Iam a 64 yr old female who has had back pain for the past 20 yrs off and on. I also have RA and osteoarthritis. I also had severe neuropathy in my legs and feet. I was tripping and falling, taking huge doses of gabapentin. Looking back, I am surprised no one thought much of my back pain to do testing other than an X-ray. This time however the pain lasted for 3months. I found a well qualified spine surgeon and he ordered a CT scan. That showed lumbar dextroscoliosis, DDD, spina bifida, L2-L5 bulging and L 5 over S 1. I did 3 rounds of PT and finally surgery on Mon., laminectomy and fusion. While in the hosp I had epidural pain relief, wonderful! I was sent home on Thursday with Percocet and can take 1-2 every 4-6 hours. For the most part the pain is getting more manageable but those ups and downs are tough! Guess what, the neuropathy has improved so much I don't take medicine for that anymore. I have learned so much rom this site already, I love reading others experiences.
I found that the walking program my dr. gave should be very helpful. It starts at 5 mins. Per day an increases slowly, weekly. Luckily for me, I live in the Midwest and we are having very nice weather for walking outside, I do use my walker though. I was a very active person before this and I intend to return to that lifestyle.