Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 165 lbs
  • 5' 7"
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr Herron/ Dr Kissell
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Facet Syndrome/Sprain

Treatment Ratings

    Ice, Rest, Brace, Spinal Fusion Surgery
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Swimming, Epidural, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Acetaminophen, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Physical Therapy, Spinal cord stimulator (implant)

Over use. Bending for over 23 yrs. casting for an orthopedic surgeon. Loved my job. Nothing really worked for pain only laying. When wieght bearing always pain. Fusion has taken away leg pain. Back pain is less but I have to work my life around my back. Usually if I do more than 3 thing in two days ( grocery shop cook movies) the following day I am down laying. Every day is not pain free. I do lay daily. Sitting is awful. Always ice daily. Every day stretch/strengthen for 20 mins then walk 2 miles. If I don't do this my back is worse. It's hard work but I have to do it. My quality of life is better. I had none for many many yrs. lost my job. Heartbreaking. Worked many yrs in pain. Just loved my job. I know life will always revolve around my back. Depression set in because of pain and loosing my job and lifestyle. Very thankful for my loving/caring husband and the Dr's who have made life worth living. Also many prayers. I am trying to manage the pain without meds :-) it's hard but I am working on it. My fusion Was 3/24/15. For yrs my husband has done everything. Now I can grocery shop a few times a week and cook a few meals no housework. I actually just layed for 3yrs before surgery. Pain stimulator only worked for a while, pain broke thru. Rhazotomy made it worse. I tried EVERYTHING. Now I am using my TNS unit because I am not using pain meds. Just hope and pray I keep getting quality in my life.

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