Hello everyone! I'm a 43 year old mother of 3 (two mine, one his) and wife. I worked in EMS until a year ago when I had to retire my 15 year career due to my back finally going out and not getting better. I'm not sure when I injured my back but it could have happened when I took a fall, landing on my rear-end in 2006. I'm fairly sure I fractured my tailbone but went to work the next day anyway for a 24 hour shift. Hurt like heck let me tell ya! About a year later I started having lumbar pain that would come and go the next 3 years, treat with prednisone, flexeril, and vicodin. In Sept, 2010, I lifted a 25lb bag of dog food and pivoted. Horrible pain followed so I went to the Dr. who gave me the regular treatment only this time it didn't go away. It got worse and worse. I retired my job because I knew in my heart there was no going back to lifting patients and my husband makes a good living so I don't have to work, thank God. I went though several rounds of steroids, never got any better. In Jan. 2011 I knew I needed more aggressive treatment but I'm horrible about going to the Dr. so I was putting it off. Pain meds weren't helping, no position alleviated it. I knew I was a candidate for surgery and I didn't want it. My left leg went numb then 2 days later I woke up numb from my hips down. Took an ambulance ride to the ER, neuro came in and I was in the OR within an hour of my arrival. I have seen people say that in their case surgery is an "option". I didn't have an option, it was emergent. Had a microdiscectomy/laminectomy that day and then a repeat in June 2011. I've been referred to pain mngt, have had two injections under sedation. The last one was was yesterday and the injections were in the facet joints at the L3 though S1 levels. Today I still have pain but I can lean backwards without making it worse so I guess the inj. did some good. I take 2 Norco, 3 x's a day, Flexeril and Lyrica. I hate to say it but the Norco isn't cutting the mustard anymore and I'm not sure what's next.. Would love to hear from people!