I am new to this forum and so glad to see so many "kindred spirits".
I have had chronic back and leg pain for the past 13 months. MRI showed L2-3 osteoarthritis, L3-4 bulging disc (impinging nerve root), tear in the L4-5 annulus. My symptoms are lower back pain, pain (like razor burn) down the right buttocks radiating to right ankle. Sometimes I can't even stand feeling material up against my leg. I have had 3 epidural injections and 2 nerve blocks (fluroscopy) since May '08. I got minimal relief from the epidurals and some relief (about 7 weeks) from the first nerve root block. I am one month post second nerve root block without further relief. In fact, I have had to go back on some of my medications.
It is so comforting to read everyone's posts. I feel a real sense of belonging. I don't think anyone who has not experienced back pain can ever understand that it affects EVERYTHING in a person's life. You try not to complain but if all there is is pain?...meh