Hello and I am very excited to have found this forum. I am a 32 yr old female recently diagnosed with Arthritis of the spine, 1 bulging disc and 3 herniated discs. This was confirmed with Xray and MRI. Its been two months of chronic pain. It all started one day when I twisted in the bed to get up. The first incident started 8 years ago. I went to the ER and was told it was muscle spasms. It continued to happen every year since but only happened about once a year or so and only lasted for approx. a week and I was still told it was spasms until about 6 years ago a doctor told me I had one herniated disc and it would heal alone. No treatment was ever given. I have had no relief now for two months and now its affecting my daily life and work life. I was given pain relievers (dont help too much) and muscle relaxers.It seems my only option is surgery. I am terrified to have surgery for several reasons. I have always been very active as a single mother of two boys who are very active in school, sports and band. I now find myself dreading activities, car rides or anything that involves standing or sitting. Please tell me there is hope and my only option is NOT surgery. Unfortunately , I can not file disability because I am forced to work to provide for my family but as the weeks go by, I am missing work frequently due to the unbearable pain of sitting all day and not being able to get up out of my chair. My best relief is laying down flat. Any advice , suggestions, direction and prayers are greatly appreciated.