Woow!!! So happy to read u all! Just woke up with the 2 hours pain I'm now getting every morning (my back "locking up" as someone called it) and thought of checking if I were all alone in there or could found people who know what I'm going thru. I'm 32 yo and was diagnosed 2 years ago. All started with a sciatica and after xrays and all exams they told me I would not be able to practice sports, except for swimming. i cried, it was terrible news at the time. I was in France for few months and dreaming about playing handball again, a sport they don't practice in the States where I had had lived for the past 8 years. Anyways, that was the bad news at the time and I didn't even know what was next... Anyways, 2 years down the road, I don't care anymore about sports, I would just want to know that i can live a normal life; working like the workaholic I am, having a boy (I have 2 girls), etc... But, I came back in France 2 months ago (I was living in Africa where no surgeon can do the surgery) to learn that I'm not ready for the surgery and may actually never go for surgery. Ok. I'm happy. Wasn't too exited about surgery anyways but no doctors have been able to tell me as much as I learnt on this forum in a minute. All they've done is give me a soup of meds: pain meds, muscle relaxers, 'ibuprofen and anti-depressants. I literally Hate meds so u can imagine the added pain and I just cannot take it all so I take half of it when he gets really bad and never the antidepressants. Did any body get actually depressed after stopping them? They also prescribed physical therapy but i haven't started yet. I'm sorry to not add to the discussion or ask a specific question but you already answered the ones I have and all seem to know more than me and the doctors around here. I'll keep checking to see if anything new comes up. They're checking my nerves next week and I'll only see a "renowned rheumatology service" in 2 months. I hope to be able to contribute after that.