Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 194 lbs
  • 5' 4"
  • Weston, Florida
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 6-18 Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Grobman
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spondylolisthesis

Treatment Ratings

    Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Epidural
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Physical Therapy, Chiropractor, Strengthening Exercises, TENS/Electrical Stimulation

Issue is with lower back, but pain is in my left thigh, and now in my left calf as well. Feels like a giant cramp. Adversely affects walking and standing. NSAIDs don't help. I have laminectomy before and I do not want any more back surgery. Had a corisone epidural a bit over three months ago, and that helped for sure. But pain just came back about a wee ago. I can't get epidurals more than 3x a year. I also have cervical stenosis, so far managing that.... I want to swim, but I can't. I went to chiropractor, which I only did because others like them... but this did not help and I felt I was wasting my money. I go to physical therapy -- it's helped my balance but not the pain. I was good for about 8 years after my laminectomy. Then physical therapy helped and I went another 3 years ok. Now things are ;painful.

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