Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Scoliosis, Muscle Strain

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Massage, Chiropractor, Weight loss, Stretching, Supplements

Suddenly at the age of 50 I started to have pain in my right hip and my husband noticed I was leaning to the left. I also shrunk in height. After xrays, we saw that my scoliosis was at 30 degrees. Why it changed suddenly I don't know and the dr was baffled. I also have arthritis so maybe that's it. I tried PT which did help the right hip area. But, then after a while the pain increased to the point so I sought out a chiropractor's help. I've been going to him for 2 and a half years and he really helped me! My scoliosis was what I was really working on and it decreased to 24 degrees. The pain in my right hip still was there, but not as bad, and with stretching and some more PT, my tightness in thighs and back has improved. In August of 2015, though, I over did it with working, and that's when I think my discs got worse, and about a month later the spinal stenosis flared up. This winter I decided to get 2 opinions from neurosurgeons, and they both agreed that I needed to have a laminectomy to decrease that stenosis. The narrowing is so bad in 3 lower vertebrae that it is to the dangerous point. I chose one neurosurgeon over the other as he didn't want to do a cortisone shot. I don't think that will help. I am to get my surgery in around 6 weeks.

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