IT HURTS! It really hurts today. My back is so tight and no matter what I do it won't go away. :grumpy: I have chronic back and hip pain but it's not always this bad. There has been a shift in the weather and this plus carrying groceries yesterday messed up my back. I was born with a twist in my spine and the curvature only gets worse as the years progress. When I was 10 I was told that I might need a back brace to reduce it through my early teens. My back got worse and worse but my mum refused to listen and didn't want to take me to the doctor. My worst symptoms were muscle knots forming under my shoulder blade because my spine was pulling wrong on them, and because of the placement no one could get to them. At the start of 2014 I suddenly got really, really bad pains in my lower back and hip. I couldn't move (I was only paralyzed a few times) but just the slightest movement hurt so bad I thought I'd pass out so I just laid there crying. I went for months like that before going to my doctor... I was given an X-ray that didn't show why I was in that much pain and my doctor didn't bother to run more tests; he just put me on mild pain relief. (that I at the time wasn't too happy to take as I had been addicted to paracetamol as a teen). The pain relief didn't help, I kept going to the doctor and was told there was nothing he could do. (I haven't been given any scans to look for other causes)... I went to physio-pilates on my own accord, which made me worse. One of the sessions I was in a lot of pain and the physio therapist looked me over and within a minute diagnosed me with a disc bulging out of the lower half of my spine. The scoliosis I have means that the curve of my spine will continue to distort and I'm so scared that disc is going to slip and what it could be pressing on. I have some mornings woken up with my legs paralyzed from the top of my hips down and that is so damn scary. My doctor isn't even impressed by that. I am on stronger pain relief now, a daily mix of paracetamol, ibumetin and Tramadol Retard. But some days it just hurts more than others. Today is one of those days and I just want to cry and scream. I can't get comfortable no matter what I do. I feel so damn trapped. I can't go anywhere and there's nothing that can lower it. I have a really high threshold for pain, and the fact that this can hurt this bad scares the living sh't out of me.