Hi, I am new here and didn’t exactly know where to start. I am 55 and I blew my L3-L4 disc about 2 yrs ago after suffering for 10 yrs with chronic back/leg pain when the disc was bulging. I finally had surgery 4 months after it blew out. My pain virtually went away and I got my life back slowly. For the last several weeks I am once again experiencing low back pain and numbness in the back of my left thigh. I can not do narcotics anymore on a long term basis (I got severely addicted.. and don’t want to go down that road again) and have been taking a lot of anti-inflammatory meds again that tear up my stomach and don’t help a whole lot. I dealt with the constant pain drug free for 3yrs, after putting myself through a drug treatment program, before it finally blew. I am not sure what I should do… I have arthritis in my TMJ from a surgery 12 yrs ago, and osteoarthritis in both thumbs. I feel like I am being treated like a whiner that just wants drugs (I just want no pain, w/out drugs) and so I am afraid of saying anything about the back pain coming back. Do I tell my doc and hope he suggests another MRI to see what’s going on or what? I stretch daily and exercise moderately during the week.. but this back pain is bringing back a lot of old memories that I thought were long gone… Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!