Anonymous 

Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 190 lbs
  • 5' 5"
  • NJ
02
Mar2016
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Muscle Strain

Treatment Ratings

    Not Improved
    Physical Therapy, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Discectomy Surgery, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Rest, Massage, Ice, Surgery, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery

I had no injury, per se. All of my conditions are hereditary. Until I has the radiculopathy that triggered my cervical discectomy, decompression and fusion, I did not know I had stenosis in my neck. I did not fuse ( I believe due to autoimmune issues)), so I had a second posterior cervical surgery using bone taken from my own hip. Rods were also placed on both sides of the central 3 level instrumentation. The trauma from the two surgeries (and wearing a hard collar neck brace for nine months) has thrown in into a major autoimmune flare. Some of the modalities of treatment work, but only for a short time (2 hrs.) so I really can't answer that any improve pain. I even have to adjust position when I "rest" every 20-30 min or the pain increases. I also have lumbar spinal stenosis. At the time of the MRI, I was told it was not dangerous or worrisome. I feel that the lumbar stenosis is getting worse. I can not work and am painfully waiting for an appointment with an SSADI Administrative Law Judge to decide on permanent disability. I used to push through pain, no matter what. i can no longer do tat. And, current pain management treatment provides little relief. I'm ready to die.


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