Spinal Fusion Surgery for Lower Back Pain

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  • Mick Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 148 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • sammamish, washington
    05
    Jun2019
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Quite a bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Horrible
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Walking distance with leg pain 1 block
    • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position A little worse
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Distressing
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Pain while bending backward Discomforting
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Frequently
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Muscle Strain
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Arthrithis, High blood pressure, Insomnia

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Heat, Brace, Rest, Massage, Opioids, Ice
      Not Improved
      Medical Marijuana, Epidural, Mattress Change, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Physical Therapy, Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes,
      Worsened
      Acupuncture,

    my lower back, hip and knee pain went through the roof after I was rear ended in July 2009. Because I am fused at 2 levels in my neck and lumbar area with cages and rods those areas did not move with impact but the level above and below my fusion took the brunt of impact causing numerous spinal abnormalities to develop. I had to have my cervical fusion redone but there is too much damage to the rest of my spine and muscles to even attempt to fix without creating more problems with scar tissue and stenosis bone growth during the healing process after the surgery. My pain was bearable/manageable with comprehensive pain management and the use of time release opioid treatment for approximately 12 years. In 2016 my doctor had to reduce the frequency and dose of my opioids to 1/4 of what worked for me due to the CDC and DEA "fake opioid" crisis. Instead of controlling the import from China of illicit fentanyl/heroin on the streets it is easier to "control" physicians who prescribe opioids to patients who need them to maintain some quality to their life. My activity lever is severely limited due to unmanaged high levels of pain.


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  • Pam Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 197 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • Spokane, Wa
    20
    Dec2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Doctor/Care Giver Idaho Pain Clinia
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Number of Surgeries 4+
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Walking distance with leg pain 1 block
    • Sitting without having to change position 2-3 hours
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position No change
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Pain while bending backward Discomforting
    • Walk with no pain Only with a stick or crutches
    • Sitting without back pain As long as I like
    • Standing without back pain I can’t stand without pain
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Spondylolisthesis
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Pilates, Swimming, Opioids, Heat, Weight loss, Acetaminophen, Rest,
      Not Improved
      Walking/Hiking, Acupuncture, Meditation, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Chiropractor, Ultrasound Therapy, Supportive Shoes, Supplements,

    I have a pain pump in my left hip. I am on Dialaud. I use a walker. When I stand for even 2 minutes without my walker my back goes into spasms and the pain is a 10+ My primary doctor referred me to physical therapy. he said it is due to tight hip flexors and gave me a set of exercises to stretch my hips and quads. I had both knees replaced. When I had the rt. one done 3 weeks after it was done I sat in a low chair and tore my rt. quad tendon. I could not be repaired so they inserted a cadaver aquilles tendon and it is very tight.


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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 350 lbs
    • 5' 11"
    • Hagerstown, MD
    08
    Dec2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, my back and my leg hurt just as much
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Sometimes
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time
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