Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 143 lbs
  • 5' 1"
  • Seattle WA
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver Primose
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Treatment Ratings

    Physical Therapy, Surgery, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Stretching
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound Therapy, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Heat, Acetaminophen, Acupuncture, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Epidural

This has been an ongoing problem since about 2005.

1st doctor visit I was diagnosed with Bursitis & told to take 2 Advil in AM & another 2 in PM. It worked for a while.

2nd visit identified Stenosis in lower back. Went to PT & continued taking Advil.

3rd visit..pain in my left leg was so bad I could hardly walk. xray/MRI showed vertebra 2, 3, 4 & 5 were out of place. Not a slipped disc, but a slipped vetebra.

I had 2 laser procedures to "kill" the nerve causing the leg pain. It worked for little while. I was also still going to PT & taking Advil..about 12 a day.

In October 2014, I had surgery. They fused vetebra L4 & L5. They left L2 & L3 hoping to put less stress on my spine. Recovery was long & hard, but I was better for a short time. I haven't had to take Advil.

The pain in my left leg has returned with a vegence.

I had an epidural in September2015. It helped some for a short time, but the pain is still there. Sometimes a little better than others. I do not want another epidural. I want a permanent solution.

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