Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 220 lbs
  • 5' 6"
  • Marshall Texas
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, my back and my leg hurt just as much
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr.Latassha Gatson
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • 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? Yes, under 1 month
  • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Sometimes
  • 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? Discomforting
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Walking distance with leg pain 1 block
  • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
  • Standing without experiencing back pain 30 minutes
  • Pain when rising from a seated position A little worse
  • Back-Pain while bending forward Discomforting
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward Discomforting
  • Pain while bending backward Mild pain
  • Pain while lying flat on stomach Discomforting
  • Walk with no pain 4-8 blocks
  • Sitting without back pain 30 minutes
  • Standing without back pain 30 minutes
  • Back pain interfere with sleep All the time
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Most of the time
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Scoliosis, Muscle Strain, Facet Syndrome/Sprain
  • Additional conditions Knee-pain, Hip-pain, Arthrithis, Neck-pain, Insomnia

Treatment Ratings

    Walking/Hiking, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Heat, Acetaminophen, Chiropractor, Opioids,
    Not Improved
    Rest, Ice, Mattress Change, Physical Therapy,

Starting having back pain after repeatedly picking up a boxes of brake shoes over a period of time,over 20 yrs ago. I have had continuous physical therapy over the years. It helps for a short period of time, but always comes back. Some flare ups are worst than others. I have noticed a mark increase in the number of episodes in the last 5 years. As well as a longer period of pain. Having pain for 1 to 2 months is not uncommon. Heat fells good, but doesn't last, cold does not work for me. Using a tens unit works wonders. And chiropractic care is wonderful, but my insurance company does not pay for it. So I can only afford a few treatment. I take pain meds, but I am afraid of becoming dependent so I don't use unless I just can't deal with pain. A lot of days I just suffer through the pain.

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