I am 23 years old, and I had what I would consider normal back pain. It would come and go, be here and there. I was in a car accident a couple of years ago, and had more back pain after that, but shook it off as normal. A little over a year ago I had a baby, during the epidural it took her numerous tries! She asked if I had a back injury, I said no. It sparked my curiosity but I had bigger things to deal with and again shook it off. About a month ago I started working out, trying to get back into shape. One night I noticed my leg was numb, just like that. I didn't do anything to injury my back.. And then I started noticing burning pain in my thigh, the sensation of pop corn popping under my thigh, sciatic pain, and the back ache. I went to the Dr, he gave me some medicine, told me to follow up in a month. Things got worse, I would be driving and my foot would go numb, my leg kept giving out on me. Oh the pain! I can not sit or stand in one position for more than 4 minutes with out getting searing stabbing pains and cramps in my legs. So I scheduled another appt. Had an MRI with contrast and an x ray done. The radiologist gave me my results right there. I have 7 bulging discs (from t2 to l5), ddd (which i believe is the same as the bulging discs?) and athritis at I believe at l4 and l5. I was dumbfounded! I haven't seen my doctor yet. But I am very anxious on some information. I don't want to go into my appt not know the right questions to ask. I feel as if I an too young to have arthritis, and with the symptoms. I'm worried I will be nearly bed riden at the age of 60.