Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 229 lbs
  • 5' 5"
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Wright
  • Number of Surgeries 2
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoporosis, Muscle Strain

Treatment Ratings

    Traction, Ice, Strengthening Exercises, Heat
    Not Improved
    Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Discectomy Surgery, Epidural, Cortisone Injection, Oral corticosteroids
    Other, Physical Therapy, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

Fell at work left leg went under neath my body. Left arm stayed on top of washer. Right leg went straight out, I hit the floor with my left knee. Had torn rotator cuff, had surgery it went well. However my left knee has never been the same. I had a scope which they fixed 2 meniscus tears.but I have consistently been complaining about my knee giving out on me and I have been continuing falling. Now with that said, I have had injections in my back, cortisone, facet, disectomy,2 discograms ,and need surgery on 3 discs. I opted for pain management, after the first discogram, and for 4 yrs constantly needing more and more to control the pain. I have been off of them for more than a year and a half. But that is not stopping the pain, which is getting worse. The injury occurred in 5/2009. I truly thinking about getting the back surgery, which the doctor said that I have a less than 50% chance of it working for me. Since the injury I have gone from size 8 to 16. Have to take Prozac for severe depression, and diazepam for panic attacks and anxiety. I feel like they are not working for me anymore. I'm not the same person I used to be. I feel like I have no way out of this and doctors don't care.

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