Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 200 lbs
  • 5' 6"
  • Ottawa, IL
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Koehn-pain management
  • Number of Surgeries 3
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    Spinal cord stimulator (implant)
    Epidural, Mattress Change, Meditation, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Brace, Rest, Acupuncture, Massage, Ice
    Not Improved
    Chiropractor, Oral corticosteroids, Physical Therapy, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Surgery, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Discectomy Surgery, Cortisone Injection, Acetaminophen

I hurt my lower back working as a CNA, then as a RN. I had a discectomy(should have fused!), then a 2 level CAGE, which did well for 8 yrs, but tried chiro, acupuncture, heat, ice, PT-many times, massage helps still today. After my 3rd back surgery, I was started on fentanyl patch, Ativan, Valium, Neurotin, but I finally took myself off fentanyl, Ativan, & it wasn't easy. I talked to my pain management physician about SCS, long story to get there, but it was the best thing!!! I can control my amount of pain being controlled. I have cut my Neurotin from 800mg 3 times a day to 400mg, twice a day, Perocet 2 tabs, twice a day to once a day in the evening, & muscle relaxer to just at night. I'm only a month post-op & I hope to continue to cute down on more meds!!!

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