Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 160 lbs
  • 5' 9"
  • Rogers AR
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr Randolph
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis

Treatment Ratings

    Surgery, Spinal Fusion Surgery
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Cortisone Injection, Acetaminophen
    Not Improved
    TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Strengthening Exercises, Heat, Rest, Acupuncture, Ice, Physical Therapy, Mattress Change

Severe leg pain both legs from hips to ankles mostly from the spondylolisthesis. Acupuncture helped a little bit when the pain first started. Spinal injections helped for a couple weeks. NSAIDs and Tramadol helped but because of a kidney condition had to change acetaminophen which didn't work as well. Didn't get much relief from heat, ice, PT or Tens. After finding a great Dr. I decided to go for the spinal fusion surgery and I have never had a bit of pain in my legs since!!! I couldn't be happier! I have my life back! The fir St couple of days after the surgery is tough but it was tolerable ( with some pain melds) by the third or forth day. You can't lift, bend or twist for a while but I was back at work after about two and a half weeks ( light duty). There is still some pain at the incision sight at three months but according to my Dr. most people experience some pain anywhere from 6-12 months after surgery. It's nothing compared to the leg pain I was experiencing before the surgery!

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