Hi all, I'm new on here, but thought I'd share my story. I have suffered with back pain for 10+ years. For most of this time I just managed it myself, taking 2 weeks off work each time my back 'went', which was 3-4 times per year back then. I eventually went to docs 4 years ago and they diagnosed spasms. Eventually got an MRI and was diagnosed with 3 crumbling discs and 2 bulging, in my lumbar spine. Surgeon said it wasn't bad enough to operate! Pain clinic said the pain was in my mind!!! My whole back goes in to spasm and sets off sciatica about twice a month now. Muscle relaxants and codeine help but I'm going to go back to gp this week to beg them to do another MRI. I know the damage has worsened. I just want it to go away for good. I tried yoga for a few months but my back would 'go' (into spasm), nearly every class, making me feel like a nuisance. Sorry for the essay, I'm just so fed up.