Hi all. I joined this forum to try and learn more about my pain. I fell in July of 09 while cleaning a vinyl pool, and blew the disk at L5-S1. I was in Illinois at the time and could not get into surgery till January in St. Louis. The first surgery failed and two weeks later went back in for another one. The second surgery took, however,for three days I screamed in pain in the hospital and I guess it caused them to xray my left hip. An intern came in and told me they were placing me on Gabapentin. It worked great. One week later I was in an ER w/staph & group B strep in the surgical pocket. A cleaning was done of the pocket thru surgery. and I was sent home with a pick line with injectable anibiotics for 11 weeks. I felt good afterwards. I came home to AZ last summer took myself off the Gabapentin with a little difficulty and 4 months later somehow blew the L5 again. This time I went to Barrows and luckily found a Dr that cut part of the vertebrae away and all the scar tissue. Placed me back on Gabapentin and put me in PT for three months. The pain came back with a vengence in February. I tried again to come off the gabapentin in May and screamed with pain again. My DR. here tried Lyrica but I ended up back on Gabapentin. The pain is increasing and MRI's show bulging in Thorasic and neck as well as L5. I am going to a Pain MD on Thursday. My pain keeps me from lying on my stomach, and my left hip hurts all the way to my toes as well as hot spots. They threw alot of options out there but I dont know what to do next. Any suggestions? Sorry for the length of this.