I found this forum yesterday, and took time to read through the stories of all the pain that goes with back problems. I thought I had problems till I read some of your stories, but I still feel like I belong!
I'm facing a micro discectomy on L3L4 in early February, and from reading the postings, I've found some answers, but just as many questions, which I'm sure you will all have your own experiences of and be able to help with over time.
My Story (so far) - I've had bouts of severe back pain for the past number of years, with long gaps of mild pain in between. The latest, and most severe bout, occurred last Easter Monday morning, and I've been in constant pain since. Thanks to some excellent meds, I spent 2 days incoherent on the bedroom floor, followed by PT for a time. This gave me back the ability to walk somewhat upright, but the first few weeks / months since April I was like a man of 90 (and I'm only 42).
An MRI at the time identified Degenerative Disk Disorder, which until I read the info on this site, and watched the video, sounded like the end of the world. At least I know now that it's not.
I got to see a specialist after about 8 weeks, who advised trying nerve root blocking to identify the cause of the problem, which I had. He's now satisfied with the target of his attention and I'm hoping it will be the end of it (although I've seen the some you you who it didn't' work for.)
Initially I had pain in lower back, butt and some firing pains down to the knees on both legs, but this has progressed to radiating tingling down my right leg.
Anyway, best of luck to all of you at this time, hoping you all get at least 5 minutes peace from the pain.