Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 118 lbs
  • 5' 8"
  • Wichita KS
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, my back and my leg hurt just as much
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
  • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
  • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Often
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Excruciating
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Walking distance with leg pain 5 blocks
  • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
  • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
  • Pain when rising from a seated position Much worse
  • Back-Pain while bending forward Mild
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward Discomforting
  • Pain while bending backward Mild pain
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Most of the time
  • Back pain interference with travel Pain prevent me from any travel
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Additional conditions Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Depression, High blood pressure

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Medical Marijuana, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Rest,
    Not Improved
    Oral corticosteroids, Swimming, Epidural, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Supplements, Physical Therapy, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Acetaminophen, Chiropractor, Opioids,

I spend most of my time laying on my stomach, when not able to move more. Sitting and standing pain making it so I can not drive, go on bus, painful to sit long for medical transport to doctors appointments, while there & home. My fingers have swollen this past year so I cannot prepare & cut food, either. Dr. says not rheumatoid arthritis in fingers, but looks like it. Too painful to want to keep going to doctors. I've asked about an exploratory to find out actual problem. I don't think they take me seriously. Except for synovial cyst removed from pressing on spinal cord between L5 & S1, MRIs never show problem. Dr. who removed cyst said my dxs are spinal stenosis & anklyosing spondylitis. Trying to get in home services in home state where medical marijuana illegal, only thing that helps me have an appetite & less pain. I'd rather be FIXED than dependent on any drugs or medications. I have Medicare and Medicaid. I'm 63. Have slowly worsened past few years. I always exercised, tried to eat right, have not ever been overweight or smoked tobacco.

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