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The title pretty much sums up the past 2 years of my life! I have had low back pain on and off since I was in my mid-20s. Now I am in my late 40s and the pain is UNBEARABLE! I can't stand for more than 30 minutes without taking a break, I can't sit still for more than 20 minutes. I end up in so much pain that I cannot even stand up straight. A little over 2 years ago, I had this weird pain in my shoulder and my left arm and hand hurt like I was being electrocuted. My thumb ached all the time. It wouldn't go away. My doctor ordered a MRI and somehow I had a herniated C5-6. We tried PT and Tylenol. The PT seemed to make everything worse! I stopped going to PT and I just didn't worry about it. I could deal with the pain. The following year, I had a freak accident at home. The accident ended up hurting my neck, so I went to the ER. They said I had calcification at the spot where it was herniated. I decided it was time to see a neurosurgeon, since this was my neck. The neuro said that he didn't see anything surgical and sent me to a pain clinic since the arm and hand pain had increased. The pain clinic started doing injections and put me on 3 different pain meds. One for the nerve pain, a muscle relaxer, and Norco10 . Shortly after the 1st neck injection, I started having pain going down my left leg into my left heel and my heel felt like it was on fire! I even had a couple of toes that were numb! It was horrible! I felt like I had run a marathon! My hamstrings hurt like I had pulled them! They ordered another MRI of my lower back that showed that I had severe changes in the L5-S1 and L4-5. So the pain clinic did more injections. Now we are a year later and the pain is not better. In fact it has gotten worse! I can't sleep because I have to move positions every 20 minutes! Just sitting here typing this, my hips are on FIRE, the heel feels like it's gonna explode! I saw a surgeon for a "consult" a couple of weeks ago. I didn't see the surgeon, I only got to see the PA. Her note that she sent to my doctors office stated that I have mild arthritic changes at C5-6, Severe arthritic changes at L5-S1, and some mild at L4-5 and Bertolotti deformity. Her reading of the MRI from the previous year is that I have bilateral formaminal stenosis at L5-S1, and Multiple level facet hypertrophy. Even typing these words, I am confused! I have applied for disability and was denied. I have an appointment with an attorney to file an appeal. I am so angry over all of this. I need some pain relief. This cannot be my life! I have worked and always been active! I live in the south, and it's garden time. My garden is a ghost town. I am not getting the pain relief that I need and I am not sure of what to say or do from this point forward. My primary care doc is requesting that I have a new MRI done. I feel alone because I can't understand how I am in this much pain when there is words like "mild changes" from a specialist.