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  • Alison Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 140 lbs
    • 5' 3"
    • Fayetteville, Arkansas
    02
    Mar2021
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Pain when rising from a seated position No change
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little 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? Sometimes
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? A little bit
    • 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
    • Walking distance with leg pain 1 mile
    • Sitting without having to change position 30 minutes
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 1-2 Hours
    • Chronicity 2 - 3 Months
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Discomforting
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Pain while bending backward Mild pain
    • Standing without back pain One hour
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Not at all
    • Marital Status Married
    • Employment Status Retired
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use None
    • Pain level (1-10) 3
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Muscle Strain, Osteoporosis
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Depression, Insomnia
    • Pain areas Left hip, Right shoulder front, Lower back middle, Lower back right, Lower back left, Between shoulder blades, Behind the right shoulder, Neck right side

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Other
      Improved
      Rest, Chiropractor, Heat, Supplements, Mattress Change, Gokhale Method, Walking/Hiking

    Back pain limits daily activities that I enjoy and could impact my ability to travel and age gracefully.

    I've also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia


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  • erik Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 155 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • corvallis oregon
    17
    Sep2020
    • Injury Status Cured
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Not at all
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, under 1 month
    • 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? Not at all
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Marital Status Married
    • Employment Status Employed
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use Moderate
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Muscle Strain, Scoliosis, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
    • Pain areas Right hand, Left hand, Left hip, Right hip, Left leg, Right leg, Lower back middle

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Walking/Hiking, Gokhale Method, Swimming, Postural Modifications, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Rest
      Improved
      Heat, Chiropractor, Other, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

    I'm 61, and have had back issues since I was a kid w/(mild) scoliosis. Mostly, I managed it w/exercise and stretching, but I used to have regular episodes when my back would "go out" for days, sometimes weeks. Then I would run to the chiropractor, massage therapist, physical therapist, acupuncturist, etc. Such Rx generally helped alleviate pain and made it possible to rest until I could get back to normal activity. I'm self-employed and have a variety of tasks that often take me from fairly heavy physical labor to office work, but I also exercise regularly -- mostly walking, swimming, hiking, and in the past 10 years, Aikido. I was introduced to the Gokhale method book in 2012, made some basic changes, and then took a class in 2014. That year was also the last episode of having my back go out. I think it's very significant that both Aikido and Gokhale refer to ancient practices, and both follow very similar principles for good posture and effective movement. In addition, basic structural mechanics supports the idea that the spine will function best when the muscles can hold the vertebrae in alignment, so as to equalize compressive forces and not over-stress any individual part. Reading about the logic is one thing, but as soon as I started copying the pictures in the Gokhale book, I could feel it. We learn by doing. Other books that have helped me understand include Sitting Kills, Moving heals, and Move your DNA; there are others. I hope that when enough people have had the experience, their example will help return the general population back to those traditional practices which made it possible for our ancestors to survive long enough to produce us. If we abandon that good practice, however, I suspect we'll need ever-increasing "interventions" that can only address the effects of back pain, rather than the causes.


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  • Tammy Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 215 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Wilmer Al.
    21
    Sep2019
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
    • Physical activity per week 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? Discomforting
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
    • Walking distance with leg pain Less than one 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 Discomforting
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Every night
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) I require some help due to pain
    • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, High blood pressure, Depression, Insomnia

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Supportive Shoes, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Epidural, Strengthening Exercises, Other, Heat, Weight loss, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Chiropractor, Rest, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy, Opioids,

    I have a hard time walking around just in my home going to the bathroom. Getting up and down off the potty. Have to keep my stool very soft or it hurts to bad to strain to even use the rest room.


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