Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Male
  • 200 lbs
  • 5' 10"
  • Racine, WI
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Dennis Maiman
  • Number of Surgeries 1
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease

Treatment Ratings

    Acetaminophen, Ice
    Not Improved
    Epidural, Mattress Change, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Chiropractor, Brace, Rest, Acupuncture, Cortisone Injection, Swimming
    Spinal Fusion Surgery, Surgery, Physical Therapy

I tried all kind of treatments before surgery but none worked. I finally went to see a surgeon, who said I required surgery. I had the survey which was a fusion on L4, L5 and S1. After surgery I went to many week of physical therapy. I continued to have pain even after the therapy. I went back to the doctor who now said I would require another surgery, only this time going thru the front. I was ready to have this done until I saw the surgeon. He told me all the things that could go wrong. I talked it over with my wife and we decided one operation was enough. I am still in pain and I am using a fentenal patch. The patch helps a little. I also was going to have an election simulator implanted but I have a deflibulater/pacemaker implanted so they advised against it.

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