Hello, I am a new member to these or any set of forums. I have suffered with lower back pain for over 25 years following an injury that happened at work. I have been to just about every doctor, had just about every test, and taken just about every medicine including Methadone which I am currently on. They claim I have advanced Degenerative Disk Disease throughout my spine with most pronounced at the L3, L4, L5. I have started going to a pain clinic as my regular doctor did not want to deal with the meds. My question to all of you is do you ever wonder whether or not the problem is in your head. I hear people tell me that DDD should not be painful. I hear people tell me that to get SI joint injections will fix my problem. All I know is I hurt. I hurt in my back, I hurt in my heart, and I hurt in my spirit. Why do people who have been with me for most of the time not believe me. Is it in my head? I need advice please. I filed for disability as I cannot do much, although after a finishing a course of prednisone I feel like a million bucks. What gives?