Hi, My name is Erin and I started having lower back pain in the fall of 2003. The pain was in the center of my lower back and would come and go. When I went to my pcp he gave me some pain meds and muscle relaxers and sent me on my way. Over the next few years the pain came and went and was always in the center of my back, never to one side or the other or down either leg. By early 2006, the pain was almost constant and stayed around a 7 or 8. My pcp finally decided to do an MRI and realized I had an L4-L5 disc herniation. He sent me to a neurosurgeon who advised against surgery saying I was too young (I was 23 at the time) but suggested steroid injections and physical therapy instead. I had 3 epidural steroid injections and a couple of (7-8 weeks long) rounds of physical therapy which provided little relief. I finally went to get a second opinion and the doctor decided to do discectomy which I had in March of 2007. The pain was much more manageable after surgery and for several months I had days when I had no pain at all. But, several months ago the pain began to come back - usually around 4 to 5 so not nearly as bad as before surgery, but it now radiates down both my legs. I've moved to a different state since my surgery and had to find new doctors. I was referred to a neurosurgeon here who is supposed to be one of the best in the area. He did more MRI's and said that he saw no reason for the recurrence of the pain. He recommended pain meds, muscle relaxers ,more physical therapy and finally more epidural steroid injections. The Pain Management doctor he referred me to for the injections ended up doing 2 epidural steroid injections and a facet joint injection, which provided little relief. He then told me that because of my age there's really not much else they want to do. I'm incredibly frustrated. I realize that major surgery would not be the best option, especially since they can't tell me exactly where the pain is now coming from, but is there really nothing else to try between steroid injections and major surgery?? The pain management doctor doesn't want me on pain meds (once again - I'm too young) so I'm not taking anything at the moment which certainly isn't helping my frustration level. I work at a computer all day and I've tried several chairs and haven't found one that really helps (I would love suggestions from people who have found one that helps!!) So I'm really not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!! Also, any time I've been prescribed a steroid dose pack it seems to make the pain worse... I mention that because I'm currently on one, not for back pain but because of a cough, but it is making my back pain worse nonetheless... Has anyone else ever had that problem??