Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 175 lbs
  • 5' 7"
  • Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Walking distance with leg pain Less than one block
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Number of Surgeries 1
  • 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? Quite a bit
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Horrible
  • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, my back and my leg hurt just as much
  • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
  • 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 Horrible
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward Horrible
  • Pain while bending backward Distressing
  • Walk with no pain I’m in bed most of the time
  • Sitting without back pain I can’t sit without pain
  • Standing without back pain I can’t stand without pain
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Several times every night
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) I require some help due to pain
  • Back pain interference with travel Pain restricts me to journeys of less than 2 hours
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Scoliosis, Muscle Strain
  • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Depression, Insomnia

Treatment Ratings

    Opioids, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Meditation, Mattress Change, Heat, Weight loss, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Rest, Brace, Physical Therapy,
    Not Improved
    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Walking/Hiking, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Supplements, Supportive Shoes,

Being in constant pain is miserable. I often can't get out of bed. It hurts to much to walk or even sit in a chair. Some days I can get up for a little while but not long. I use a wheelchair often outside the house and have a mobility/psychiatric/medical alert service dog.
I can't work or do any of the activities I used to enjoy. I hate my life and lifestyle right now. I pray every day for someone to help with this constant pain. I've recently been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and PTSD. I'm falling more often and my Dad told my doctor that I frequently stare off into space and can be unresponsive for several minutes. I had an MRI of my brain yesterday, and I'm scheduled to see a neurologist and have a nerve scan done. As my symptoms have worsened I spend more time in bed. I try to be sure to do the various exercises I learned while in physical therapy years ago that can be done while lying down.

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