Hi my name is Lou and I am new to this forum. I have Lumbar Disc Degenerative Disease in Disc L1 to L4 with a buldging disc in L5. I have had the buldging disc since 2008 and I have controled the pain with nerve blocks, Vicodin and epidurals. However since April of this year the pain has gotten worse and the New MRI showed the disc gegeneration. The pain is now going straight down my tail bone with a burning sensation. And my right hip and leg hurts all the time. No matter what I do I cannot get the pain to go below a 5 and most of the time it is at a level 7 to 8 with peaks to 9. My family doctor sent me to a spine specialist who said I didnt need surgery and that was that. Spent less than 10 mins in his office. I had a really good PM doctor in Ohio, But since moving to rual North Carolina I have not been able to find one. I cannot stand for longer than 30 mins, or sit and sleeping at night is almost none as I wake up almost screaming cause the pain is so intense. And I have had to quit working because of the pain. My life sucks as I have this pain that has taken over. I would like some advice on how to approach my doctor and tell him the pain meds arent working. The Spine specialist did set me up for a nerve study to see what was the problem but said I wont see him again as he was a surgeon. What a disappointing day. Sorry just venting.