Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 135 lbs
  • 5' 1"
  • Madison, WI
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver neurosurgeon
  • Number of Surgeries 1
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Spondylolisthesis

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises, Discectomy Surgery, Massage, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Ice, Surgery, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Oral corticosteroids
    Not Improved
    Heat, Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes, Chiropractor, Rest, Cortisone Injection, Physical Therapy, Mattress Change

I had had back problems, mostly sciatica type symptoms on and off for decades. Started in my 30's. I worked as an RN.. It would come and go. In my late 50's it got much worse. Numbness, tingling, pain in lower back into one leg. Tried chiro, PT, all the above modalities. I found a good massage definitely helped the spasmed muscles relax, but it would come back within a few days. I had one once a month, couldn't afford more. Both the chiro and PT person said I needed to see a neurosurgeon as it just wasn't getting better. I had severe stenosis L3,4,5 S1. I also had a cyst in my spinal cord area compressing the cord. I was actually planning on having a neck fusion surgery for similar issues. Suddenly one morning I woke up yelling - severe pain and burning shot down my back, buttock and into leg. Like nothing had ever felt before. I had surgery within days. I would have gladly had it sooner if they had an opening, but since I could (barely) walk and had bladder and bowel control I could wait with pain meds. Turned out the cyst had ruptured and bled into my spine, found out when they did the surgery. So I really did need surgery and well, what are ya gonna do. Interestingly, I felt MUCH better once I recovered. I had always thought the "tight muscle pain/cramping sensation in my upper thighs, buttocks, lower back after working were just complaining muscles. It turns out it was the spinal stenosis. It felt SO much better. That was in 11/11. I was doing great until this past Feb when I STUPIDLY felt so good I did a bunch of situps in a physical assessment with a trainer. I knew better, but I felt fine. I am really angry at myself. It is still bothering me and still 5 months later. :

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