Patient Comments: Lower Back Pain - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatment have been effective for your lower back pain?

Comment from: coopersam, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I have severe acute lower back, buttocks, and legs pain for 5 years now. I have tried Lyrica, gabapentin, Teva nortriptyline, nabilone, Cymbalta, Cipralex, tramadol, most of which make me confused, suicidal, and depressed. I have also had 2 back operations to remove a herniated disc. I have also used Fentanyl patches, and had cortisone and other steroid injections. I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, scar tissue, and failed back surgery syndrome. I have seen physiotherapists, chiropractors, and trainers. I also used a TENS machine. Now I have been put on a list for a spinal cord stimulator for over 400 days. I presently take the following medications, aspirin 81 mg, Coversyl 8 mg, Co-rosuvastatin 10 mg, naproxen 220 mg, Teva-glyburide sometimes 5 mg, Janumet 1000 mg, SDZ Supeudol 10 mg, hydromorph contin 6 mg, ratio-Lactulose, co-temazepam, and apply an analgesic cream. I walk 300 yards and the pain gets too acute to go any farther and I have to lay down. I have been given many different exercises that just make the pain unbearable. The only thing that helps is kneeling down on all fours and lifting my back straight up in the air then lowering myself so I am even straight across and rocking back and forth slowly. Two days of walking 300 yards usually means I spend the next 2 to 4 days in bed, laying in the soldier's position. Sitting gets too painful after 5 minutes.

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Comment from: Bonbon, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

Most effective treatment has been Bowen therapy along with physical therapist stretches. Three of them, lying on back, knees bent, feet flat, bring one ankle across other knee, push gently out on raised knee. Hold 30 seconds and repeat 3 times. Then pull that raised knee toward opposite shoulder, use both hands. Same repetitions. Last, use cloth or rope to hold each leg in a straight out position to stretch hamstring (cloth is under the foot) pull it towards you, but gently. Do this group 3 times daily. Never over stretch! Drugs did not help me.

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Comment from: Mvic, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am a 31-year-old female; I have a sedentary job I sit all day at work. My back was first injured at age 16 doing gymnastics. My back pain was exacerbated by a car wreck 6 years later then an on-the-job injury a year later herniated disk L4-5. I have daily pain and it has worsened with sitting for long periods of time. I have done physical therapy, yoga, core strengthening, Airrosti therapy and nothing helps long term - all temporary. I refuse to take narcotic pain medicines and the tramadol doesn't work anymore. However I have recently discovered I have so food allergies and removing those out of my diet and omitting artificial sweeteners has actually helped, so on a scale of 1-10 I am like a 2 or 3, where I was constantly at a 6 and 7.

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Comment from: rgc, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I have severe pain at the belt line in my back and buttocks. I used methadone 10mg. It will stop all nerve pain. You can also try oxycodone or Roxicodone 10mg; take 3 pills 3 times per day. Go to a pain management clinic.

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Comment from: Kevlaw, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I have had chronic back pain (L4/5 disc rupture) since I was 26 years of age (Now 57). A specialist told me if I had an operation I would have a 30 per cent chance of the operation being a success, I haven"t yet found anyone who has had a successful operation. I opted not to have the operation and live with pain every day of my life - painkillers help of course and the ones I am on are very addictive so I have to be careful. I would prefer not to take any of course but it is not possible, I don"t know if there is any operation these days that could help, but I would like to find out.

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Comment from: Nadia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I just received a cortisone shots on my l4 and l5, and I took many type of medications but nothing seems to work for medications no more. I am told I will need a discectomy, I am still waiting to see a doctor.

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Comment from: johnboy365, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I'm a 57-year-old male. I have terrible lower back pain mostly related to a head injury in 2004. The doctor had to do a four-layer fusion in my neck and block L-4. From that point, my lower back has gotten out of control. I take Vicodin 10, four to five times a day, plus I wear a Duragesic pain patch. The problem is mostly L-5, S-1. They want to do surgery; maybe it's my only hope.

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