Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 148 lbs
  • 5' 2"
  • sammamish, washington
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
  • 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? Rarely
  • 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
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Walking distance with leg pain 1 block
  • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
  • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
  • Pain when rising from a seated position A little worse
  • Back-Pain while bending forward Distressing
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
  • Pain while bending backward Discomforting
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Frequently
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
  • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Muscle Strain
  • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Arthrithis, High blood pressure, Insomnia

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Heat, Brace, Rest, Massage, Opioids, Ice
    Not Improved
    Medical Marijuana, Epidural, Mattress Change, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Physical Therapy, Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes,

my lower back, hip and knee pain went through the roof after I was rear ended in July 2009. Because I am fused at 2 levels in my neck and lumbar area with cages and rods those areas did not move with impact but the level above and below my fusion took the brunt of impact causing numerous spinal abnormalities to develop. I had to have my cervical fusion redone but there is too much damage to the rest of my spine and muscles to even attempt to fix without creating more problems with scar tissue and stenosis bone growth during the healing process after the surgery. My pain was bearable/manageable with comprehensive pain management and the use of time release opioid treatment for approximately 12 years. In 2016 my doctor had to reduce the frequency and dose of my opioids to 1/4 of what worked for me due to the CDC and DEA "fake opioid" crisis. Instead of controlling the import from China of illicit fentanyl/heroin on the streets it is easier to "control" physicians who prescribe opioids to patients who need them to maintain some quality to their life. My activity lever is severely limited due to unmanaged high levels of pain.

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