I am 54 yrs old and lost my job due to a letter giving me work restrictions provided by my pain Docs. I have had pain for many years. I tried discograms, facet rhizotomys, epidurals, pain meds, spinal cord stim trial, (failed) and a percutaneous discectomy ( which lasted ~18 mos.) My levels are lumbar 3 down to S1. Neurosurgeons claim it to be an extensive inoperable procedure. I have annular tears as well. I really don't want surgery even if it is possible. I would be creating new pain and/ or more pain. I wake up sometimes with what feels like a hot poker up my tailbone. Now that pain is off the charts! Random. I was granted SSDI last September, so I still have one more yr for Medicare. The majority of my pain is like a t through my back. Sometimes I feel extensive pressure, can't sit or stand without a cane for support. I have a permanent muscle spasm that lives on my right hip. Pain radiates down both legs with spasms. Sometimes the pain feels like a firework pattern. I just bought an inversion table and I have to get a routine. I take powerful pain meds that really don't work. The only relief I get is lying down and if I need to cook or clean I wear a back brace. My son starts Grad School for Physical Therapist. He will be my saving grace. I do want to get the spinal cord stim implant when I get insurance. I don't have a good quality of life right now. I know there are others who are just like me and that is comforting. Nobody wants to hear you talk about PAIN. So I have been told by a friend. I hope this story of mine connects with someone because it made me feel better telling it! Hope for pain FREE days!