My name is Jaclyn. I am a 29 year old Ohioan. I had previously explored these forums to ease my frustrations. It is always nice to have someone else "get it". I started to experience back pain while carrying my third son. Upon delivery I asked for an epidural. I had one with my first child without any problem. However, this time it took two doctors and 8 tries before they were successful. After being home four days I felt a stabbing pain down my back and dropped to the floor. I went to the OB/GYN who determined this was not an epidural problem. My PCP then referred me to the local pain clinic to see a colleague of the anesthesiologist who performed the epidural. She first decided that childbirth had caused a flare up, so we tried several different meds. After a few months of continuous pain she did an MRI and saw that my L4, L5, and S1 had ruptured disks so we tried a cortisone injection which caused me to have heart palpitations and sweat profusely, but did not help the pain. After exhausting all other treatment options she finally sent me to see a NS who decided it was best to do a L4-S1 PLIF. I underwent this surgery April 18, 2008. Then when it was time to leave post op my NS decided that I was not progressing well, so he sent me to rehab. Once there I did not eat or sleep for three days, just moved from bed to chair and back in severe pain. After finally adjusting my meds I was to start PT, but guess what? Their new contractors bailed, so I received no PT. Then after six days I noticed a big hole forming in my back. I was immediately rushed back in and opened up once again, only to find skin staph. After a week of IV antibiotics I finally was released. Since then I have done PT, hydrotherapy, meds, chiropractic. I have exhausted all options presented to me by my doctors. So now almost a year later I am still in awful pain while taking muscle relaxers and 50 mg of Percocet a day. Oh yeah.. I also have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This, I am told is the cause of my neck and shoulder pain. So here I sit a young single mom of 9 y/o, 6 y/o, and 14 month old boys, unable to play or even pick up the baby. Let alone support them (I am a nurse, but unable to work that physically right now).Thanks for listening. Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated!