I've had a "bad back" for about 7 years now, but it has never been as bad as it has been lately. I made an appointment with my PCP and he ordered an MRI. The results made me very emotional. Sad because I am only 21 and have so much wrong, but glad that I am finally on the right path to help. I have multilevel DDD (T12-L1-L2-L3), 3 bulging discs (L1-L2.L3.L4,L5), multilevel Schmorl's nodes (T12 - L4) and multilevel facet arthritis (L3,L4,L5,S1). Only my lower back was looked at, but my doc said he's about 90% sure my upper back was the same. Also my hip has been causing significant pain, so that and my upper back will be looked at this coming Wednesday. Doc also set an appointment with a PM doc but due to the small town I live in I won't be able to be seen until mid April. I scheduled an appointment with an ortho in Phoenix (also due to the fact that I live in a very small town and no back orthos are available here) for this coming Thursday to discuss options and begin my journey. I decided to make an account here because before I was diagnosed here I ran across this site a lot and figured it'll be in my favor to do so. So here I am! Hoping someone can give me their opinions, or options for me. My PCP put me on percocets 5/325 and I am having no relief what so ever. I ice in the morning, rest on a heating pad at night. Also do yoga, and muscle strengthening exercises when I can at work. I hardly ever used opiates aside from a previous cesarean section surgery. I am completely new to this world and don't know what to ask my doctor tomorrow at my appointment. I want to know what my options are as to other narcotics? If I even can get different ones? I know that DEA is strict on this stuff due to my grandfather suffering from severe arthritis, I've seen the hoops that he has had to jump through. I'm actually quite scared as I feel like I am asking for something "bad" in a sense. The percocets have helped to an extent, but as I type my entire back is pounding and pulsing in pain. I am also on Meloxicam, gabapentin, and flexeril. Please can someone, anyone, ease my mind and tell me if I am overreacting, advise what I should ask for, and tell me what this journey will look like for me? Thank you in advanced and I appreciate you for reading this!