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    Old 06-30-2020, 07:06 AM   #1
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    Chronic back pain

    I am 55 years old who is suffering chronic back pain for years (8). I went many times to see my PCP and I would be sometimes prescribed muscle relaxant and couple of times I received intra muscular injection of ketorolac and always told to get Ibuprofen OTC and could take up to 600 mg in one dose. It helps for few weeks to few months and it comes back. Just recently, my pcp recommended to see ortho spine specialist which I did a week ago.
    At specialist visit, xrays were taken of entire spine. Was told that my xrays look way worse then I am . Radiological reading says I have advanced DDD thruout entile spine, some ossification with osteophits formation and also spontaneous fusion at multiple levels.
    I also have advanced kyphosis which measures 83 degrees in my thoracic spine and lumbar lordosis. Also my head is tilted way forward.
    I was not even asked about pain and physical limitations, just straight forward told “ I have to live with it”.
    I was referred to physical therapy which I am starting tomorrow.
    I am wondering when is surgery necessary to do some corrections on the spine. Surgery would be last I want, but kyphosis of 83 degrees will need some intervention sooner or later. If that is the case, I would rather deal with it at 55 years then at 70.
    Any thoughts and personal experiences with kyphosis and what was done to elevate back pain.
    Thanks.
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    Old 07-13-2020, 08:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Chronic back pain

    I also had almost the same scenario (mine's scoliosis) but my ortho suggested me to either have braces or consult a physical therapist. I chose to have sessions with a PT instead. Maybe you can ask for second opinion

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    Old 07-21-2020, 11:15 PM   #3
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    Re: Chronic back pain

    It's better if you can get a second opinion since surgery is something you should never think of as an option. There might be internal swelling triggering the pain which can be corrected. You have to consult an expert therapist for that. Regular therapy along with back muscle strengthening exercises used to work for some. But never ever go for surgery. Don't try to carry or lift heavy-weight objects. Don't do outward back stretching exercises. Consider going for regular walks. I hope you feel better soon. Take care

     
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    Old 07-22-2020, 05:34 PM   #4
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    Re: Chronic back pain

    Thank you both for your response
    I am working with PT twice a week and repeating all excercises at home.
    Started feeling a bit better but I am sure it is long way to go.
    Surgery for me is always last resort.
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    Old 08-10-2020, 12:38 AM   #5
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    Re: Chronic back pain

    I see that others have finally received a diagnosis of SI joint issues after several years in pain. Myself, I have had 5 back surgeries over 20 years with the last two being fusions in 2016 and 2017. After the 2017 fusion, I still experienced severe pain and was diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome and was referred to a pain doctor. I have tried physical therapy, prescribed pain medication and had a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted. The pain medication has provided some relief but nothing else has helped. Last week my pain management doctor identified issues in the SI joint area. I am now scheduled for a cortisone shot to see if that helps. If so, then he discussed possible surgery. My question, has anyone else had surgery in the SI joint area, and if so, did it help? Otherwise, I will post an update after my cortisone shot. Take care everyone!

     
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    Old 10-04-2020, 03:12 AM   #6
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    Re: Chronic back pain

    How I cured my back pain?
    At First I diagnosis and my Chiropractor doctor suggest me. then he advice me for 3 days pain killer then some exercise, swimming, change bed, and sitting chair.
    I follow his advice now I am feeling good.

     
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