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I have been having back issues for over 8 years now. It started with my tail bone hurting mildly for about a week straight then it went into where it hurt to sit. My doctor at the time said it was that she thought that I strained or injured my tailbone somehow and told me to try to take it easy and not sit on it as much use anti-inflammatories and Tylenol for pain. I followed her instructions along with icing and it did no help. I went back in to have her say I needed physical therapy along with all of this and sent me on my way. I went to physical therapy and they said they thought the coccyx I think is how it's spelt is a little crooked and we worked on this along with posture and strengthening muscles that needed it. This helped me and it went away for about a year. Then it came back full force but now it was in the same area but a little higher. They looked with an MRI and found fatty tumors on either side of the lower spine each a little bigger than my fist. They went in and surgically removed them and when I woke up I had a very bad pressure pain that made it feel like I had to go number 2 but I did not and it was so bad that I was in tears and could not stay still almost to a screaming pain wise. I told them they gave me meds that made me go to sleep when I woke up it was way better but still dull and ache. I went home and slowly it got worse and the pain was now the whole lower back and the bottom of my feet hurt so bad it was not even funny for about a month I put up with that before going back in because I thought it was from standing all day and maybe I was standing wrong so I correct a few things and it did not work, I then got better shoes thinking this was it and also talked to my physical therapist about it. I went to the doctor and they Did a whole lower back MRI and x-ray to find that I had a few bulged disc and spiny growths . They then sent me to pain management, where I was taught to breathe, through the pain, haha I already knew this but ok then I was giving a book "living with pain" and kept up my physical therapy. I was also giving a prescription anti-inflammatory to start taking that was stronger than over the counter and told I could take so much of Tylenol. I was on the bike one day with a physical therapist and when I was done she wanted me to walk over to the table so she can do the stretches she taught me but when I stood up my legs were now shaking and I could not walk. I started to get upset but stopped and took a deep breath and told her I am telling myself to walk but my legs are not working. About another 2 minutes later i was able to move but my legs were like jello and I could only go slow. she said she would take note of this and send it to the doctor because it needed to be watched. I went to pain management and from there they sent me to a chiropractor to see if this would help and massage therapy. They chiropractor made things worse and the massage therapy felt ok and it at the time it was done but hurt the next few days afterward. So then I was told no more chiropractor. I also lost a lot of the feeling of sensation to my lower half of the body. I could feel you touching my legs if your hands were really cold or really hot and that is pretty much it. i could no longer feel my husband put his hand on my knee and this made me sad. I also lost movement in my right leg and it took 6 weeks to get this back and I was sent me to a neurologist to test that out. They said it seems the nerves were conducting right and they were not sure why I could not feel it so then I was sent to a neurosurgeon. Through the whole time, the pain is now in the mid back and lower rib cage area along with the old areas. I was giving multiple MRI's and was told I have osteoarthritis, 4 bulges disc ranging from 4 cm I think down to 2 cm. I had osteophytes throughout my back and losing flood in one of the vertebra. and end disc wedging. and the added benefit of slight incontinence off and on. The neurosurgeon told me that there was nothing she could do because I was not and her words " peeing myself, pooing myself nor am I on the ground unable to move" that I am too young for any surgery unless it was down to that point. It has made me so sad now. I lost my job over this since I could no longer do this work and also in pain all the time. I can no longer fo to the store by myself If I know I have to lift anything heavier than 5 pounds because it makes it worse I also can not push a cart through the store with that much weight in it or my legs do not work right and my back is way bad by the time I get home. I can not bend and clean like I use to and I am watching my house get dirtier and dirtier ith nothing that I can do to fix it. I can not sleep more than 4 hours without waking up to toss and turn do to staying on one side too long hurts enough to wake me up. I can not take care of my body as well as I use to and due to the gabapentin I had gained 50 pounds in two months and it was not helping so the doctor had to take me off of this. they tried Lyrica and It would make me cry at the drop of a hat. I have now had lower lumbar injections in which it seemed to take about 30% of the pain away but only for a few months and this was with three rounds of the shots before it go there. since the shots my lower back has a weak feeling in it now with additional pain that was not there before and I still have the pains that run down my legs and bottom that comes and goes along with the numbness of sensation that is there all the time. I obtained a nurse advocate to help me get more help through my insurance and she had me switch to a different neurosurgeon and get a second opinion. This neurosurgeon showed me my actual areas that are bad and explained in detail what can and can not be done and said the main reason is that I am too young and once they do back surgery you are taking a good risk of it not helping or making it worse and with me being young I had to think about do I want that now or try to hold out as long as possible to where there is no choice. He said do I need something done yes but since it shows no impinged nerves and nothing is broke there is nothing he can do. He did suggest getting a MRI were they put the die in your back but I am allergic to that die so they have to discuss what to do from here. This is all happened over the the whole 8 years and at times its like it prgresses fast then holds then goes again. does anyone have any ideas or at least has been through this same thing that can just know how I feel? thank you for anything you can help me with.