Hi! My name is Crystal. I am 25 years old and have been dealing with chronic back and leg pain since October of 2001. When I was 18, I was in a rollover accident. Thankfully, I got out of the car on my own but my back pain set in about 2 months later. My family doc treated it lightly at first. An MRI revealed that I had a significant herniation at L5-S1. I was referred to a neurosurgeon. I went through therapy and decompression as well as a couple epidural injections. Nothing gave me any relief so we proceeded with a micro laminectomy in 2002 and it worked great. I was left with very little pain and needed no pain medication. In Feb. 2005, I was t-boned. Instantly all of my pain returned and I was devistated. Due to insurance, I could not return to my old neurosurgeon. I went to a new one and I was told it shouldn't hurt that bad. I went back to my old pain management doctor, who is wonderful. She started me on neurontin and vicodin and eventually we started doing nerve blocks under flouroscopy. These do not take away all pain but they do make it easier to stand at work and make it through the day. I eventually found a great neurosurgeon and we went ahead with a repeat of my first surgery. He also removed a lot of scar tissue from around my spine. This surgery was not successful. I still have the pain in my leg and in my back. Sometimes I am worse than I was before the second surgery. I have now been in pain for three and a half years. I have started back with the nerve blocks again to help ease some of the pain. I find myself depressed and my emotions go up an down. It is hard to find people to talk to that truely understand what this kind of life is like. I accept that this is something I have to live with but I find it hard to cope sometimes. Does anyone have any coping suggestions that help you? I am so grateful that I have found this website. I wish you all the best.