Hi LifeWasGood and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am sorry to hear that you are having so much pain, but that is something we all can relate to here at this forum.
It sounds like from what they told you about your MRI that the two bulging disc are something that does not need surgery on to correct. Many people have bulging disc and have no idea they are there until they have some sort of an accident or trauma. Then they end having a MRI and there is it big as life and they had no idea. Turning over wrong in a bed can set things off, or even lifting a gallon of milk can cause major back problems, it just does not take much to set it rolling into action.
It sounds like the drs are doing what any other dr would and that's conservative care, medications, physical therapy and some drs do injections. Many times a good physical therapist can really do a person good but it takes time and will not happen over night. Some people will say it is a waste of time and it really is not, some are folks are not always motivated enough to give it a fair shake. I have done a lot of physical therapy in my life time too. I think its reasonable to assume since you have a long history of back pain it is going to take some time to get you back up on your feet real good so this may be a long haul situation, the thing is don't give up.
Take care of yourself and keep us posted on how you are coming along.
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