I am new to the forums. I have been suffering with spine issues for 25 years. I was healthy and fit when I had my first episode with debilitating back pain. I walked every day. I was almost always in some sort of exercise program either timed dancing to music at home, exercising to a tape or participating in a health club. i went dancing every weekend and i ate healthy, allowing myself the occasional treat. my weight was average for my height. One evening after work, i stopped at the mall to do some Christmas shopping and began having a lot of discomfort in my lower back. I was 35 years of age. The pain was intermittent over the next few years, and i never took even an aspirin, but i used heating pads to relax. one day i got up out of the chair and a pain hit me so violently that i passed out. came to and crawled to my bed. i had been on a thirty six hour bus trip a few days prior to this incident. i was in agony for the next thirty days as i was waiting for my health insurance to kick in. i have a lamenectomy at L5, and have been having increasing pain and discomfort ever since. i have had physical therapy-aquatics included. i used creams, medications heat and ice packs. last december i had a fusion at l 4. i have developed severe lumbar stenosis, arthritis in my spine, scar tissue impinging on the nerve root, an additional herniation at L3 and suffered a fracture during the fusion procedure. i still do the same things to treat the pain-medication, heat, ice, creams and can no longer do physical therapy. i cannot sit in a chair for more than a half hour at the most and i cannot lean over, lift more than five pounds or engage in any activity for any length of time beyond a few minutes without suffering debilitating pain. i am a young 62 years of age and i do not want to just lie down and stop trying to be active to at least some degree. i nearly fall down when these episodes in my buttocks and upper back thighs attack me. and it is getting progressively worse. i have recently moved and am going to see a new orthopedic/spine specialist next wednesday. i live in hopes that they will tell me they now have spine implants!! haha. i wish. i just need to vent sometimes. and hear what other people are experiencing. and perhaps something i share can help someone else. i feel for anyone who is going through this. pain, i have dealt with for decades now, pain meds help some. but sometimes they don't even touch some of the pain. the injections offered little relief and only temporarily and the pain from the shots was horrific. i love life and i don't like to hear myself complain because there are a lot of people worse off than me. but that doesn't make the debilitating issue feel any better. bless you all!