I thought I would join here because people can relate to what is going on with me. I've had lower back pain for a few years now but no one ever took me seriously. Well, last September 2014 I took a nasty fall down some concrete stairs and ever since then my back has been horrible, along with sciatica and toe numbness. It took 9 months for me to see a specialist for my back (again because no one believed me I guess and there was nothing on the X-rays). I just received my MRI results this week and I'm really upset by what I read. My dr. only told me about the 3 herniated disc T11, T12 and L1 but did not mention the plethora of other findings. I also have a bulging disc in my L5 area, thoracolumbar levoscoliosis, grade 1 spondylolisthesis and mild faucet anthropathy in my L5 area. I can't help but feel down about this and for being so young. I've only been seeing this PM doctor for a little over a month and he has told me to to start stretching backwards, sleep with a pillow below my butt and to put a neck pillow behind my back when I sit all day at work. The stretching backwards hurts tremendously. He has also given me some pain medicine to help, which is nice to finally have some relief but I just want to get better! Not just mask the problem. The PM place has a full rehabilitation center, including a swimming pool and PT so I'm hoping when I see him next month I can ask him what else we can possibly do. He hasn't discussed much with me other than giving me something for my pain relief. Since this is all new to me I'm not sure what to expect or what to do next. I don't know if its just a waiting game now for the herniations to recede? I'm just feeling sort of lost and decided to start here. Thank you!