I suffered a severe back injury a few years ago and had spinal surgery. Since then, I've had these major flare ups of lower back pain. I thought I had re-injured myself, but all the MRI's came back ok. Finally, yesterday a new doctor from the pain clinic thought to do a plain old x-ray and surprise! I have significant arthritis all throughout my lumbar and sacral spine! There's nothing they can do about it, I need to manage the pain like I do with the fibro pain. Yoga, swimming, acupuncture, antiinflammatories, and, on occasion, narcotic pain meds. WHY did nobody ever notice this before? WHY do all of my journeys toward diagnosis have to be so hard? I suffered with fibro/CFS for 7 years before I was diagnosed! Argh, I'm frustrated with doctors.