Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 10"
  • Saint Petersburg Florida
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Yes
  • Number of Surgeries 2
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Spondylolisthesis, Muscle Strain

Treatment Ratings

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

I have constant back pain. It lessens temporarily with the above treatments but always comes back with a vengeance. I had L-2 thru L-5 fusion surgery in 2009 and right hip replacement in 2015. I'm scheduled for L5S1 and L6 surgery. Severe arthritis as well. I'm on Oxycodone 10 IR 3x a day and get little relief from that. Mostly enough to bathe and cook a meal. In the morning, I can't imagine even moving but after the meds kick in, I am able to get my day started. Usually takes at least an hour. My only relief is the hour I get twice a week from the physiotherapist. He's wonderful but bit never lasts.

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