Hello fellow back pain sufferers! I am new to all of this and while starting my research found this wonderful and informative site. I recently had a long awaited MRI on my spine, at the age of 16, I was involved in an auto accident where the pick up truck ran over my mid section. At that time no broken bones found, but internal bleeding. Well many, many years later, approximately 25 years or so, I started experiencing bouts of back problems, just figuring I over did it on something, having both my children later in life, second one at 35, and an extreme worker, I loaded UPS trucks daily. And not being too kind to my physical body through the years. The bouts would happen oh maybe once every couple of years, THEN, at the age of 45 I feel and broke my first bone, my ankle. This seem to prompt an incredible, and mentally challenging, decline in my physical abilities, the back problems started to happen even more frequently. Now 3 years later, I am experiencing, numb leg, both feet have no feeling in them, sudden and intense pains running down my legs and across my lower back. The MRI results, for which I apologize, as once the word "surgeon" came out of the nurses mouth, I heard very few words. You see this has been a life long fear, I have mostly heard negative results from the few people I have met that have had back surgeries. So at that the nurse told me. over the phone, that I have extreme and severe arthritis up and down my spine, then she starting talking about disks and lumbar numbers, the last thing I heard clearly was the L5 and how the disc was bulging out and pressing up against the spinal cord and it appears to have significant nerve damage. She also set up a nerve conduction test, which what the heck is this about, she said it would help the surgeon to evaluate what was worse and needed to be fixed first. WHAT, first, what does that mean??? Also the Dr keeps giving me meds that put me to sleep or make me so lethargic I can barely function. Any and all suggestions, advice, are greatly appreciated, What should I be doing to prepare myself for all that lies ahead? My neurologist appointment is on October 11......plenty of time for in depth research. Thanks in advance for all comments!!!