Hi all!!! I just stumbled upon this group while looking for answers to this stupid pain I am having. I had never had a single back pain in my entire life until 2005. I was a dancer for 20 years, a cheerleader for 15, gave birth to two healthy children and never had a single pain. Then I was 13 weeks pregnant with twins I was carrying for a friend when I woke up in sever pain. I couldn't go to the bathroom, stand, sit, lay, or anything. My right leg hurt so bad I wanted to crawl out of my skin. So I waited 24 hours and when I couldn't take it anymore I went to the ER. Being pregnant they gave me Lortabs and sent me home. This did nothing to mask the pain nor did it help me go to the bathroom. So imagine being 13 weeks pregnant with two babies and not being able to go to the bathroom! My sanity shortly went out the window. I went to the ER again and they drained my bladder and gave me more pain pills. Finally a week later my very angry OBGYN sent me to get an MRI which showed a ruptured disk. Somehow the way it ruptured it smashed a nerve to my bladder making it impossible for me to urinate. So I had a partial disectomy and finished out the pregnancy feeling great. No more pain or complications. Surgery was November 1, 2005 and babies were born in April of 2006. In May of 2006 I started feeling a slight pinch so I went to my OS and asked him what was up and he did some test and they showed that I had in fact ruptured the disk. He went in in June 2006 and did an L5-S1 spinal fusion. When I woke up it was the worst pain I had ever been in! He said that I must have a high pain tolerance because I had been leaking spinal fluid into my body and should have been extremely ill. To be honest I felt fine. After all the rehab I have been great. Only a few pains here and there but nothing to write home about. I have had another baby since without any pain, work out, run, do everything I ever did before. THEN last Sunday I started hurting. It almost felt like there was a small lump nest to my spine. So I thought it was the screw I was feeling. Now that it gone and I just hurt. I have no idea and am extremely frustrated. I love my hardware and have no desire to have it removed but all this pain is scaring me. So after all that this is how I ended up here. Thanks!!!