Hi, my name is Jackie and I am 32 years old. My whole life I have been very active in gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming and at the local gym. In 2009, after doing some moderate walking, I had a slow increase of pain over the next four hours up until it was so severe I couldn't move. The doctors found that I had herniated my L4-L5 and had 3 other bulging discs above and below it. Even though they say the MRI does NOT show nerve impingemint, I have nerve pain that runs down my right leg to my foot and sometimes my left leg to my calf. I also have scoliosis and disc degenerative disease. Over the course of the past two years I have had four rounds of PT, aquatic therapy, an epidural, 8 cortisone shots(only one of which helped for a short period of time), seen 3 different neurosurgeons who have told me that I am to young to operate, tried accupuncture, massage therapy and have a TENS unit which I use when conveinient. I have tried countless pain medications and muscle relaxers as the pain sometimes keeps me up all night or can be so severe that I cant sit or stant for more than 20 minutes at a time. Recently my neurologist also diadnosed me with fibromyalgia which I do not know a lot about. I am confused as to what my next step should be and I dont want to go through this pain any longer even though I am so young but why are surgeons so skeptical to operate if I have all the telltale symptoms of impingement even though the MRI dosent show it? And what types of surgery has anyone found helpful?