Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 125 lbs
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Jennifer Gelbstein, Waterbury, Vt 05661
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoporosis, Compression fracture, Muscle Strain

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ultrasound Therapy, Supplements, Weight loss, Rest, Acupuncture, Mattress Change
    Not Improved
    Cortisone Injection, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises, Acetaminophen, Physical Therapy, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Meditation, Ice

I was in 32 abusive foster homes from 1946-1950. I have severe PTSD & Stress/Anxiety issues which compound my back & joint pain issues extensively. I have tried all of the above treatments over my (almost 70 years), living on a farm, always falling off wagons, sliding into trees, walking barefoot over rusty nails, falls from stairs, horses, pickup, a few whiplashes, many fractures & torn ligaments & strained muscles, 6 kidney stones, 3 mis-carriages, etc; too numerous to mention. I also weighed 225 & was having trouble breathing, and, my IBS literally controls my life, so I take numerous medications & vitamins since going on three diets & losing & maintaining 125 for 5 years now.

I had a complete emotional & physical breakdown on Dec. 25, 2003, & have been disabled & in low income housing since Febr of 2004, on Social Security & food stamps, & help w/ medications.

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