Anonymous 

Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 180 lbs
  • 5' 2"
  • 30240
24
Apr2018
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
  • 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? All the time
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Excruciating
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoporosis, Compression fracture, Muscle Strain
  • Additional conditions Arthrithis, Neck-pain, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, High blood pressure, Depression, Insomnia

Treatment Ratings

    Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Supplements, Weight loss, Supportive Shoes, Opioids, Ice, Brace,
    Not Improved
    Heat, Rest, Cortisone Injection, Ultrasound Therapy, Physical Therapy, Epidural, Acetaminophen

I have 2 compression fractures in addition to the other spinal problems. Neurosurgeon suggested surgery on the spinal fractures. I refused because I was told that surgery could cause other vertebrae to fracture. I worked 50 years on a job that required heavy lifting. I retired on total disability in 2012, after working 50 years. My height was 5' 7' when I was younger now my height is 5'2" due to osteoporosis.I can not stand up straight. I know losing weight would help the pain but it is difficult to lose weight, if a person can not move. I am in constant pain and can barely walk. I have to use a walker and a cane.The only thing that relieves the pain is bending over to stretch back muscles. The pain returns when I try to stand up. I had 2 major surgeries in 2010 for unrelated conditions and 1 surgery in Jan.2018 for an unrelated condition.


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