is unique in their response the medication so there is some trail and error.
But if you do "nothing" and just tough it out, your body will respond with cortisol and adrenaline. Google those effects and see the results. You won't like them and then you will have new problems to accompany your pain.
Deep meditation and bio-reflexive training can mitigate the stress response and decrease your pain. However, these skills take much practice and commitment so they are beyond the (self-)perceived abilities of most westerners.
Even the strongest drugs only decrease pain about 30% so be realistic. Good luck!
 
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bj1208 replied to Slowerlearner's response:
hi just wanted to let you know you are responding to a post from 5 years ago -

we have not heard from these members since then -

Joy


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