Hi all, I have been looking at spine health for the last six months as I have been going through this journey.In The beginning of Jan 2009 I had a nasty fall on my Icy driveway it goes with living in MN.I waited it out a few days and then went in to see my GP as the pain in my lower back was a 10 on a scale. He sent me for a MRI gave me a med pack and some vicodin.The MRI came back as some disc degeneration at L5 but other wise unremarkable. Back to see the GP for results but at this point he said there was nothing there Except mild changes that come with age I am 36. I told him I don't feel any better and he handed me another med pack and percocet. I played this game for about three months as I was not getting better my left leg and my left Buttock and left hip felt like they were on fire and were feeling like I had pins and needles.So I would get steroids and pain killers as I have ulcerative colitis and cannot take any kind of Nsaids as they cause stomach bleeding with my condition.I finally on my own went to see a spine Dr.He pulled up my MRI results and said here is your problem. At l5 s1 part of your disc is dead you have scoliosis right here and the nerve is probably getting pinched. It all happened so fast he told me I needed a nerve root injection and sent me on my way. I have had three of those now and one intreal disc injections to have know relief. At this point I am miserable and feeling hopeless. The spine clinic is going to reevaluate me and we will see. I have been too the Er once as my hip and lower back hurt so bad that the pain killers were not helping. I was given a shot and stronger pain med and Valium. The Valium worked wonders for my sleeping but as I have researched it could be adding to my depression. I was so active before all this happened. I am a very busy mom who works at school and coaches soccer and Boy and Girl scouts. Or I did before this happened my quality of life is bad right now.I did go back to my GP as I knew the depression was getting bad.So I am trying Gapapentin, Cymbalta, and 15 mg morphine twice a day and warm water pool therapy until I get in to the pain clinic and figure this out with the back Drs.As I can see there are many people who have been doing this for years so thank you for letting me vent and knowing I am not alone. This is the hardest thing I have ever been through as it takes away your life as you knew it.