I ruptured 2 disks about 5 years ago (L4, L5). The treatment was sending me back to work on restricted duty for 8 weeks, along with a week of Prednisone therapy...followed by a week of Lotrisone therapy. I went to physical therapy 1 time for "back school". All they did was give me a piece of paper with their "recommended" exercises that I was to perform. I am using a firm mattress, sleeping in a fetal position, with a small abduction pillow between my knees to keep my spine and hips straight. My problem is that I can only get 4 or 5 hours of sleep, without waking up in excruciating pain...and I can't hardly move. I can't seem to find anything on the Internet about anything like this, and I NEED REST! Does anyone here have the same problem, or know where I can go for answers? The doctor that I went to was one from my employers "workers' comp" list of 3. He thought I was faking the injury until he finally ordered an MRI.When he sent me back to work, I looked like Quasimoto trying to walk. I hope someone can help me.