Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 155 lbs
  • 5' 4"
  • Coal City,IN
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
  • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
  • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Often
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Quite a bit
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Scoliosis

Treatment Ratings

    Cortisone Injection
    Not Improved
    Physical Therapy, Mattress Change, Meditation, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Acetaminophen, Chiropractor, Brace, Rest, Ice, Epidural

I'm 83 years old and had back pain 30 years ago bad. My personal doctor gave me 2 cortisone shots and it relieved me immediately and lasted for 25 years. I've seen several doctors, an orthopedist and doctor at Pain Clinic and they don't seem to know how to help
me and would not recommend too much cortisone. After my 3rd MRI, the orthopedist said my back was a "mess" and didn't have any good answers. I have a lot of curvature in my lower spine and I said I didn't want surgery at my age. Otherwise, I'm pretty healthy, but this wears me down. What would you recommend?

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