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Diagonosed with spondy about 2 years ago. I am 68 and retired. Could not stand straight for more than a few minutes, but I could bike for 50km and swim. Walking became difficult after a km. After trying all the usual conservative treatments, I had a L3-L4-L5 laminectomy + fusion on October 6 (three months ago). I could stand straight immediately after the surgery. I was walking a few km/day by one month. At this time (three months) my back is still stiff, but no pain. No sciatica, which is a big improvement. The only new problem is that I have very stiff hamstrings and calves, but physio seems to help.

So far so good. The decompression certainly eliminated many symptoms right away. I asked the surgeon about whether a fusion was necessary, and referred to the Scandinavian study (see below). He said that fusion could be avoided if the slip was very stable, otherwise, he preferred to add a fusion. He thought my spondy was too unstable to avoid fusion.

These are a 1 year difference in a Cervical MRI the top is 2020 with only a few conditions on C6/C7 with no symptoms. The bottom is a 2021 MRI with sever symptoms from C6/C7 and some changes in C3/C4 & C4/C5 and I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this fast of a progression with DDD and Spondylolisthesis?