I am experiencing lower back pain now for 2 years. I've put in multiple requests for an MRI, but my insurance refuses to allow it. Says a 2007 MRI showed something wrong with 2 of my discs (sorry I don't know the terminology), but it ended there. I was given Tramodol and sent home. What is the next step? The pain and stiffness is not in my imagination, and can get in the way of being an efficient Mom (can't carry kids etc.) I know I'm not the worst case out there, but I'm in a rut. My GP has written me off, said to go to a back pain specialist. What do I expect to find there? I don't have to money to spend on a specialist if they're going to ignore me also. Any suggestions?