Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Male
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 6"
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Doctor/Care Giver Brigham and Women's
  • Number of Surgeries 4+
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Spondylolisthesis

Treatment Ratings

    Epidural, Mattress Change, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Strengthening Exercises, Heat, Rest, Cortisone Injection, Surgery, Physical Therapy
    Not Improved
    TENS/Electrical Stimulation, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

I have had a long history of chronic pain, leading to many different attempts to return to some kind of normalcy in my life.. I have my first fusion in 1995 c6-c7, it lasted about 10 years, still having leg pain.. I had a lamenectomy 2000 c6 that relieved some pain but not for long. I then had a fusion l5-s1 to try to get my legs back to where I could walk again for any kind of distance without pain, it did not work, at this point, I then became involved with Brigham and Women's pain clinic.. they were great people and truly wanted to help. all the whole time I was either doing PT or getting injections. the doctors at the clinic got suspicious when I was not responding to the injections so they referred me to Dr. Kang at the Brigham. I went in for my lower back, but he was so on top of his wits, that he discovered he could not operate on my lower back till he worked on my neck.. apparently the problems I was having with my legs all those years were mainly coming from my neck, and low back.. My C-spine had collapsed, and need to have additionally C3-C4-C5-C6 fused to the already fused of C6-C7. the Dr. told me that he could have killed me had he not done my neck first.. this was done March 10, 2016. I got a lot of immediate results from the pain in my legs, but still survived low back pain and pain in Groin, and down legs.. June 16th He operated again, on my low back and I got my legs back to where I can walk without any pain, I still am in PT for both my low back and my neck, I do have low back pain, but I can walk again.. I have been told that my recovery time is about two years, so I am optimistic about my prognosis. I will never be pain free, but at least I have a degree of function that I did not have for a long time. I do used pain meds, but at a minimum of not more 15 ml of liquid Oxycone a day.. sometimes days go by and I dont use any at all. Its all about Pain management, not seeking pain free. I have been doing pain management since 1987.. I would probably think I was dead, if I ever woke without any pain. I do need to say, that due to the neck surgery, he went in from the front and the back.. So I still have some difficulty swallowing. In addition, I still have low back and sacrum pain, shoulder pain and mild thoracic pain.. But as of this day, 8/13/2016, all the recent surgeries and treatments I have had were worth it . be blessed, Steve

Share on