Anonymous 

Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 195 lbs
  • 5' 4"
  • Fort Worth, TX
03
Aug2016
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver none
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoporosis

Treatment Ratings

    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Mattress Change, Meditation, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Yoga, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Weight loss, Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes, Chiropractor, Rest, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy, Epidural

I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease 25 years ago....my doctor, at that time, decided to take a conservative approach. Physical Therapy, pain meds, epidural injections. Nothing seemed to help. About 5 years later we moved to another state. My new doctor decided I needed to "learn to live with the pain"......although I was still given pain meds (usually a non refillable prescription of 20 pills to last 6 months, so that was pretty useless, as I was & still am in chronic pain every single day. Also did more physical therapy & epidural injections, and many of the other treatments mentioned above. I see no hope for any kind of quality of life. There's no such thing as compassionate care anymore. I wish medical cannabis was available nation-wide. I'm not interested in smoking it to get high. I'm interested in other forms that could possibly help me live with this never ending pain. At this point, I'm thinking the only pain relief I'll ever get is when I'm dead.


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