Hello everyone, I've been a chronic pain sufferer for a few years now with more acute pain off and on before that since I was 18 starting off with an injury of strained muscles in my back. I've always been active and as healthy as I could be, so now at 29 I have been diagnosed with DDD and arthritis in my back from my last mri about 3 years ago oh and on top of that it showed 2 herniated disc and 1 bulging I was told with slight scoliosis, but the thing is that the doc didn't seem to be concerned about me having that at my age, so is it just not a big deal or what? And also what more can be done to help get me better? I've been told I wouldn't be a good candidate for sergury and my pain would most likely come right back, I've seen a few specialist and a rheumatologist (sp), I've been to PT a ton of times and I have a bible on stretching, I've used a tens unit, massagers, ice and heat and everything in between, now I am still doing different stretching exercises, ice and heat and my pain meds which is tramidol and percocet. Am I stuck taking pain meds the rest of my life? It beats being in constant pain, I just wish I didn't need it EVERYDAY! I do try my hardest not to take them and deal with the pain but I just can't most days. What a life huh.