:T As I take a time out in my life to finally focus on me,I have come to find this page!! I am truly in hopes to find some support, answers to questions, and a path in the right direction for the chronic pain that hinders my everyday life! My name is "Faith" I am a 31 year old wife and mother of 2, I am a phlebotomist and a 4.0 Nursing student, However I have had to put my ambitions and goals on hold while I pursue a pain free or at least a pain less way of living!!. It started when I was young, I was a gymnast and cheerleader although I had mild to moderate lower back pain,i continued in doing my hearts desire of cheering on competition squads and being one of few that was able to do my back tuck and layout without a problem, that is not without pain in my lower back EVERYDAY! I graduated school and didn't pusue college right away I had worked in the home health care field and noticed since i hadn't been cheering, except for teaching my little sister, my symptoms of pain had suppressed a bit. From that point, I had started my Nursing studies at a local Nursing School where i had noticed A tremendous amount of pain after being on the floor for hours at a time lifting and caring for patients!!! January of '06 I was laying on the floor at home watching a movie (I already had a, what I called normal back ache and full of motrin, that's what I always took) When I went to stand up, I couldn't move the pain was sooooo excrutiating! I had to have an ambulance get me off the floor, however at MY direction!!!! I felt like i was going to die....literally, i thought i was going to be paralyzed first!!! I was never in sooo much pain. :''( I had been given an MRI that night that revealed alot of problems from L-2- S-1: DDD, Annular tear, disc rupture/bulge, arthritis, beginning stages of stenosis, and also chronic facet syndrome :jawdrop: I was completely unaware of the amount of problems i had in my lower lumbar. However since then I have had the worst problems with being treated for the pain and other alternatives that may be implemented. I recieved another MRI in Nov. '08 showing progression to the negative with each of my DX, I am at a loss of hope at this point!! On top of this, in the meantime, I was found by my biological mother who in turn has a list of back problems simliar to mine after knowing my biological father, his family is almost the EXACT same but worse. Is this what I have to look forward to??? Please, I have tried injections Which DO NOT HELP, steroids which gave me a gradual 35 pound weight GAIN, every pill known to the pharmacist, also medicinal interventions i refused, I hope I can find some answers here!! I am suffering miserably everyday and can not even enjoy my little ones like i should!! Please lead me in the right direction!! Thanx 4 listening!