Patient Comments: Lower Back Pain - Effective Treatments

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

Comment from: vglamour21, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

The only relief I have had for my lower back pain that lasted for only a few days is cortisone epidural.

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Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

Norflex works well for the healing of my lower back pain.

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Comment from: dr Wanda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I had a disectomy at L4 L6 May 7. The herniation was vertical instead of horizontal. I had a wash out on June 14, and have done fairly well, sometimes of intense pain on two weekends. Last Friday I had physical therapy felt fine, went to work, I am a psychotherapist so I sat all day, About ten o clock I experienced severe pain, locked up back. This continued through Saturday, when I was unable to move without intense, intense pain. I scheduled an acupuncture treatment, with little relief. Movement of any kind is excruciating. I take hydrocodeine and muscle relaxants and use heat.

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Published: July 09

15ths ago I had total hip replacement before I had an operation; I suffered with severe sciatic nerve pain. I thought it would go away after operating, it hasn't and I have been diagnosed with a herniated disk. I have been told another operation probably wouldn't be successful because of the length of time I have had it. I don't see the point of putting myself through another major operation as I am now waiting to have the other hip replaced. I am a 56yr old female I also have arthritis in my spine.

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Published: June 19

Oxycodone drug over a short period to get intense back and leg pain under control. Then a period of Physical Therapy followed by use of the Lidocaine patch. This regimen is quite effective while I decide weather or not to have surgery fusing L5 which has lost the last disc completely and bone is rubbing on bone. This has caused L4 to slip sideways a small amount. If my right leg pain returns, I take a short ride on my lawn tractor, which apparently shakes the pinched nerve back into place temporarily and causes the leg pain to go away.

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Published: June 10

I have been taking etodolac 600mg [1 at night] along with tramadol for pain relief and found that this has been effective in treating my lower back pain.

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Published: June 06

My doctor prescribed a lidocaine patch that adheres to the lower back for 12 hours a day. Since the pain also manifested in the right thigh muscles a patch was placed here also. It took a couple of days before the thigh pain diminished, however it took quite a while longer for some other symptoms to be eliminated.

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Published: May 01

I am 21 years old. The first time I remember having really bad lower back pains, I was 12. At the time, the doctors said my hips were the problem, and I went to physical therapy for 6 weeks. The pain got bad again when I fell from a tree when I was 18. I was given tramadol and Flexeril, which didn't help. I've been coping with the pain ever since. I had a baby last year, and since then, the pain is unbearable. About a week ago, I started Lortab and that's not helping at all either. So far, I've been diagnosed with lumbar scoliosis, S-I joint dysfunction, and I'm being tested for Crohn's disease as well. The pain has become a part of my life, and I literally have no hope at all that I will ever be completely pain-free.

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