My back pain first started when I was 15 while I was lifting weights for football. It started at the beginning of 2013 and got progressively worse over the next few months. I went through six weeks of physical therapy which had no improvement on my condition. I had a MRI done and it showed that I had one herniated disk protruding into my nerves at the S1 level. I had a cortisone shot which didn't improve anything either. My Orthopedic Surgeon, who I'll call Mr. V, then suggested that I have a surgery to remove part of the herniated disk. This operation took place July 1, 2013. After I was done Mr. V told me that when he went in I actually had two herniated disks and one slightly bulging all on the left side at L4, L5, and S1. He removed parts of the two herniated disks and left the other alone. I can't recall exactly which was worked on but, these were the only places they mentioned. I had about two weeks of relief before pain set in again. I was prescribed 5mg hydrocodone for everyday use which helped immensely in the beginning. Soon the meds stopped working and my dose was bumped up to 7.5mg. It was around then I think my addiction slowly started forming. By September of 2013 I was in too much pain to do anything even on pain killers so I was given another cortisone shot which was also ineffective. And so I was scheduled for round 2 in back surgery on October 21, 2013. This was the same surgery as last time and again two discs were worked on that I can't recall exactly but it was either L4, L5, or S1. Again I lasted about two weeks. I was then given 10mg hydrocodone. This is where things started to get bad. I was in extreme pain and I had also started snorting my hydrocodone when out doing things. It gave a stronger effect for a shorter time which allowed me to do some things. It got to the point where it wasn't about pain though and I realized what was happening but I couldn't stop. Three at a time weren't doing anything anymore so back to Mr. V we went. He was a lot more serious this time and said that he wanted to go ahead and do a spinal fusion at the L5-S1 area. I was pretty devastated that I was getting a third surgery, but I hoped it would be the last. The surgery was on January 13, 2014. I was in a lot of pains afterwards, but it soon went away and I started feeling normal again. I completely stopped taking pain medication and I felt amazing. The only downside was I missed almost all of my junior year of high school. After this third surgery though I developed severe depression. I was given Celexa and and was soon on max dosage. Life pretty much stopped for long time. I didn't really get out of my funk until starting my Senior Year. After thing was going smoothly until exactly five days from the anniversary of my last surgery while getting in a car I had a huge bolt of pain shoot through my body. I was so scared and didn't know what to do. After talking to doctors, getting MRI's, and doing PT I found out I had multiple minor bulging disks. Mr. V said he didn't want to do surgery and basically said cya without any advice or referrals. I soon contacted the Pain Management Clinic that did my cortisone shots. The doctor that did all my previous ones suggested doing another. As i figured it was my only option we had it scheduled for this morning. I am now sitting at home resting wondering what my life will be like. My depression is crippling I hardly care about anything anymore and wonder if I'm going to graduate high school. I have no desire to continue building a life anymore. I know this long rant was extremely winey and long but I'm used to bottling everything thing up and thought talking to someone in the same position would help. Thank you for reading my story.