- Age 55+
- 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)
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!!!