I am 45, had scoliosis surgery at 13, haven't had real back/hip issues til about 10 yrs ago......these past 2 year shave gotten worse. As we speak, I am in constant pain. It generates from my lower right back and hip area and when I walk or sit, the pain shoots through my lower back and it almost feels like my upper and lower torso is a shock absorber...I feel the pain instantly. It is sometimes paralyzing when I walk...I don't know when it is gonna happen, but if I move a certain way (different everytime), I stop dead in my tracks because it literally paralizes you. It's hard to drive in a car, sit, stand, and lay down. I have been to many doctors and been through many tests (MRI, xrays, neuro) and through many types of treatments (pt, caudil epidural, drugs, TENS unit)......nothing helps. I really am sick of doctors using me as a guinea pig. I am trying to take matters into my own hands and regulate the pain by simple drugs (aleve and ibeprophen-because I drive a lot for work and I don't want to get hooked on narcotics) and by keeping physical. I have come to the conclusion that a miracle is not going to happen and my back won't get any better, so I have to learn to tolerate the pain. I'm not happy by any means with this.....I haven't heard any other way of fixing this. I've read a million stories like the ones above and I have heard of no cures for any of them. I just don't understand why. I know everyone has different pain, but it all seems to be the same area......I just don't understand.