Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 181 lbs
  • 5' 7"
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Buckelew/Dr. Poelstra
  • Number of Surgeries 4+
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Scoliosis

Treatment Ratings

    Physical Therapy, Ice, Strengthening Exercises
    Not Improved
    Surgery, Rest, Stretching, Spinal Fusion Surgery, TENS/Electrical Stimulation

I had numerous problems with my lumbar spine--stenosis (severe), bulging & "squashed" discs, some scoliosis, and severe sciatic pain. The first neurosurgeon I visited, performed a lumbar fusion of L2, L3 & L4 which relieved the sciatic pain BUT he put 2 screws in at an angle which put pressure on the spinal cord & created numbness in my left leg & foot. He performed a 2nd surgery a week later to remove & replace the screws. The numbness 7 tingling continued and caused drop foot and hip pain because I could not use my left foot correctly. About 18 months later I saw another surgeon who performed surgery to fuse L4, L5 & S1. He said this cleared up all pressure on my spinal cord but said if the feeling were to come back to my left leg & foot, it could take up to 18 months to happen. In between all this I went to physical therapy for months at a time, used ice, heat, TENS, etc., which all helped to relievesome pain in the hip but did not help the numbness go away. I still have pain

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