Anonymous 

Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 165 lbs
  • 5' 7"
  • michigan
22
Jul2016
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • 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, Scoliosis

Treatment Ratings

    Improved
    Weight loss, Stretching, Ice, Brace, Meditation
    Not Improved
    Strengthening Exercises, Supplements, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Inversion Table, Mattress Change, Epidural, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Heat, Swimming, Physical Therapy, Massage, Acupuncture, Rest, Chiropractor, Acetaminophen
    Worsened
    Spinal Fusion Surgery, Cortisone Injection, Surgery, Traction

I feel on my front steps in 2000 and landed on my lumbar spine on the stair riser. I was working 40-50 hours a week in a manufacturing plant at that time. I spent all my free time going to doctors,PT, pain clinic...every option available i tried. I would come home from work crying from the pain.finally 2005I had L5-S1 fusion with rods, going that this would stabilize back and allow me to continue working. The months after surgery I went back to work and thought i was better until I got of the pain meds. Then I realized that I was actually worse than before surgery.. I continued working until 2007 when i could no longer continue because i was in so much pain. Fast forward to now....I have remained constant pain and can only do things in very short sports. Sit, stand, lay down in 15 minute intervals. I just has another Mir and I now have 7 herniated disks, stenosis, nerve damage, both hands shake. I HAVE gone to PT and that helped for a short time but i continue worsen. My surgeon wants me to have 2 more fusions. (Cervical and lumbar) but as before guarantees. The surgery I had threw my posture off and now my misalignment is dominoeing up my spine. Acupuncture helps with pain for short periods of time but it's expensive. I'm currently waiting for a disability hearing to see if I qualify for SSI. I take as few iPod pain meds as possible and try to keep positive but I'm living in constant pain. It's very depressing. I don't recommend surgery.


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