Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 145 lbs
  • 5' 1"
  • St George, Utah
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Treatment Ratings

    Strengthening Exercises, Other, Postural Modifications, Acetaminophen, Chiropractor, Brace, Rest, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Mattress Change, Surgery, Epidural, Oral corticosteroids
    Not Improved
    TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Discectomy Surgery, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Supplements, Stretching, Heat, Weight loss, Ice, Physical Therapy, Swimming
    Spinal Fusion Surgery, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery

I have suffered since @1969, starting with migraines, starting every few months to daily in year @2002. During that time I had 2 lower back surgery with, first a lamenectomy, then 2.5 yrs later, had a fusion, which made things worse, as the (in laymen's language) my bone graph from hip area was to 'runny' and oozed down and solidified, pinching many more nerves. My right sciatica is totally damaged and I am in constant ache & pain to the touch.

What has helped me to feel descent, with mobility, is a morphine pump, placed in my mid abdomen. The pump placement was in @2004. Since then my condition is gradually becoming worse, with the vertebrae on top & bottom of fusion is worsening. Can't walk long distances without a walker & cannot stand longer than 5-10 minutes, depending on what I am doing.

My chin is up, as there are many more worse off than me.

Share on