- Age 55+
- 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
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.