I have been having back pain for three years now. In 2008 I had a large herniated disc at L5-S1 that was really compressing the spinal nerves. There were and are two more herniated discs one above and below but they are mild. Everyone was surprised i hadnt lost bladder control. i had a microdiscetomy october of that year. Since then the pain has never really gone away. And in the past few months it has gotten worse. So i just had another set of xrays and mris done this time including my cervical region because its been feeling like a nerve was pinched there. My neck appears to be fine as far as bulging discs go but i dont have a natural curve. instead it is straight and there is some degeneration there. My lumbar area still shows the two mild bulges after a year and a half. The disc between them now has a hole in it all the way thru. My dr said normally its just at the top or bottom not all the way. he said it should heal itself in 3-6mths. I'm conflicted because the other bulges have not healed on their own and this hole only took 15mths. he says it shouldn't completely deteriorate until i'm 50. well i'm 26 it shouldn't be doing this period. he also says there's nothing i can do for it besides taking alieve and doing physical therapy. i want to have a career as a nurse and eventually have babies. please tell me theres something more i can do.