I have l5s1 disc herniation. Over 2 years suffered from chronic pain in back, hip, testicles and leg. I have had a spinal cord srimulator fitted even though im only 40 yo. Devise works well but still have some pain and at the moment a lot of back pain as i may of bulged the disc again. Since i had the op i have come off oxynorm, lyrica and cymbalta by choice as i had been taking them.for over a year and was too reliant on them and i didnt want to end up.a pain med junky. Iv worked hard at my recovery and done everything my doctor told me to do, yet people.still look at me like im.a fraud! I keep a smile.on.my face even when the pain is bad but i cant help thinking my friends, collegues and even family think im.just a wimp or playing for attention. Its only a sore back isnt it ?? Kind of attitude. Im sick of it. Anybody else feel.like this? How do you handle.it ? Am i jist being paranoid?