Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 180 lbs
  • 5' 6"
  • Boyertown, PA
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Several
  • Number of Surgeries 3
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis

Treatment Ratings

    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Mattress Change, Inversion Table, Postural Modifications, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Weight loss, Physical Therapy, Cortisone Injection, Rest, Brace
    Spinal Fusion Surgery, Discectomy Surgery, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Surgery, Epidural

Have had 3 surgeries all at L5-S1. First two were laminectomy, by the 3rd I had bone on bone. Endured an 11 hour surgery to implant a titanium cage, 3 fusions. Diagnosed with failed lower back surgery syndrome. As if pain hasn't been bad enough now herniated disc directly above this cage, so if I would elect surgery 4 it would be to add an additional cage. The 3 levels above are all bulging and just waiting to go. Chronic pain patient for years and years. Nothing has helped. Depression has set in. Cannot do the simplest of tasks without excruciating pain. Basically no life. Had to go out on social security disability. Some days truly don't feel as tho I can physically, mentally make it thru another day. The pain consumes me 24-7 leaving me in tears while attempting to simply tend to my animals. Social life gone. Miss work. Hate being a couch potato and popping pills around the clock that don't appear to help. About given up:(

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