Hi, I am new to Spine-Health. I have had chronic back pain (mostly lower, but varies throughout the day/activities) for 5 years. I am about to be 20 years old and a junior in college. My pain started in my sophomore year of high school, not from anything in particular. I was an active child, in sports and enjoyed going outside. One morning, I woke up and was unable to get out of bed. I took a week off of school since I was barely able to get around the house. From then on I had back pain. I grew up in a household that did not go to the doctor or take medications for religious reasons, so I did not see a doctor about my back pain until I was in college and no longer practiced the religion my family followed. I have had spine x-rays, several MRIs on my whole spine and head, and extensive blood work done looking for anything that could indicate what is wrong (I have not had a spinal tap -- yet). So far, I have managed the pain with prescription medications (none of them actual pain medications). I currently take Lyrica (150 mg 2x a day) for the back pain, 30 mg amitriptyline at night for chronic/daily headaches, and Bayer aspirin (3 or 4 375mg tablets at a time) when needed (once or twice a day usually). I exercise regularly, eat (mostly) healthily, and remain as positive as possible. I currently deal with chronic back pain, daily headaches, muscle spasms all over my boy randomly throughout the day, a "penguin-like" walking style, and tremors whenever I lift anything too heavy or overexert myself for too long. I have not been diagnosed with anything since my doctors have not been able to find anything wrong with me. I joined Spine-Health to research helpful treatments and hopefully to learn from those that have had situations like mine. Thanks ahead of time for your help and thoughts.