Hi. New to this forum and glad that I found it. I'm 46 and new to this 'back stuff'. I always took my back for granted. Worked for many years as a career paramedic and have been working in industrial maintenance for the past 6 years. Started with lower back pain on Jan. 21 and by the 22nd was unable to walk. Fast forward......Herniated disc (L5 & S1) and a fracture to the L5. Not sure how that happened. No sleep, no pain meds masked the pain, etc... Today I received my first epidural injection. Was hoping it was going to be an immediate fix but found out it can take up to 7 days to take affect. I just want the pain gone so I can go back to work. PT does help a bit with the pain but is also painful going through it. Anyway, you all take care, be safe. Hope to chat with ya's soon.