Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Male
  • 250 lbs
  • 5' 9"
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver Gahagan
  • 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, Compression fracture

Treatment Ratings

    Epidural, Rest, Cortisone Injection, TENS/Electrical Stimulation
    Not Improved
    Ultrasound Therapy, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Mattress Change, Stretching, Heat, Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes, Oral corticosteroids, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Surgery, Ice, Massage, Brace
    Spinal Fusion Surgery, Physical Therapy, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Discectomy Surgery

Was progressive with time. I worked lifting 70 pound mail sacks for 8 to 12 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week. Started with severe pain that I would be put on bed rest for 1 to 2 weeks. As time went by it got worse and my disks bulged and herniated and I had a L4 to L5 Fusion. This didn't help anything. They did a lay down MRI and it showed no problems. A year later they did a stand up MRI and it showed that all the disks in my lower back were bad. They did surgery again an shaved L1 and fused me from L2 to S1. The problem got ev n worse after the surgery and they said I had Failed Back Syndrome. I have been out of work and in bed 90 percent of the time since 2008. I have no reflex in my left leg and I drag the leg when I try to walk. I can only walk with a Cain or walker for a very short distance. I have to use an electric wheel chair and if I'm up for more then 15 minutes the pain in my back and legs get more severe until I hurt so bad I have to lay down which is usually between a half hour and up to two hours. I'm on Opana 40 mg twice a day but it only helps a little. I'm always in severe pain. They were going to install a pain pump but I have MRSA and they are afraid that if they install a pain pump I might get a massive infection, so now they won't do it.

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