Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery for Lower Back Pain

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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 189 lbs
    • 5' 5"
    • Billings Montana
    08
    Sep2018
    • 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? Often
    • 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? Horrible
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Walking distance with leg pain 1 block
    • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 30 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position Much worse
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Horrible
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Horrible
    • Pain while bending backward Distressing
    • Back pain interfere with sleep All the time
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Pain restricts me to journeys of less than 2 hours
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Muscle Strain
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain, Insomnia, Depression

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Opioids, Physical Therapy, Spinal cord stimulator (implant), Swimming, Cortisone Injection, Massage
      Not Improved
      Ultrasound Therapy, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Postural Modifications, Meditation, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Oral corticosteroids, Ice, Rest, Chiropractor, Acetaminophen, Heat, Traction, Stretching, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs,

    I. Can’t sit or stand for very long can’t hardly walk to grocery shopping


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  • Mark Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 285 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • Johnstown New York
    06
    Sep2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, my back and my leg hurt just as much
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 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? Not at all
    • 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? 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 30 minutes
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position Much worse
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Horrible
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Horrible
    • Pain while bending backward Distressing
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Every night
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Most of the time
    • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Muscle Strain
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain, High blood pressure

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy, Cortisone Injection,
      Not Improved
      TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Stretching, Heat, Acetaminophen, Rest, Ice, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs,

    Have lymphodema and drop foot in right leg and ankle


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  • Ann Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 118 lbs
    • 5' 8"
    • Wichita KS
    30
    Aug2018
    • 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? Often
    • 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? Excruciating
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Walking distance with leg pain 5 blocks
    • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position Much worse
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Discomforting
    • Pain while bending backward Mild pain
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Most of the time
    • Back pain interference with travel Pain prevent me from any travel
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Additional conditions Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Depression, High blood pressure

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Medical Marijuana, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Rest,
      Not Improved
      Oral corticosteroids, Swimming, Epidural, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Supplements, Physical Therapy, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Acetaminophen, Chiropractor, Opioids,

    I spend most of my time laying on my stomach, when not able to move more. Sitting and standing pain making it so I can not drive, go on bus, painful to sit long for medical transport to doctors appointments, while there & home. My fingers have swollen this past year so I cannot prepare & cut food, either. Dr. says not rheumatoid arthritis in fingers, but looks like it. Too painful to want to keep going to doctors. I've asked about an exploratory to find out actual problem. I don't think they take me seriously. Except for synovial cyst removed from pressing on spinal cord between L5 & S1, MRIs never show problem. Dr. who removed cyst said my dxs are spinal stenosis & anklyosing spondylitis. Trying to get in home services in home state where medical marijuana illegal, only thing that helps me have an appetite & less pain. I'd rather be FIXED than dependent on any drugs or medications. I have Medicare and Medicaid. I'm 63. Have slowly worsened past few years. I always exercised, tried to eat right, have not ever been overweight or smoked tobacco.


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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 270 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • seymour wi
    28
    Aug2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Walking distance with leg pain 1 block
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • 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? Often
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Sitting without having to change position 30 minutes
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 30 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position A little worse
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Discomforting
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Pain while bending backward Discomforting
    • Walk with no pain 4-8 blocks
    • Sitting without back pain 30 minutes
    • Standing without back pain 30 minutes
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Frequently
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
    • Additional conditions Knee-pain, Hip-pain, Arthrithis, Neck-pain, Insomnia, Depression

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved