Hi. I've been dealing with chronic low back pain for more than 20 yrs. it took a while to diagnose. First it was muscle strain. Then it was this or that. I had X-Rays, CT scans, physical therapy, multiple meds. Finally, had an MRI. There it was... A herniated disc. Since then, I've been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, mild scoliosis, bulging discs, arthritis, bone spurs, and the disc space between L4-L5 is about 10-15% of what it should be. I did have microdiscectomy in 2000, which is why I believe the disc space is so small now. I've been on every anti-inflammatory known to man. I've been told the only thing that can be done is fusion. One surgeon said he would only do the surgery if I was six months medication free. Another told me he wouldn't do the surgery because of my weight. I'm on neurontin, cymbalta, and Vicodin, and flexoril for pain. I was told I would be in a wheelchair "in five yrs". That was ten yrs ago. I can't stand up long enough to cook a meal or wash dishes on a good day. I've been practically bed bound the last week because of the pain. I'm scheduled for injections on Monday. Can't come soon enough. I have had multiple rounds of injections. When I sit, my feet and lower legs go numb. When I stand I have severe muscle spasms. Laying down anymore doesn't give me much relief. Well, this is my story.