Newbie here! Hope everyone is having as good of a day as you can possibly be having! I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about this new pain I am getting. Background: I injured my back in bootcamp, Marines, and it was not caught for some time after, so I finished bootcamp and did combat training with my injury. MRI showed two herniated discs, L4-5, L5-6, one herniating to the right and one herniating to the left. I also had an old compression fracture that had by that point healed fairly well, and two compressed discs, clearly all caused by repetitive trauma (yeah, bootcamp will do that!) I had a laminectomy about three years ago as L4-5 had pretty much exploded. I saw my surgeon on a Friday and a week and a half later was operated on. Very lucky I got it taken care of so fast. Anyway, as a result of surgery I have gobs of scar tissue, so I get sciatica into both legs. But the sciatica right now is under control. I get flare-ups but nothing too bad. I have developed a new pain within the last year or so. It is very centered in my spine, sometimes the feeling of pressure in my spine is almost unbearable. I cannot sit for more than 15 minutes without excruciating pain in my spine and that feeling of pressure. I am on flexeril at night, robaxin for day (does nothing, so I don't really take it), and oxycodone 1 to 2 three times a day. I have been to my military doctors several times in the past about two months to switch meds because it is getting unbearable. I don't sleep, sometimes I only get 2-3 hours a night. I have two little baby girls, so I am very active, but it is starting to impinge on my time and patience with them. I am very puzzled as to why I have this new pain and where it is coming from. My doc didn't seem too concerned, but I am very concerned. I have a lot of stiffness and tons of clicking and cracking when I move. Like I said I don't sleep and my meds barely seem to touch this pain. Also I have numbness in both hips extending down leg on right side where my disc basically exploded, so nerve damage. But besides the numbness I don't get a lot of sciatic pain to be honest. It's all in my lower back and directly in the spine. I am kind of angry to be honest because I can't believe that I have a new kind of pain, I just didn't think it would get this much worse. And I DO NOT want to take meds constantly, I was addicted to the lortab I had before the percocet and I hated it. It was just agony waking up in cold sweats. And my doc pretty much told me the only other option is a pain clinic, but I am very, very afraid of this as I do not have the option to change doctors if I don't like this one as they are military doctors and you just don't get to choose. I have tried to research this feeling of pressure and the pain and I still have no clue as to what could be causing this. But it is taking over my life! I can't think about anything else all day long, it is interfering with my job and my life in general. The insomnia is just atrocious. I am so tired I can barely function, but can't sleep. The meds don't really help me sleep either. Anyone else have these symptoms? I am only 26 and at 5'6" I weigh about 130 pounds, so I am not overweight. Any ideas what this could be? I know you all are not doctors, but I can't seem to figure out what could be causing it and I am beginning to think it is all in my head. It just doesn't make any sense to me. Why would I be suddenly developing this pain? I never had it before, just the sciatica. Any ideas? What else can I do? I am almost at the point of just breaking down and going to the pain clinic because I just feel like I am loosing my mind from the pain. But it just scares me like I said. What if the new doc just cuts me off? I hate this so much. It is just taking over my life. I think I am getting depressed as a result. I would appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thank you.