Hi. I am 29 years old and have had back pain since I was 14. For the first 8 years the pain was really just a dull ache in my lower back and was relieved with a little rest and some ibprofen. Well by the time I was 22 it started getting worse but would come and go. It would start hurting and be very painful but again with some pain meds and a day or 2 of rest I would be ok. Well about 5 years later the pain was getting worse. Through the years between 20 and up til now when I would have a bad episode I would go to the er. But they always told me I pulled a muscle and sent me home. Well now about 2 and a half months ago it started bothering me for no reason. And it kept getting worse. If I would even try to shift positions or move my legs I would get this horriffic excrutiating pain in my lower back that was like nothing I have ever felt before. So I finaly went to the er. I was admitted because my bp was also very high. Well I found out that they had done an mri on me 6 years ago that showed a herniated disc in my lower back L4-L5. Well I remember them doing that mri but they also released me that day saying I had a pulled muscle. Never did they tell me I had a herniated disc. Well while I was in the hopsital this time they did another mri which they said I have a herniated disc in the same spot. (Probably the same one that I never took care of because I never knew about it.) Well I was released from the hospital and told to do physical therapy. I think that was crap. All they had me do was work a bike for 15 minutes then put me on the electric machine to shock my muscles for 20 minutes. Thats it. Well I was still in pain but was at least able to get around my house on my own. I could make myself a plate of food and get to the restroom and give myself a bath. Well now im back at square one. 2 nights ago I tried to get up and it hit me like a freight train. I now can not get up im am in constant chronic pain and if I move its excrutiating. I cant live like this. I dont know how people make it years in this pain. But I have never found anyone who has the same pain I have. I would really like any suggestions especialy if anyone has this same pain. Honestly im not too confident in the hospital I went to. They have almost let my father die twice. One time was just a month ago. They are not very attentive . Pleae help I am ready to give up. I have prayed to go to sleep and not wake up. I quit taking bp meds thinking maybe I will just have a heart attack and end it all. If I could find a doc to paralyze me from my waist down I would do it in a heartbeat. Please I feel helpless.