Anonymous 

Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Male
  • 205 lbs
  • 5' 11"
  • Canton,oh
22
Jun2016
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver Kreptowski
  • Number of Surgeries 4+
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)

Treatment Ratings

    Cured
    Spinal Fusion Surgery
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Mattress Change, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Discectomy Surgery, Supplements, Heat, Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes, Brace, Massage, Surgery
    Worsened
    Physical Therapy, Epidural

I was in chronic pain for over 10yrs. The pain was in my right side hip,down my right leg,felt like my knee cap was going to pop off, lower back.. I could hardly walk. I have seen over 12+back specialist doctors for my pain that was getting worse and worse. I had a surgery for a bulged disc L5 S1 in 2010..The relief last for 6months and bang I felt it go. I went back to him and he told me he could do nothing else to help me(pretty much kick sand). NO one would touch me. Soo, I was back taking pain and nerve meds. Going around and around the healthcare insurance game. See more and more Drs. Hell, I had a pain management Dr tell me I was "seeking"pain meds. I had Drs tell me surgery WONT HELP. I was at my wits end. The drug doses kept going up and up. I had been to the ER dept may times in the years for shots in my back to relieve the pain. I felt like giving up, waking up everyday in pain. When a person is taking high doses of pain and nerve meds, it starts to made a person think,feel,react,and do things you wouldn't do. I saw a TV commercial for Laser Spine Institute in 2014. LSI was an out of group network. I called my healthcare insurance company and told them. They sent me a letter stating they would not pay for the surgery. We left for the surgery anyway. drove 7hours to philly,pa, had a MRI, set up surgery,told them what my insurance company said. LSI took care of that for me. My cost was $400 dollars. I stopped taking my pain meds,WRONG move. I quit cold turkey and ended up having a withdraw. Shaking,crying,laughing,sweating, could not control it. I had to go to my family dr. The docs said I needed to switch careers. I had 20yrs in manufacturing(excellent health insurance)and I decide to stay in manufacturing. Wrong choice,blew in out again. From 2014 to 2016 I had worked at 10 different places. It was very hard to keep a job with my back injury. 2016 had same surgery in February. That lasted a month. May, I had a soft fusion at the laser spine institute. L4andL5 S1 are fused. Only time will tell, I have to be off work for 6months to a yr.. The pain is getting less and less each day. I am no longer depend on meds. Pain meds are like a bandaid, surgery is what helped me relieve my pain... Thanks for taking your time to read this. DONT EVER GIVE UP


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