Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 134 lbs
  • 5' 1"
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little bit
  • 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? Rarely
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? A little bit
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, most of the pain is in my leg
  • Walking distance with leg pain 1 mile
  • Sitting without having to change position 1-2 Hours
  • Standing without experiencing back pain 1-2 Hours
  • Pain when rising from a seated position A little worse
  • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
  • Pain while bending backward Mild pain
  • Pain while lying flat on stomach Mild
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis
  • Additional conditions Diabetes

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Acetaminophen, Rest, Acupuncture, Ice, Physical Therapy,
    Not Improved
    Gokhale Method, Mattress Change, Strengthening Exercises, Chiropractor, Brace, Cortisone Injection, Walking/Hiking

The pain is always there, but if I am busy or distracted I do not notice it as much. I still do what I want to do mostly. When the pain becomes intense, I stop and rest for a little while, then continue what I was doing. I started carrying a little fold up stool (weighs only a couple of ounces and I can sling it over my shoulder) for when I am walking and need to rest where there is no bench. This method does not always work though. Sometimes the pain is so intense that I just have to stop altogether. And if the pain is really bad, it is hard to be motivated to even start something - like taking a walk.
A lot of things seem to help a little, but nothing has made the pain go away completely or even stay away for long. It always comes back. I would like to find the formula in which pain no longer figures in the equation at all.

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