I have no idea what I should do. I have been having back problems for the last 19 months. I've seen so many different doctors and they've all had different ideas. I've gone through 20 different types of Injections, 4 physical therapist, 4 MRI's, X-rays, bone scans. Everything. I have been seeing a pain management Dr. and what he has told me is that in L4 and L5 I have a partial herniated disc and it is dried up and torn. He is trying to help me control the pain but I don't think he understands how severe it is. I lay in bed all the time. I work 3-4 hours a day and then I am in bed the rest of the time. My lower back, butt and legs hurt all the time. Even when I do nothing so when I walk or try to go up steps or sit for long periods I feel like I am going to pass out. I have tried to tell him that the pain meds do not help very much but he says he wont give me a higher dose or anything else because of my age. Which is ridiculous because pain is pain. What does age have to do with it. So last week he sent me to a surgeon and what he says is that surgery is my next option but he doesn't want to do it. From what I understood it is because where my disc is out it isn't hitting any nerves. The surgeon said that there are many surgeons out there that do this type of surgery so I need to go and get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. So that's what I am doing. Does everyone have to fight so hard to get their back problems solved? Is going on disability an option for me since working is such and struggle and if it is how do I bring it up to my doctor? It's so depressing to keep fighting and fighting to get this taken care of. I want to get back to life. I can't handle being in bed all the time. Please send your ideas and stories to me. It would greatly be appreciated.