I'm feeling terrible! I once weighed 343.4 pounds. I had weightloss surgery (Divided RNY) in 2001; however, after losing a considerable amount of weight, my pain was getting worse instead of better. I was diagnosed with mild lumbar stenosis and spondylosis between L4-5 and L3-4. There was 'slight' bulging. Later in the year, after lifting a heavy box, the disc between L4-5 herniated. It since healed; however, it is still tender to touch. If I leave it alone, it will leave me alone. We have an understanding. I also have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis in all of my weight bearing joints. (I was an active fat person. I never got the memo saying I was supposed to be sedentary.) My pain has been well managed, with a minor flare-up here and there for many years. In February, I lifted my grandson (at least, I think that's what happened), and injured the center of my back, directly behind the sternum. The area has been inflamed and warm to the touch. It's also been quite tender. Nothing really seems to help the pain. I get relief once and a while; but, it never lasts long. I took too much Norco over the last month, and still have five days before the pharmacy will refill. (My husband doesn't understand that this is a federal thing and not a pharmacy or doctor thing.) I have maybe three pills left. I usually don't have this issue. I'm the 'model patient'. However, this pain has induced nausea and even, dry heaves on occasion. I now have 'mild' spondylosis throughout my back with 'slight' bulging throughout the thoracic spine. And, to add insult to injury, they found 'slight' (8 degrees) convex dextroscoliosis of the thoracic spine, centered (guess where?) on T5. Please notice, all of the seemingly benign words I found in my reports; and yet, the pain is excruciating! I don't get it. How can something only 'slightly' or 'mildly' out of whack cause so much pain? And, I didn't have scoliosis before. I've had two bone scans in the last 13 years; I would have known... I would have been told. And, finally, how can something so obviously chronic cause such sudden, severe symptomology? PAIN!!!