Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 160 lbs
  • 5' 1"
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Walking distance with leg pain 2-4 miles
  • Repeat injury? No
  • 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? Somewhat
  • 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? A little bit
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Mild
  • Back pain causing leg pain No, I don't feel any leg pain
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
  • Standing without experiencing back pain As long as I want
  • Pain when rising from a seated position No change
  • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
  • Pain while bending backward No pain
  • Pain while lying flat on stomach No pain
  • Walk with no pain Any distance
  • Sitting without back pain As long as I like
  • Standing without back pain As long I want
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
  • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    Rest, Gokhale Method,
    Not Improved

I no longer have back pain. I had one episode of an apparent bulging or herniated disk with severe pain in lower back occurring at work in the context of some very late hours doing data entry using a laptop computer situated too far from my seat, when I installed an electronic health record in my medical practice. A friend taught me some Gokhale Method techniques and I practiced them and my back pain improved at the time, although I was not sure this was cause and effect, could have been time passing. Heat, ice were both ineffective. Pain medications were effective in the short run (I used Tylenol only because I have a history of heartburn from NSAIDs such as ibuprofen) but the pain would return until I made positional changes. Changing the position I occupied seating and how I slept (pillow under knees or between them if on the side) is what really helped me heal. Since then I have successfully prevented the pain by paying close attention to the ergonomics of my office, making sure I don't bend forward while at the computer. Only one episode happened, in 8/2011 and I have been pain free ever since. I also do Classical Stretch exercise program and some yoga but haven't done those recently. I have since taken Gokhale Method courses and now attempt to apply the techniques regularly throughout the day. I continue to have some neck pain when sitting and sometimes when walking or standing and I am trying to learn a better neck posture.

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