I've had back pain as long as I can remember however it didn't get real bad til Fall of 09. In January of 2010 I went to a chiropractor. That didn't help so went to a doctor in August of 2010 who sent me for an MRI.
Herniated disks at L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. Got all the shots and PT as well until I lost the use of my right leg just prior to Christmas. I can walk now short distances.
Pain level hard to say because mostly its just I cannot walk very far or stand very long. Cant grocery shop anymore. Cant be normal.
Anyway thats the story! Surgery scheduled for March.