Hello, my name is Jon, I'm 27. I've been pretty rough on myself since I was a kid, so I don't know exactly when my injuries occured. I've been in pain since I was 19, but didn't have insurance. Well I finally got to the doctor about 3 years ago, had xray show nothing, then mri shows 10 herniated discs, 3 pushing into the thecal sac. Most are in the c-spine, but also have some in t and l-spine. I go to physical therapy as much as I can afford and do what excercises I can at home, but it just seems to get worse. Now I am having quite a bit of pain in my middle and lower back, and am throwing my lower back out quite often, to the point where I am scared to pick up anything, I don't even need to be lifting, just bending over will do it. I am becoming more and more frustrated. I take Somas(I get muscle spasms in my lower back), and vicodin, and feel undermedicated. I work in construction, and miss too much work to pain, so I am financially frustrated as well. I have worked with people who have 1 bulging disc with the same pain script as me. My doctor will not increase my dosage. Did I mention I am frustrated. I am scared to play golf, gardening leaves me sore for days, going out on the boat is miserable, and that is pretty much all my hobbies. I am never without pain, it's just a matter of how bad, some days are good days, some days are terrible(especially when I throw my lower back out). I have a very hard time sleeping(can't get comfortable), I even bought a new expensive mattress though it hasn't helped, over the counter sleep aids do nothing. If anyone has similar issues, I could really use some suggestions as to how to cope. I see the forums are seperated by upper middle and lower back, yet my pain is throughout my entire spine. where should I look for others with similar problems? What forum do herniated discs fall under? This is the first time I have reached out to others, so I am sorry for the long post. I will be very thankful to any suggestions towards getting my pain under control. Thanks for allowing me to vent, I needed it.