Can you guys give me some feedback please? I really don't know what to do now. I had neck fusion in Jan. of 07. I got that one under control, only to have bad back issues now. I think all of this stems from a terrible ice fall Dec. 2000. I think it has all caught up with me. I am 52 now. The back started getting bad around May of 07. I didnt get much time after the neck fusion, till the next nightmare. I was in NYC and walked A LOT. I noticed at night, I would be limping badly from all that walking. It mostly hurt in the butt and hip. Well then I would notice when I substitute taught, I wold be limping so bad by the end of the day, it was pathetic. I was working on my neck in PT because during that same NYC trip, I torqued my neck and it was really hurting, so the back got neglected. I finally saw the rehab. Dr. about the back and I didnt have an MRI or anything and he sent me to PT. (last Nov).He thought it was either facet joint issues in the lumbar spine or SI Joint. So the PT was a pelvic specialist and treated me for the SI joint stuff. Well, unfortunately, a month into PT, the therapist started her own office and didnt take my insurance. Then I had other health issues for several months and again the back got neglected. I finally went back in April to that PT, who then was taking my insurance. I went from April till a week ago. NO HELP. She was great at hands on soft tissue work, but I couldnt get out of pain enough to do the exercises consistently. Fast forward to now. I have had 2 sets of facet joint injections....NO HELP. Oh yea, and they did the SI Joint both times too. Very minimal help. Now my Dr. says he doesnt think its the SI Joint. My MRI that I finally got says stenosis, bulging disks, and arthritis at L3-S1. When I stand or walk its a nightmare. Walking kills my hip and back, and standing mostly kills the back. I am totally becoming a hermit already here. I dont want to do anything, I cant work, because I cant stand up and teach, even a half a day. I have had 2 epidurals, which helped, but for only like 5 days. Then poof....its a nightmare again. Dr. wants to do one last epidural. (I guess cause they like do it in sets of 3). But frankly, the steroids are driving me nuts. I have been on them since early May. Must I take more for nothing???????????? I am not sure the Dr. even knows what exactly is causing my hip pain and limping. My PT is positive its the SI Joint. And the dr. thinks its referred pain from the lumbar. I see the Dr. on Tues. and I am thinking of telling him, forget the 3rd epidural. What do you think??????? Now I am totally wondering if my PT was a freaking waste of time because it was for the WRONG thing!!!!!!!!! I met my out of pocket max for my insurance, which means a surgery would be covered at 100%. (until Jan 1, 2009).I went thru this exact scenario with the neck. I scheduled the surgery in Dec. and then we had a blizzard and it had to be postponed. I ended up paying a fortune, because my out of pocket max was not met for a new yr., just the previous yr.I DO NOT want to have that happen again. How the heck does the Dr. find out just EXACTLY what is causing that horrible hip pain??? I dont want surgery when they dont know what is totaly going on. The Dr. keeps doing the epidurals in the lower lumbar, even though L3-L4 is bad too on the MRI. Now I am wondering if I have hip arthritis. Its not like it has been X-rayed or anything. I would be really pissed off if it turned out ot be hip arthritis as the cause of my hip pain. After all I AM 52. I dont know what heck to say to my Dr. on Tues. But I feel a big cry coming on when I see this guy. I know it.