Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 350 lbs
  • 5' 8"
  • Hanover Twp., PA
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Pundy
  • Number of Surgeries 1
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoporosis, Muscle Strain

Treatment Ratings

    Epidural, Cortisone Injection
    Not Improved
    Mattress Change, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Weight loss, Acetaminophen, Chiropractor, Brace, Rest, Ice, Surgery, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, 4 herniated discs, ostoarthritis, degenerative disc disease in 2010. I was advised to lose weight and lost 70#, went to rehab, had coritcosteroid epidurals, and all the other treatment modalities I listed above. None helped and my condition continues to worsen and my mobility ability continues to decline. On 4/20/12, I was in a car accident and broke both legs. They were unable to surgically repair them, and so they healed naturally I also developed traumatic lymphedema in both lower legs, as a result of the accident. This also affected my mobility ability. Today, I can walk short distances (25' or when I have to carry something. Because of my decreased mobility, I've regained the 70# I lost plus more, which further complicates my mobility. Currently I see a pain specialist who's prescribed oral pain medication, transdermal lidocaine patches, lidocaine ointment, antiinflammatory ointment, and epidural corticosteroid injections. All of these things combined are only minimally helpful to control pain, and thus increase mobility. All of this has haed a negative impact on my independence and self esteem.

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