Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Male
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 8"
  • Kansas City, Mo
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Doctor/Care Giver Robert Drisko MD
  • Number of Surgeries 1
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis

Treatment Ratings

    Physical Therapy, Heat
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Supplements, Acetaminophen, Brace, Rest, Cortisone Injection, Surgery, Oral corticosteroids, Epidural

Spinal stenosis, lumbar disc disease, I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and have taken meloxicam since about 1998. It never really gave me any problem. In 2003 I started having stabbing pain on my left and right side. shooting down my legs to the knee. The right seemed worse but it would migrate. Unable to sleep in bed. Only relief was to sleep in my recliner. I tried cortisone injections and epidural injections with no relief. My MRI showed that I have scoliosis, an old fracture and lumbar disc disease. I had a spinal fusion and an implant, X-Spine Interspinous fusion system using the Axle System. It relieved my nerve pain but I still have pain and it feels like a tight band and weight. I recently went to a Neuro surgeon to get a second opinion and he and my spine surgeon tell me that there is nothing that can be done. The neuro referred me to PT and pain Management and they wanted to implant a spinal cord stimulator. I opted out of that. I am still looking for a solution.

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