It took my neurologist/pain management physician (one of Richmond’s “Top Docs” year after year) less than 30 seconds to shoot down the “arthritis somewhere else in the pelvis” hypothesis. In that time he drew a picture of the pelvis while saying that there were only three places to have arthritis in the pelvis, pointing to each of those places and saying that my symptoms don’t match these locations.
He pointed out that my problem is spondylolisthesis. He even asked if I remembered that I have “degenerative spondylolisthesis” –
I did not remember the diagnosis, so I just smiled, vacantly.
On the way home I stopped by the Bon Secours imaging center to pick up a copy of the report on the MRI that my PCP ordered after my fall in 2015. He had taken one look at me and suspected a traumatic brain injury. My memory from that time period is like swiss cheese.
The diagnosis of degenerative spondylolisthesis was on the report “in black and white.” I will be talking with my physical therapist and my neurosurgeon about that one. But I got the pain docs message, loud and clear!