Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 135 lbs
  • 5' 8"
  • San Rafael, CA
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Not at all
  • 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? Never
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Mild
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Scoliosis, Spondylolisthesis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Other
    Gokhale Method, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Rest, Ice, Physical Therapy, Oral corticosteroids, Pilates,
    Not Improved
    Heat, Acetaminophen, Walking/Hiking

I have had intermittent chronic bilateral sciatica for nearly 40 years. I have dealt with it by a twice-weekly yoga/Pilates class and walking, with occasional NSAID use. A year ago I developed acute unrelenting sciatic pain which was slightly relieved by NSAIDs, cortisone, and physical therapy. I was diagnosed with a degenerating disc and lysthesis and given a steroid epidural last summer which relieved the acute and chronic sciatic pain. Since taking the Gokhale class last month I have had a new, mild, central lower-back ache -- I assume from the new positions -- but the improvement in my posture has been noticeable.

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