I just turned 24, my back problems began in April of 2013 with several degenerative discs in the lumbar. Laminectomy was performed for 2 large herniated discs at L4/L5 and L5/S1 in June of 2013. "Diagnosis" of Degenerative disc disease made shortly there after. Both discs reherniated in August/September of 2013, was referred to pain management clinic. Pain management looked at my post op mri and immediately sent me to a different surgeon. Had pain in legs consistent with a pinched siatic nerve, he wanted to schedule me the next week for a repeat discectomy of L4/5. I got multiple more opinions from every surgeon I was recommended over the next several months. I was told that what I really needed was a fusion for those levels but due to the lack of disc space from L2 down they had no stopping point and I'm too young to have that kind of surgery. Fast forward to May 2014 after being on narcotics for over a year... I see a surgeon my sister saw several years ago. He sends me in for diagnostic injections (I've already had multiple steriod injections, they just never help). He determines the pain is in fact coming from L4/5 region, and repeats discectomy at said level. I was alright for probably a month tops... went back to work did physical therapy. Go back in and tell him pain has returned but this time it's starting to hit my hips/pelvic area more so than legs. I get another mri... shows I have a pelvic tilt where left side is higher therefore putting more stress on right (most of my problems are right sided) also my degeneration has progressed to the point where I'll be looking at surgery MUCH sooner than I thought for that fusion. I am currently in pain management and have been getting RF treatments in my sacrum and lumbar. They help but nothing at all is long term my relief is so short lived it is making me ABSOLUTELY HOPELESS!! To top it off in November I began feeling a very brutal pain in between my shoulders as I have come to know as a bad disc. I was told by EVERYONE except my Pcp that I am way too young for a thoracic herniation so it was put off for about a month getting an mri... well.... I have a BADLY damaged T7/8. At the time of my mri the bones had been rubbing and the bottom of t7 was rigid with literally no space left. I have just in the last 2 weeks had this area RF'd and since then it has gotten significantly worse. My arms are going numb while laying flat on my back, ribs ache and get pins and needles feeling in stomach if I lay on either side. And I have had to pull my car over everytime I sneeze, yawn, or have to take a deep breath it hurts so bad into my back I can't even catch my breath lately. I was told these discs would fuse together naturally but can't find anything on how long it takes or anything and even with muscle relaxers and pain medication I am MISERABLE. Sorry this is all so long but I am just wondering if there is someone else around my age or even older who has experienced this and gotten some treatment that made it better?