Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Spinal Stenosis

Treatment Ratings

    Weight loss, Epidural
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Massage, Rest, Heat

Ongoing issues with back problems for years but didn't seek medical care. Then 3 months ago got out of bed and was unable to walk. Discovered that if I was leaning forward AND holding on to something, I could walk. Got a walker and called ortho doctors. After xrays and mri, diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Tried epidural injections and got some relief briefly. Was able to walk without walker but only briefly. I can walk holding on to a shopping cart but only a few minutes without the shopping cart. Can't stand for more than a few minutes without having to sit down. Tried Physical therapy and was in bed all day the next day. Tried massage therapy - very relaxing and stress reducing but did not help my back. A couple of times, I've felt something move and my knees buckled. That scares me. Scheduled appointment with a neurosurgeon for evaluation. Seeing him tomorrow.

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