Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Male
  • 250 lbs
  • 5' 9"
  • Madison, WI
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Number of Surgeries 1
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Muscle Strain

Treatment Ratings

    Oral corticosteroids, Surgery, Cortisone Injection
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Acetaminophen, Heat, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Mattress Change

I have spinal stenosis, arthritis of the spine, sciatica pain and degenerative disc disease. I have had a partial laminectomy 8 years ago which improved my sciatica but not to the point where I can go back to work.

I have had cortisone injections which have helped lessen the pain but only for a short period of time, usually about 2 weeks. However, I did have one injection that actually lasted 3 months, but that was only once. I had one course of oral steroids which helped for about 2 weeks after I completed the oral regimen.

I have tried heat and T.E.N.S., neither of which helped nor made my pain worse.

NSAIDS do absolutely nothing for me.

I now have muscle strain in the lower right side of my back which is made worse by heat. Muscle relaxants provide short term (2 - 4 hours) relief.

I exercise on a recumbent bike for 1/2 hour every day. It doesn't seem to have any affect on my back pain, either positive or negative.

I have had only the 1 surgery and want to avoid any additional surgeries if possible.

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