My name is Rosa, I'm 33 years old and live in South Carolina. I have had back pain for years, it got so bad at one point I was walking with a cane. However, each time it would eventually get better. I had an MRI done years ago and they said nothing was wrong. Well, back in December I got rear ended but the guy wasn't going that fast and barely hurt my car. This was the second time I have been rear ended, lucky me. Well, I didn't go to the hospital because I thought I was fine. The pain started getting worse and worse, especially when I started using the gym at my college. All I did was walk on the treadmill, but I think I was walking way too fast for too long, and the pain was excruciating. I thought I was just sore from working out for the first time since high school so I went to a chiropractor thinking he would adjust me and I would be fine. He did x-rays and said that I have scoliosis, my hips are uneven, and my neck has no curve and all the vertebrae's are crunched together. He wanted me to come 2-3 times a week and wait 2 weeks before he even referred me to an orthopedic. I wasn't having that so I made myself an appointment with the orthopedic's office that did my dad's back surgery. Well, dad's doctor didn't have an opening and they said this new guy was the scoliosis expert and I should see him. I also have extreme pain in my right knee and he said the bones are rubbing and popping, and gave me a cortisone shot and scheduled an MRI. I also have neck pain. I went to get my results two days later and no offense to anyone, but he's a foreigner and I could barely understand him. He showed me parts of the MRI and said that I have black discs and I need spinal injections. He didn't do an MRI on my neck or knee. He didn't even tell me what he thinks is my diagnosis, I saw the number on the form he gave me to give to the office lady and turned the form around and looked it up. It said lumbar radiculopathy. He gave me some tramadol because that's what I asked for and had them set me an appointment for the injections because he doesn't do them. I think he's mad that I don't need surgery, but what he doesn't know is even if I did need surgery, I wouldn't have it. My dad had 4 vertebrae's in his lumbar replaced and he's in as bad a shape as he ever was right now and he had to go through all that pain. I made an appointment with dad's doctor for a second opinion and they also have pain management there that I will be seeing. I had hoped and prayed the tramadol would work because I thought that weren't narcotics, silly me. They are classified as narcotics and can cause withdrawals as severe as oxycotin. Well, if I'm going to be subject for withdrawals, it's going to be from something that actually works. I went to the ER and the dr there was shocked he didn't do an MRI on my neck or knee. She gave me a stronger pain med and explained everything to me. I wish I could just see her. If anybody has any tips or advice for me, please feel free to share. I know how bad the pain is and it sucks. I'm in college and so far behind on my work, but luckily my professors and the academic chair knows what's going on and have my back.