Hey all, I'm 47 and after dealing with back pain for about 10 years, I was formally diagnosed with DDD on Tuesday (cervical and lumbar). Cervical MRI revealed 2 discs that were flat and herniated. In February '09 I received the cervical injections, from my physiatrist which did little to nothing for the pain in my neck and numbness, and tingling and pain in my right arm. Then he did the facet injections (9 in all) with the same results. So now I have constant neck/arm pain. I have had lower back pain for as long as I can remember but never went to the doctor (used ice, heat, rest) until in June '09 I woke up one morning and stretched and experienced the worst pain in my life. I could hardly get out of bed and was hysterical as I was frozen and couldn't walk for several minutes. I waited for my chiropractor to open and with the help of my husband he saw me immediately and ordered an MRI-results again 2 discs herniated and flat. Well, since June I have had five of those "episodes" and am so scared. How do I keep my job (I love my job)? I can't possibly work during the extreme pain. I missed work all of February and here I am again out till who knows when. I am starting to be able to walk again without extreme pain, but who knows when it will happen again. Is there any way to tell?