I am a 39 year old female and have had back pain since I was a teenager. It has become worse in the last year and finally had an MRI. It shows central bulges at L4 and L5, left bulge at L5-S1, and bulges that but up against my spinal cord at T7 and T8. I am most concerned with the bulges on my spinal cord and was wondering if anyone else has had this condition and what they have done for it. I have been presribed vicoprofen and skelaxin but I do not like to take pills and have yet to try them. I will do anything to avoid surgery. I have an appointment with a PM & R doctor tomorrow and a physical therapist next week. I was also wondering if these bulges can heal themselves and if anyone has had that happen.