Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 214 lbs
  • 5' 5"
  • 15701
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)

Treatment Ratings

    Swimming, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Acetaminophen, Rest, Ice, Oral corticosteroids
    Not Improved
    Cortisone Injection, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
    Physical Therapy

Original fall 30 yrs. ago. Did chiropractor care for hairline fracture and vertebrae jammed together. Had knee replacement 2 yrs ago. During physical therapy on knee I noticed my back started REALLY hurting. I tried to tell therapists this, but they continued with what they were doing. Finally couldn't get out of bed one morning. MRI showed my back is in advanced stages of degenerative disk disease. Have been given 6 injections of a steroid type substance and several "nerve burning" type treatments. The last one of these made it so much worse I couldn't walk for a week until they prescribed an oral cortisone pac. That finally got me back on my feet for a few minutes at a time. That's where I am now. Ibuprophen and Tylenol give a bit of relief. Heat feels good as long as I'm in it. I can barely stand long enough to fix a meal or clean up the kitchen afterwards. Walking is a long lost memory for all intents and purposes.

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