Patient Comments: Lower Back Pain - Effective Treatments

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

Comment from: Jaypar6, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I have found all these comments very interesting. I have 3 slipped discs and 2 are pressing on a nerve. I did 6 months of exercising when first diagnosed. I don't have any lower back pain, just a bit of stiffness. What I do have is feet that can't feel the ground properly all the time, and make me feel wobbly. No one seems to have this, nor is it mentioned anywhere in relation to lumbar impairment. I do have diabetes. I would love to hear from just one person with this problem.

Comment from: Acer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

I put pillow under my knees (not too high or low) when I sleep lying flat. A little bit of exercise like touching my toes without bending my knees helped me to have a day without major back pain.

Comment from: maisie holmes, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I had back pain for a long time. Doing exercises was not my mantra. I read that hot tub therapies really help. While sitting in hot tub, I do light exercises for back pain and it's really fun and had my back pain really relieved over the time. Definitely buying a hot tub is worth it.

Comment from: T, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I have had a muscle strain problem causing lower back pain for 10 years, but I recently found a way to fix it. When the muscle in my lower back would sprain, my entire torso would go crooked, taking about a week to heal. Frustrated, I remembered some stuff I read about posture and glutes affecting back pain and spontaneously decided to clinch my buttock cheeks and suck in my gut as hard as I could. I didn't think this would actually do anything, but after about a minute my torso realigned. Try this!

Comment from: shivam, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I used to suffer from a lot of pain in my lower back and hip area. The pain was crushing. All my activities stopped and I wasn't able to move much. Then a consultant told me that my hip flexors were locked with restricted my movement. A few days later with his treatment, I became better.

Comment from: Ridoy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

I am suffering with lower back pain in the night. I can't sleep for more than 4 hours, but after sunrise I am totally fit. I am worried about this.

Comment from: Kaiser D, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

Thank you very much for this article. It really helps a lot. I am developer, and most of my work is in front of a computer and always sitting. My back pain is because of weak hip flexors. A good solution is to train your hip flexors.

Comment from: Adam, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 19

To relieve back pain, we should focus on strengthening the muscles of the lumbar and deep muscles, as well as on appropriate stretching. That's what has helped me.

Comment from: Josh, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

Sometimes the best treatment for lower back pain is a little prevention. Setting up your work space can be a big help. Raising your monitor, keyboard height, good office chair, etc., can all help back problems from getting worse.

Comment from: reknaw, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

After suffering lower back pain for numerous years I was having physiotherapy and the wonderful, smart therapist said that even though I may have a back problem, I need to go now to a hip specialist. The hip specialist took an x-ray and said my right hip was totally deteriorated and did surgery immediately. Thanks to a terrific surgeon and remarkable therapist I no longer suffer any back pain. It also added an inch to my leg which was always shorter. I am walking better than ever. Just saying one might check the hip.

Comment from: AZLove, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

Low impact physical therapy in water, good sleep habits, positive mental health, and 30mg MS Contin twice daily, Roxicodone 15 mg twice daily, Lyrica 150 mg twice, and Mobic 15 mg once have helped with my lower back pain. Diagnosis with MRIs in a nutshell showed multiple bulging/slipping discs and moderate to severe stenosis, I am 33 years old male.

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Comment from: MARIA, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

Using pain killer together with exercise has been effective for my lower back pain.

Comment from: JCR, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I know how horrible chronic back pain can be. After a car accident, I had debilitating pain for seven years. I had been to various doctors and done physical therapy throughout that time period. Stretches worked when I was sore, but sometimes the pain was so intense that I could hardly get out of bed. I have even had to take days or weeks off of work due to the pain. I have been living in Barcelona for the past five years. It's here where I found a doctor who finally really listened to my symptoms and understood my problem. Other doctors had mentioned surgery, but my doctor didn't think that I would improve with surgery. Instead he offered me a less invasive treatment, cortisone injections in some joints of my spine called facet joints. His work was seriously life changing! I haven't felt so normal since before my back issues began. Even if you have to pay for a flight and a few nights of a hotel, it would be worth it to finally relieve the pain! Another major perk is that medical costs in Barcelona are exponentially less expensive than they are in the States, especially if you are under or uninsured, and many doctors, like mine, are fluent in English. I have been pain free for more than a year and I couldn't be more grateful.

Comment from: JCR, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I know how horrible chronic back pain can be. I have had debilitating pain for seven years due to a car accident. I have been to various doctors and done physical therapy. Stretches work when I am sore, but sometimes the pain is so intense that I can hardly get out of bed. I have even had to take days or weeks off of work due to the pain. I have been living in Barcelona for the past five years. It is here I found a doctor who finally really listened to my symptoms and understood my problem. Other doctors had mentioned surgery, but my doctor didn't think that I would improve with surgery. Instead he offered me a less invasive treatment, cortisone injections in some joints of my spine, called facet joints. His work was seriously life changing! I haven't felt so normal since before my back issues began. Even if you have to pay for a flight and a few nights of a hotel, it would be worth it to finally relieve the pain! Another major perk is that medical costs in Barcelona are exponentially less expensive than they are in the States, especially if you are under or uninsured. Good luck with your journey to recovery!

Comment from: Anonymous, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had a breast reduction at the age of 19 (now 32) due to back pain because of wearing away of the cartilage on my spine. The back pain never went away but has got worse (specifically lower to middle back) over time. I find Dicloflam quite effective and if possible a short, firm deep tissue massage (even 5 minutes brings a lot of relief).

Comment from: Fiona, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I have scoliosis and nothing was done to fix it. I was thrown from my horse over a fence and cracked my tailbone, which didn't make it any better. I began exercising in my mid-30s after having 3 kids, and the pain was gone. So, at about age 58, I began working at a tremendously stressful job. I went to a doctor of medicine (MD), a chiropractor, and finally an acupuncturist. The MD's advice was useless, she as much as told me I was imagining it; the chiropractor was good, but it was only temporary relief. The acupuncturist made a great difference. She gave me some muscle relaxants and natural pills, not to mention the needles and cupping. Last visit, she introduced me to the Miracle Ball Method. Wow, is it ever amazing! All these professionals say, do exercises. Well, I would if it didn't hurt so much to do them! This is not exercising. Your weight just melts into the balls. You place them in strategic spots, then you just lay there and let your body melt into the balls. It is different than any other thing I've tried, and I love it. I'm feeling like 'pain-free' may be possible.

Comment from: Bigracer12, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I get severe back pain episodes periodically. I found ice works best for relieving pain, along with stretching the hamstrings and glutes and hip flexors. Also for prevention I have found chiropractic adjustments work very effectively.

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.

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: Wondergel2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

Exercise and stretching worked so well for my lower back pain. Sometimes icepack works well too, but not as good as it feels when my stretching. I also find relief from back pain when my posture is good, no slouching; and when I have to stay seated for a long period of time, I make it a point to stand every now and then. Stretch here and there. Jump lightly. And then sit again. Hope this helps.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Published: July 25

I recently had a total disc replacement, Pro-Disc L5-S1. I felt relief after the surgery, but 8 days later I was hospitalized for a blood clot in the leg. I also had knots in both calves and the gluteal area. Spent a total of 17 days in the hospital, on and off. After my release the pain in my back was gone. I could sit and drive without that horrible pain. It was great! I was placed on Coumadin for the clots. A week or so later, I started experiencing pain in my pelvic area, buttocks and lower back. Very intense. My PT count was 4.7 and should have been 2.0. I don't know what has happened. I now have horrible burning in my gluts and lower back. Did I pull a muscle or could this be related to bleeding from the rat poison, Coumadin?

Published: July 22

Look, I'm 37 yrs. old and have had chronic LBP for 8 yrs now because I fractured my L-4. Anyway treat your LBP with a combination of Drugs and Physical Therapy. After you feel like you can, start doing light to moderate exercise, try and do some that your doctor recommends. I have been symptom free for a year with the odd pain from a long day notwithstanding. The main reason so many people keep getting hit with LBP is being lazy or too busy for exercise. I have been in the military for 17+ yrs and I can't set the right example for my soldiers if I can't train with them. Just try it, I promise your quality of life will take a turn for the better!

Comment from: Iris, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 19

You could try a pillow between the legs for lower back pain relief.

Comment from: maverty, 25-34 (Patient) Published: June 11

I really struggled from lower back pain for the majority of my life. I continually read about how unlocking your hip flexors can have a very positive impact on the lower back, I just never knew how to do it correctly. A doctor of mine helped me, I had no idea how negatively my tight hips were affecting my entire life. Luckily with the help of this doctor I have been able to experience change. I can make it through the day without pain.

Comment from: Shouter TV, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 10

Yoga has been good for my lower back pain.

Comment from: jbar, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: November 29

My therapist said my lower back pain was due to scoliosis, I wonder if this can happen to a young mother during childbirth. When my daughter was born, this other lady was also in labor, and my doctor must have pulled my daughter out too fast. My tail bone was painful for years, due to this birth. This is the only thing I know that may have caused this problem.

Comment from: dlking, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 09

Pain medicines oxycodone 20 mg and Soma 350 mg have been effective for my lower back pain.

Comment from: Tanay, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I used to have lots of problems with lower back pain. I found that stretching my hamstrings helps. All you need to do is try to touch your toes a few times for about 20 seconds each time and that should help a little. If your hamstrings are tight, it can pull on your lower back, causing pain. I do believe that standing for a long time has this effect. Try this and see if it helps. If not, then you may need to see a doctor. I don't think a neurosurgeon would be the best option, as that can be quite pricey, but a GP should be able to give some advice.

Comment from: amr, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 07

My pain was so bad that I had to see a specialist for lower back pain in Manhattan. I had to do exercises, and it helped a lot. It relieved a lot of the pain.

Comment from: Rachel B, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 28

Massage Therapy is a great, non-invasive method of treating chronic back pain. It increases circulation to the muscles which helps speed recovery from injuries. Medical Massage can help to alleviate tension and break up adhesions, or knots, which may contribute to discomfort and pain.

Comment from: Rodster, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I am a 64 year old male and have suffered from severe lower back pain for at least 30 years. The pain is not constant - or I would go crazy. I find relief from the pain by doing stretching and strengthening exercises. After about 2 weeks of exercises the pain diminishes or ceases all together. I should keep up the exercises constantly but, being human, when the pain disappears, I stop the exercises.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: jay, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

The injury to my lower back was from a fall some twenty years ago and the two lower discs were injured. I decline to have surgery therefore I get a reoccurrence of pain every year or two. I need to know if there is anything else that can be done other than surgery.

Comment from: paula., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I'm a 36-year-old female, and I had a slip disc at 20. After having several epidural drips into my lower back with no effect at all, I eventually had an operation on my back to have the disc removed. It had an immediate effect. After suffering for a full year of incredible pain in my back and right leg, which was so bad I asked to have my leg amputated, I eventually got my life back. That was all good up to now. I now suffer with chronic arthritis in my back, which I'm on medication for with nasty side effects. Once again, at 36, I'm crippled with pain.

Comment from: janatop, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

Remaining active helps to be in control of your body. If you exercise, you allow other parts of your body to be active. Your muscles get sore after a good workout, but it is a good sore. This way you are not just concentrating on the pain of your back. Living with pain is not easy, especially when medicine doesn't work anymore. Eat healthy and exercise. It will help you to feel stronger and fight the pain more effectively.

Comment from: Mis j, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

My doctor said I have degenerative disc and now he won't help me with the pain. He won't give me pain medication! He just tells me to walk more and stretch my muscles more. So what do I do? Nothing is helping me. I have Naprosyn and Tylenol that I take. It doesn't work.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: January 22

I've sought medical assistance for lower back pain multiple times in the last 18 years. Usually a round of physical therapy with new exercises does the trick. The worst mistake I ever made was not insisting on a specific diagnosis beyond "LBP". Heat and message therapy without detailed knowledge of the underlying cause of the pain did more harm than good. A tiny disc abnormality ballooned into excruciating full-blown sciatica - a chiropractor fixed that. As long as I do some PT exercises daily my back just grumbles a bit then behaves.

Comment from: Musaid, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 22

My wife is suffering from low back pain and unable to walk straightly. She was treated local Doctor with pain tablets like brufen etc. I used massage of oil also other pain creams. Temporarily she recovered, but again in trouble. Please guide me with some suitable medicine for her recovery. It is humbly stated that she is also a patient of Sarcoidosis first stage.

Comment from: ademis, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I'm 32 years old and I have suffered from lower back pain and it is not easy. I used narcotic for pain is the only medicine that helps me.

Comment from: gabby154, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

Nothing has helped me thus far, I've had 2 surgeries, 2 injections and 1 nerve block injection, so nothing has helped me thus far, they want to do a 3rd surgery. A fusion type, I guess that is removing the L4 disc and secure it with pins and screws. Is that the last resort?

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