Hi my name is Tom Jackson. I have had back pain for about 10 years off and on. I am now 30 and over the last year the pain has gotten progressively worse. I just had an MRI done on 9/19/2008. I got the results back and was amazed at the problems. The bottom 3 discs were completely black on the MRI film which to my understanding means they have lost all the water that used to be in them. Does that mean the discs are essentially gone? I have 2 annular tears and foraminal narrowing, lateral recess, slight flattening of the L4 nerver, along with HNP with all 3 discs. Nothing seems to work for the pain except the SI joint injections I have been getting. It’s hard to live like this. It’s difficult to do anything without pain, yard work, playing with the kids or just sitting all day at work. I wanted to join to see how other people are dealing with similar situations and how to make the best of my situation. Any replies are welcome.