Patient Comments: Lower Back Pain - Effective Treatments

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

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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Comment from: PJWoods, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I was in a car accident in April. I told the doctors that my pain was in my lower back, right side, and down my right leg. Finally, in September, they did another MRI and found a bulging disc in my L5.S1 area. I have had 3 ESI's done, and no relief. They are ordering a back brace next, and I am asking for a Nerve Block. The pain is getting so severe, that even with my pain medication (Lorcet plus 7.5/650) every 6 - 8 hours, and a soma 350 at night, I am still at a level 6-8. I am having spasms, and it runs down my right leg. I am in tears at work, where I sit for 2 hours at a time. (I work in Accounting) I am 45 years old. Is there any hope for me to get back to a normal life? Where I can load my dishwasher, do my grocery shopping, or even just drive to see my family 3 1/2 hours away? And do my job, without tears? Please someone tell me there is hope. I am so upset to be hurting for so long and it is only getting worse.

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