Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 180 lbs
  • 5' 2"
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Neurosurgeon; primary care dr.
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)

Treatment Ratings

    Surgery, Rest, Other, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery
    Not Improved
    Ice, Heat, Stretching, Mattress Change

Fell on icy steps in Feb, 1996 and injured back. Kept getting worse then so bad I could not walk. Pain was in my lower left leg so I made app't with ortho. Dr. App't was 2 weeks away. Then the Sat b/f my app't I sneezed & then had excruciating pain in back. After that I could not bear weight on my L leg. On Tues., I called my ex-husband who was a Dr. & he said he would get me app't with a neurosurgeon. I went on Wed. & had MRI & then scheduled for surgery on Friday. No pain after the surgery except for post-op pain. I have had numbness in my lower left leg ever since. About 5 months after 1st surgery, I was sitting on the floor brushing my dog one night. I leaned forward & felt my back pop again along with the familiar sharp radiating pain. I called dr. next am & again had MRI which showed ruptured disc. Again had surgery with resolution of pain this time for about 3 years. Again started having back pain but not the excruciating kind I had experienced with the ruptured disc. It continued to get worse with standing sitting etc. went back to dr & tests showed slipped disc & dr said I could have surgery but it might not help or might make it worse. I could control the pain with Advil & Tylenol taken on a daily basis. However in the meantime my mother was diagnosed with end stage renal disease due to analgesic nephropathy. So dr did not want me to stay on the Advil . Within the next few years back pain continued to get worse. I started taking stronger pain medicine & have continued to take it to this day for pain control. My height has decreased from 5'7" to 5'2". I have been able to continue to work & do everyday activities. Thank goodness I have a dr who will treat me & prescribe medication for me. I literally would be unable to do most anything without having some kind of pain relief. I was diagnosed with chronic renal failure in 2001, the year after my mother died. My nephrologist told me that I probably would be end stage had I continued to take Advil or NSAIDS. I am Stage 4 Renal disease now but stable so far. I now also have fairly severe Arthritis that has caused my hands & feet to become deformed. So that's my story.

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