Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 135 lbs
  • 5' 4"
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 6-18 Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Neurosurgeon
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoporosis

Treatment Ratings

    Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery
    Almost Cured
    Cortisone Injection
    Not Improved
    John Sarno, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound Therapy, Supplements, Physical Therapy, Acetaminophen, Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Massage, Epidural

Agonizing pain from buttocks down to ankle when I stepped out of bed in the morning. Tried all of the above that I highlighted. Suffered for 7 months, and after trying natural cures (none of which helped) my surgeon performed a minimally invasive lamenectomy. Relief was immediate. However, because of the degenerative disc problem--I am again two years later-- having pain in the buttocks and the backs of my legs. However, the pain is not as severe as the sciatic pain, and I will probably just live with it until it becomes intolerable.At 84 years old, I'm not even sure I would be a good candidate for more surgery.

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