Hello everyone, you'll probably be seeing alot of me in the next few weeks. As an introduction..I'm 33 yo female with several dessicated disc, a few tears in them and one really big ruptured one at L5-S1. I've had problems since I was a teenager and for years Drs wrote it off as muscle spasms until a great Dr sent me for an MRI in 2002. They located a much smaller protrusion there and after PT didn't work I got an epidural and was pretty much pain free for 7 years. Unfortunatly I didn't take care of myself like I should, gained a lot of weight and didn't realize that the occasional hip/calf pain was coming from this. Easter weekend I went camping, put a log on the fire and thought my right leg was going to buckle. After a week of pain and not realizing I was rubbing my back so hard I had bruised it I finally went to a Dr who prescribed pain meds, flexeril and naproxin...didn't help, she recommended MRI, I was stubborn (and clausterphobic) finally broke down after another 2 weeks of unbareable pain and got it and within a day they were setting me up with a neurosurgeon. Met with him last week, the disc is taking up 1/3 of the spinal column and displacing the s1 and s2 nerves and surgery was recommended. I'm terrified of it but I also know I can't endure the pain much longer. Because of my job I really can't take pain meds during the day and even if I take them at night I'm foggy the next day and don't feel like I function right. I can't spend the rest of my life on light duty either. Sometimes it feels like I'm sitting on a steak knife and someone is taking a sledge hammer to my hip while cutting my leg....and it's all the time. The only few moments I have without pain are when I first wake up and am still lying in bed. I'm scheduled for a discetomy/laminectomy on the 18th and it sucks losing the summer to this and that I'm going to miss so much work but I am hopeful of going back to a better quality of life once this is over. In a nutshell that's me and my story, hello to all, glad to meet you just wish it was under different circumstances.