Hi. I am Amy and I am 30 yrs old. I had selective endoscopic disectomy at L4-5 & L5-S1 but did not help. My MRIs with contrast showed I had degenerative disc disease, spondlothesis Grade I, spinal stenosis, and EMG showed chronic lumbar radicluopathy. I later on had anterior lumbar interbody fusion at L5-S1. I went to rehab for 6 months and did not feel any better. I went saw a surgeon from the Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX. However, I was living in Phoenix at the time and they had a surgeon that would fly once a week to see patients in Phoenix. He ordered another discogram test and showed L4-5 was positive. It actually showed the DDD was worse on the dicogram test than the MRI did. He said the MRI showed I had it but was not doing anything. He did a TLIF at L4-5 with a redo fusion at L5-S1. He said if I had not had the endoscopic and L5-S1 fusion I would have been a candidate for artificial disc replacement. He put in 4 screws, 2 rods, and a bone. I got hurt in Sept 2002 and went to chiropractors. However, they were not able to adjust my lower back due to my skin was so painful to press on. The last one I saw thought I had sacroliits in my SI joints and told me to walk in the pool..not swim. It explains why if I swim I hurt worse when I get out. I can get temp relief if I barely walk. Since I had the L4-5/redo fusion in Jan 10, 2005, about 6 months into the fusion I started having a different kind of pain. My surgeon thinks it is a lumbar strain and left SI joint dysfunction. I have exhausted pain management. I went to the Mayo Clinic Jan 12-16-2009 in Scottsdale, AZ. I got disability back in July so I have Medicare, Medicare Supplement (Plan F), and Medicaid. Based on my diagnoses, I had to see a Rheumoglist. He ruled out on the first day I did not have sacroliits because my SI joints look normal on x-ray & MRI. He order a sleep monitor that I had to use at my hotel the first night to check my oxygen levels..to make sure I was getting oxygen to my body. I also have pain in my knees, and hands. I have numbness in my hands and feet when I wake up. I cannot hold anything until the numbness goes away. If I turn a doorknob I have electric shock so I have to be careful when turning the doorknob. My knees hurt too. I had an EMG test on Wed. 1-14 and showed old lumar radiclupathy but nothing new. I still have numbness and shooting pains in my legs. If I sit on the toilet too long my left leg goes completely numb where I have to limp. Also, I have numbness in the back of both legs. Thursday I went to see a Physical Med doctor and his impression was chronic low back pain, Myofacial pain, and lumbar strain. He suggested manual thepary, breaking the pain cycle, tension unit, and going to a pain center where there are variety of doctors to help me cope with my pain. Friday I saw a Neurosurgeon and he thought I had failed back surgery syndrome. I said why do I have this if my pain is different. He then said he thought it was Myaliga. He suggested doing epidurals since I have not had them since 2003. I went back to the Rheumoglist to discuss what the other specialist said and plan of action. He said it was Fibromyaliga. It was not the structure of my back..it was more in the soft tissues. I got back and went to my pain doctor. She said all these are symptoms and not diagnoses. This past Tuesday I had facet joint blocks at three levels and made my lower back hurt worse. I had ended up going to the E.R. last night. The E.R. doctor thought it was in the L4-5 & L5-S1 and not Firbomyaliga. He gave me a shot with steriods and it really calmed it down so I could sleep. I had been in the pool that day and using heat & ice..nothing was touching it. He suggested stronger pain medication for when I have E.R. type of pain. He said that way my medications will work. I had lost my job right before my last surgery and my mom moved me back to New Mexico. My friend lives out in Phoenix, AZ and she goes to a neuromusclaor specialist/therapist. I misspelled it but you can research it. Her specialist told her to see a pain doctor that moved into the clinic she goes to. She said he told her today she needs to be cymbalta. Lyrica and cymbalta are the only two medications for fibromyaliga. The Mayo Clinic told me not to have any more procedures or surgeries as the fibromyaliga would attack that. I do have feeling in my lower back that is a bee sting/ant bed down there if I sit too long. I can barely stand for 1-2 minutes. If I bend I have severe pinching in my skin near my scar on my back. My hardware looks great but I wonder if the hardware can still cause pain. I have pain over the pedical screws places in my sacrum/buttocks. Massages are unbearable for me. In therapy they do electric stem with heat 15 min, ultrasound over the painful areas 15 min, and a light massage with biofreeze. All of this helps for temp relief. If I get in warmer water/hot tub, I feel worse when I get out. I have to do double duty of therapy. If I walk in cooler water it will provide me temp relief. I take Lorcet 10/650 4x a day, Soma 350 mg 3x a day, Neurontin 800 mg 4x a day, and Relfean 500 mg 2x a day. I bought me z-coil shoes and found out I had flat feet. So I have to have inserts as well.